Middle Georgia State College one step closer to becoming a reality
Four new University System of Georgia colleges and universities are one step further on the road to reality.
On Tuesday, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS) gave its approval to plans to create Georgia Regents University, Middle Georgia State College, South Georgia State College and the University of North Georgia.
The move represents the final step needed for the Board of Regents to grant its authorization and to appoint presidents. The final step is scheduled for the January 8th Board of Regents meeting.
"Many individuals have worked countless hours to bring us to this point in our consolidation effort," said University System Chancellor Hank Huckaby in a press release.
"At the outset, our goal with consolidation was to broaden opportunity for more students and to do so more efficiently. The approval by SACs of our plan represents a tremendous milestone and validates the hard work of the past year," Huckaby said.
The four institutions are being created through the consolidation of eight existing USG colleges and universities: North Georgia College and State University with Gainesville State College, Augusta State University with Georgia Health Sciences University, Waycross College with South Georgia College, and Macon State College with Middle Georgia College.