Community College Board of Trustees Approves
Establishment of New Intercollegiate Sports Program
On Wednesday, Oct. 18, the Board of Trustees of Carroll
Community College (Carroll) authorized the College to begin the process of
introducing an intercollegiate sports program for the first time at the College.
The Board approved the motion during its monthly meeting. The approval allows
the College to submit membership applications to the National Junior College
Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the Maryland Junior College Athletic
Conference (MD JUCO).
The College plans to offer women’s
and men’s cross country, and women’s and men’s soccer during the first phase.
The program is expected to launch in Fall, 2019. Fielding teams in subsequent
years will depend on success during the first phase. Other programs under
consideration for future phases may include lacrosse, baseball and softball.
An internal feasibility study
during the summer of 2017 concluded that offering intercollegiate sports may
increase full-time enrollment and expand academic programs at the College.
Dr. Rosalie Mince, Vice
President of Academics and Student Affairs, stated, “Offering
intercollegiate athletics is certainly a strategy that we hope will positively
affect enrollment, but it is also a chance for Carroll to provide students with
more opportunities to develop their leadership and teamwork skills.
Participation in intercollegiate athletics requires grit. We want to help
students develop the abilities they need to set long-term goals and overcome
Current NJCAA regulations require
athletes to maintain eligibility. Student-athletes at Carroll would need to be
full-time, taking at least 12 credits in the fall and spring semesters. They
must also achieve a minimum 2.0 GPA and make satisfactory progress towards
degree completion to remain eligible.
According to the study,
Carroll County has one of the highest participation rates for high school
athletics in the state of Maryland. Over 3,600 high school athletes
participated in at least one sport in 2015-2016. Carroll is only one of two community colleges
in the state that does not have intercollegiate sports.
“A new intercollegiate sports
program will meet a growing need among prospective and current Carroll students
who commit to playing a sport in college,” said College President Dr. James D.
Ball. “High school athletic directors report that they believe more high school
athletes would continue athletics in college if local opportunities existed.
Carroll wants to be a student athlete’s first choice in this arena. We believe
that a new program would be an attractive alternative to colleges outside the
county for student athletes.”
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Carroll Community College offers academic and career
preparation leading to transfer to four-year colleges and universities, and for
direct entry into professional opportunities. Personalized learning, small
class size, individualized attention from expert faculty, affordability, a convenient
location, and customized training and services to the business community all
make Carroll a popular choice. Since 1993, the College has served more than
130,000 students of all ages and backgrounds. Carroll Community College is
located at 1601 Washington Road, Westminster, Md., 21157.