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.
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.
Georgia's 35 public colleges and universities mean more than 12 billion dollars a year to local economies. Report from the University of Georgia says it's from salaries, student spending, and operating expenses. UGA Athens campus is at the top of the list.