Student Bond Fee Fall 2017 Additional Information and FAQs – Voting Update

VOTING UPDATE:

I am excited to share that ACC students voted to support the additional building bond fee in support of the ACC Castle Rock Collaboration Campus: 63.4% yes (527), 36.6% no (304). Student fee guidelines require just a simple majority percentage of those students voting in order to pass a fee. 63.4% is well above a simple majority. I also am proud that a record number of students elected to vote – 831. At almost 10% of eligible students, this is the largest number of students to vote on a fee in at least a decade.

Let the excitement begin!
Diana M. Doyle, Ph.D.
ACC President


We are nearing a student vote concerning the proposal of an incremental student bond fee to finance the construction and operation of a new Castle Rock collaboration campus to serve Arapahoe Community College (ACC) student needs, as well as to pay for continuing maintenance and renovations of existing ACC facilities and resources.

The Castle Rock collaboration campus partially funded by this fee will include ACC instructional space, space leased by Colorado State University (CSU) with the purpose of offering courses towards bachelor’s degrees, a partnership with Douglas County Schools, and collaborative space for companies and industry to partner with ACC and CSU to offer students integrated work-specific labs and learning. The campus will allow additional educational opportunities for all ACC students through additional classroom space, labs, collaboration and ability to receive CSU instruction without traveling to Fort Collins or Pueblo. Read more about the Castle Rock Collaboration Campus and student bond fee proposal.

From our partners:

“This partnership demonstrates Colorado State’s commitment to providing added value across the state with our engagement, research, and instructional programs,” says Provost Rick Miranda. “We have been very impressed with the enthusiasm of all of the local partners there and their willingness to invite us to participate in this exciting project. We can accomplish a lot for our students and for our community together.”

EDC Chairman Matt Call contributes, “Attracting Higher Education has been a vital part of our business infrastructure plan in Castle Rock.  The Collaboration Campus is a huge win for our entire community.  Quite honestly, I’m excited as a citizen with school age kids and the opportunity to significantly bring down the cost of higher education for my kids and my neighbors.”

From our students:

“As a student with little transport or financial options, having a collaboration campus within a certain distance would allow me to pursue my degree from CSU. I currently help my grandmother with her living situation while also going to school and working a job a local bookstore nearby the school. Trying to complete my Bachelor’s Degree at the Fort Collins CSU campus would be problematic as I would be uprooting myself and replanting myself far away from support systems and responsibilities. Online options are also not conducive to my learning ability, as I need face-to-face instruction. A collaboration campus in Castle Rock would allow a student such as myself to be able to attend my school of choice without having to take away from my personal and professional responsibilities.” – Scott Bright

“As a non-traditional student and veteran I support the collaboration campus. I love the concept of having a community college and university come together to help students have education much more accessible to them.” – Daniel W. Madero

Read more from ACC students.

FAQs

When is the voting period and how do we vote?

Voting is October 17 – 19. All enrolled students who take courses at Parker, Littleton or Castle Rock and students who take courses online will be eligible to vote in the bond referendum. Students will receive an email from “donotreply@arapahoe.edu” Tuesday, October 17 with a link to a survey to complete the voting process. Each student will be required to enter their ACC Student ID number in order to vote. The Student ID number will be used to verify the student has only voted once, not to track responses. If a student votes more than one time, only their first vote will count. The link will be active until Thursday, October 19 at 11 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

What is a passing vote?

A simple majority will count as a passing vote. For example 51% For the Fee vs 49% Against the Fee would be a passing vote.

What will this campus do for the community?

It will offer more classes and services in the Castle Rock area and provide ACC students with an opportunity to complete a CSU Bachelor’s degree without having to drive to Fort Collins or Pueblo. The collaboration campus will have dynamic collaboration space with industry to offer students hands-on workforce training opportunities not currently possible.

Where will the campus be located?

