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Pulaski Tech board approves tuition increase for 2006-07

The Pulaski Technical College Board of Trustees has approved a $4 per semester credit hour tuition increase for Arkansas students for the 2006-07 academic year.

In-state tuition will increase from $68 per credit hour to $72 per hour. Out-of-state tuition will increase from $112 to $119 per hour. International student tuition will increase from $225 to $238 per hour.

Dr. Dan F. Bakke, president, said Pulaski Tech is committed to keeping its tuition affordable and the college accessible.

"Our tuition rate remains significantly lower than tuition rates at four-year universities in the state. Plus, we're a local two-year college so students save housing and transportation costs."

Based on the college's 2005-06 enrollment, the new tuition rate would generate approximately $684,960 in additional funds for the college.

"At this point, raising tuition is not optional for us," Bakke said. "It is necessary in order to keep our doors open. Basically, the increase keeps us in line with the rate of inflation."

With an unofficial enrollment 8,302­­­­ for spring 2006,
Pulaski Technical College is the largest two-year college in Arkansas. It is also the lowest funded two-year college, receiving $1,732 in state funding per full-time equivalent (FTE) student. The average funding for two-year colleges is $4,065 per FTE student.

In addition to increasing tuition, the board approved a technology/facility use fee increase from $7 to $8 per semester credit hour. Additionally, the board approved a student support services fee of $5 per student per semester.

In other action, the Pulaski Tech board:

  • approved a partnership with Arkansas Culinary School, Inc. to provide general education courses to students enrolled in the ACS Associate of Applied Science degree program, which is under development.
  • approved a proposal to expand the practical nursing technical certificate program to serve an additional 20 students per year. Currently, the program serves 40 students.
  • approved an advanced associate of applied in respiratory therapy to prepare students for professional credentialing as Registered Respiratory Therapists.
  • ratified the employment of Dr. Marty Mahler, dean of continuing education and business outreach; Rose Muldrew, Career Pathways employment specialist; Mary Olm, instructor of developmental mathematics; and Jay Sprigg, instructor of chemistry.

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3000 West Scenic Drive
North Little Rock, AR 72118
Phone: (501) 812-2200

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