FAQs Provided By The USG

The University System of Georgia provided the following answers to questions about the consolidation.

General Questions

Consolidating the two institutions will help us improve student success by expanding access, applying best-practice programs and reinvesting savings into academics for the benefit of our students.
Georgia State President Mark Becker will lead the new consolidated institution.
The consolidation implementation team will be assessing the needs and infrastructure of the new consolidated institution. The consolidation team’s final report to the Board will include a recommendation about campus structure and locations.
We have said all along we will be considering more consolidations. We must constantly assess ourselves to ensure we have a 21st century structure that provides the most effective system of institutions offering the proper range of degrees, services and opportunities for students and faculty.

The Georgia State and GPC consolidation presents an opportunity to create a modern, urban university that balances the needs for access as well as research and public service.

Reducing administrative costs and functions is a goal of consolidating institutions, but it will not be a quick process. It is anticipated it will take at least 12 to 18 months to implement the consolidation of the individual institutions and to properly calculate savings attained by the action. Savings will occur from decreased administrative costs and increased service efficiencies. Savings will then be reinvested for academic and instructional needs for students.
Consolidation does present an opportunity to address financial challenges that GPC has been dealing with for several years now. However, the primary factor that led to recommending the consolidation of Georgia State and GPC is the substantial opportunity to expand access and improve retention and graduation rates.
A decrease in the number of jobs will likely occur, but until details are worked out it is not possible to know how many or which ones. Certain administrative functions will be combined, resulting in the need for fewer positions over time.
We will immediately begin the consolidation review and implementation process. The target date for full integration is likely to be January 2016.
The process will be transparent and will heavily involve each campus but with final approval of all decisions residing with the Board. An institutional implementation committee will be formed, which will include representatives of faculty, staff and administration. It is expected the majority of decisions will be made at the institutional level subject to final approval by the Board. University System office staff will provide overall leadership to the implementation effort, but the campus committee will be identifying and recommending the resolutions for key issues. The committee will be formed and begin work immediately.

Both institutions’ presidents will be involved in the consolidation. A website for the consolidation will be set up to keep campuses informed. The consolidation committee will have a chair, who will serve as the lead contact point for the committee. Shelley Nickel will serve as the point of contact in the USG office.
We anticipate the newly consolidated institution will offer a dual-tuition structure that distinguishes separate tracks for an associates’s degree compared with a bachelor’s degree. The University System has experience in addressing this issue in prior consolidations, where two separate tuition structures were implemented with the new institution for an associate’s degree compared with a bachelor’s degree.
Georgia State will continue to admit students into its bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs under its current standards as a national research university.

The Georgia Perimeter campuses of the proposed consolidated institution will continue to fulfill their access mission and admit students into associate's and certificate programs.

For Students

There will be student representation on the institutional consolidation committee.
The fall of 2016 is the targeted date for the consolidation to go into effect for students, but this could change depending on the needs of the institution.
The consolidation implementation committee will review the level and type of student activities now available to students at both institutions and develop an approach that provides the best mix of student activities on all campuses.
The fall of 2016 is the targeted date for the consolidation to go into effect for students, but this could change depending on the needs of the institution.
The consolidation implementation committee will address these and other issues in a way that meets the needs of students. In some cases, students already enrolled may have choices as to the institutional name on their diploma.
Every effort will be made to honor the current degree requirements for existing students. Institutions will be given flexibility to matriculate students already enrolled in specific academic programs.
Yes, this will be required by the Board and is a major responsibility for the consolidated institution.
It is possible that one’s academic adviser will change given the need to deploy faculty in the most effective and efficient manner required at each institution.
There will be a comprehensive review of all academic programs offered by both institutions in order to develop the optimum program array for the consolidated institution. As a result, the possibility exists that academic programs may be continued, modified or discontinued.

For Faculty

There will be faculty representation on the consolidation implementation committee, which will be established to guide the consolidation process. Existing faculty governance processes on both of the consolidated institutions may also be used to provide faculty voice in the consolidation process. Final decisions on policy matters still reside with the Board of Regents.
It won’t. The Provost will work with Deans, Department Chairs and other campus leaders to create a comprehensive list of those eligible for promotion and tenure during the period of consolidation. Based upon the final list, faculty will be informed of timelines for these actions.
Because faculty promotion expectations are grounded in institutional mission, it is possible that tenure and promotion guidelines may change. The Provost (in conjunction with the Deans, Department Chairs, faculty leaders and other institutional staff) will work in conjunction with the Board of Regents to determine the new guidelines appropriate to the mission of the consolidated institutions and the appropriate procedures to implement the new performance expectations. Such changes will not go into effect right away.
The President will build a new leadership team. The expectation is that there will be high-level involvement of faculty and staff in the building of new governance and communication structures.
This will be determined by the appropriate academic leadership at the institution.
In order for institutions to help increased numbers of Georgians complete their postsecondary education, new System initiatives are being developed to add and enhance distance education opportunities. Students and faculty in the consolidated institutions will be strongly encouraged to bridge geographic distances via improved distance education.

For Staff

Staff will be represented on the consolidation implementation committee.
Over time there will likely be a reduction in staff positions, but it is not possible to know which ones at this time. The implementation committee working with the President will determine the new administrative structure.
Decisions affecting individuals will take place as part of the implementation process. It is possible that relocations could occur.

Audit Issues

University System internal auditors conduct both consulting engagements and internal audits. Internal audit teams will be made available by request to provide consulting services. Internal auditors may audit consolidated processes and systems. As appropriate, internal audit functions may be established at consolidated institutions.

About Facilities

The system-wide space utilization study, not just consolidation, will inform and frame these types of questions. Ultimately, the President of the institution must make these decisions locally as we strive for efficiency and effectiveness at all USG institutions.
The consolidation of campuses will not alter the USG’s commitment to projects previously funded for design.
The USG will work with the consolidated institution and foundation to ensure a smooth transition of ventures projects through the consolidation.
Consolidations will be implemented at the institution level. The implementation/transition team will coordinate these types of logistics and timelines within overarching target dates that will be established.
FAQs With President Mark Becker