About 300 people have taken part in a protest over a new name the Georgia Regents have approved for Augusta State University. The protest at noon Monday at Doug Barnard Amphitheatre came on the first day of the fall semester at the university.
College boosters looking for clues as to what state universities could be merged got little help in a recently adopted set of principles. The Board of Regents approved guidelines for merging public colleges and universities to save money and improve education. Savannah and Armstrong Atlantic State Universities are perennial merger targets because they are close together.
The Georgia university system wants to hold college presidents more accountable for student graduation. The Board of Regents this year is expected to approve a new salary structure for college and university presidents to place more emphasis on graduation rates.