As state funding and enrollments at public colleges decrease, more institutions are merging, combining services and campuses to save money. However, such mergers often face opposition from students and alumni with loyalties to their school or faculty and staff with employment concerns. "You certainly have academic departments that will have on the surface the most to lose, and will be the most vocal critics. And faculty, who have tenure and job security, are the most likely to be outspoken about it," said Richard Novak, with the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.
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