A change in name is one of several possibilities under consideration at the University of Akron. The reporter, Karen Farkus in an article for the Northeast Ohio Media Group on the Cleveland.com website, delves into the evolution of the institution from it's founding in 1870 as Buchtel College. For a time, it was a municipal university before becoming part of the state system. An earlier post on the College History Garden links to the early history and the transition to become a municipal university.
Farcus also includes links to other articles from U.S. News and the New York Times exploring name changes and notes that changing names or merging can be very emotional decisions. She comments that there are those who still believe it was a mistake after almost five decades have passed to create Case Western Reserve from the union of Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University.