ERIC Number: ED180275
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May-17
Reference Count: 0
The Planning of the Merger of Two Public Higher Education Institutions: A Case Study of Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee at Nashville.
Matlock, John; Humphries, Frederick S.
A case study is presented of the planning of a merger of two public institutions in Nashville, Tennessee, in which a federal judge ordered predominantly white University of Tennessee at Nashville to merge with predominantly black Tennessee State University. This action represents the first time a white university has merged with a black one, with the black school being the surviving institution. The historical events that resulted in the court-ordered merger are summarized and the constitutional issues in question are analyzed in detail. A merger plan developed for planning and implementing the merger of the two institutions is also examined. The court allowed two years for the planning of the merger. Some of the unresolved issues facing the two schools as they move closer toward the actual merger on July 1, 1979 are reviewed, and the possible long-range concerns of Tennessee State University relative to its role, mission, and organizational structure are examined. An analysis is also presented of possible implications that the merger will have on other predominantly black institutions of higher education. (Author/SW)
Descriptors: Black Colleges, Black Students, Case Studies, College Desegregation, Constitutional Law, Cooperative Planning, Court Litigation, Desegregation Litigation, Desegregation Methods, Desegregation Plans, Higher Education, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Legal Problems, Mergers, School Closing, State Colleges, White Students
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Tennessee State University; University of Tennessee Nashville
Note: Paper presented at the Association for Institutional Research Annual Forum (19th, San Diego, CA, May 13-17, 1979); appendices may not reproduce well