Carroll CC to become independent

January 22, 1993|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Staff Writer

Carroll Community College plans to end its contract as a branch of Catonsville Community College effective June 30, 1997.

The county commissioners will be sending a letter Baltimore County-based Catonsville officials, informing them of the plan, which has been in the preparation stage for several months. But the schools plan to maintain some affiliation.

Wednesday, the Carroll Community College Advisory Board unanimously endorsed the letter from the commissioners.

In other action Wednesday night, the board approved creation of the Carroll Community College Medal.

The letter from the commissioners asks that the contract be terminated in 1997, but that negotiations begin in July 1993 "to provide a continued affiliation between Catonsville and Carroll for appropriate, mutually beneficial, cost-effective administrative and academic support services up to and beyond June 30, 1997."

Since last summer, Carroll Community College has been taking steps to become independent. The move will qualify Carroll for more state money each year than it gets as a branch of Catonsville.

Until Carroll gains independence and sets up a board of directors, the commissioners act as that board. The board of directors will be appointed by the governor, with the advice and consent of Carroll state legislators.

The letter about ending the contract will be no surprise to officials at Catonsville, who have been supportive of Carroll's independence.

The process includes approval from the Maryland Higher Education Commission and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

The college will have its first commencement ceremony in May, and will also begin a tradition of awarding the medals to several outstanding people in the community.

The board will choose the recipients based on criteria including leadership and support for the improvement of higher education and a commitment to learning.

Until this year, those who completed their studies at Carroll attended a commencement for Catonsville Community College.

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