AACC board votes to raise fall tuition

April 14, 1994|By Carol L. Bowers | Carol L. Bowers,Sun Staff Writer

Anne Arundel Community College's board of trustees could not keep a promise made earlier this year and voted yesterday to raise tuition $4 per credit hour, to $58 a credit hour.

The last time the college raised tuition was in 1992, when tuition went from $44 per credit hour to $54 per credit hour.

The trustees also voted yesterday to create a revolving student loan program with $300,000 of the college's reserves -- something many private schools offer, said Ed Mallick, vice president for administration at AACC.

"This is the first time we've done anything like this," he said. "We wanted to help students who couldn't afford the tuition."

The new $58 per credit tuition will take effect this fall and is expected to raise $757,000, which will be spent to hire 14 full-time faculty and six staff members, he said. Three of the staff members will work in the college's new computer labs, he said.

Trustees had promised to hold the line on tuition in February when they adopted the proposed budget.

"We met with [County Executive Robert R. Neall] and he told the trustees if they felt strongly enough about the new positions and wanted to raise tuition he would go along with it," said Mr. Mallick.

He said the trustees acted because they are concerned about the increasing number of part-time professors.

"It's close to 50 percent in some departments, and it's averaging about 40 percent in others," Mr. Mallick said. The problem is not the caliber of the part-time faculty but availability, he said.

"It's difficult to find good part-time faculty. The wonderful chemistry teacher I have here this evening may be working at NSA during the day," said Mr. Mallick. "But our growth is in daytime enrollment, and it's hard to find part-time faculty who can work during the day."

The financial changes made yesterday reduced the college's overall proposed operating budget to $35.6 million, from the $38.5 million the trustees originally submitted.

Mr. Mallick said the county executive intends to ask the County Council to give the college $10.7 million in the fiscal year beginning July 1 -- about 7 percent more than the school received this year.

"Essentially that covers just enough to give our employees a 4 percent salary raise," Mr. Mallick said. College staff received a 2 percent raise in January, and the 4 percent raise due in July "is the second part of that agreement," Mr. Mallick said. The January raise was the first in three years.

The trustees also agreed to wait a year, until 1996, to begin a $220,000 fiber optic cable project and to seek money from a separate county account to pay for tree planting on campus, Mr. Mallick said. That dropped the proposed capital budget to $8.3 million instead of the $8.6 million the trustees voted on in February. The budget request prepared by Mr. Neall will be sent to the County Council, which will adopt a budget in May.

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