Hopkins may expand Columbia offerings

December 13, 1991|By Michael J. Clark | Michael J. Clark,Howard County Bureau of The Sun

Howard Community College graduates could enroll at Johns Hopkins University's Columbia Gateway Corporate Park to earn bachelor's degrees under a pilot program being planned by the schools.

Stanley C. Gabor, dean of the Johns Hopkins University's School of Continuing Education, said yesterday that talks under way between officials of the schools aim at starting the program as early as next fall.

"We would provide third- and fourth-year programs based on the

strengths of Hopkins in business, education and the health professions," he said. The program would be the first link of its kind between Hopkins and a community college.

A spokeswoman for the state Board of Community Colleges said that Frostburg State College has similar working relationships with several community colleges in western Maryland. However, she knew of no other arrangement between a public community college and a private institution like Hopkins.

The Columbia-based community college is "pleased and honored that Hopkins looks at us as an institution whose students are of high enough quality to be accepted at Hopkins," said Carol C. Copenhaver, college vice president and dean of instruction. "We plan to develop a program so that every course a student takes here will transfer to Hopkins."

Hopkins officials announced yesterday that the university will move its Columbia operations from the 12,000-square-foot space at the Overlook Center, where it has operated since 1984, to 20,638 square feet of space it is leasing from the Manekin Corp. in a new building at Columbia Gateway Corporate Park off Route 175.

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