Carroll Community College officials, warning against possible budget cuts and tuition increases, pressed the county commissioners yesterday to help them secure an additional $843,000 in state funding.
Executive Dean Joseph F. Shields told the commissioners that the Maryland Higher Education Commission has agreed that the college is entitled to an additional $843,000 as an independent institution.
However, Mr. Shields said, the funding didn't appear in the governor's fiscal 1994 budget. The money would be given to the college to correct an "inequitable funding formula," Mr. Shields said.
"It is clear that money should not prevent us from becoming independent" from Catonsville Community College, Mr. Shields said in a prepared statement.
"If we remain a campus of Catonsville, our fiscal problems will still have to be solved by the citizens of Carroll County. There is no financial benefit or incentive for Carroll to continue its current status with Catonsville."
Carroll Community College is in the process of seeking independence from Catonsville, its parent institution, and is awaiting authority from the Maryland Higher Education Commission to grant two-year degrees. Degrees earned by Carroll's students are now conferred by Catonsville.
The commissioners agreed to meet with Carroll Community College's advisory board and the county's legislative delegation "to see if something can be done very quickly." The commissioners said the meeting would be held either Monday or Wednesday next week.
Some of the money, he said, is needed to offset the state's withdrawal of Social Security payments for college employees.