Wed., September 14, 2011 2:50pm (EDT)

State Could Consolidate Colleges
By Josephine Bennett
Updated: 3 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Map of public college campuses in Georgia (image courtesy University System of Georgia)
Map of public college campuses in Georgia (image courtesy University System of Georgia)
University System of Georgia officials are looking at consolidating some of the state’s 35 public colleges and universities. It’s a response to ongoing budget cuts to higher education.

The news comes as the Georgia Board of Regents announced this week another 2-percent in proposed budget cuts. Those cuts include fewer course offerings, smaller staffs, and deferring maintenance.

Board of Regents spokesperson John Millsaps says Chancellor Hank Huckaby told the board the state cannot sustain historic growth in higher education.

“The model post war has been to build buildings and hire the faculty, create the programs and enroll the students as fast as you could. And, that kind of growth model was rewarded. But, today he says that’s not the model he can continue to sustain."

Huckaby says the state should focus on having the right number of campuses in the right locations. Meanwhile enrollment continues to set records.