Two Cornish colleges could merge in a bid to provide improved facilities for students in Penzance.
The results of a feasibility study are expected in the summer
The announcement follows a review of options needed to maintain Penwith College's quality as an educational and training facility.
Penwith governors said joining forces with Truro College would give it the expertise of a college that received an outstanding grade from Ofsted.
The Learning and Skills Council is thought to be in favour of the merger.
The council has given a commitment to provide improved college facilities in Penzance.
Although a merger could be unsettling for students in the short term, Penwith College believes it will grow stronger, thereby benefiting the whole community in the longer term.
The merger is subject to a feasibility study, which is being commissioned to look at the benefits to both organisations. The results are expected in June.
Penwith College and Truro College are part of the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) partnership, set up to boost funding and coordinate the growth of university education in the county.
CUC also includes the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, University College Falmouth, the Open University, the College of St Mark and St John and Cornwall College.