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Despite consolidation, Augusta State sees more applications for fall

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Augusta State University will cease to exist in eights months as it consolidates with Georgia Health Sciences University, but more students are applying for enrollment this fall at ASU, officials said.

New freshman applications are up 12.3 percent over last year and non-freshman transfer applications are up 19.1 percent, said Carol Rychly, vice president for academic affairs. Overall, ASU received 2,204 applications for the fall semester, compared with 1,963 the year before, she said. The school has accepted 807 new applications, compared with 688 the year before, Rychly said.

Because the school does not have a cutoff date, as the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech do, how many will actually enroll won’t be known until late summer, Rychly said. Last year, 71 percent of those accepted enrolled, she said.

“We weren’t really sure what impact that (consolidation) would have on enrollment,” Rychly said.

GHSU President Ricardo Azziz, who will become president of the consolidated university in January if the change is accepted by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, called it positive news.

“If anything, things are looking up,” he said.

GHSU has also seen an 8 percent rise in applications to its professional schools, Provost Gretchen Caughman said. The school has received 4,500 applications for 780 slots, she said.

One area of decline for ASU was in students to the University College and Life Enrichment programs. University College is for those applicants whose SAT scores were too low or who lacked credits necessary for admittance, while Life Enrichment is for students who have been out of school for five years or more who might lack requirements, Rychly said. Those applications declined by 35 percent, but officials are not sure why. Azziz said it might be that those applicants are taking a look instead at Augusta Technical College or other outlets.

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countyman
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countyman 05/17/12 - 05:11 pm
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Imagine the number of

Imagine the number of application if you had a football team..

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rmwardsr 05/17/12 - 05:53 pm
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If it goes like I think it

If it goes like I think it will, they will be associated with one of the finest football teams in the SouthEast!

JohnBrownAug
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JohnBrownAug 05/17/12 - 06:25 pm
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Both Above Comments Miss

If a football team ever happens, it will be a small program much like Mercer is trying to get going today.

However, we are talking about having an actual football program in Augusta. Also, it's pretty much a given we won't be known as a part of UGA. This is going to be a stand alone institution that will equal any.

The interesting question to me is if the med school in Athens will reflect our name? Augusta University Medical School Athens campus? That would tick off the UGA folks.

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omnomnom 05/17/12 - 06:36 pm
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Imagine the academic

Imagine the academic possibilities if higher tiered schools focused on scholastics instead of sports.

rmwardsr
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rmwardsr 05/17/12 - 07:04 pm
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The next thing that will

The next thing that will happen is Augusta will be changed to Azzizville.

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msgret92 05/17/12 - 08:40 pm
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ASU will cease to exist

"Augusta State University will cease to exist in eights months" will not Georgia Health Sciences University also cease to exist?

JohnBrownAug
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JohnBrownAug 05/18/12 - 06:45 am
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About the increase in applications...

THAT'S what I'm talking about.

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Techfan 05/18/12 - 07:33 am
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"they will be associated with

"they will be associated with one of the finest football teams in the SouthEast!" That's right, the Athens-Clark County Jail team!!!

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Techfan 05/18/12 - 07:40 am
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Southern Consolidated and

Southern Consolidated and Merged University. SCAMU

JohnBrownAug
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JohnBrownAug 05/18/12 - 08:32 am
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Okay, let's talk football

I'd love for them to start a football team as Dr. Azziz hinted. The program will have to start very small, but as other schools have noted, it has its rewards. Students want the experience of attending football games and former students want to follow the team.

Mercer is going to start play in the Pioneer Football League in 2013. The PFL’s current members include Butler University and Valparaiso University (Indiana); Campbell University and Davidson College (North Carolina); the University of Dayton (Ohio); Drake University (Iowa); Jacksonville University (Florida); Marist College (New York); Morehead State University (Kentucky); and the University of San Diego (California). Stetson University in Florida, which also will resume competition in football in 2013, was admitted to the league along with Mercer. This conference does not give scholarships directly for football and would be a perfect place for us.

In Augusta, Richmond Academy's stadium seems like the perfect place for ASU to play. The stadium is between ASU and GHSU. It's easy for a stadium to support a college and high school team because they play on different days. Practice can be held at the Wrightsboro Rd. complex. Let's bring it.

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stanley 05/18/12 - 09:41 am
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...if change is accepted

Am I the only one who caught this statement? I thought the merger was a done deal and that it will happen. This is a huge "If statement"

"GHSU President Ricardo Azziz, who will become president of the consolidated university in January if the change is accepted by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, called it positive news."

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Little Lamb 05/18/12 - 09:44 am
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Despite Consolidation?

The headline doesn't make sense to me. I would think that the highly publicized consolidation would naturally lead to more interest in the school and then to more applications. What does Corwin mean when he uses the word, “despite”?

Likewise, in the story's first sentence, he uses the little conjunction “but,” implying that the increased applications are contrary to the pending merger. I think the excitement of a bigger, more prestigious school would naturally lead to more applications.

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audpodga 05/18/12 - 12:07 pm
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@ Little Lamb

I'm heavily involved with the student activities office at ASU, and I can tell you that the uncertainty that we have at this point about the different programs and just the plain fact that we don't have a name for the new university had many faculty and staff concerned about enrollment. I was really excited to see this article, because the way it was put to me was "who wants to attend a university that you don't even know what it's going to be called." As well as, parents don't want to send their children to a school that is essentially in an experimental stage.
Simply put, there were a lot of worries, but thankfully none of them panned out!

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talyho722 05/18/12 - 06:08 pm
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This may sound like a dumb

This may sound like a dumb question, but will they still have a business school and an art school/classes????

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