Our View

“In the near future, the University of Akron, Cleveland State University and NEOUCOM might merge. It has been described as having a real chance of happening. We think that’s a terrible idea. For one, as a university, Akron is miles ahead of CSU. It’s not as if our university will gain much from the merger, except for a medical school.”

In the near future, the University of Akron, Cleveland State University and NEOUCOM might merge.

It has been described as having a real chance of happening.

We think that’s a terrible idea.

For one, as a university, Akron is miles ahead of CSU. It’s not as if our university will gain much from the merger, except for a medical school.

Besides possibly becoming more efficient, the medical school is the only other benefit we see for UA.

Our school has more than twice the enrollment and is growing faster than CSU. We already have two campuses and renowned engineering programs.

Besides, would they expect us to drive to Cleveland for classes?

We hope not. The best way for this merger to work would be for each university to keep its separate identity.

And if that’s the truth, what’s the point of a merger?

In the future, there are plans to combine all public universities in Ohio into one system.

Communism, anyone?

The current system has allowed Akron to grow into a better school. It’s worked the same way for Ohio State.

Akron has become what it has by itself – and doesn’t need what little bit of help CSU or NEOUCOM can provide to continue to grow.

That is, unless merging the universities will lower tuition.

Yeah, right.

Combining them and creating a mega-university will not lower tuition. Look at OSU. They’re a much bigger university than Akron and the tuition costs more, too.

What else would the merger do?

It would move the university to Cleveland.

Undoubtedly, Cleveland State would try to absorb UA – even though it is much smaller. Combining with our university would help CSU to grow.

And then, the focus will shift to Cleveland. By creating a medical school there and increasing its enrollment, CSU would become a relative superpower among universities.

Akron will just become another campus — Cleveland State University: Akron campus.

Who wants that?