School merger makes sense

There seems to be a question regarding naming the merged Georgia Health Sciences University and Augusta State University. Many of the comments in The Augusta Chronicle’s articles reveal a lack of knowledge regarding the use of the term “university.”

According to Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, a university is “an institution of higher learning providing facilities for teaching and research and authorized to grant academic degrees ... made up of an undergraduate division (that) confers bachelor’s degrees and a graduate division (that is composed of) a graduate school and professional schools, each of which may confer master’s degrees and doctorates.”

The rational solution to naming the merged entities seems either the University of Augusta or the University of Georgia – Augusta. There is no conflict of missions or disciplines here. Many universities are composed of undergrad, law, business and, yes, medical fields.

This merger is one of the better ideas to come down the pike in a long time! Reasons include economy of scale; trimming of redundant staffs and support personnel; expansion of monies available for materials, technical machinery, advertising and promotion of its image as a major institution of learning; etc.

Dear University System Board of Regents and GHSU President Ricardo Azziz: Please do not allow city politicians to piggy-back a stadium onto your plans for building a research center and student housing on the Golf and Gardens property! Maybe, finally, we will breathe some life into downtown Augusta if you use the site for your purposes only.

Bringing more vitality and young people into academic and residential facilities in downtown areas has revitalized many cities. Witness Savannah’s prosperity when the Savannah College of Art and Design used older properties downtown for various school-related purposes. Keep up the good work and hold onto your vision regarding downtown Augusta facilities!

George Sheftall

Augusta

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