An education study committee assembled by Gov. Sonny Perdue has recommended merging the state’s technical college campuses with the two-year colleges to create a comprehensive community college system.
The proposal is one of several suggestions aimed at improving access to college.
Opponents say two-year and technical colleges have separate and competing missions that would make any merger difficult and dangerous.
Some two-year college professors worry a merger would weaken the academic standards at their institutions and make it more difficult for students to transfer to four-year colleges.
But committee members argue Georgia needs a seamless transition as students move from high school to college.
They say a merged community college system also would make it easier for dual enrollment programs to occur by creating a central agency to oversee these programs. Currently individual high schools and districts set up these programs, meaning some students don’t have access to college classes.
Should Georgia merge its technical and two-year colleges? How should the state improve access to these programs and the four-year colleges?