This article presents a comment on the study A Description of Merger Applied to the Montana State University Context. The Merging section reflects quite accurately on key issues from the perspective of students, parents, staff, taxpayers, alumni, and the general public. The manuscript section focused upon the Eastern Montana College-Montana State University merger presents many excellent insights into the merger/affiliation process that were and continue to be real experiences and perceptions, accurate or inaccurate, of an institution being forced into the merger/affiliation. The merger/affiliation process appears to have produced modes, positive shifts in public perceptions regarding the Montana University System. Perhaps, the most significant, unfilled promise of the merger process has been the University System's failure to demonstrate to the taxpayers, legislators, and the public at large, significant savings.
Sexton, R. P. (1996). A response to “A Description of Merger Applied to the Montana State University Context.” Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 25(2), 137–139.