ACC Student Election Concerning Student Bond Fees

LITTLETON, CO (September 15, 2017)

You should have received an email to your student email account in regards to a 30-day notification under State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education (SBCCOE) Board Policy 4-20 of 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.

CSU logo“We are pleased to join with Arapahoe Community College, Douglas County Schools and the Town of Castle Rock on the Collaboration Campus,” says Colorado State University President and CSU System Chancellor Tony Frank. “True to its name, the campus will provide students with the opportunity to move from high school, to the community college level and then facilitates attendance at our Fort Collins campus, CSU-Pueblo or other four-year universities without ever leaving the region. As a CSU System initiative, this represents the best of what a 21st century land-grant university should be doing – building shared solutions through education, research and leadership – as we connect the resources and assets of our university to this innovative learning concept.”

Per SBCCOE Board Policy 4-20 bond fees are defined as: A new fee or fee increase (in excess of inflation only) assessed for the construction, renovation, and /or operation and maintenance of auxiliary or academic facilities.

Currently, students who attend courses at ACC (any campus and online, except high schools and special contracts) pay a building bond fee of $2.80 per credit hour. The current fee pays for an existing bond obligation and maintenance and upkeep of existing ACC facilities and resources. If this referendum is approved, the fee will be increased to $8.35. If not approved, the building bond fee of $2.80 will remain in effect for these students. Please watch for more information during the next 30 days regarding the referendum and the details of how to vote.

Read more in our Student Bond Fee FAQs.

From October 17 – 19, 2017 all enrolled ACC students will have the opportunity to vote yes or no on the following:

ACC Student Election Concerning Fees
October 17-19, 2017
Referendum

Shall the current building bond fee of $2.80 per credit be increased by $5.55 per credit, resulting in a total bond building fee of $8.35?

The funds from the proposed bond fee will be utilized to continue payment on the existing bond obligation, finance the construction, maintenance and operation of a new ACC collaboration campus in Castle Rock, as well as to pay for continuing maintenance and renovations of existing ACC facilities and resources.

The total proposed fee of $8.35 would be used first to fund the following expenditures, in order of priority: repayment of the bond debt to finance construction and operation of the new ACC collaboration campus in Castle Rock; ongoing expenses to operate and maintain existing ACC facilities and resources. The fee will be assessed of all eligible students currently paying the $2.80 bond fee and only be assessed for the first 12 credit hours per semester. The fee will not be assessed for credit hours exceeding 12 credits per semester. The new fee would be effective July 1, 2018.

Castle Rock Collaboration Campus Location Map

The Meadows Site - Meadows Parkway & I-25 (across I-25 from the Promenade of Csatle Rock and the Outlets at Castle Rock)

Potential Design of the Castle Rock Collaboration Campus

Diagram of potential Castle Rock Collaboration Campus layout/design