Students coming to Odessa College for 2018-19 will find higher room and board rates.

Vice President for Business Affairs Virginia Chisum said room and board rates have not increased in a couple of years. Currently the college offers 15 meals a week with no weekends. The increase will include an increase to 19 meals a week, she said.

The Wrangler Hall dorm rate will be $2,000 a semester with the 19 meals per week. It is currently $1,700 per semester with 15 meals a week.

Century Commons, with four bedrooms and single occupancy, will be $2,900 per semester with 19 meals a week. It is currently $2,400 per semester with 15 meals a week.

Century Commons’ two-bedroom, single occupancy dorms will be $3,100 a semester with 19 meals a week. They are currently $2,700 per semester with 15 meals a week.

The board on Tuesday also approved new dual credit tuition rates for 2018-19. Chisum said the rates had not been adjusted since 2014.

In-district residents on a high school campus or online will pay $50 per semester credit hour.

On campus, they will pay $52 per semester credit hour and a $23 general use and activity fee.

Out-of-district dual credit rates for on campus or online will be $65 per semester credit hour and $67 per semester credit hour on campus, plus the $23 general use and activity fee, Chisum said.

The board also approved a tuition waiver for Ector County Independent School District dual credit students for the first six hours. Chisum said OC thinks this will increase the number of dual credit students.

It applies for those taking classes on the OC campus, academic and career and technical education courses, is good for any term, web-based courses and on high school campuses.

OC President Gregory Williams said this is a big step forward for Ector County because it opens college credit up to everyone.

In other business, the board:

  • After a closed session, trustees reappointed for another year Williams, Chisum, Vice President for Instruction Valerie Jones, Vice President for Student Service and Enrollment Management Kim McKay, Vice President for Information Technology Shawn Shreves and Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness Don Wood. Chisum said salaries were not discussed.
  • Awarded a bid for abatement and demolition of the baseball field and Sewell facility to Vanco Insulation for $164,315.
  • Awarded renovations to the Pecos welding lab to JC Roberts Construction for $377,000. This is funded by a grant from BHP Billiton and OC renewal and replacement funds, Chisum said.
  • Tabled a request for consent of the board of trustees of Odessa Junior College District to sell property for less than market value specified in a foreclosure judgment and also less than the amount of the judgment.
  • Reappointed Chris Terry and his firm as attorneys for the college.
  • Renewed terms of directors of the Odessa College Foundation. Royce Bodiford, Jim Breaux, Phil George and Dr. Tanya Wood were reappointed to three-year terms. Buddy Coke, Joe Hurt and John Wilkins were reappointed for one-year terms.
  • Discussed a transition to schools instead of metamajors as of next semester. For example, there will be a School of Arts and Humanities, School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math; School of Health Sciences; Business and Industry; and Education and Public Service. Each school will have a dean or senior dean. The senior dean of the STEM school will be Diane Carrasco; Senior Dean of Education and Public Service will be Eric Yeager; Dean of Arts and Humanities will be Arthur Rankin; Dean of Business and Industry Jennifer Meyers; and Dean of Health Sciences Marie Vasquez.
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