University mergers are approved by accrediting agency

[private]The proposed consolidations of Georgia Southern University and Armstrong State University, and of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) with Bainbridge State College, have been approved by a major accrediting agency.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting institutions, announced the approval on Monday.

That approval clears the way for the Board of Regents to authorize the consolidated institutions, which will operate as the new Georgia Southern University and the new Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. The board has a meeting scheduled for Dec. 12.

“Creating the new Georgia Southern University and the new Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will allow us to better serve students, broaden and redesign academic programs and reinvest savings into academics to improve student success,” said Chancellor Steve Wrigley.

When the consolidations are finalized, the number of institutions in the University System of Georgia will be reduced from 28 to 26.

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