ANNAPOLIS - Hagerstown Business College's proposal to offer four-year degrees has some people eager for another higher-education choice and others worried about the competition it would pose.
HBC, which offers associate degrees, has asked the Maryland Higher Education Commission to approve bachelor's degrees in information technology and business administration.
The commission was scheduled to vote on the request Wednesday, but the meeting was canceled due to bad weather.
The University System of Maryland, which has a downtown Hagerstown campus with the same bachelor's degrees, opposes HBC's plan.
C. David Warner III, the executive director of the Hagerstown campus, said nursing, education and social work programs are growing, but business administration and information systems management programs are not.
The university system has invested about $17 million in the campus, he said.
The Maryland Higher Education Commission looks at broader factors, said David Sumler, the commission's assistant secretary for planning and academic affairs. He said the county and adjacent areas are growing rapidly enough to support both schools' programs.