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Mid-Plains Community College is seeking comments from the public about the college in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The college will host a visit April 24-26 with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.
Mid-Plains Community College has been accredited by the Commission since 1986. The team will review the institution's ongoing ability to meet the Commission's Criteria for Accreditation.
The public is invited to submit comments regarding the college by sending them to:
Third Party Comments on Mid-Plains Community College
The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago Il 60604-1411
The Public may also submit comments on the Commission's website at www.ncahlc.org. Comments must address substantive matters relating to the quality of the institution or its academic programs.
Comments must be in writing. All comments must be received by March 24, 2013.
At the Mid-Plains Community College Board of Governors meeting on Feb. 26, the major agenda items focused on setting tuition, fees, housing and meal rates for the 2013-14 academic year. After discussion, the Board moved to not raise any of the four groups.
Tuition for Nebraska residents and students from our border states (Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, and South Dakota) will remain at $77 and fees at $15 for a total of $92 per credit hour. A student taking a full complement of classes (15 credit hours) will pay a total of $1,380 in resident tuition and fees per semester.
Non-resident rates will remain the same as well. Those students will pay $100 in tuition and $15 in fees for a total of $115 per credit hour.
The Board also unanimously voted to not increase room and board for the upcoming 2013-14 academic year. A student in MPCC housing at North Platte or McCook will pay a base package amount of $2,575 for housing and 15 meals per week per semester. Additional meals plans and private rooms are available.
Research shows that MPCC housing is very affordable and when compared to other institutions in the state, significantly less.
"We have held our property tax levy pretty consistent over the past five years while continuing to raise student costs. The national perception is that college costs are getting too expensive. We are in a good financial position, so we decided to freeze all costs of attendance at their current rates," said Ryan Purdy, President of Mid-Plains Community College.
"While the Governor began the discussion with his proposed 'tuition only' freeze with the state college and university system, we felt we could do better and freeze all costs with the exception of books which is out of our control," he added. "We hope the students are appreciative of this freeze and hopefully we'll see an enrollment increase as a result."