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New approval issued for college consolidation in Georgia

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and Bainbridge State College along with Georgia Southern and Armstrong State University has been given approval to consolidate from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. / Photo: MGN Online

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and Bainbridge State College along with Georgia Southern and Armstrong State University has been given approval to consolidate from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

According to the University System of Georgia, this was the final step needed by the Board of Regents to review and grant authorization for the consolidated institutions to officially operate as the new Georgia Southern University and the new Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

“The approval by SACSCOC is an important milestone in the consolidation of these institutions, and on behalf of the University System I want to thank Dr. Belle Wheelan and the SACSCOC staff for their on-going guidance to help ensure quality higher education,” said Chancellor Steve Wrigley in the release. “Creating the new Georgia Southern University and the new Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will allow us to better serve students, broaden and redesign academic programs and reinvest savings into academics to improve student success. ”

The Board of Regents will review the final recommendation for consolidation December 12.

If approved, that will bring the University System of Georgia down to 26 institutions, down from 35 as of 2011. The decrease has been from multiple consolidations including Albany State and Darton, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic, and Georgia State University and Georgia Perimeter.

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