The Georgia Board of Regents is expected to approve the consolidation of several college campuses Tuesday. The plans have long been in the works. Higher education leaders and other state officials say the mergers will save money by streamlining administrative and academic functions. The Regents are also expected to name presidents of the four new schools.
The merger of some Georgia colleges won't be final until Tuesday, but work is already being done to promote the new names. The University System of Georgia Board of Regents voted last year to consolidate eight schools, and it is expected to give final approval Tuesday.
The state Board of Regents has approved the unprecedented merger of eight colleges to reduce costs, shrinking the university system from 35 to 31 institutions for the first time ever. University system Chancellor Hank Huckaby announced the move last week after visiting each campus to talk with administrators face-to-face.
College campuses around the state have been on edge for months and [Thursday], state university system officials released their list of state colleges and universities they plan to consolidate to save money. Campuses could lose faculty and staff and students could be forced to pick up their books and study in new, farther off locations. The state Board of Regents has the final say over the proposed merger list.
The University of Georgia is among the best public universities in the nation for quality education and economic value, according to an annual ranking by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. Also on the list: Georgia Tech and North Georgia College and State University.
The repeal effective Tuesday of the military's ban on gay service members isn't expected to have a great impact at Georgia's military schools. The military branches already have trained most all of their personnel and cadets on the policy. A military science professor at North Georgia College and State University says, the training there was met without complaint or fanfare.