Correct, the plan is that SPSU will stay as it is with the same set of classes, the management thereof will move to the Kennesaw State folks. Once the merger is complete the "new" University in Cobb, announced to retain the KSU name, will most likely be the 3rd largest in the state behind UGA and Tech.
KSU has been the third largest University in the state since either 2007 or 2008. It is third to UGA and, believe it or not, Georgia State. They've been ahead of Georgia Tech for several years.
Georgia State has almost 25,000 students, KSU has 24,000 students, and Georgia Tech has 21,500 students. KSU isn't far behind Georgia State and, with the merge, will become the second l
argest university in the state.
I'm a former employee and student at KSU - on campus several times a week. I also have a lot of family who have engineering degrees from SPSU. I understand both sides. Some of the negatives being listed are so, so inaccurate, though. For instance, I keep hearing concerns about class size - I don't have a single class right now with more than thirty students. One has only eight.
I have no idea how this came as such a shock to so many people, though. When the budget cuts of 2008 or 2009 were going on in the university system, school mergers were mention repeatedly if universities couldn't make it under budget. Southern Poly was one of the mergers mentioned, though I don't remember it being mentioned with whom they were merging. Who else, though?
It doesn't really bother me, either way. Jobs will be lost, just as mine was in 2009, and the SPSU students will have to deal with a lot of change, and the KSU students will have to deal with it as well. But, in reality, the choices are either to merge schools are start shutting smaller schools down - the University System, despite going about it horribly from a PR standpoint, is just trying to keep
some of the best and brightest programs while they can. It's been five years since the talks started - this wasn't their first r
esort. I'm just happy they were able to save the program, even if they had to merge it with something else in order for that to happen.