CCC to trim budget by 2.3% $238,000 shortfall results from flat enrollment

September 25, 1997|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF

Carroll Community College administrators will trim 2.3 percent of the school's spending to prevent a shortfall in the $10 million 1998 budget.

The $238,000 shortfall is the result of enrollment that has remained flat instead of growing as projected, said Alan Schuman, vice president for administration.

"Because fall enrollment is down, I'm assuming spring will be down, too," Schuman said. He has adjusted the budget to reflect 127 fewer full-time students for the year.

The shortfall is about $100,000 more than last year. Enrollment for the past three years did not grow as projected and the college had to scale back plans for spending, Schuman said.

As in the past, the college will try to reduce spending with no direct impact on students and no reduction in course offerings or class sections, he said.

"The fiscal year has just begun, so we have a lot of opportunities to reposition our spending pattern," Schuman said. The fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30.

The college will realize savings from delaying filling vacant positions, although not for any jobs that would require canceling a course. It is possible students might notice a delay in getting appointments or responses from offices if they are understaffed, he said.

The purchase of about $50,000 in equipment -- mostly computers and accessories -- will be frozen, he said. The budget included $150,000 for such equipment, but $100,000 had been spent.

"While every dollar is important, we feel we can do this without impacting on the students," Schuman said. No staff will be cut or laid off, he said.

The college has been trying to reach a goal recommended by the association that accredits it to have 60 percent of its courses taught by full-time faculty and no more than 40 percent by adjunct instructors. About 56 percent of the college's courses are taught by full-time instructors.

Schuman said that while the college doesn't want to let that percentage slip, it won't reach 60 percent if enrollment remains flat.

In the budget-building process for next year, Schuman said, the college will estimate enrollment with little or no growth.

"We're going to learn our lesson this time around and not project as much growth," Schuman said.

"We create our estimates for enrollment 18 months in advance," Schuman said.

The main factor for estimates is high school population in the county.

He said that the college is uncertain why enrollment has flattened, but that a healthy economy often is a factor.

Parents are more likely to be able to afford to send their children to four-year colleges and universities, and the pool of part-time students looking to boost employment skills declines as the employment rate goes up, Schuman said.

Pub Date: 9/25/97

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