If any consolidation makes any kind of sense at all it would be to consolidate SPSU back into Georgia Tech, as it was when I attended SPSU, which by the way had some problems associated as well. SPSU has prospered into the institution it is because its leaders have totally focused on SPSU.
The KSU and SPSU consolidation might be a positive thing for empire-building KSU President Dr. Papp, but I can assure you that there is nothing positive of any kind for anyone associated with SPSU. This includes the current students, faculty, alumni, employers who seek to hire SPSU graduates, the city of Marietta and the state of Georgia. A degree from KSU in Mechanical Engineering or Computer Science will be worth virtually nothing without the reputation that SPSU has built over the past 60 years.
I attended SPSU in the latter part of the 1970s (BSMET, 1978) and at that time the enrollment was virtually the same as KSU and we were a division of Georgia Tech, by the way.
Since then, SPSU has grown at a controlled pace with a single-minded commitment to quality, while KSU seems to have a single-minded commitment to becoming bigger and bigger.
While this merger might seem to make some sense to the Board of Regents simply because SPSU and KSU happen to be located within 10 miles of each other and they can save a few dollars by eliminating the very administration that has created the reputation that SPSU enjoys, the overall cost of this decision far outweighs any financial benefit.
SPSU as we know it today will cease to exist as a result of this move. Current and future students will look for a technical education from an institution with a reputation that gives them a competitive advantage in the job market. Does anyone think for a second that such a degree from KSU will be any kind of competitive advantage?
It is well documented that we are facing a growing shortage of engineers and scientists in the United States.
To make any kind of decision that diminishes SPSU in any way will just contribute to this shortage. SPSU and Georgia Tech have been huge attractions to companies considering relocating to Georgia.
Someone from the Board of Regents needs to go ask Lockheed Martin how they feel about this move. Lockheed Martin has been a very significant corporate partner and employer of SPSU graduates for 60 years.
SPSU is a gem and will be destroyed under the tutelage of KSU. Starting now with this letter it is my intention to do whatever I possibly can to stop this absurd action and I strongly recommend that all the aforementioned stakeholders do the same.
I can think of a dozen other ways for the Board of Regents to save some money, starting with closing some of the liberal arts institutions that are graduating multitudes who cannot find work, and stop trying to penalize an institution who makes such a significant contribution to the betterment of society and our community.
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