A U.-TURN IN CAMDEN: Rutgers fights to stay Rutgers

BY JASON NARK, Philadelphia Daily News

AN ENORMOUS book sits on a shelf near my Rutgers-Camden diploma, just a few steps from the closet where my old black-and-red Rutgers wrestling singlet lies stuffed inside a duffel bag.

One of my semesters there was spent studying Milton’s Paradise Lost, lugging that book around like a slab of granite.…

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Rutgers-Camden chancellor denounces merger plan

By James Osborne, Inquirer Staff Writer

Rutgers-Camden chancellor Wendell E. Pritchett: “I am opposed.”

Rutgers-Camden chancellor Wendell E. Pritchett spoke out forcefully Thursday against Gov. Christie’s plan to merge the school into Rowan University, adding his weight to a movement within the state’s flagship university to try to block the proposal.

Later in the day, Richard McCormick, president of the Rutgers system, issued a statement saying he had spoken with Pritchett and “shared many of his concerns.”…

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Lawsuits threatened over planned merger between Rowan and Rutgers-Camden

EILEEN STILWELL, Courier-Post Staff

A plan to roll Rutgers-Camden and Rowan into a single university under the Rowan banner could produce a barrage of lawsuits from Rutgers faculty, according to a union leader at the Camden campus.

“We are very much outraged by this proposal for many reasons. We think it’s fraudulent for one nonprofit, as in Rutgers, to dispose of its assets to another nonprofit, i.e.…

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Christie plan for university reshuffling means another chapter for Rowan

GLASSBORO — Twenty years ago, Rowan University’s reputation was synonymous with its teachers college, which prepared hundreds of elementary and special education instructors for South Jersey classrooms each year.

Back then, the school in Glassboro was known as Glassboro State College, and students looking for a bustling college town with a robust nightlife or a research institution with endless courses of study had to look elsewhere.…

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Inquirer Editorial: Rowan merger with Rutgers-Camden makes sense

The third time could be the charm for the long-debated realignment of New Jersey’s major university, with the added bonus that this time South Jersey will get a chance to compete for top academic honors.

Gov. Christie’s ringing endorsement Wednesday of a plan to have Rowan University take over the Camden campus of Rutgers University — while the University of Medicine and Dentistry merges with Rutgers — could jump-start hopes of making better sense of the state’s sprawling higher-education network.…

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Dramatic restructuring of N.J.’s university system would create 3 research campuses

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie unveiled a dramatic restructuring of New Jersey’s university system Wednesday that would break up the state’s medical university while creating a major new public research campus at Rowan University in South Jersey.

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Gov. Christie calls for major changes in higher education

By Jenna Portnoy/Statehouse Bureau

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie announced today that he has endorsed an advisory committee’s plan to overahaul medical education in New Jersey, including a revamped University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, and an expanded research university in South Jersey by combining Rowan University and Rutgers-Camden.

The new recast health sciences university in Newark would be renamed New Jersey Health Sciences University, and the publicly owned University Hospital would be run by a private management company.…

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Kevin Riordan: Idea of combining Rowan and Rutgers-Camden needs a thorough vetting

Kevin Riordan: Idea of combining Rowan and Rutgers-Camden needs a thorough vetting

By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist

Combining Rutgers-Camden and Rowan into a single university would be contingent on academic, political, and economic decisions that haven’t been made.

Unless they have, and it’s all a done deal. Which strikes me as a stretch, even for New Jersey.…

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