Paris Junior College has received another good audit report, the Board of Regents learned at the monthly meeting held on Monday, Jan. 28.
“Our responsibility is to give our opinion on audited financial statements prepared by the management of Paris Junior College,” said Andy Reich with McClanahan Holmes, LLP, Certified Public Accountants. “You have a clean opinion. We had no findings and that’s good news.”
Regents also heard that PJC tuition rates continue to be below the state average.
Comparing PJC to the state average, respectively, In-District tuition is $81 vs. $94; Out-of-District tuition is $131 vs. $150; and Non-Resident (out-of-state or international) tuition is $181 vs. $213. The latter category exempts Oklahoma states contiguous to the PJC service area.
“We’ll be setting PJC 2021 tuition and fees in February,” said PJC President Dr. Pam Anglin, as part of her report to the regents. “We look at surrounding colleges and the state average to help arrive at the recommendation.”
In other Business, the Regents:
• Gave annual approval for the Investment Policy – CAK (Local), as required by the State of Texas. There is no substantive change to PJC investments.
• Voted to re-authorize the Authorized Brokers/Dealers for Investments which lists the brokers and investment pools that PJC has authority to invest funds in.
• Approved the Local Policy Update 37 prepared by the Texas Association of School Boards. The changes to the College’s governing policies largely reflect legislation passed in the previous year. One such change will ensure that all PJC faculty and staff receive cybersecurity training.
• Received a preliminary enrollment report showing 4,459 students, down 3.67 percent. A significant reason for the decline is an unemployment rate of 3 percent.
• Accepted the employment of Educational Opportunity Center Advisor Gabriela Reyes at the PJC-Greenville Center and the resignations of Student Activities Coordinator Taylor Locknar effective Jan. 24 and Campus Police Officer Christie Buzbee effective Feb. 9.
Paris Junior College — located in Paris, Texas, about 100 miles northeast of Dallas — has been a part of the Lamar County community since 1924.
Paris Junior College offers Associate in Arts, Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science degrees, as well as Certificates of Proficiency in technical/workforce fields. The college has expanded its academic curriculum through the years to encourage associate degree and university transfer candidates. Since establishing its first vocational program — jewelry and watchmaking in 1942 — the college has been aggressive in adding technical/workforce programs that will benefit students entering the workforce.
The campus of 54 tree-shaded acres includes 20 major buildings and residence halls and provides students a unique and pleasant environment for learning.
Paris Junior College also operates centers in Sulphur Springs, Texas, and in Greenville, Texas.
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Paris Junior College is a comprehensive community college serving the region’s educational and training needs while strengthening the economic, social and cultural life of our diverse community.