CMC board contemplating ESL fees |

CMC board contemplating ESL fees

Julie Sutor
Summit County correspondent

Summit’s representative to the Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees wants a hearing on whether the college should start charging for English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction.

The courses are now free, but the college administration wants to charge non-native students to take the classes starting in January 2006 to defray expenses and create a sense of value that might result in more consistent attendance.

“It’s the board’s responsibility to establish policies for the college, and this is a little different than more traditional kinds of courses,” said CMC’s Summit County board member, Dick Bateman.

“In addition to that, it is my belief that the college needs to meet the needs of the community, and English as a Second Language (instruction) is one of those needs, especially in a community like ours,” Bateman said.

The proposed fees are not a stand-alone agenda item for the board’s July 11 meeting.

However, some board members have notified board chair Doris Dewton that they plan to add it to the meeting’s agenda.

Bateman doesn’t think the college should implement fees for ESL classes, but said he’s “willing to listen to the arguments before I finalize my decision.”

The CMC administration has not yet proposed how much the charge would be, and there is some disagreement on why fees are necessary and how high they should be.

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