Kennesaw State, Southern Poly to consolidate

12:36 PM, Nov 1, 2013   |    comments
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MARIETTA, Ga. -- The University System of Georgia Board of Regents will consider a proposal this month to consolidate Kennesaw State University and Southern Polytechnic State University.

The planned merged is part of an ongoing system-wide series of institutional consolidations aimed at gaining efficiencies and cutting costs.

"We must continue to carefully examine our structure and programs to ensure we have the right model that best serves our students and the state," system Chancellor Hank Huckaby said. "This proposal offers us some exciting possibilities to enlarge our academic outreach through the existing talent and resources at both these institutions."

Last January, the regents approved the consolidations of eight schools in the system into four, including the merger of Georgia Health Sciences University and Augusta State University into the new Georgia Regents University.

The Kennesaw State-Southern Poly consolidation would be the first involving universities in metro Atlanta.

Kennesaw State, the third-largest university in the state system, marked its 50th anniversary this year. Its comprehensive offerings include nearly 20 graduate degree programs in a wide variety of fields.

Southern Poly, located in Marietta, Ga., was founded 65 years ago and moved to Cobb County in 1961. It specializes in all aspects of science, engineering and technology.

The consolidated university would retain the Kennesaw State name. KSU President Dan Papp would continue to serve in that capacity for the new school.

This month's vote would give the merger preliminary approval. System officials still would have to work out details of the consolidation, including gaining accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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(Atlanta Business Chronicle)

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