The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia voted on Jan. 10, 2012 to consolidate Augusta State University with Georgia Health Sciences University. The merger is one of four consolidations being implemented throughout the 35-member university system.
As of December 11, 2012, the consolidation of ASU and GHSU is one step closer following a decision from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The regional accrediting body voted to approve the consolidation at its annual meeting in Dallas. The consolidated university will be named Georgia Regents University.
The consolidation will be official following approval from The University System of Georgia Board of Regents in January 2013. The inaugural class of GRU will enroll next fall.
SACSCOC representatives will make a site visit in the fall to ensure the new university is complying with accreditation principles and standards. Prior to the visit, university officials are expected to produce a self-study, or an assessment of the school and its operations.
The pre-consolidation work has been implemented using a broad-based Consolidation Working Group, with representatives recommended by the respective presidents and appointed by USG Chancellor Hank M. Huckaby. This group has served to guide and inform overall consolidation efforts.
Day-to-day efforts have been led by an ASU-GHSU Consolidation Action Team with key leadership representatives from each institution, and more than 50 work teams charged with making recommendations on specific aspects of the consolidation.