The chancellor of the University System of Georgia wants to merge Macon State College and Middle Georgia College in Cochran.
A Macon State news release says the state board of regents will vote on the plan next week.
The release says Chancellor Henry "Hank" Huckaby proposes merging eight Georgia colleges into four:
Middle Georgia College with Macon State College;
Waycross College with South Georgia College in Douglas;
Augusta State College with the Georgia Health Sciences University;
and Gainesville State College with North Georgia College & State University.
Some jobs will be lost in the merger, the news release says.
Huckaby said Thursday that he doesn't know how much money will be saved by merging the institutions and reducing administrative costs.
He told the Associated Press Thursday says he is confident the state Board of Regents will vote next week to approve the plan.
The Macon State News release says the mergers would be final no later than the fall of 2013 and said Jeff Allbritten, president of Macon State, would be president of the merged school.
We went to Middle Georgia College in Cochran to talk to students and people in the community.
Some said a merger with Macon State College could change their college experience.
"You know this is a small school and it feels like home and if Macon state were to merge with it, it would be a whole different experience," said Mims
Some told us that this could boost the school's academics.
"Students will have more opportunities for classes and opportunities to meet new people and try different things," said Kallie Heitert, who just finished at Middle Georgia College.
Others that we talked to said that they have mixed feelings about the merger.
"A small town isn't really good into change and so it might not mix well with some of the people, but then I also think it would be a good thing because it is better for more classes," said Carrie Dykes of Cochran.