By KEN MILAM
For the first time in three years, Carl Albert State College regents voted to raise tuition and fees at the school.
Tuition will be increased by $4.25 per credit hour, and facility fees will go up $5.
President Jay Falkner said increases were needed to help cover new programs, activities and services being offered. Falkner said in terms of those two items alone, CASC would be the second-lowest in the state, but would remain the least expensive college when total costs are tallied. Cost for a 12-hour credit load will be $111.
The new rates were included in the fiscal 2022 budget, which includes a $2,400 raise for full-time employees, and totals $12.186 million.
Regents accepted the resignation of Chairperson Jahni Bachman, who is taking a position at the Southeastern Oklahoma State University McCurtain County higher education center in Idabel.
The board approved officers for the coming year – Belva Barber as chair, Ron Lawson vice chair and Carroll Huggins secretary.
In his president’s report, Falkner praised Matthew Mitchell and Brayden Oglesby, concurrent enrollment students from Howe for “getting the high school diplomas and CASC associates degrees on the same night.
They were valedictorian and salutatorian of their high school class and graduated from CAASC with 4.0 grade point averages.
Falkner praised Howe Superintendent Scott Parks for creating a culture at the school that encourages students to excel.
Regents noted that concurrent enrollment is not just for high achievers, but “any solid students, and can save their families college costs ranging from a few hours’ to two years.
In all, the college program saw 277 high school seniors from county schools graduate with 15 or more credit hours, earning honors chords for their graduation gowns.
A campus master plan was approved, including eventual remodeling and expanding several facilities. Several changes are planned for the baseball field and facilities and the Nick Thompson Fieldhouse, which is being converted from a basketball to a wrestling facility. Regents also approved purchase of Resilite wrestling mats for approximately $87,000.
Joe E. White Jr. was approved as a new trustee.
In personnel matters, the board approved the retirement of Terri Cox, guidance specialist and student support services director at the Sallisaw campus.
The board approved the resignations of Educational Opportunity Center Academic Advisor Charity T. Crase, Enrollment Advisement Specialist Leah Culwell, Academic Research Center Coordinator Crystal Keeton, Student Support Services Guidance Specialist Seth Rogers and the termination of janitor J. Mike Allen.
The board also approved the hiring/changes of status for part-time Power I Office Manager Dylana Marcaurelle, Enrollment and Advisement Specialist Rhianna Maxfield, part-time cheerleading coach Kaitlyn Morris, janitor Charcie Tobar, Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions (NASNTI) Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Specialist Mallory Caughern and Rene Torres as CASC assistant softball coach as well as promoted Shelby Whitecotton from interim to head softball coach.
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