U of Akron Won't Change Its Name

May 5, 2015

Scott L. Scarborough, president of the University of Akron, issued a statement Monday that the institution will not be changing its name. Scarborough has been encouraging a process by which the university considers how to refine its mission and identity, and part of that process has included discussion of becoming identified as a polytechnic institute. That has led to reports that the university would name itself the Ohio Polytechnic Institute -- an idea that students and alumni have been campaigning against. Scarborough's statement said: “We are not proposing a name change. But we are seriously discussing how to reposition the University of Akron for greater distinction.”

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