It's time for the state to play fair, say the trustees of Carroll Community College.
The college gained its independence in July, but is still far behind other community colleges in its category in the amount of money per student it gets from the state budget.
The trustees invited the Carroll County delegation to breakfast yesterday to arm them with numbers that should help representatives and Sen. Larry Haines make the case for more money when they go to Annapolis in January.
Last year, college officials tried to get more money, based on the funding formula used with other community colleges. Alan Schuman, vice president for administration, figured the college was entitled to an additional $843,056.
But Carroll ended up with only $256,277 more.
This year could be different, Del. Richard N. Dixon said yesterday at the breakfast.
"This is the first year of many where we have additional revenues they're projecting," Mr. Dixon said.
When Carroll Community College asked for the additional money last year, it prompted presidents from other community colleges to urge the state not to cut into their grants to make up the difference to Carroll.
This year, the Maryland Higher Education Commission is expected to propose that the state should budget additional dollars for the whole community college pool, so Carroll and the other community colleges can get their fair shares, said Barbara Charnock, chairwoman of the Carroll Community College trustees.
The state pays Carroll $1,053 per student. But the average state contribution for a school of Carroll's size is $1,786 per student. On the high end, Garrett Community College gets $2,314. After Carroll, the next-lowest-paid is Allegany Community College at $1,614 per student.
If Carroll gets the additional money it is seeking, it could mean the college will receive $800,000 more a year, beginning in the 1995 fiscal year.
What would the college do with that money?
James Bruns, the vice president for instruction, would like to have more full-time and fewer part-time faculty.
"Your full-time faculty are the ones who keep the curriculum current," he said. "They are the ones who advise students, do the committee work of the college. They really provide the structure of the college."
Dr. Bruns also hopes to add new programs for physical therapy assistants, environmental science technicians and medical records technicians. Mr. said that if the state does not provide the additional money, "We delay those things.
"Either we get the state money to do it, we don't do it, or we go to the county government to do it. Raising tuition is always one of the variables."
Carroll's tuition is $48 per credit hour, compared to a state average of $53, he said.
Ms. Charnock said the board members wanted to provide the delegation with as much information as possible so they could push for the extra money.