MARIETTA, Ga. -- Students, alumni and faculty of Southern Polytechnic State University are fighting what they say is a "hostile takeover" of the SPSU campus by the University System of Georgia, reports the Marietta Daily Journal.
The USG Board of Regents will consider a proposal this month to consolidate the schools. The planned merger is part of an ongoing system-wide series of institutional consolidations aimed at gaining efficiencies and cutting costs.
By Monday morning, more than 2,200 supporters had signed two different petitions on change.org, an online forum that allows people to campaign on a wide range of issues.
The petitions, dubbed "SPSU and KSU merger: Stop the merger" and "Stop Kennesaw State from merging with Southern Polytechnic State," also attracted parents of enrolled SPSU students and high school seniors who plan to apply to the school voicing their opposition to the merger.
Kennesaw State is the third-largest university in the state system. The school, which marked its 50th anniversary this year, offers nearly 20 graduate degree programs in many fields.
Southern Poly, which was founded 65 years ago and moved to Cobb County in 1961, specializes in science, engineering and technology.
(Atlanta Business Chronicle)