Aacc President Warns Of Effects Of Cutbacks

May 08, 1991|By Samuel Goldreich | Samuel Goldreich,Staff writer

Last year, the county's community college president said Anne Arundel might as well "eat its young" if it doesn't continue paying for hisconstantly growing school. His metaphor this year went a little further.

"The hemorrhaging is beginning," Anne Arundel Community College President Thomas Florestano told the County Council yesterday. "Now we're starting to eat into our seed corn."

He warned that limited resources have forced the college to rely on part-time faculty for 38 percent of its instruction, up from 33 percent in 1986. The figure is 46 percent for social sciences and 41 percent for computers and mathematics. The state ceiling is 50 percent.

Although the college expects the student body to continue its recent growth (5.5 percent in 1991), County Executive Robert R. Neall's fiscal 1992 budget request is up only $129,970 (.4 percent) from thisyear.

The budget includes no new county funds but proposes a 7.8 percent increase in tuition and fees to offset a 6.6 percent drop in state aid.

Only one new position would be created, a radiology instructor.

Like the rest of county government -- except the fire department, where Neall proposes to shorten the work week -- the collegebudget includes money only for merit raises.

The budget also cutsthe county's $365,000 subsidy for contract education programs, whichwill be moved to the Arundel Center North.

Most other spending is5 percent to 10 percent below 1991 levels, except for a 6 percent increase in laboratory supplies, which are paid for through student fees.

Tuition per credit-hour would increase from $42 to $44, and students will pay a $20 car registration fee.

Parking is a major component of the capital budget, with $189,250 for 400 new new spaces.

Other major items include:

* $1,022,000 for a new humanities building;

* $400,000 for planning and engineering of a health and public services building;

* $143,250 for planning and engineering for new office, classroom and laboratory buildings on the western side ofthe campus.

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