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Trustees Lower Tuition, Raise Pay of Staff

  The Owens Community College Board of Trustees met Tuesday at the College's Toledo-area Campus enthusiastically supporting a state of Ohio requirement to lower tuition effective Summer 2000.

  "The state has increased our funding, acknowledging the vital role community colleges across the state play in providing Ohio's residents access to higher education," President Daniel H. Brown told Trustees. "Now, we have the ability to become even more accessible by lowering our already affordable tuition rate."

  The tuition decrease takes the Owens credit hour rate from $79 per credit hour to $75 per credit hour - a savings of more than 5 percent. A full-time Owens student now will pay just $1,800 per year versus the former rate of $1,896.

  The Board also approved salary increases for approximately 330 employees. The annual increase, which for most begins January 1, affects support, professional and administrative employees at the College's Toledo-area and Findlay campuses. The staff will be eligible to receive up to a 4.5 percent increase. For those who meet all standards of their job performance and receive the full 4.5 percent increase, the Board also approved merit pay of up to 1.5 percent based on the recommendation of an employee's supervisor. Merit pay is provided as a lump-sum payment to the employee prior to the College's holiday break. The salary schedules for part-time faculty and lab assistants also was increased by 4.5 percent.

  "The Board of Trustees is very pleased to be able to thank the College's dedicated employees by providing salary increases," said R J Molter, Board Chair. "The College's success is directly attributed to the hard work and tireless efforts of the staff, faculty and administration. The Trustees believe it is very important to recognize those efforts."

  In other business, Trustees approved the Fall Semester 1999 graduating class. The 344 graduates will receive their degrees during the College's Fall Commencement on Thursday, December 16 at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall, Toledo-area Campus.

  Of the 343 graduates, 79 are graduating with honors and 12 of those have earned perfect 4.0 grade point averages. Fifty-two (52) of the graduates are from the Findlay Campus - also a record number for Fall Commencement. This brings the total of Owens Community College alumni to 17,930.

  Trustees passed a resolution providing authority to Owens Treasurer/Vice President of Business Affairs, Chuck Mann, to locally administer the College's construction projects as provided in House Bill 850. In addition, the resolution authorizes President Brown and Mann to handle the selection process of a professional design firm for the College's proposed Center for Fine and Performing Arts, a $10 million, 82,000-square-foot facility.

  Dr. Paul Unger, Vice President of Academic Affairs, announced to Trustees a $296,600 grant the College recently was awarded from the Ohio Board of Regents. The Ohio Bridges to Opportunity is a collaborative effort between Owens, the City of Toledo Fire and Police departments and Van Buren Schools. The grant will allow Owens to expand its distance learning opportunities continuing to meet the College's mission of increasing access to higher education for the residents of Northwest Ohio.

  Trustees heard a report from Brian Paskvan, Director of Financial Aid, regarding status of financial aid at the College. Paskvan told Trustees that the College has already awarded nearly $27 million in financial aid for Fall 1999 with an expectation of awarding an additiaonal $2 million for Spring Semester 2000.

  The College's Center for Development and Training has received a Jobs Challenge Grant of nearly $51,000 from the Ohio Board of Regents, Bill Deffenbaugh, Executive Director of Economic Development and Workforce Training, announced to Trustees. The grant will be used to support the delivery of affordable, accessible, non-credit job training programs and services to companies in Northwest Ohio with less than 100 employees.

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