What’s behind the controversial plan to reshape higher education in South Jersey?

By Colleen O’Dea

Rutgers Camden
Rutgers Camden
Gov. Chris Christie says the plan to break up the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and merge Rutgers-Camden with Rowan University is “going to happen.”

The proposal may be a done deal for Christie, but it has sparked off a firestorm of criticism and controversy — particularly where the merger is concerned.

Some faculty members at Rutgers-Camden said they were blindsided by the wholesale merger, which they believed would only affect the medical school.

“There’s a sense of shock, surprise and betrayal that there was no consultation about this,” said Ellen Goodman, a professor at the Camden law school.


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