Protest abounds from readers on KSU-SPSU merger
by Don McKee
November 05, 2013 11:34 PM | 3681 views | 2 2 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Don McKee
Don McKee
The firestorm over the proposed merger of Southern Polytechnic State University into Kennesaw State continues unabated. Responses to this shocker run heavily against the merger.

Disgraceful: This is disgraceful. What the Board of Regents is doing, in effect, is simply doing away with SPSU. I am sure Papp is dancing on his desk! People who are gifted with the kind of brains that engineers have are not to be sneezed at. We should not close the school, but instead nurture it and give it money when it needs it. This school has been a credit to this community. I am outraged.

Kkmarietta: KSU/Southern Poly will have a stronger voice at the table with UGA and Georgia State regarding allocation of resources. KSU’s minority enrollment, as of the 2012-13, was 31%. KSU is not the university of even 8 years ago when the minority enrollment was only 20%. Also, KSU has students from 123 different countries. Doesn’t seem that the population make-up is that much different between the two universities, and KSU would benefit from increased diversity. A majority of KSU students work, many full-time, while taking classes. My guess is SPSU’s population in similar.

Because of the different academic foci of the two universities, fewer jobs will be lost compared to what would happen if two universities with more similar programs were to merge. If Southern Poly were to merge with a university with more similar programs (i.e., Georgia Tech), would most of the programs survive? My guess is no. Also, would the majority of SPSU students meet the entrance requirements of Georgia Tech? Once again I don’t know, but my guess is that they would be attending Georgia Tech if they did. KSU is no slacker in educational quality. U.S. News and World Report ranks it as #30 in its Southern Regional Public University category, while SPSU is #45. KSU was listed as #4 in the USNWR Southern Regional Up and Coming University category. Seems that joining KSU would increase SPSU’s reputation.

SPSU Alumnus: In my experience SPSU excels above other institutions in two areas. It maintains a diverse community with over 45% enrollment in non-white demographics and it excels in integration with the Technical College System of Georgia. KSU skews to a more homogeneous demographic and, as noted often, they are not focused on technology as SPSU is. I suggest that the cost of keeping SPSU functioning alone is a good investment for our community because SPSU is leading educational growth in those two areas which sorely need it.

Danica Roberts, SPSU Electrical Engineering, Mathematics: Some of us have barely slept. Some of us have even forgotten that, while we fight for our school, we are still in school; some homework has been forgotten. But we keep pushing on, trying our best to do what we need to do to save our school. I want to really push one point: This is not a merger; this is absorption, and we refuse to be dissolved.
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Kahlil English
November 08, 2013
Don McKee, you are way out of line taking shots at students for going to SPSU instead of GaTech. Obviously you have no idea of what it takes to get a STEM degree.

The entire article is obviously biased toward KSU, with the only positive comments you made about either school was toward KSU. Clearly you have an agenda to make the students of SPSU look bad for having their own opinions.

By the way, is being an up and coming school that great of thing? Is that pertinent in the community of STEM majors? Probably not.

The bottom line is that Collin Reed shouldn't have to teach you about students coming from different walks of life. But you probably came from a time period when things were very, VERY different.

Mr McKee, times have changed and you unfortunately have been left behind.
Collin Reed
November 06, 2013
I go to SPSU not because my grades are not good enough for GT, or because I couldn't get in to GT. Many SPSU students are in the work force, and must maintain jobs while going to school. We don't go to GT because they don't have night-time engineering classes. There's a common misunderstanding that "SPSU is where you go if you cannot go to GT". This is true for me, but not because I'm "not good enough for GT", it's because my life played out differently than most. I entered the work force out of high school so I could support myself financially.

Me and my fellow classmates have worked with lots of GT grads. Most of them are great to work with. However, the stigma that GT means you're better simply isn't accurate. A school only gets you into the work force, it does not keep you there. Who you are as an individual speaks more than your degree.

I'm privileged to be graduating from SPSU in December, and I'm already making nearly six-figures a year. SPSU works.

Both GT, SPSU, and KSU are great schools, it's just important to remember that not everyone comes from the same walk of life, and that a school doesn't define an individual.

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