Classroom Vacancy. Tuition Up, Enrollment Down at ACCC.

ACCC Coskey Mento

The average cost of an education is going up again. And no, that expensive degree doesn’t guarantee a great job after graduation.

For those considering Atlantic Cape Community College, you’ll need to dig deeper to cover a new, 6% rise in tuition and fees. This bad news comes just days after ACCC leadership cut the ribbon on a brand new, $12 million student center.

Will the new Stockton Island Campus in Atlantic City make things tougher for ACCC? Is there enough of a demand for more classrooms, infrastructure improvements and satellite campuses?

Dave Coskey

In March 2017, ACCC Board of Trustees, lead by Chairman Dave Coskey and Vice Chairperson Maria Mento, approved a $37 million budget.

Coskey said the budget reflects a declining population and annual, slipping enrollment.

Note: Coskey is General Manager of Longport Media, a collection of local, Atlantic City area radio stations. Maria Mento is the part-time business administrator for the City of Ventnor. Learn More About Ventnor’s Maria Mento Here.

accc gabba

ACCC Tuition hike. Declining enrollment, the new student center, union contracts and questionable decision making have been fingered as contributors to the hike.

How to fix? More ‘aggressive marketing’ says ACCC President Barbara Gabba.

In the meantime, layoff notices are going out, and ACCC will waive enrollment application fees, except for nursing which still has a strong demand.

  • ACCC full-time and part-time enrollment in Fall 2015 was 6,631
  • 70% of students get federal aid
  • ACCC enrollment has declined 15% since 2010
  • From 2015-16, a 7% decline
  • Since 2006, a decline of 1,000 students
  • Nov 2013: ACCC had open house for high school students. Only 63 showed up.

In other ACCC Board of Trustee news, the board approved increases in the maximum sick leave payout for unionized employees from $8,500 to $15,000.

Note: In 2016, The Atlantic Cape Community College Board of Trustees approved a final 2 percent raise for President Peter Mora

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