With respect to the setting of charges for non-credit courses offered by the Maricopa Community Colleges, the Chancellor shall follow the parameters for setting non-credit private course offering and non-credit public course offerings, as applicable to the course and individuals taking the course. Courses that have charges that fall within these parameters are considered to be a "safe harbor charge" and may be implemented without specific governing board approval. Any charges that do not conform to these parameters must be specifically approved by the Governing Board before the non-credit course is offered.
Accordingly, the Chancellor shall:
- Develop and implement charges for non-credit private course offerings. Private course offerings are for customized training for individual businesses or public agencies. Course pricing is market based and negotiated with each individual business or public agency. Such pricing is considered to be a "safe harbor charge", which shall be calculated to recover, at a minimum, total estimated direct costs.
- Develop and implement charges for public non-credit course offerings. Non-credit public course offerings are for customized personal interest instruction. Enrollment is open to all individuals. Each individual is personally responsible for payment of all course charges. Such pricing is considered to be a "safe harbor charge" and shall be developed based upon estimated enrollment to recover total estimated direct costs, but not exceed total estimated direct costs plus 75% for other charges associated with course offerings. Pricing may be developed based on aggregate costs for all non credit public offerings by a college to allow for cost and revenue sharing to offer the broadest mix of courses possible.
- Develop charges using the definition for direct costs, as appropriate. Direct costs are for services and products directly associated with providing a course. These may include salaries and benefits, supplies, capital equipment, travel, transportation, lodging, facility or equipment rental, postage, marketing, bank credit card charges, and admission charges.
- Develop charges using the definition for other charges associated with course offerings, as appropriate. Other charges are for shared services and products that support non-credit course offerings but are not directly associated with a specific course. These may include direct and indirect administrative overhead (administrative salaries and benefits, supplies, postage, marketing, travel, memberships), and charges for future development of new courses.
MONITORING Method and Frequency
Frequency (Minimum): Ongoing/Matter of Practice
AMENDED February 22, 2011, Motion No. 9781, 9782
AMENDED December 13, 2005, Motion No. 9349
ADOPTED March 25, 2003, Motion No. 9152