When considering institutional amalgamations in tertiary education one is reminded of a typical subtitle in introductory anthropology texts: "Man The Problem Solver" (apologies to feminists). What the section usually goes on to discuss is how humans (supposedly unlike "lower" forms of life) use their intelligence to solve, in the first instance, the "problems" of nature, and at later stages the problems that result from human solutions to the problems of nature. Politically imposed tertiary amalgamation policy resembles nothing if not the creation of solutions guaranteed to create problems, the solution of which will create further problems and so on. There would be few post-amalgamation tertiary institutions in Australia which did not question the value of the enormous expense of energy that sentence incurred whatever other advantages may be evident.
Amalgamation from the Perspective of College Council: The Case of the Western Australian College of Advanced Education.
Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 11(2).