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Positive results aren’t guaranteed, and involuntary mergers without the support of administrators, faculty, and politicians can leave students worse off—while paying more for less.
The University System of Georgia, it should be remembered, is the fifth-largest state university system by enrollment.
Those productivity improvements can have a direct effect on student outcomes.
To do it right, college leaders should consider the example of the University System of Georgia.
Restructuring a college can eliminate duplication and micromanagement, and identify problems with keeping workers accountable.
Doing it well means using a school’s resources better and doing more with less.
Other state systems with ever-rising costs or enrollment declines could learn from Georgia’s example.
“Better understanding the sources of productivity gains is critical as other governing boards consider whether consolidations could be similarly successful in their public college systems,” Russell wrote. It moved quickly, ensured consolidation committees had members from both institutions that were merging, and hired outside consultants to figure out how to best use existing space.
Tuition and fees didn’t increase, nor did grant aid provided by the colleges fall.