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EICC Considers Tuition Increase

It may soon cost more to attend the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges. Monday night the board of trustees will consider a staff recommendation to raise tuition by eight dollars per credit hour, to 187 dollars.

Chancellor Don Doucette says that's an increase of 4 1/2 per cent.

"Which is one of the higher rates that we've done during my tenure here. We're usually in the 2 to 3 per cent range but inflationary costs are really an issue and we just have to keep up in order to provide students with the services that they need to do well and succeed."

Doucette says inflation is pushing up the cost of personnel and energy, and the community college district also wants to put more money into scholarships.

And even with the increase, the cost to attend Scott, Clinton, and Muscatine community colleges will be the second lowest in Iowa.

If approved, the tuition increase will go into effect for the fall semester.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois. While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS. Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.