Howard Community College trustees are scheduled to vote tonight on an $18.3 million proposed operating budget that calls for a 7.3 percent increase in county support, but holds the line on tuition fees.
Two months ago, Community College President Dwight A. Burrill predicted layoffs and an increase in HCC's $44-per-credit tuition charge after being warned of prospective cuts in both state and county financing.
The budget proposal now includes no layoffs in 1991-1992, a 5.5 percent merit increase for college employees and six new faculty positions. It omits the annual cost-of-living increase that has been awarded by the college for the last five years, noting that if a cost-of-living increase is awarded, it will be given by the county government.
Burrill could not be reached for comment, but public relations director Randall R. Bengfort said college officials have been studying the budget for areas that could be cut without damaging the college program. They gave priority attention to avoiding a tuition increase, said Bengfort.
Budget reductions from the current year that will carry over into 1991-1992 include elimination of a word processor and an office-assistant position and cuts in debt service and computer rental contracts.
In addition to carry-over reductions, college officials anticipate additional income from tuition, based on expected enrollment increases; and county and state government sources. State aid is projected at $4.2 million for the 1991-1992 fiscal year, a $226,980 increase over current support.
The budget proposal asks the county government for $7.6 million, a 7.3 percent increase over this year's allotment.
The HCC trustees will be asked to add six full-timeinstructors to the faculty in 1991-1992. Enrollment growth is expected to generate a need for two additional instructors each in math andcommunications and one in computer systems or computer-assisted design. The sixth additional faculty member will teach courses in a new criminal justice program for students planning to transfer to four-year colleges as criminal justice majors.
College officials chose tocut expenses in the areas of educational programs that appear over cable television Channel 8, new equipment purchases and staff development. The college will not hire outside consultants to provide professional training for faculty members in 1991-1992, said Bengfort.
The proposed budget is based on a 4.6 percent increase in tuition revenues and fees, to $5 million. The rising income from tuition is based on expected enrollment increases. New fees will include charges for formerly-free tutoring services, although Bengfort said fees may be waived for students who are failing a course. Senior citizens will alsopay a $20 charge for courses taught at off-campus sites such as the Florence Bain Senior Center in Columbia and the Heartlands retirementcomplex in Ellicott City.
PROPOSED HOWARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE BUDGET
Category.. .. .. .. 1990-1991.. .. 1991-1992.. .. .. % change
Instruction.. .. .. $6,726,656.. . $7,617,135.. .. .. + 13.2
Public service.. .. . $105,410.. .. . $83,389.. .. .. - 20.9
Academic support.. $1,903,151.. . $1,884,660.. .. .. . - 0.9
Student services.. $2,840,911.. . $2,918,523.. .. .. . + 2.7
Plant operations.. $2,194,920.. . $2,384,146.. .. .. . + 8.6
Institutional support $3,106,326.. $3,264,897.. .. .. ..+ 5.1
Scholarships.. .. .. .. $75,612.. . $105,612.. .. .. + 39.6
The public service category primarily reflects cable television programs; academic support includes support services for instruction; institutional support includes administration, public relations, campus security, legal and auditing expenses.
SOURCE: Howard Community College