.01 General Principles.

A. This chapter provides guidelines for determining space needs that are eligible for capital funding by the State. The space allocation guidelines delineated in this chapter are to be used to compute suggested maximum allowances for a campus for each type of space in the National Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS) Space Classification System. These guidelines may not be used to design a specific space or facility. Any space architecturally designed, however, shall fall within the computed needs developed in Regulation .03 of this chapter.

B. These regulations are not fixed standards and may be subject to modifications when justified as reflected in the Maryland Higher Education Commission's Community College Facilities Manual. The regulations shall be used by the Department of Budget and Management, the Department of General Services, the Maryland Higher Education Commission, and the Board of Public Works in evaluating both long-range planning and individual construction projects.

C. Normally, projects shall be planned using a 10-year enrollment projection certified by the Secretary of Higher Education.

D. On-campus full-time day (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) students and part-time day students shall be equated to full-time day equivalent (FTDE) students. This count, used in conjunction with space factors, shall be the major basis for determining space needs. Only students attending the campus for which space needs are being computed shall be counted.

E. The FTDE count for each college shall be certified by the Secretary.

F. On-campus daytime weekly student contact hours (WSCH) shall be used to compute classroom and laboratory space needs. The WSCH shall be certified by the Secretary of Higher Education.

G. Eligible noncredit contact hours may be included in computing space, and only on-campus hours shall be included. When reporting eligible noncredit contact hours, MHEC Form CC-S6 shall be used.

H. Enrollment projections to be used by a college in applying these regulations should be consistent with the approved role and mission statement for that college. The enrollment projection should be that which is contained in the facilities master plan most recently endorsed by the Commission.

I. Office space is based on the count of full-time equivalent faculty, full-time administrators, full-time librarians, full-time staff, and student officers as certified to by the Secretary.

J. The space inventory to be used by a college in applying these regulations to determine eligibility for State funding is the total amount of on-campus space minus space contained in temporary structures. Temporary structures are those with an anticipated useful life of less than 15 years or those that were not intended to occupy space on campus for more than 15 years from original construction.

K. The space inventory is recorded in terms of net assignable square feet (NASF). The space allowances computed under these guidelines are also recorded as NASF.