Friday, January 27, 2012
In what would be fairly radical restructing of higher education in New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie has proposed that Rutgers-Camden be merged with Rowan University - the former Glassboro State College, in Glassboro, NJ. At the same time, the University of Medicine and Dentistry (UMDNJ) would be folded in as well. All of them would operate under the banner of Rowan University.
This would a signficant change for Rutgers-Camden, in particularly, since its research structure - in everything from the law school to the history department (home of a newly minted MacArthur fellow) - appears better developed than Rowan's. In addition, those individuals associated with Rutgers-Camden - students, faculty, alumni, and donors - will likely smart at the loss of the school's highly respected name. (It didn't take long to get a nice petition going.) On the other hand, there would no doubt be efficiencies in the merger and it would bring together a South Jersey med school and law school under a single banner.
Update: I misstated suggesting that UMDNJ would be rolled into Rowan. Actually, Rowan will open the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University this August.