December 9, 2013: Specific Guiding Principles for the Consolidation of KSU and SPSU

December 9, 2013

1. This is a consolidation of two universities that will result in a third, new institution. The new KSU will be a single integrated institution that has two main campuses with buildings, functions, and people located at two sites approximately 10 miles apart.

2. Dan Papp will make the final decisions regarding which recommendations, as required by Board Policy, will be forwarded from the working groups, via the Consolidation Implementation Committee, to the Board of Regents.

3. Policy decisions that will need Regents approval include but are not limited to the new mission statement as well as tuition and fees.

4. Clarifying the new institution’s mission will be a critical first step.

5. The new organizational structure will support the new mission.

6. After the organizational chart is developed, with position descriptions, every effort will be made to find the best person currently at KSU or SPSU with the right skill set to successfully carry our the responsibilities of that position.

7. As the consolidation progresses, we will do a holistic HR assessment of salaries and wage bands for the entire university.

8. In establishing operational working groups, we will seek the best balance between broad involvement of the university communities with flexible and expeditious approaches to planning and decision-making.

9. We will seek to minimize the need for students and faculty to commute between locations for classes. This may well result in offering core classes at both campuses and focusing courses for majors at one campus.

10. High priority goals for students include maintaining affordability, increasing access, and accelerating retention, progression, and graduation (RPG) rates in accord with Complete College Georgia.

11. High priority goals for faculty and staff included enhancing professional growth and expanding career opportunities.

12. The funds released from duplicative administrative and other functions will be re-directed toward instruction, educational support, and research.

13. In addition to reducing duplication and accelerating RPG rates, consolidation will focus on enhancing the contribution of the institution to regional economic development through enhanced degree programs and expanded community engagement.

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