Consolidating the state's higher education system is on track to save the state $4.3 million over the next two years, as projected, the new system's leader said Tuesday.
The savings will be used to hire faculty at the state universities and community colleges, Board of Regents President Robert A. Kennedy told the board Tuesday. He added he is "very confident" the state will meet or exceed that goal.
Kennedy said he hopes to see more full-time faculty hired, particularly because full-time faculty are better positioned to offer advice and guidance to students and do committee work.
The consolidation, which took effect over the summer, combined the administrative offices for the four state universities — Central, Eastern, Southern and Western — the 12 community colleges and Charter Oak State College. The merger also replaces the boards of trustees for those institutions as of Jan. 1 with the Board of Regents.