In our own back yard

After looking far afield for new university name, the answer is clear

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You have to appreciate the initiative students have shown in trying to help find a name for the area’s newly consolidated university.

Unhappy with the six original names a committee chose, hundreds of students signed a petition and suggested three more names. Local officials whittling down the list of recommendations for the state Board of Regents took the students’ suggestions seriously, as they should have.

The only drawback is that the most popular of the students’ suggestions – Georgia Arts and Medicine University – would have the school be known as Georgia A&M.

Not only does that name harken back to the bygone days of “Agricultural and Mechanical” colleges, but The Chronicle’s editorial department has found at least 10 instances around the country in which A&M colleges have switched their names to drop the A&M.

Most of them did so decades ago.

Thankfully, the name didn’t catch on with the Consolidation Working Group.

“We felt like even though it might be great to marry the Arts and Medicine, having the A&M applied will just lead to confusion and needing to explain it all of the time,” says Provost Gretchen Caughman of Georgia Health Sciences University – formerly the Medical College of Georgia, which will be consolidated this fall with Augusta State University.

The bottom line is that, like The Wizard of Oz’s Dorothy, we may be searching high and low for answers that are right in our own back yard.

Out of the hundreds of ideas that have come forth, none is even close to the simple elegance and significance of “The University of Augusta.”

That’s not being provincial, either: The name “Augusta” has a brand and a reach that is already global, thanks to the Masters Tournament.

Sometimes you can search far and wide and realize that what you’ve been looking for has been right under your nose all the time.

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catfish20
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catfish20 06/30/12 - 06:10 am
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The University of Augusta is

The University of Augusta is by far the best suggestion.

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Riverman1 06/30/12 - 07:06 am
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Augusta University,

Augusta University, University of Augusta and Augusta State University. All great choices. If you simply take out "state" then you have Augusta University.

I never liked having to put "state" in previously, but since it's here, I'm not sure why it has to be changed. Georgia State University is a large research institution. Augusta State University with the Medical College of Georgia is starting to make more and more sense.

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Riverman1 06/30/12 - 08:25 am
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A Problem That Hasn't Been Addressed

Earlier Dr. Azziz put conditions and his preferences on the naming. If I recall correctly he said he wanted a name that reflects something new. That would apparently leave Augusta out of the name. Will the Board of Regents stay within his guidelines when they come up with the official name? Secondly, has Dr. Azziz changed his mind? Should he be interviewed again to clarify what he meant? Because if that is an official, working guideline, Augusta will not be in the name. Can we get a little help here? And while you're at it, ask him if he would mind reverting back to MCG for the med school part since this is a whole new game.

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paperguy2 06/30/12 - 09:08 am
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AU best

In a list of colleges, Augusta University would be near the top and University of Augusta would be near the bottom, lost in the many other Universities.

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TheBigBonk 06/30/12 - 10:28 pm
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Hey people
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Don't you know that University of Augusta or Augusta University sounds like a PRIVATE school.. (Look at University of San Francisco or University of San Diego for examples).. A school owned or financed by the state should have the name of the state or the word "state" in it, eg: Augusta State University, University of Georgia at Augusta, Georgia State University, Augusta.. get it?? kthanks

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Little Lamb 06/30/12 - 12:34 pm
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Paper Guy

I agree with Paperguy. Augusta University rolls off the tongue the best. If we must be stuck with University of Augusta, at least have the common sense to remove the unecessary The from the name.

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KSL 06/30/12 - 10:46 pm
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Actually I think Coach

Actually I think Coach Bryant, as quoted in the article on Div1 sports, has come up with the best name: New U

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KSL 06/30/12 - 10:51 pm
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I can already hear the chants

I can already hear the chants at basketball games..... New U! NewU! New U! I like it and I'm a USCA longtime fan.

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KSL 06/30/12 - 10:52 pm
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I have never liked the "of

I have never liked the "of Augusta" Little Lamb.

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galaxygrl 07/01/12 - 11:41 pm
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University Name

I personally liked University of Augusta, but after paperguy2 made his point I agree Augusta University is the best choice. It keeps the school at the top of the list when students are looking at and for schools. University of Augusta puts it at the bottom. If you have ever searched for anything or been in school or even the military the closer to the top of the alphabet you are the better off you are most of the time. (Except when you are finishing up a paper or assignment.

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