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.