College to get independence July 1

April 15, 1993|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Staff Writer

Carroll Community College will become independent July 1, following a vote yesterday by the Maryland Higher Education Commission that granted the school autonomy.

"It means the governor will now appoint a seven-member board of trustees who will be citizens of Carroll County," said Executive Dean Joseph Shields.

He said independence also will qualify Carroll Community College for about $250,000 more in the next fiscal year than it would have gotten as a branch campus of Catonsville Community College.

The college's budget this year is about $6 million.

And the local board will set the college's tuition, which until now has been set by the Baltimore County community college trustees, who control Catonsville.

"So we control our own destiny and we get a little more money," Dr. Shields said.

Dr. Shields attended the meeting of the Higher Education Commission in Annapolis yesterday. He said the measure passed smoothly, which he expected.

The commission's Education Policy Subcommittee last week recommended the independence.

"It feels great," he said. "It's been accomplished in just nine months."

The college had planned to become independent by 1995 or 1996, until state Secretary of Higher Education Shaila R. Aery visited in July and suggested accelerating the process.

That kicked the college into a faster pace, with visits and evaluations from Dr. Aery's office, as well as from the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges, the independent organization that accredits schools in the region.

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