Essex proposes tuition increase College officials attempt to cope with budget cuts.

October 14, 1991|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,Evening Sun Staff

Essex Community College today made various proposals to raise tuition, furlough workers and eliminate certain classes in an effort to meet $3 million in budget cuts imposed by Gov. William Donald Schaefer.

Layoffs are not among the cost-cutting measures outlined in three formal budget scenarios that Essex plans to submit to the Baltimore County Board of Community College Trustees, according to Richard L. Trent, a college spokesman.

However, the proposals include imposing a parking fee, closing off-campus centers and curtailing classes for senior citizens.

The governor has ordered a total of $7.4 million to be cut by the county's three community colleges.

Spokeswomen for Catonsville Community College and Dundalk Community College today refused to provide their plans, saying details are not yet complete.

Catonsville must come up with $3.2 million and Dundalk with $1.2 million in cuts.

Essex has about 12,000 students, compared with Catonsville's roughly 13,000. Dundalk has an enrollment of about 3,600.

The board, which makes policy for all three colleges, is to meet at Catonsville Oct. 23 to adopt a budget-cutting plan.

The size of the tuition increase is the central variable in the three scenarios that Essex has proposed. The plans suggest raising tuition by $7, $11 or $14 a credit.

Essex increased its tuition by $2 this year to $39 a credit.

A full-time Essex student carrying 15 credits is now paying $565 tuition each semester, which takes into account a slight dip in the charge per credit after the 11th credit.

A $7 increase would raise that student's tuition by $105. An $11 increase would raise it by $165, and a $14 increase, by $216.

If the board decides to adopt the $14 increase, the resulting $1 million in revenue would preclude the need for two other cost-cutting proposals -- a $10 parking fee and a three-day unpaid furlough for employees during the winter. Parking is now free.

The most noticeable cuts may be proposals to cancel a four-week mini-semester in January, to cancel tuition-free, spring classes for senior citizens, and to close off-campus centers next semester.

The centers are located in White Marsh, where business courses are taught, and at the Towson United Methodist Church, where general for-credit courses are conducted.

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