Georgia HBCUs Spared From New Consolidation Plan

The University System of Georgia announced a proposal to consolidate eight state colleges and universities into four institutions. Under the plan, no campuses would close but administrations would be consolidated. System chancellor Henry Huckabee stated in announcing the proposal that the consolidated institutions would see “an increase of educational offerings through traditional classroom delivery and the increased use of distance learning.”

Officials at the state’s historically Black colleges and universities were relieved that none of the consolidations involved HBCUs. Previous proposals had included some HBCUs among institutions that would be consolidated. But political opposition to reducing the number of historically Black universities ran high.

So for now, at least, Albany State University, Fort Valley State University, and Savannah State University will continue to operate independently.

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