Hagerstown Community College briefs

March 23, 2011

HCC proposes 3 percent tuition hike

Hagerstown Community College is proposing a 3 percent tuition increase that would take effect next fall, HCC spokeswoman Beth Stull said Tuesday.

The board will vote on the tuition hike at its April 26 meeting to be held at 1 p.m. in the board room in the Administrative Building on the campus east of Hagerstown, Stull said.

The last tuition hike of 2 percent took effect with last fall's session, Stull said.

The current per-credit-hour tuition rates are $100 for in-county students; $156 for out-of-county students; and $206 for out-of-state students, Stull said.

The proposed per-credit-hour tuition rates are $103 for in-county students; $161 for out-of-county; and $212 for out-of-state students.

HCC employees get $750 stipend

Full-time Hagerstown Community College employees received a one-time, $750 stipend earlier this month, HCC spokeswoman Beth Stull said Tuesday.

The college board of trustees unanimously approved the stipend during its February meeting, according to meeting minutes available at

The stipend will help offset rising health-care costs, according to the minutes. It was needed because  salaries and wages were not increased this fiscal year and are not proposed to go up in the next fiscal year, Stull said.

The stipends were provided to 270 full-time employees, Stull said.

The stipends cost $202,500, plus $11,441 for the college's required contribution to the Federal Insurance Contributions Act, or FICA, Stull wrote in an e-mail to The Herald-Mail.

HCC enrollment up 2.5 percent

Hagerstown Community College's enrollment was up 2.5 percent, or by 107 students, this spring, compared with spring 2010, according to figures released Tuesday.

That brings this spring's enrollment to 4,400 students, according to email information provided by HCC spokeswoman Beth Stull. Spring enrollment figures were taken during the third week of the spring session.

Enrollment this spring is equivalent to 1,282 full-time students, up 2.6 percent from 1,250 during the spring 2010 session, Stull said.

The college has many part-time students. Full-time equivalencies aid comparisons to other colleges' enrollments, Stull said.

The school's fall session enrollment increased 5.7 percent.

Enrollment was 4,898 students last fall, compared with 4,635 students in the fall of 2009. The college had the equivalent of 1,435 full-time students last fall compared to 1,364 in the fall of 2009.

Nora Roberts Writing Institute eyed

Discussions are under way regarding the creation of a Nora Roberts Writing Institute at Hagerstown Community College, possibly as early as this summer.

Roberts is a New York Times best-selling author who lives in Keedysville.

Plans are still tentative, but at this point, Roberts is not expected to speak at the institute, but the romance/suspense writer would sponsor the program, HCC spokeswoman Beth Stull said.

The concept under discussion is a three-day weekend writing institute during which different authors speak, Stull said.

The institute would focus primarily on fiction writing at first, Stull said. There might be a focus on a different genre, such as romance or mystery, each year.


— Julie E. Greene

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