University systems across the nation are proposing new solutions to grapple with millions in state budget cuts — including merging some of the campuses in operation.
The University of Maryland might consolidate two of its campuses, UM-College Park and UM-Baltimore, to cut costs. Administrators say the proposed merger would improve the university’s standing among its peers.
“The idea is that a consolidation would make one University of Maryland have a much higher national rank in research funding and could drive obtaining additional research funding,” said Mike Lurie, spokesman for the university’s Board of Regents.
The UMCP-UMB Merger work plan, a study that weighs the pros and cons of a potential merger, states that “issues related to mission, quality of learning, reputation and rankings, institutional cultures, administration and costs” will be considered by the board. The final report will be presented to the legislative budget committees Dec. 15.
Although complete universities were not merged, the State University of New York, which has absorbed state funding cuts totaling $1.4 billion in the past four years, decided to merge the presidential offices overseeing individual campuses to maintain academic quality.