“There is a chance that ‘state college’ will be in our name and not ‘university,’” said Summer Leverett during the last weekly campus meeting that took place on April 23.
The two newest names that were submitted to the Board of Regents last week were Central Georgia State College and Middle Georgia State College. Leverett serves as both the president of the school’s student government as well as a member of a student committee for consolidation.
During the weekly campus SGA meetings, she uses this time to answer questions as well as provide new information about the Macon State College and Middle Georgia College consolidation to students and the SGA board itself.
The four names that came from the Consolidation Committee in the beginning of April were, The University of Middle Georgia, The University of Central Georgia, and Middle Georgia University and Central Georgia University, were.Now, those names may no longer be the names used in the decision.
Macon State’s Student Government Association (SGA) put their support behind the new name for the school being, “The University of Central Georgia.”
But last week, “The Board of Regents sent a message to us last week saying that they wanted us to consider names with the words ‘state college’ in them,” said Leverett. The implications of having the name “state college” instead of “university” may also mean that the school’s Masters Degrees will be put on hold.
During the SGA meeting, Assistant Dean of Students Michael Stewart asked Leverett “was there any discussion about the status of the master’s degrees.”
“The Board of Regents has officially asked us to hold off on submitting proposals for Masters Degrees until after the consolidation. Since they have to comply with Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) they do not look favorably upon approving a graduate school program the same time as consolidation,” Leverett said.
The SGA’s hope was for the Board of Regents to approve the name with the “university” in it so that when the Masters Degree programs were added to the college’s offerings, there would not be another name change. “I am concerned about getting a name change, then getting another name change once those degrees are approved,” said Stewart.
The one amount that has not been allotted for in the consolidation of Middle Georgia with Macon State is a budget for signage. Changing the signs, stamps, stickers, t-shirts and anything that is printed with the Macon State College logo will all have to be altered with the school’s budget.
Although most of the meeting was spent discussing the new changes that will occur in the following year, Monday’s meeting ended with the voting results for president and vice president of SGA in the fall. Current Vice President Jonathan Jackson will be the new SGA president. SGA Senator Wesley Sewell will be taking Jackson’s place as Vice President.
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