School merger makes sense

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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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Insider Information 01/27/12 - 01:12 am
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By the same logic, we should

By the same logic, we should merge AR Johnson and Laney while we are in the mood to merge. They both have the same mission, right?

Maybe we can merge the sheriff's office and Fort Gordon. They are both meant to keep us safe, right?

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createyourfuture 01/27/12 - 08:23 am
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A.R. Johnson and Laney are

A.R. Johnson and Laney are both in the same system, they just have different areas of focus. Like the Medical College and the Dental College. On the other one,II, you got me.

agustinian
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agustinian 01/27/12 - 08:33 am
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Just saying it's a good idea,

Just saying it's a good idea, and spouting the standard management buzzwords about efficiency and economies of scale doesn't make it so.
Let's walk the walk. Take a snapshot of costs per student, and employees per student now, and then 3-5 years later, repeat the process, and let's see what has been saved. I wager it goes the other way, more money and more employees.
Why? Because they have different missions, are not co-located, and Universities spend 70-80% of their budgets on personnel.

The merged University will have a super-CEO, presumably Dr. A. Then they will have what is called Campus Executive Officers (CEOs) complete with staffs, secretaries and assistants. Both campuses require security and heads of security at the campus, with a University level security office over both locations. And the list goes on and on.

In 3-5 years report back to the taxpayers, and let's see the result. I would be happy to feast on crow, when I am proved wrong.

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allhans 01/27/12 - 09:06 am
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Now someone wants it to be a

Now someone wants it to be a branch of the University GA. I am in awe of the thought process of some.

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Riverman1 01/27/12 - 09:09 am
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Allhans, that makes me laugh

Allhans, that makes me laugh everytime I hear it.

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Chillen 01/27/12 - 10:28 am
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The school merger makes sense

The school merger makes sense only if it saves Georgia taxpayers millions of dollars per year.

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lovingthesouth72 01/27/12 - 04:46 pm
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Why are people in Augusta so

Why are people in Augusta so "anti-progress"? This merger will bring many good things to the area. Already investors have got their eyes on the Garden City. Let them come, let them build, and let them revitalize. We need to move out of the dark ages and let go of so much racial tension. It's shameful, really.

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Insider Information 01/27/12 - 07:35 pm
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createyourfuture, MCG and ASU

createyourfuture, MCG and ASU are both in the same system, but each has a different focus. What's your point?

lovingthesouth72, not every change means progress. Name a single investor who wants to come to Augusta because of the merger. Any investor who wouldn't come yesterday, but will come tomorrow simply because of this is foolish.

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