GSU gets head start on merger

GSU gets head start on merger

Georgia Perimeter College (GPC) students and faculty observed workers making changes to the college’s signage in preparation for the merge with Georgia State University (GSU). 

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges gave its approval on Dec. 8 to the consolidation plans of GSU and GPC which were first announced by Chancellor Hank Huckaby. The new institution in slated to open in January 2016.

Huckaby said in a statement, “Georgia State is a recognized national leader in improving student success and will be able to apply its best practices to a broad student body from across the state.” 

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He added, “Combining these attributes with Georgia Perimeter College’s leadership in providing access to students across the metro area presents a significant opportunity to improve student success. I thank the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges for its thoughtful assessment and approving, once again, a new university system institution.”

The new institution will maintain its access mission through Georgia Perimeter College, offering associate degrees while the main campus of Georgia State University will continue its research mission.

With the completion of the consolidation, the number of institutions in the University System of Georgia will be reduced from 30 to 29.

Officials from SACS Commission on Colleges, the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education in the Southern states, announced the approval of the prospectus submitted for the new institution during the organization’s annual meeting in Houston.

SACS Commission on Colleges’ approval represents the final step needed for the Board of Regents to review and grant authorization for the consolidated institution to officially operate as the new Georgia State University. The board is scheduled to review the final recommendation for consolidation at its Jan. 6, 2016 meeting.

During his visits to Georgia Perimeter’s five campuses Georgia State University President Mark Becker, who will lead the new institution, said, “I’m pretty excited about this.” At each visit, GPC academic and student service deans presented Becker with information about the campus. Following the presentations, Becker spoke and answered questions from students, faculty and staff.

Becker said, “As you engage in this [consolidation] process, we will have a blending of cultures,” Becker said. “There will be some simple things—like combining manuals—and there will be some very hard things, like combining the Banner (data) systems.”

Combining the data systems of both institutions is essential by January 2016, he said.

“The initial success of this consolidation will be measured by whether students can enroll in classes, receive financial aid—and you [faculty and staff] get paid.”

The official unveiling ceremony will take place on Jan. 13 at 10 a.m. on the Clarkston Campus. 

Members of the Georgia State University band and cheer squad will perform at the event. The ceremony will also welcome Dr. Peter Lyons as the new vice provost and dean.

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2 thoughts on “GSU gets head start on merger

  • December 24, 2015 at 3:11 pm
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    What a sad day for GPC ,and the old DeKalb College. This merger will end up costing more in the end than it would have to support our local community college. What a total waste of taxpayer dollars. And now, the thousands of students who attended GPC in its heyday 2010-2012 has dropped from 27,000 to 19,000. What a travesty. Great job Chancellor Huckaby, you ruined a great college.

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  • December 24, 2015 at 3:18 pm
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    We students are also being charged about 4 times more in tuition, fees, parking, and to support football since this merger. This was a very bad deal for all of us. The USG just put GPC’s students last. They could care less about us students.

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