Georgia State University System Chancellor Hank Huckaby is urging campuses "not to panic" as he studies possible campus mergers. Huckaby this month said, he'd be reviewing consolidations as a way to cut down on school expenses. This week he's visiting two schools long-considered prime merger candidates, Savannah State and Armstrong Atlantic State Universities.
Officials with Georgia’s system of colleges and universities say increased spending in the face of state budget cuts is necessary to keep and attract students. With reduced state funding, the System has hiked tuition rates nearly 50 percent over the last several years, along with increasing student fees.