By my count, we have three education departments in Georgia: the Department of Education (K-12), the University System of Georgia (colleges), and the Technical College System of Georgia (formerly known as the Department of Technical and Adult Education). The TCSG/DTAE decided to collapse some of the schools under their domain, and the USG is considering doing the same with some of its member institutions.
I can understand the purpose of separate departments for K-12 education and college education, but would there be a benefit of placing the technical colleges under the jurisdiction of the university system? There are 2 USG institutions that have a technical school/division on campus. Those divisions have to play to two masters: the University System and the Technical College System. It just seems to me like we’re involved in duplication. If we place post-secondary education institutions under one umbrella, wouldn’t that increase the ease of someone who might start off at a technical institution to enroll at a state college or university?
Perhaps it’s time to take a serious look at our entire education infrastructure in Georgia.