WESTMINSTER -- Carroll Community College's path to independence should be a smooth one, said a visiting official from the regional agency that will be considering the campus for accreditation.
Minna Weinstein, an associate director with the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges, met Wednesday with college and county officials.
The agency, based in Philadelphia, accredits all colleges and universities along the East Coast from New York to the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
Dr. Weinstein works in the agency's Commission on Higher Education.
Other commissions in the agency accredit elementary and secondary schools.
The agency usually will consider a school only after it has been approved by the state.
Carroll is still going through that process, but Dr. Weinstein expects the college to succeed.
"I have every expectation you will pass with flying colors where the state is concerned," Dr. Weinstein said. "I'm here today because I know now this process is going to move quickly."
Carroll Community College is in a unique position statewide as a branch campus that is seeking independence.
Dr. Weinstein said that she couldn't think of another college in her region that started in the same way.
The college has existed for 16 years, beginning when Catonsville Community College offered a few classes in Carroll County, and finally building its own campus in 1990.
The college has applied to the state for independence. This fall, an evaluation team from the Maryland Higher Education Commission will visit the campus.
Independent status will allow the college to receive about
$650,000 more per year in state funds.
The college now has accreditation through Catonsville and will at no point in the process be without accreditation, Executive Dean Joseph F. Shields has said.
He said he expects the college to be fully accredited by 1995.
By that time, he also hopes to have money committed to a new library.
The current library is too small, he said, for the growing enrollment at the school, which expects about 2,700 students this year.