Success forces Arundel school to alter plan Enrollment at college exceeds projections

November 27, 1995|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Success is continuing to change the face of Anne Arundel Community College.

Five years after settling on a 10-year campus master plan, administrators are being forced to revise it because student population and needs are exceeding projections.

"This college has been conducting classrooms in storerooms because we ran out of space," said Paul Luthringer, director of campus development.

College officials met last week with 14 contractors who are interested in drafting a blueprint for the construction and maintenance of buildings.

Proposals will be accepted until Dec. 14.

A committee will make its recommendation to the vice president of administration Jan. 5.

Much has changed since the college first held evening courses at Severna Park High School in 1961. The main campus on College Parkway in Arnold has grown from about 115 acres in 1982 to 165 acres. The adjacent West Campus has 235 acres.

School enrollment has surpassed expectations, Mr. Luthringer said. Almost 11,900 students are taking classes this year, about 3,000 more than were enrolled in 1990. The college projects an increase of another 2,200 students by 2000.

Administrators said the current master plan -- the third in the school's 34-year history -- has served the school well.

A 64,000-square-foot allied health center on the West Campus was completed last year, and a 9,000-square-foot addition is being built on the science building on the main campus. County officials broke ground recently for an $8.2 million fine arts building.

The plan also calls for renovations on the 19 buildings on the main campus and the construction of additional parking spaces to add to the existing 2,403.

"This is a very dynamic document. It is not a document that you do and put on the shelf," said Bill Trueblood, project coordinator for the school.

He said if the school is to continue to attract new students, it must meet professional and personal needs. "As society changes, and therefore the programs that students are interested in or need to be successful, we need to be responsive to those changes."

But he added: "We will stay a two-year community college."

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