A sign of the higher education times: Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic Will Consolidate

November 27, 2013 at 1:27 am 3 comments

I know faculty at both KSU and SPSU.  My PhD student, Briana Morrison, is faculty at SPSU.  No one that I spoke to had any idea this was happening.  These aren’t small schools.  SPSU is one of the few universities in Georgia with a publicly-funded engineering program.  KSU+SPSU is considerably larger than Georgia Tech.  Is this part of the consolidation of higher education foretold by the MOOCopalyptic visions?

Kennesaw State University and Southern Polytechnic State University will consolidate to form a new institution to be named Kennesaw State University. The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia will be asked by Chancellor Hank Huckaby to approve the consolidation plan during its upcoming November meeting.

“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,” Huckaby said. “This proposal offers us some exciting possibilities to enlarge our academic outreach through the existing talent and resources at both these institutions.”

The decision to consolidate the two institutions, whose combined enrollment this fall is 31,178 students and combined annual economic impact on the region is $1.15 billion

via Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic Will Consolidate – Newsroom – University System of Georgia.

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  • 1. mgozaydin  |  November 27, 2013 at 6:06 am

    I read the original report MOOCopalypse.
    And I copmmented there already. Please read .
    It seems somebnody is winning. But still it is too early to say .
    There will be many opponents to MOOCs.
    But I say let us be not against edx a non profit elite schools consortium without a profit target .

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  • 2. shriramkrishnamurthi  |  November 27, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Not a whole lot of content here, but some: http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20131126141548-17000124-the-end-of-the-public-university?trk=eml-ced-b-art-Ch-6&ut=1dj9gx0F6knm01 (“The End of the Public University?”). I certainly believe that the private-public split is one of the very greatest features of US higher ed, and the constant erosion of public universities is destroying the value of that system.

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  • 3. ebujak  |  November 27, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    NYU and NYU-Poly will merge in January,
    Schools within public school districts have been merging for years.

    Reply

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