Under new proposals from a state lawmaker, eight campuses in the Georgia State University System could be consolidated into four, reports The Chronicle of Higher Education. Hank Huckaby, the chancellor of the university, informed State Representative Mark Hatfield earlier this week of the proposed colleges to be merged.
Officials have been discussing the merger of two colleges in Augusta, Georgia Health Sciences University and Augusta State University, since the fall of last year. It is hoped that the plans could save money in the long run, improve efficiency and boost the local economy in Augusta and the state as a whole.
"My hope is that this could become a huge economic engine for the area as a whole," Deke Copenhaver, mayor of Augusta, told The Augusta Chronicle. "Ultimately, I would like to see the development of a major university with a national reputation that would be a huge benefit to the community."
If the plans are approved, it could mean reductions in tuition fees for new students. The proposals could also encourage individuals to fill out college applications, which could, in turn, improve the local economy by strengthening the number of qualified graduates entering the regional workforce.
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