Serving our Students, Serving the State
Chancellor Hank Huckaby launched a number of initiatives in October 2011, all designed to strengthen the University System in its ability to serve students and meet state needs, now and into the future. One of these initiatives was to review the potential for the consolidation of institutions. The Chancellor said: “Looking ahead, we must ensure that our System has the appropriate number of campuses around the state. We need to be organized in ways that truly foster service to our students in the most effective way and that ensure our faculty are properly deployed and supported. Therefore, I believe it is time for the system to study if campus consolidations are justified and will enhance our ability to serve the people of Georgia at less cost.”
At its November 2011 meeting the Board of Regents adopted six “Principles for Consolidation” that were then used by University System staff to assess if any campus consolidations would further the USG’s teaching, research and service missions in a more fiscally prudent way. At its January 2012 meeting the Board of Regents approved four consolidations among eight USG institutions. These consolidations were finalized and approved by the Board in January 2013.
Under the Board’s new Strategic Plan adopted in August 2013, increased efficiencies and effectiveness throughout the System to better serve students and the states is a priority. Consequently, the potential for additional consolidations remains an active policy.
Plans are for the full consolidation effort to be completed with accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools and final Board of Regents approval in January 2013.
Thus in November 2013, the Board approved plans to consolidate two additional institutions into a new university. This new consolidation calls for the implementation to be completed with accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools and final Board of Regents approval in January 2015. The effort is being overseen by the Vice Chancellor for Planning.
This website is designed to help foster that transparent process. In addition to general information about the consolidations, there are individual pages for each specific consolidation.