Program Authorization: Act 33 of 1997
The Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC) will be an open admission, two-year postsecondary public institution. The BRCC will offer vocational/technical education, college-level general education, and community education programs and services that will prepare students to enter the job market, enhance personal and professional growth, provide for retraining, and allow transfer to four-year baccalaureate colleges and universities. The curricular offerings shall include courses and programs leading to transfer credits and to certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees. Due to its unique location, the BRCC is particularly suited to serve the special needs of area businesses and industries and the local, state, and federal governmental complex. All offerings are designed to be accessible, affordable, and of high educational quality.
The goals of the Baton Rouge Community College are:
1. Student Development - The goal of student development is to master a compensatory education to enhance literacy and the basic skills in the liberal arts and sciences, so students can view things in perspective and enjoy the complex world around them.
2. Intellectual Achievement - The goal of intellectual achievement involves mastery of a specialized body of knowledge such that students will gain the expertise to become competitive and successful in a chosen career.
3. Personal Achievement - Personal goals include developing a sense of personal direction and a balanced and healthy life-style. Students can change and develop occupational entry toward career education, self-understanding, self-confidence, and a meaningful philosophy of life. Students will also learn to make decisions about the purpose of and outcomes related to values, beliefs, family, friends and life-long skills and education.
4. Social Effectiveness - The accomplishment of social goals will provide the student with an appreciation of diversity and differences, as well as development of personal responsibility for enhancement of leadership skills through community participation.
This program consists of the Non-Formula Funding activity.
OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
1. The Baton Rouge Community College will provide instruction and service accomplished through the pursuit, assimilation, and dissemination of knowledge in academic courses and programs in FY 1998-99.
Major ongoing projects: Academic programs approved by Regents are A.S. In General Studies, A.A. in Liberal Arts, A.A.S. In Business Technology. Curriculum and program development include A.A.S. In Process Technology (pending approval), Associate in General Studies, Industrial Technology Program, Business Transfer Program.
1 Fall 1999 enrollment-Headcount 1,400, FTE 882; Fall 2000-Headcount 2,800, FTE 1,764; Fall 2001-Headcount 4,896, FTE 3,084.
2 Source: SREB Data Exchange, 1996-97 and BRCC Tuition and Fee Schedule.
3 Goal is 25%.
4 Will meet approximately 2/3 of AECT and ACRL collection standards.
5 Projections are based on percentages derived from other Louisiana two-year institutions and used by the Office of Student Financial Aid in estimating the cost of providing state support in the absence of Title IV.
RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM
SOURCE OF FUNDING
The sources of funding for this program are the general fund and fees and self-generated revenues (for FY 1998-99 only). Fees and self-generated revenues will include: (1) general registration fees and (2) application fees.
ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 208.6% of the existing operating budget. It represents 96.3% of the total request ($4,740,000) for this program. The significant increase in this program is due to adding funds to comply with the federal 1994 college desegregation settlement agreement. That agreement provided that "the State shall create and begin operation of a community college in the Baton Rouge area by the beginning of academic year 1997-98 to provide a range of academic and other programs with an open admissions standard". The process of securing a permanent site for the college utilized more time than was originally envisioned during Fiscal Year 1996-97, so the State successfully sought a court-approved delay to open the college to students by the beginning of academic year 1998-99. Funding for basic operating expenses have been increased by $1,487,616 to adequately staff and provide basic resources for the following functions: instruction, academic support, student services, institutional services, library, and plant operations and maintenance. An additional $470,000 is recommended for acquisitions for faculty computers ($120,000) and library reference materials ($350,000). Since BRCC is not yet an accredited institution, it is not eligible to apply for federally backed financial assistance for its students. As a result, the general fund will provide state dollars for basic student aid ($364,609) and a work-study program ($48,515). The grant component will provide an average of $1,366 in aid to 267 full-time equivalent students. The work-study component will provide an average of $749 to 65 students.
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
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