This afternoon, the AJC reports that at tomorrow’s meeting of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents, Chancellor Hank Huckabee will recommend the merger of the two schools.
The consolidation would make the new institution the largest within the state’s system of public colleges and universities with almost 54,000 students. The move would also be notable for its joining of Georgia State, a four-year research institution with Georgia Perimeter, a two-year access institution.
The merger will be the sixth consolidation within the past two years of schools within the state’s system of public colleges and universities.
Long-time Georgians will remember Georgia Perimeter was founded as DeKalb College when it opened in Clarkston back in 1964. In 1986, it was absorbed into the University System. In 1997, it was rechristened Georgia Perimeter College, with campuses in Clarkston, Dekalb, Dunwoody, and Newton County. There is also a location in Alpharetta. At one time, the college had a location in Lawrenceville, which closed to make room for Georgia Gwinnett College. Georgia Perimeter attained some notoriety a few years back when it had a financial shortfall.
For its part, Georgia State University has steadily grown its footprint in downtown Atlanta, and is rumored to have an interest in the Turner Field site once the Braves move north to Cobb County.
There are obviously many open questions here, including whether the combined institutions would retain the multiple campii, or whether everything would relocate in downtown Atlanta. Feel free to post your best guesses in the comments.
:: Update ::
From the ever-vigilant Anthony M. Kreis, this email from Georgia State President Mark Becker on the proposed merger: