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Westover High hosts update on ASU and Darton merger

Both ASU and Darton's school presidents met at Westover High to discuss the merger. (Source: WALB) Both ASU and Darton's school presidents met at Westover High to discuss the merger. (Source: WALB)
The merger was approved in November 2015. (Source:WALB) The merger was approved in November 2015. (Source:WALB)
The public is invited to ask questions at Tuesday's meeting. (Source:WALB) The public is invited to ask questions at Tuesday's meeting. (Source:WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

On Tuesday, Albany State University’s Dr. Art Dunning and Darton State College’s Dr. Richard Carvajal answered questions and presented new information on the merger between the two schools.

The school presidents stressed the benefits they said that the merger will have, but they were short on details of exactly what's coming.

The presidents did say that students who graduate next Spring will get to decide whether their diploma says Albany State University or Darton State College. But a lot of other things are still up in the air.

They're still studying how programs will be restructured and what degrees will be offered.

They're also not sure what kind of transportation system may be set up between the two campuses, though if they start a bus system, they said that it will make stops downtown.

But Dunning and Carvajal said that Tuesday's town hall at Westover High School was productive and they're glad people have questions. 

"How's it going? Is it going well?" Asked Dunning. "What decisions you are making, and how are those decisions being looked at?" 

We really think there is value in this," explained Carvajal. "We know how interested the public is in this consolidation, and they should be because what we're doing is really going to impact this region for generations to come.

Dr. Dunning said as they look at their academic programs, they'll stress investing in health care programs that will prepare students for new and emerging jobs.      

The consolidation process is still on track to be finalized in January.

You can follow updates on the consolidation here.

Last November, it was announced that the Board of Regents approved the merger.

Since then, both institutions have held numerous town hall meetings packed with community members wanting to know more about the consolidation.

This is the seventh consolidation for the University System of Georgia.

After the merger, the consolidated Albany State University could have around 9,000 students, making it the largest college in Southwest Georgia.

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