Laboratory Fee Modifications

Florida Statute 1009.23(12) (a) grants authority to Florida College System institutional board of trustees to establish laboratory fees.  These fees “shall not exceed the cost of services provided and shall only be charged to persons receiving the service.”  In compliance with the state statute, Broward College created a specific institutional policy that governs the creation, review, and adjustment of laboratory fees (BC Policy 6.14).  The review process includes an analysis of the paid enrollment for the course(s) and the actual allowable expenditures related to the course(s). 

All laboratory fees are used to purchase items and equipment that are specifically related to the student learning outcomes and objectives of a course(s).  The fees may also be used to support part-time personnel who work in the laboratories and support students enrolled in the courses. 

Fee changes typically occur for three reasons:

  1. Fluctuations in Enrollment: The laboratory fee is based on paid student enrollment. Student enrollment has an inverse relationship with the laboratory fee.  Therefore, if enrollment in a course decreases then the laboratory fee increases.  The overall expenditures for the course may remain the same but the per student cost is increased due to the decrease in enrollment.  
  2. Increases in the Cost of Expenditures: In situations where enrollment essentially remains constant, or slightly increases, the laboratory fee adjustment is the result of increases to the cost of the expenditures related to that course. The college’s procurement process requires departments to obtain multiple bids and/or quotes on course resources to evaluate the overall cost of the “goods or service.”  Systems are in place to ensure that the procurement process secures the necessary course resources at the most affordable cost to the student and the college.
  3. Revisions to Curriculum and Courses: If a course is no longer offered at the college, or the curriculum is modified within an academic program, to include the addition of a new course, these changes may impact the percentage of courses that share expenditures. When the number of courses is increased or decreased within a given program or the content of a courses changes, the fees for these courses may be impacted.

The proposed fee changes in the table below are a result of a calculation that measures the paid enrollment in these courses against the annual expenditures of resources used to support these courses.   In some disciplines, expenditures are shared across multiple courses.  The calculation of these shared expenditures is based on percentage equivalent to the enrollment in these courses, so students are only obligated for the actual cost associated with the specific course for which they are enrolled. 

The proposed fee modifications will be presented to the Broward College Board of Trustees on Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at the L.A. Lee YMCA / Mizell Community Center, 1409 Sistrunk Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311 starting at 1:00 p.m.

Laboratory Fees Proposed to be Increased

Course ID

Course Title

Current Fee

Effective Fall 2023

BCN2253C

BUILDING CONSTRUCTION DRAWING

$8.00

$120.00

NMT1804

NM CLIN ED I

$18.00

$50.00

NMT1814

NM CLIN ED II

$18.00

$50.00

NMT2824

NM CLIN EDUC III

$18.00

$50.00

NMT2834

NM CLIN ED IV

$18.00

$50.00

NUR1220L

HLT ALTN I CLN

$53.00

$57.00

NUR1304L

TR PED CL

$49.00

$57.00

NUR1310L

PED NUR LAB

$56.00

$61.00

NUR1400L

TR HLTH WMN CL

$49.00

$57.00

NUR1421L

HLT CAR WM LAB

$55.00

$62.00

NUR1500L

TR PSYCH CL

$49.00

$57.00

NUR1520L

PSY PATNT LAB

$53.00

$57.00

NUR2000L

TRAN NURS I CL

$49.00

$57.00

NUR2222L

HLT ALT III CL

$53.00

$59.00

NUR2801L

TR NUR IV CL L

$360.00

$405.00

NUR2811L

TRN PRC ROL CL

$360.00

$405.00

PCB3063L

GENETICS LAB

$20.00

$142.00

New Courses Laboratory Fees Proposed to be Increased

Course ID

Course Title

Current Fee

Effective Fall 2023

CAP2788C

DATA+

$        -  

$95.00

CAP4612C

Practical Machine Learning

$        -  

$50.00

CTS2382C

Windows Server Admin

$        -  

$56.00

COP2044C

Machine Learning w/Python

$        -  

$95.00

ISM3309C

Agile Product Ownership

$        -  

$100.00

Laboratory Fees Proposed to be Removed

Course ID

Course Title

Current Fee

Effective Fall 2023

NUR3069L

ADVANCED HEALTH LAB

$100.00

$     -  

NUR4636L

COMMUNITY HEALTH

$100.00

$    -  

NUR4945L

NUR CAPSTONE PRACTICUM

$12.00

$    -

NMT2844

NM CLIN ED V

$18.00

$    -

Laboratory Fees Proposed to be Decreased

Course ID

Course Title

Current Fee

Effective Fall 2023

NMT1002L

NM INTRO LAB

$47.00

$22.00

NMT2713L

NM METHOD 1 LAB

$47.00

$22.00

NMT2723L

NM METHOD II LAB

$47.00

$22.00

NUR1020L

NU PR I CL LAB

$81.00

$57.00

NUR1210L

NU PR II CL

$76.00

$59.00

NUR2221L

HLT ALT II CLN

$62.00

$59.00

Proposed Laboratory Fees Increase- Justification

Course ID

Course Title

Current Fee

Effective Fall 2023

Main Reasons

More Specific

ISM3309C

Agile Product Ownership

-

$100.00

Brand-new laboratory fees (initial course offering)

Cost for ICAgile certificate

CTS2382C

Windows Server Admin

-

$56.00

Brand-new laboratory fees (initial course offering)

Yearly maintenance cost of equipment, consumable supplies, and lab support. This course will replace course CTS2391C.

