A chemistry professor explains why Rutgers faculty might go on strike

By Bob Boikess

When I arrived in New Brunswick in 1968, Rutgers was a sleepy little place. Its transformation into a major public AAU research university was due, in part, to the creation of an AAUP collective bargaining chapter in 1970. The economic status rating of our faculty went from a C to an A+ as Rutgers professors advanced to among the top tier of the highest paid faculties of public universities in the United States.


If they were really responsive to citizens who want a state university of which we can all be proud, students and parents who are paying tuition and political leaders who understand that a high quality state university will be the driver of substantial economic benefits, management would start working together with the faculty to get Rutgers back on the path to becoming a great university.

Bob Boikess is a professor of chemistry at Rutgers University.

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