Applications are up at Augusta State University. About 3,670 people have applied for undergraduate and graduate programs for fall 2012, an increase of 15 percent, according to registrar and director of admissions Katherine Sweeney.
Students, faculty and alumni now know who will be implementing consolidation plans at Georgia public colleges. University system officials released the names of stake-holders who'll be serving on committees to turn eight institutions into four. But they haven't yet specified how much the consolidations could save.
Merging eight of Georgia's public colleges will likely involve layoffs, the elimination of some academic programs, and name changes at the long established institutions. And at least one campus president will lose his title once his campus merges with another college.
The state Board of Regents voted Tuesday to merge eight of Georgia's public colleges. The goal is to save on administrative costs during a time of severe budget cuts. About 200 people attended the public meeting in Atlanta. The crowd included concerned community members from Waycross.