By Kelly Heyboer/ The Star-Ledger.

NEWARK — While legislators and university officials meet behind closed doors to negotiate a compromise, the public will get a chance next week to weigh in on the proposed restructuring of New Jersey’s higher education system.

State Sen. Ronald Rice (D-Newark) will host a hearing at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Newark City Hall to focus on how health care in the state’s largest city will be affected by the proposed merger of Rutgers University and parts of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.


Meanwhile, other groups are also coming out with their own proposals. Earlier this week, a coalition of the state’s labor unions released its framework for the merger. It calls for keeping Rutgers-Camden part of Rutgers and ensuring there are no layoffs at any of the schools involved in the restructuring.

“If our goal is to maintain critical services to the citizens, patients and students of New Jersey, we need a thorough fiscal analysis and answers to questions through an open legislative process,” said Alex Bernstein, executive director of the American Association of University Professors at UMDNJ.


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