ACC has already purchased land between Castle Rock Adventist Hospital and Castle View High School. This location affords multiple collaboration opportunities for students from high school and concurrent enrollment, through partnerships with healthcare and other industries. Easy access for the community and students is available and there will be plenty of parking (unlike the current Castle Rock space!)

What will happen to the current Castle Rock location? 

The current location is leased. When the new campus is open, ACC will vacate the current space which has many limitations (only 5 classrooms, limited parking, no labs, etc.)

Will it be only students paying the cost for this new campus?
No. The City of Castle Rock is investing in the infrastructure of the campus as they value educational opportunities for their community and understand the value of an educated and trained workforce. Additionally, the current Castle Rock Campus location is leased by ACC, so ACC will be able to utilize that lease money directly on this new campus which will be owned by ACC. Other funds also will come from educational and business partners leasing space on the new campus. The student fee will allow ACC to fund a bond (think of it as getting a mortgage for a house) to be able to build the campus.
Can students utilize financial aid to pay for the fee?
Yes. Tuition and fees are financial aid eligible, so students eligible for financial aid will be able to utilize their awarded aid or scholarships to cover any fees and tuition.

What kind of classes will be offered in Castle Rock on the new campus?

The campus will have courses that are guaranteed to transfer and programs leading to industry certifications. English, Math, Science courses including lab courses, Health, Business, Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. There will be classes that will transfer directly into CSU programs that will allow students the opportunity to achieve their four-year bachelor’s degree without ever having to leave the greater Castle Rock area.

How will this new campus increase the value of my degree?

The entire state of Colorado is watching how this Collaboration Campus develops. The CSU and ACC partnership, along with the early opportunities for Douglas County School District students is a model program. This puts ACC in the spotlight and highlights the quality of education you are already receiving as a current ACC student. This increases both the reputation and the value of your degree. CSU recognizes that ACC is preparing top-performing transfer students and is willing to partner to make sure you can continue your educational pathway with CSU to attain your goals.

Innovative workplace partnerships that will offer student’s hands on work experiences will also increase the value of your current degree. Industry and employers are looking for ways to enhance the talent pipeline to fulfill employment needs, and these same employers will be offering opportunities for ACC students to be the best prepared for any future opportunities.

How much will CSU charge for tuition?

That is undetermined right now, but CSU is working out their tuition structure for this campus. CSU is committed to providing affordable educational opportunities to the community. ACC and CSU are collaborating to make admissions, advising, financial aid and the transition from ACC to CSU a seamless process for students. However – you can count on savings in time and money by not having to drive to Pueblo or Fort Collins to be in a CSU classroom.

CSU has not set a tuition for degree completion at the Collaboration Campus, but is in the process of determining what the structure will look like. CSU is proud to have the lowest tuition of all Colorado doctorial research universities, and like ACC, CSU is committed to providing the greatest level of access and opportunity for students, residents and businesses in the community. By working together to provide a seamless transfer process, savings will come to students in the form of a clear pathway to graduation, no cost to relocate and local employment opportunities to provide financial sources for investing in your educational goals.

Furthermore, it is CSU’s vision to be a resource for lifelong learning. The goal is to engage with students beyond graduation whether that is through an alumni network, non-credit or certificate course offerings, access to webinars and lecture series for free or a football viewing party. We hope to connect and provide value beyond degree attainment.

ACC Student Bond Fee FAQs

From November 14 through November 18, 2016, all enrolled ACC students will have the opportunity to vote yes or no on an incremental student bond fee for the purpose of constructing a new building for a Castle Rock collaboration campus to serve ACC student needs.

Here are a few FAQs about this proposed bond fee referendum.

When is the voting period and how do we vote?

Voting is November 14 – 18. All currently enrolled student will be eligible to vote in the bond referendum. Students will receive an email from “donotreply@arapahoe.edu” Monday, November 14 with a link to a survey to complete the voting process. Each student will be required to enter their ACC Student ID number in order to vote. The Student ID number will be used to verify the student has only voted once, not to track responses. If a student votes more than one time, only their first vote will count. The link will be active until Friday, November 18 at midnight.

