Somebody back in the homeland came up with a novel idea recently. In response to the economic climate and state budget cuts, there is an idea floating around the halls of the Georgia State Capital to merge four medium sized public universities that have for over 100 years, existed in two cities.
That sounds fairly reasonable, right? Consolidation of four major institutions into two. There aren't many nominal differences in programming - it isn't like merging Georgia Tech's engineering with Georgia State's law school. There aren't large established endowments that will now be combined (a la Newcomb and Tulane in New Orleans). No, there's only one major division that seperates these universities within their respective cities: two are historically black colleges, and two are historically not.
As the title says, right? Thing is, the plan does make sense, but will be met with stiff resistance from dug in faculty and alumni. But the plan picks up an endorsement from someone the right wing describes "the most liberal editor of the most liberal Southern paper" - Cynthia Tucker of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. (I wonder if Bill O'Reilly will bring this up on his TV show, as he has criticized Tucker for many of her other stands.)
It will be fairly interesting to see how this idea plays out back home.