Research in community colleges broadly and experience at Lane has shown that implementing a single large increase in tuition in one year because tuition has not kept pace with inflation has a significant adverse effect on student enrollment in the next academic year.
In order to maintain a constant tuition rate relative to inflation, each November, the board will select an appropriate index for two-year public colleges on which to base a tuition increase. In December of each year, the board will adjust the per credit tuition rate to reflect changes in the index since the last tuition adjustment. The rate will be rounded to the nearest half-dollar and become effective the following academic year (Summer Term).
For other adjustments:
Each year, the board will review Lane’s tuition rates to ensure: a) that tuition revenues are appropriate for the needs of the district, b) that Lane’s tuition is comparable with other Oregon community colleges that are similar to Lane in terms of student FTE and instructional programs, c) access and affordability, and d) the revenue requirements of the college.
Should the board conclude that increases above the selected index are required, the board will assure that there are college-wide opportunities, particularly with students, to engage in discussions about the impact of tuition increases on access, affordability and course offerings. Should the board conclude that tuition should be reduced, the board will similarly assure that there are opportunities to engage in college-wide discussions about the impact on course offerings, access and affordability.
Adopted: November 13, 2002
Revised: July 27, 2004
Revised: July 13, 2005
Revised: June 11, 2008
Reviewed: June 10, 2009
Reviewed: October 14, 2014
Revised: November 16, 2016