College merger foes to fight plan | www.ajc.com

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College merger foes to fight plan | www.ajc.com

Days after the announcement that two metro Atlanta universities would be merged, much of the shock had been replaced by anger on one school campus Monday.

More than 500 students and faculty at Marietta’s Southern Polytechnic State University turned out to get answers about the planned merger into the larger Kennesaw State University.

The merger, announced Friday, is part of a plan by Georgia’s university system to control costs.

But estimates on cost savings aren’t expected until a consolidation committee from both schools works out details. That also goes for answers about the effect on student programs, faculty jobs and tuition.

In the meantime, more than 4,200 people had signed a “Keep SPSU True” petition at change.org by Monday evening to stop the merger.

“We’re going to lose our brand name,” SPSU graduate student Elizabeth Fokes said during an open forum Monday with both school presidents. “I promise if SPSU stays I will donate to the alumni association, (but if the merger happens) you won’t see a dime.”

Despite school administrators’ assurances that SPSU would not lose its quality curriculum and traditions, it will lose its name and president. Under the consolidation plan, the merged institution would be known as Kennesaw State University, and KSU President Dan Papp would lead the college, which would grow to more than 31,000 students.

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