Merger sidelines students

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It seems to me that the hot topic as of late has been the merger of Augusta State and Georgia health Sciences University.

As a student at Augusta State, I have always appreciated that student opinions were highly valued when it came to school decisions. Apparently this isn’t the case anymore. I was recently blindsided by the fact that I cannot apply to either ASU or GHSU nursing schools until the new college becomes accredited.

As a junior one course away from completing my core, this was an announcement I would have rather not heard. Since when have students become the minority? If it were not for us, there wouldn’t be a need for a school in the first place.

I understand that the merging of two very independent colleges means tough choices must be made, but they should be made with regard to the student body. A veil of secrecy has surrounded all discussions involved with the exception of the name of the new college. I think I speak for all of my fellow students when I say
it does not matter what name is on our degrees. What matters is that we get a good education by people who care.

We want to be included, and to know that our opinion matters. So to all those leading this merger I ask you one favor: Think about the students. It’s your job.

Catherine Hardy


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desertcat6 03/18/12 - 04:32 am
Sometimes the real world

Sometimes the real world isn't fair. Yes, some decisions will impact students. No, universities are not democratic institutions. Be patient and ask questions if you believe there is an issue. Other than being inconvinient, what is the real impact of delaying enrollment until accredidation is renewed? Could it be they are protecting students and ensuring accredited linked tuition funds can be used by your fellow students?

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