CSCC Hosts TBR Quarterly Meeting

CSCC Hosts TBR Quarterly Meeting

Holly Vincent
Thursday, July 12, 2018 12:00 AM

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (June 22, 2018) – The Tennessee Board of Regents, which governs the 13 community colleges and 27 Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCATs) comprising the College System of Tennessee, held its summer quarterly meeting on Thursday and Friday, June 21-22, at Cleveland State Community College.

The Regents were given several programmatic options from which to choose prior to the meetings on Thursday including CSCC’s Honor’s Program session, Economic and Community Development session, and CSCC’s Technology Consortium session, as well as tours of the TCAT Athens. Thursday evening, a dinner and reception was held at Creekridge Pavilion, at the home of Allan and Janie Jones. On Friday morning, the meeting opened with presentations by Cleveland State President Bill Seymour and TCAT Athens President Stewart Smith about their colleges’ work on behalf of students in the region.

During Friday’s meeting, they approved student tuition rates for the 2018-19 academic year – a 2.7 percent increase at community colleges and 3 percent at colleges of applied technology, the fourth consecutive year of increases under 4 percent and the lowest four-year average increase in decades.

The tuition increase is the second lowest in 27 years; last year’s 2.6 percent increase at both the community and technical colleges was the lowest since 1991-92.

Community college tuition is charged on a credit-hour basis. The new rate will be $164 per credit hour up to 12 hours, a $4 increase, and $34 per credit-hour above 12, a $2 increase. Community college students taking 15 credit hours will pay $2,070 in tuition, or $54 more per semester. Because mandatory fees slightly vary by institution, their combined tuition and mandatory fees will range from $2,198 to $2,240.

During the meeting, the Board awarded Denso Manufacturing of Athens the Regents Award for Excellence in Philanthropy. Denso was nominated by Cleveland State and TCAT Athens for the company’s support of both colleges’ student success and workforce development mission. Denso has contributed financially and its expertise to an array of programs on behalf of students.

According to Dr. Bill Seymour, CSCC President, “Within the past two years, Denso has donated $200,000 to the Cleveland State Foundation. These funds have been used to purchase PLC’s, NIDA’s and Fluid Power training equipment. It has been a major part of our efforts to completely realign our Advanced Technologies programs to better meet the training needs demanded by our workforce.”

“This is a great honor for us to receive this award today,” stated Hugh Cantrell, General Manager for Administrative Services, Denso Manufacturing. “This is a very special award for us. We really feel like we need to be a partner with the educational institutions in this area to help provide the resources to prepare the workforce for tomorrow. We appreciate all of your help and your partnership, and we look forward to a bright future together. Thank you very much for this award.”

Photo Cutline: Representatives from Denso Manufacturing were presented with the Regents Award for Excellence in Philanthropy during the TBR Quarterly Meeting on Friday at Cleveland State Community College.

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