Carroll Community College
|Carroll Community College|
|Motto||"Become Who You Are"|
|President||Dr. Faye Pappalardo|
|Location||Westminster, Maryland, United States
Responding to interest expressed by citizens of Carroll County, the Carroll County Board of Commissioners examined the need for additional educational opportunities in the county in 1973. As a result, the county commissioners appointed a team to conduct a special study to review the possibilities.
Catonsville Community College took an interest in the idea and presented a proposal, which was sent to a Carroll Community College Advisory Committee with the purpose of evaluating the recommendation for a community college. Then, a draft Community College Service Agreement was forwarded to Catonsville Community College. On February 10, 1976, the Carroll County Commissioners entered into a three-year contractual agreement with Catonsville Community College to establish a branch campus in Carroll County. The green light was given for the Carroll County branch of Catonsville Community College to begin its instructional program for more than 750 students with over 1500 course registrations.
As a result of a visit by the Maryland State Secretary of Higher Education, Dr. Shaila Aery, the college began to take steps towards becoming independent. In 1992, the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) directed the college to begin the process for it to achieve degree-granting status as a two-year community college.
In late 1992, the college met with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), to become accredited as a two-year, degree-granting institution. After visits by evaluating teams representing MHEC and MSCHE, degree-granting status was offered by MHEC in 1993 and candidacy with MSCHE was awarded the same year.
Carroll Community College was granted full accreditation in 1996. In 2006, college accreditation was reaffirmed. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2010.