ERIC Number: ED209990
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Race-Neutral Campuses in Urban Areas: A Follow-Up Report on Merger and Joint Planning.
Godard, James M.
Developments during the 1980-81 academic year concerning mergers/joint planning projects designed to eliminate unnecessary duplication of programs between historically black and white colleges in Nashville, Tennessee; Savannah, Georgia; and Norfolk, Virginia are examined. Site visits were made during the second year of operation of the programs at the merged Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee, at Old Dominion University and Norfolk State University, which have cooperative programs using both campuses; and at Armstrong State College, which sponsors all Georgia teacher education instruction, and Savannah State College, which sponsors all business administration courses. It was found that in all three locations each campus is still largely racially identified. In Nashville, the continuing decline of white enrollments since the merger has had an effect upon faculty morale, not for ethnic reasons, but because of apprehension about job security and academic program support. In Norfolk, planning efforts for joint programs of instruction have not abated. Total institutional enrollments have not changed in any negative way, and a visible increase in "other race presence" has been achieved on both campuses. In Savannah, faculty transfers between campuses as a result of the movement of academic programs has gone smoothly. It is suggested that ethnic diversity seems to be achieved more rapidly on campuses serving primarily commuter students than on campuses that are chiefly residential, and it occurs more easily at the post-baccalaureate and upperclass student levels than at the freshman level, due in part to the maturity of students and clarity of their career goals at these upper levels. Information on enrollment and academic programs is appended. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Black Colleges, Black Students, Business Administration Education, Case Studies, Centralization, College Desegregation, College Planning, College Programs, Comparative Analysis, Consolidated Schools, Cooperative Planning, Enrollment Trends, Higher Education, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Mergers, Organizational Change, Racial Balance, State Colleges, Statewide Planning, Teacher Education, Teacher Transfer, Urban Universities, White Students
Southern Regional Education Board, 1340 Spring Street, N.W., Atlanta, GA 30309 ($3.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
Identifiers - Location: Georgia; Tennessee; Virginia