September 19-20, 2002

 

ITEM 116-2802-R0702                Authorization to Offer Access at 150 Percent of Resident Tuition in Programs with Excess Capacity to Canadians from the Provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan; Montana State University-Northern    

 

THAT:                                       The Board of Regents of Higher Education authorizes Montana State University-Northern to offer access to Canadians from the Provinces of  British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan in programs with excess capacity at a rate of 150% of resident tuition. 

 

EXPLANATION:                        Two years ago a team of administrators from MSU-Northern visited with several Alberta Colleges (Olds, SAIT, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat).  The presidents of those schools were very supportive of developing 2 plus 2 articulation agreements with Northern and were concerned with the barrier created by the cost for a Canadian student to attend Northern.  At the current exchange rate, it would cost a Canadian student $16,132 CAN in tuition and fees to attend a year (two semesters) at Northern.

 

Before the rise in exchange rates and tuition prices Northern averaged 40 Canadian students annually, most likely because it is the closest US public university to Canada.  The articulation agreements with Canadian schools and the reduced fee structure for Canadian students are both critical elements to the success of our Canadian recruiting efforts.  This new Canadian tuition rate will be available to all Canadians from the listed Provinces and will not be limited to only students transferring to Northern under one of these articulation agreements.

 

Currently, there are three Canadian students attending Northern in excess capacity programs and paying non-resident tuition.  Implementation of this tuition proposal would result in $8,091 less non-resident tuition collections per student during the next academic year.  If 10 new Canadian students were to enroll for an academic year, which is what we would expect in the initial year, approximately $42,000 in tuition revenue would be generated.  The program would ramp up to a maximum of 63 with additional revenue of $264,000 (see tables).

 

After evaluating fall 2001 and Spring 2002 enrollment statistics it was determined that the Nursing program is the only program on the Northern campus that does not have excess capacity.  All other programs have room for additional students.  The following chart outlines how many Canadian students would be allowed to enroll in each of the various programs.  These numbers have been established by taking the average student enrollment in each program over the past two academic years and comparing it to enrollment capacity in each program.  In determining the number of Canadian students allowed in each program we have ensured that each program has room for growth beyond the additional Canadian students and would evaluate the program annually to be sure that our financial and educational objectives are being met.

 

Programs with Excess Class Capacity

Program Title

Number of

Canadian

Student Not To

Exceed Per Year

Proposed

Annual

Tuition

Rate

Projected

Annual

Tuition

Revenues

 

 

 

 

Computer Information Systems

7

$4,189

$29,323

Graphic Design

3

$4,189

$12,567

Agricultural Operations' Tech

3

$4,189

$12,567

Automotive Technology

5

$4,189

$20,945

Biology

3

$4,189

$12,567

Business Technology

7

$4,189

$29,323

Diesel Technology

7

$4,189

$29,323

Civil Engineering Technology

5

$4,189

$20,945

Community Service

3

$4,189

$12,567

Design Drafting Technology

5

$4,189

$20,945

Water Quality Technology

5

$4,189

$20,945

Teacher Education

10

$4,189

$41,890

Total Proposed Discount Awards

63

      $4,189

 $263,907

 

An analysis of the curriculum of degrees offered at Northern indicates that approximately 40 percent of the credits required to earn the degree are core course offered by the major department while the remaining 60 percent are non-program courses I.E. core classes and general education credits.  If a program has excess capacity, students can be added to that program without additional cost in degree program resources.  For non-program specific courses, 20-30 new students are required before additional class sections are needed.

 

As outlined in the following chart using FY 2002 Budgeted numbers, instructional costs are budgeted at $3,176 per FTE.  This cost is broken down between program (40%) and non-program (60%) costs. Support and Facility Services are presented to show the overall budgeted cost per FTE.

 

With Canadian students only enrolling in programs with excess capacity, the only anticipated additional cost would be in non-program areas.  With every 20-30 new Canadian students, new non-program sections would need to be added.  As is shown in the following financial analysis, the proposed Canadian tuition rate of $4,189 would be adequate to cover the average non-program costs of  $1,906 and contribute to the program costs, support and facility costs.

 

DEFINITION OF COSTS

 

 

FY 2002

Total

Annual

Budget

 

FY 2002

Total

Annual

FTE

 

Average

Annual

Cost per

FTE

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instructional Costs

 

$4,717,033

 

1,485

 

$3,176

   average Instruction costs in Program 40%

$1,271

   average Instruction costs in Non-Program classes 60%

$1,906

 

Support Services

 

$3,580,149

 

1,485

 

$2,411

Facilities Services

$1,316,573

1,485

$887

$9,613,755

1,485

$6,474

 

Distribution of Canadian Student Tuition Revenues

 

 

Average

Annual

Cost per

FTE

Distribution

of Tuition

Revenues

per FTE

Projected

Total

FTE

Projected

Total

Revenue

Distributed

 

Instructional Costs

 

 

 

 

 

   average Program costs

$1,271

$654

63

$41,192

   average Non-Program costs

 

 $1,906

$1,906

63

$120,070

Support Services

 

$2,411

$964

63

$60,754

Facilities Services

$887

$665

63

$41,891

 

$4,189

 

$263,907

 

This initiative would have the following benefits: