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Monday, January 5, 2015 - 10:13pm

Georgia Perimeter, Georgia State Possibly Merging

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that sources close to the story confirm that University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby plans to recommend consolidation of Georgia State University and Georgia Perimeter College.

The recommendation will come Tuesday during the first meeting of the year for the Board of Regents, the University System’s governing body.

System officials confirm there will be an item on the agenda regarding the future of the two institutions, but the Atlanta Journal Constitution says those officials declined to comment further.

With almost 54 thousand students, a merged Georgia State and Georgia Perimeter would be the largest institution in the state’s public college system.

The move would also be notable for its joining of Georgia State, a four-year research institution with Georgia Perimeter, a two-year access institution.

The merger will be the sixth within the past two years of schools within the state’s system of public colleges and universities.