KSU-SPSU merger will create a powerhouse
by MDJ Editorial Staff
May 11, 2014 04:00 AM | 6177 views | 2 2 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KSU President Dr. Dan Papp almost got it right during his State of the University address Wednesday when he described what will result from the merger of Kennesaw State University and Southern Polytechnic State University.

“The consolidation of these two fine universities will create an educational and economic powerhouse for the state of Georgia, and for that matter, the nation,” he said.

That’s true as far as it goes. But Papp would have been more accurate had he said, “The consolidation of these two powerhouse universities will create an educational and economic juggernaut for the state of Georgia, and, for that matter, the nation.”

That is, KSU and SPSU are already powerhouse insitutions of higher learning, and have been for quite some time.

Papp’s challenge, and that of those at SPSU, is to find a logical way to bring the two together in ways that enhance what they offer, and with the least possible further stress. Students and faculty at the two — especially those at SPSU — were caught off guard by the state Board of Regents’ merger decision last fall. But the focus in recent months has shifted toward how best to weave the two together.

“Without minimizing the budgetary challenges we face, and without minimizing the angst that consolidation has created, I believe that the state of Kennesaw State is excellent,” Papp said.

Papp says the SPSU campus will not be a subordinate satellite of KSU’s. Rather, there will be two core campuses, he said. The SPSU campus will be called “the Marietta campus” and will be home to at least three of the combined schools’ colleges: the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, the College of Architecture and Construction Management and the College of Computing and Software Engineering.

Meanwhile, several major construction projects are under way at KSU, including a $39 million recreation center, a $22 million expansion of the college of education and an $18 million bridge over Interstate 75 between Frey Road and Busbee Drive. It should go far toward alleviating the traffic around the KSU campus. In addition, KSU recently bought the BrandsMart building for use by its new marching band, which will play at halftime of the games played by its new football team. The BrandsMart building, by the way, will have space for 722 badly needed parking places.

Papp’s speech was a reminder KSU and SPSU are centers of educational and economic dynamism, and that both of those trademarks are likely only to accelerate.

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February 17, 2015
I heard that the BOR has spent 10 million doing the consolidation so far from various sources. I am skeptical but I have seen in open.ga.gov increased spending. The BOR needs to come clean with the cost of the merger.
Ericka Henderson
August 06, 2014
Southern Poly/KSU University Merger:

I was informed today that the below things were happening and have been approved by the Board of Regents for the consolidation of SPSU/KSU. A lot of students do not know about this yet and have not been told the truth about their degree programs and the transition that is taking place. Please contact me and I can give you further information. Today I spoke with someone, who is also a member of the Board of regents.

1. The dean/leader of the consolidation was pushing SPSU students to graduate by summer 2015 in their degree program. Even if they just started their program this summer (I think that's near impossible).

2. Additionally, if students do not finish their program by summer 2015 at SPSU, they will no longer be enrolled in graduate school anywhere. Does this mean students will have to apply to KSU, re-take the GMAT, etc.

3. Lastly, she informed me that SPSU is not AACSB accredited, which disqualifies students from transferring their courses over to KSU to continue their program. (This may be the case for other universities as well)... This means that if we do not finish our program at SPSU by summer 2015, all of the courses we paid for and completed will not be worth anything and we will have to start school again from square one.

This sounds unfair and unethical to me being that students spend their hard earned money to attend school and are told that they will be able to complete their program. Also, waiting this long to inform me about this is wrong as well. Some students are not even aware of this information and the "higher ups" are still allowing students to register for classes at SPSU.
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