Once the news broke out that TAMUK and TAMUCC could be merging the information started traveling fast around campus causing some controversy. If the merger were to go through, it would need the support of both communities and the students of both campuses. This was not the case as several of my friends opposed the merger due to several reasons.
I for one am in favor of this possible merger of our universities. If TAMUK and TAMUCC merge into the possible Texas A&M-South Texas then there would be many positives outcomes from it. If the merger is done correctly and all things were to be planned out accordingly, Texas A&M-South Texas would open many more doors of opportunities to future students.
I think the reason that most students oppose the merger is because it’s something new. People are sometimes are afraid of change especially when it can affect them in either a positive or negative way.
A merger between TAMUK and TAMUCC would have a lot more positives effects than negative ones. Both schools are small in size when compared to bigger universities like UT-Austin or Texas A&M. A merger of our schools would increase student enrollment to about 20,000 students or more. With such an increase would come benefits like more educational opportunities and increased funding.
Another reason why students may think that this merger is a bad idea is because of the name change of the school and the loss of either one or both mascots. Tradition plays a big role in the surrounding communities of both school and if this merger is rushed and not thought through problems will surely arise. The students and local communities have to be in favor of the merger because if not it probably won’t happen.
The whole point of this merger is to bring change to South Texas. Why prevent a merger just because we’re scared of what’s to come? TAMUK has previously had three different names and each time people may have been upset and alumni might have not agreed with the name change but it leads to better opportunities for future students.
In conclusion, I think TAMUK and TAMUCC students should take the time to think about how this merger would potentially bring more positive changes to South Texas. We need to follow in the steps of UTRGV but take the time to make this merger a greater success. With an increase in school size, the funding increases and we won’t be left behind as two small schools but rather one united university.