Tuesday, officials voted unanimously to turn two midstate schools into one consolidated institution, Middle Georgia State College.
That's according to a MGSC news release.
In January 2012, the University System of Georgia Board of Regents recommended to consolidate the campuses and faculties of Macon State College and Middle Georgia College.
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Since that recommendation, subcommittees worked to iron out kinks and questions:
- How would two different academic structures be combined?
- What about accreditation?
- How would differences in tuition rates be resolved?
- What about athletics, given that only one college (Middle Georgia) offered intercollegiate sports?
- How would student information systems be merged and other technology issues addressed?
- What about differences in faculty matters, such as governance, promotion and tenure?
Interim President Dr. John B. Black says, "The phrase, 'building the plane while flying it' applies here."
The school is projected to transform into a university in the next few years.