What is a passing vote?

A simple majority will count as a passing vote. For example 51% For the Fee vs 49% Against the Fee would be a passing vote.

What will this campus do for the community?

It will offer more classes and services in the Castle Rock area and provide ACC students with an opportunity to complete a Bachelor’s degree without having to drive to Fort Collins. The collaboration campus will have space for employers and students to partner on internships and other learning opportunities.

What kind of classes will be offered in Castle Rock on the new campus?

The campus will have courses that are guaranteed to transfer. English, Math, Sciences, Arts and Humanities, and Social Sciences.


How will this new campus increase the value of my degree?

The Campus will give students an opportunity to gain real world experience when working directly with employers through internships or service learning. The fact that CSU wants to partner with ACC means that they value your ACC Degree.

Why is there a big jump in the fee in the year of 2019?

The new campus is expected to open in Fall of 2019. Students enrolled at ACC in Fall of 2019 will be the first to have access and use the new campus. It will also allow for space to open up in current classes (like Science) on the Littleton Campus with Parker and Castle Rock students taking those classes at the new Campus.


What are our fees now?

Right now students taking classes at the Littleton Campus pay a $2.80 per credit hour fee (up to 12 credit hours) that was enacted by a previous student vote to pay for maintenance of student spaces in the Main Building of the Littleton Campus. Students taking classes on the Parker and Castle Rock Campuses or online do not currently pay this fee.

Who will pay the fee if it is passed?

If the Bond is passed, all students on all campuses (with the exception of Concurrent Enrollment students who take classes at their High School) will pay the fee based on credit hours starting at $2.80 up to 12 credit hours in Fall 2017.

What if the Bond does not pass?

If the bond does not pass, fees will remain that same as they are now. ACC will continue with the project for the Castle Rock Campus. A Bond Fee may be reintroduced for student vote at another time. A tuition fee increase may be petitioned by ACC through the Colorado Community College System.

How many students will be on the new Castle Rock Campus?

The campus is expected to support up to 1000 students by the end of the first 5 years of operation with one building. Long term plans include a second building will be constructed for continued growth.

Whoa two buildings? Will that mean more fees in the future?

No. The fee that would be put in place for the construction and development of the Castle Rock Campus will not go above the projected $8.00 per credit hour in the year of 2021 and beyond.

Will I be charged for every credit hour?

You will be only charged a fee on a maximum of 12 credit hours per semester.

Do other Metro area Community Colleges charge Bond Fees?

Yes.
Community College of Aurora – $2.24 per credit hour
Community College of Denver – $6.79 per credit hour
Front Range Community College – $33.71 per semester (Student Bond Fee) plus $4.15 per credit hour (New Construction Fee)
Pikes Peak Community College – $3.30 per credit hour (Parking Bond $1.35 and Student Center Bond $1.95 combined)
Red Rocks Community College – $70.00 per semester Student Recreation Bond fee plus $2.50 per credit hour Student Center Bond Fee

What about 4-year Colleges?

We are happy to help you with the transfer process.  We want you to pursue your Bachelor’s Degree.

Here are some of the Bond/Facilities Fees you can expect to pay.

Metropolitan State University – Metro Bond Fee of $21.15 per credit hour

Colorado State University – $20.75 per credit hour

University of Colorado – Boulder – $170.00 for 7 or more credit hours (Capital Construction Fee), $106.96 for more than 1 class of any credit hours (Rec Center Expansion Fee)

University of Colorado – Denver – Auraria Bond Fee $64.00

University of Colorado – Colorado Springs –  $33.00 + 9.50 per credit hour (University Center Bond Fee)

University of Denver – $590 per credit hours Bachelor of Arts Completion fee.

Regis University – Various flat fees of about $2046 per semester

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Learn more about the ACC Student Bond Fee.