At Rowan, an early acceptance of merger plan?

Two months before Gov. Christie stunned South Jersey by proposing the merger of Rutgers-Camden and Rowan universities, Rowan’s top official described some of its key aspects to student leaders.

Interim President Ali A. Houshmand told the Student Government Association that the “Rowan University name will remain the same” and “Glassboro…will become the main campus,” according to minutes of a November 21, 2011 meeting posted on Rowan’s website.…

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College merger could serve as promise of new era

For the Courier-Post

Rarely does an opportunity come along that can transform a city and region for generations to come. A chance to ignite the economy, create hundreds and possibly thousands of jobs, and take first-class universities to an even higher level. The promise of a new era, where a resurgent downtown and safe, vibrant neighborhoods restore a sense of pride in the people who live and work there.…

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Plan to merge Rutgers-Camden and Rowan faces criticism and complaints


FORUMS SET: Rutgers-Camden is to host two forums for discussion of a proposed merger into Rowan University of Glassboro. The hourlong sessions will be held Thursday, Feb. 2, at 12:20 p.m. in the 401 Penn classroom and Monday, Feb. 6, at 5 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room on the main level of the Campus Center.

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RU to become RU? Rowan may absorb Rutgers-Camden

CAMDEN — Gov. Chris Christie unveiled a plan Wednesday to merge Rutgers-Camden into Rowan University, but the proposal didn’t get high marks from everyone involved.

While Rowan officials praised the governor’s announcement, the top administrator at Rutgers University issued a tepid response. And students at both schools criticized the plan.

“The governor has taken the liberty of messing with South Jersey.…

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Hearings sought on higher ed

Reorganization plan faces review
Jim Walsh, Staff Writer
TRENTON — The head of the state Senate’s Higher Education Committee on Thursday said she wants to hold hearings on a proposed reorganization of higher-education institutions across the state.

Sen. Sandra Bolden Cunningham, D-Hudson, said hearings are needed for “a complete understanding of the statewide benefits and implications” of the plan, which was unveiled by Gov.…

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