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April 1, 2013

Allegany College boosting tuition rates

School officials request flat funding from county

CUMBERLAND — Allegany College of Maryland is requesting flat funding from the Allegany County Commission, despite a budget that anticipates flat enrollment, a 2 percent salary increase for employees and a 13 percent health insurance increase. The college’s fiscal year 2014 budget also anticipates a 3 percent tuition increase, college officials said.

Tuition is planned to increase from the current $105 per credit hour to $108 per credit hour, college officials said. Enrollment in 2012 was 12,970, including 4,782 students in the regular credit program and more than 8,000 in continuing education and work force training.

The college asked commissioners for $7.425 million from the commission, which would ensure continued flat funding from the state of Maryland. College officials thanked commissioners for their support.

“It really has helped our college develop things we’ve needed. ACM makes a difference in the fiber of our community,” said David DeWitt, vice president of finance for the college.

The school helps the area’s economy to the tune of more than $28 million a year in direct impact through salaries and expenditures for supplies and related items, college officials said. The college employs 840 full- and part-time positions, college officials said.

State aid is about 20 percent of ACM’s budget, or $5.787 million. The county has funded ACM at the same level since 2009.

College officials pointed out that as a percentage of total funding, ACM receives only 24 percent of funding from the county. By comparison, Hagerstown Community College receives 27 percent of its funding from Washington County and Garrett College 35 percent of its funding from Garrett County.

Faculty salaries are also lower at ACM than at nearby schools. The average weighted 10-month faculty salary at ACM is $53,452. At HCC, the average salary is $56,417 and the statewide average is $65,520.

College officials made their funding request during last week’s county budget sessions held at county offices on Kelly Road.

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