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Paris Junior College Regents Receive Clean Audit Report and Positive Ranking News

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PJC Regents receive clean audit report, positive ranking news 

The Paris Junior College Board of Regents received the 2021-2022 audit report and results from a national data report at their monthly meeting held Monday, Jan. 22, 2023. The regents approved the audit report.

“That’s a clean opinion on these financial statements,” said Teffany Kevanaugh, CPA, of McLanahan and Holmes, for the College and the PJC Memorial Foundation. “We’re happy to report we did not have any difficulties with management in getting the audit done.”

The Integrated Postsecondary Education Daya System (IPEDS) report is based on data PJC submitted to the federal government, along with about 7,000 other institutions. PJC received a report comparing it and 22 other Texas colleges in the medium category.

For an academic year, PJC tuition and fees are $2,460, lower than the peer average of $2,535, and price of attendance (tuition and fees plus books, supplies, room and board) is $5,304 compared to the average of $6,563.

PJC has more students on some form of financial aid – 84 percent compared to 70 percent peer average, and 59 percent of PJC students are on PELL compared to 49 percent average.

PJC’s graduation rate is 34 percent, compared to 25 percent at peer colleges. The graduation rate is based on first-time, full-time degree seeking students coming to the institution for the first time.

PJC’s full-time equivalent (FTE) staffing is lower than peers while average faculty salaries at PJC are higher than peers ($59,821 compared to $56,427 peer college average).

PJC relies more heavily on state appropriations than peer colleges: 24 percent compared to 20 percent, while local tax dollars make up nine percent of revenues compared to 25 percent at peer institutions. Tuition and fees are 17 percent of revenues compared to 14 percent peer average.

Finally, PJC spends less per FTE in core expense categories than peers for instruction (PJC at $3,341 compared to $5,053 average), academic support of $448 compared to $956, and institutional support of $1,190 compared to $2,280. PJC spends $1,127 compared to the average of $1,281 on student services.

In other business, the Regents: 

• Gave required annual approval to the Investment Policy – CAK (LOCAL). The policy had no changes from last year.

• Accepted the Local Policy Update #44 from the Texas Association of School Boards Policy Service. The update provided more local details for regent elections.

• Learned during the President’s Report that preliminary spring enrollment showed an increase in contact hours from both one and two years ago. The HVAC renovation in the Administration Building is largely meeting the timeline and offices should be able to move back into the building in February.

• Accepted the promotions/reassignments of Selynthia Martin as Educational Opportunity Center Student Support Services Coordinator and Madison Wells as Upward Bound Advisor; the employment of Sara Pierce as Educational Talent Search Advisor; and the resignations of Small Business Development Center Director Jennifer Johnston, Information Technology Director Eddie Mahar, and EOC SSS Coordinator Courtnie Wittkopf.

PJC Paris Junior College
PJC Paris Junior College

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.

Author: Matt Janson

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