CAP2788C

DATA+

-

$95.00

Brand-new laboratory fees (initial course offering)

Cost for CompTIA certification exam

COP2044C

Machine Learning w/Python

-

$95.00

Brand-new laboratory fees (initial course offering)

Cost for CompTIA certification exam

CAP4612C

Practical Machine Learning

-

$50.00

Brand-new laboratory fees (initial course offering)

Cost for certification exam

NMT1804

NM CLIN ED I

 

$18.00

$50.00

Increased supply/material costs

Increased cost of badges and rings, which are used to monitor student’s radiation dose.

 

NMT1814

NM CLIN ED II

 

$18.00

$50.00

Increased supply/material costs

Increased cost of badges and rings, which are used to monitor student’s radiation dose.

 

NMT2824

NM CLIN ED III

 

$18.00

$50.00

Increased supply/material costs

Increased cost of badges and rings, which are used to monitor student’s radiation dose.

 

NMT2834

NM CLIN ED IV

 

$18.00

$50.00

Increased supply/material costs

Increased cost of badges and rings, which are used to monitor student’s radiation dose.

 

BCN2253C

 

BUILDING CONSTRUCTION DRAWING

 

$8.00

$120.00

Increased equipment costs

We upgraded our printer to a more reliable machine as the current one has persistent issues with loading rolls of paper. The new machine allows us to print construction plans on 36-inch-wide rolls instead of 24-inch rolls offering us greater size and paper flexibility. The new machine includes a 5-year service contract to facilitate reliable operation.

 

 

PCB3063L

 

GENETICS LAB

 

$20.00

$142.00

Increased supply/material costs

The PCB3063L class is required for all students in the Biosecurity tracks of the BS program so the lab must run each major term and there is no alternate class to which to divert students. Due to the high-quality curriculum of the class and the lab exercises specifically selected, alternate vendors are not able to supply the necessary kits and materials.

NUR1220L

HLT ALTN I CLN

$53.00

$57.00

Increased supply/material costs

The price of lab supplies has increased and the number of simulation hours for the course has increased, so the cost of providing the experiences has increased.

NUR1304L

TR PED CL

$49.00

$57.00

Increased supply/material costs

The price of lab supplies has increased and the number of simulation hours for the course has increased, so the cost of providing the experiences has increased.

 

NUR1310L

PED NUR LAB

$56.00

$61.00

Increased supply/material costs

The price of lab supplies has increased and the number of simulation hours for the course has increased, so the cost of providing the experiences has increased.

 

NUR1400L

TR HLTH WMN CL

$49.00

$57.00

Increased supply/material costs

The price of lab supplies has increased and the number of simulation hours for the course has increased, so the cost of providing the experiences has increased.

 

NUR1421L

HLT CAR WM LAB

$55.00

$62.00

Increased supply/material costs

The price of lab supplies has increased and the number of simulation hours for the course has increased, so the cost of providing the experiences has increased.

 

NUR1500L

TR PSYCH CL

$49.00

$57.00

Increased supply/material costs

The price of lab supplies has increased and the number of simulation hours for the course has increased, so the cost of providing the experiences has increased.

 

 

NUR1520L

PSY PATNT LAB

$53.00

$57.00

Increased supply/material costs

The price of lab supplies has increased and the number of simulation hours for the course has increased, so the cost of providing the experiences has increased.

 

NUR2000L

TRAN NURS I CL

$49.00

$57.00

Increased supply/material costs

The price of lab supplies has increased and the number of simulation hours for the course has increased, so the cost of providing the experiences has increased.

NUR2222L

HLT ALT III CL

$53.00

$59.00

Increased supply/material costs

The price of lab supplies has increased and the number of simulation hours for the course has increased, so the cost of providing the experiences has increased.

 

NUR2801L

TR NUR IV CL L

$360.00

$405.00

Increased examination costs

In this lab course, students receive preparation for taking the nursing licensure exam and the fee for providing this has increased significantly.  This does preclude the student from having to purchase any additional NCLEX prep materials, which they did in the past and had to pay for on their own.  It is now included in the course materials.

NUR2811L

TRN PRC ROL CL

$360.00

$405.00

Increased examination costs

In this lab course, students receive preparation for taking the nursing licensure exam and the fee for providing this has increased significantly.  This does preclude the student from having to purchase any additional NCLEX prep materials, which they did in the past and had to pay for on their own.  It is now included in the course materials.