Title

Historical Analysis of College Consolidation

Faculty Mentor(s)

Stephen Smith

Location

Library Technology Center Open Classroom 269

Start Date

28-3-2012 4:30 PM

End Date

28-3-2012 5:15 PM

Description/Abstract

NGCSU and Gainesville State University have entered into a forced merger process. Forced mergers are imposed on institutions by legislative bodies, and our research shows that these meet with little success when geographic and cultural differences exist between the proposed merging institutions. Our analysis of historical evidence indicates that geographical and cultural cleavages will likely prevent the desired outcomes of the merger from being realized. The conclusion drawn our review of previous merger attempts, both national and international, is that a forced merger should not be attempted if there is not a strong and immediate need, such as one institution failing to serve its mission. Faculty Adviser: Stephen Smith.

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Mar 28th, 4:30 PM Mar 28th, 5:15 PM

Historical Analysis of College Consolidation

Library Technology Center Open Classroom 269

NGCSU and Gainesville State University have entered into a forced merger process. Forced mergers are imposed on institutions by legislative bodies, and our research shows that these meet with little success when geographic and cultural differences exist between the proposed merging institutions. Our analysis of historical evidence indicates that geographical and cultural cleavages will likely prevent the desired outcomes of the merger from being realized. The conclusion drawn our review of previous merger attempts, both national and international, is that a forced merger should not be attempted if there is not a strong and immediate need, such as one institution failing to serve its mission. Faculty Adviser: Stephen Smith.