Ccc Faces Cuts

February 24, 1991

Carroll Community College officials are looking for ways to trim another $150,000 from their proposed $5.75 million budget for 1991-1992.

Like other county agencies, CCC has been asked to trim its 1991-1992 fiscal plan by 2 percent, or about $581,000. CCC officials had already been preparing to cut $450,000, as the county requested earlier.

"I think what we are in the process of doing right now is preparing an impact statement," said Alan M. Schuman, CCC's interim directorand director of administration. "At this stage, there will be an impact and it will be a significant one. We have too many new people coming in and too few resources to work with. Services cost money."

Among the areas targeted for cuts to meet the initial $450,000 reduction were student support services. Library, computer lab and testing centers hours would be reduced, and less counseling would be availableto students, he said.

In addition, officials said some vacant andgrowth-related staff positions would be placed on hold.

"With theadditional reduction, we preliminarily believe that there may be some much more significant changes in the way we operate," Schuman said.

The proposed spending plan did not include additional dollars fornew initiatives but for more staff to accommodate a boost in studentenrollment.

Enrollment increased by 27 percent during the currentfiscal year, to 2,335 full- and part-time students, and is expected to grow another 10 percent to 20 percent in 1991-1992.

Schuman said CCC, part of the Baltimore County community colleges system, was not likely to raise its current tuition rate of $37 per credit.

Overall, the Baltimore system is not facing the same financial constraints as Carroll. Schuman said it was unlikely its board of trustees would recommend a system-wide tuition boost.

"We don't want to raise our tuition," he said. "Students are already struggling to pay as it is. We don't want to add to that burden."

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