We've covered this issue here and here. Now the Chronicle of Higher Education weighs in on the proposed Rutgers-Camden/Rowan merger, and the other related changes, with an article, Proposed Realigning of New Jersey Campuses Spurs Protests and Charges of Cronyism, here.
One of the more interesting punch lines from New Jersey State Senator Raymond Lesniak: "[Proponents of the state's reorganization of higher education] ignored the elephant in the room, and that is, this can't be done without a billion-dollar bond issue for higher education in the state."
More details here. (The LST folks need to find a better phrase than "consumer-disoriented behavior" to describe misleading or confusing job statistics.) As before, it remains to be seen whether these cases will go anywhere. Class certifications have gotten harder generally, and then there are the merits themselves. Thoughts from readers knowledgeable about these matters? Signed comments only: full name in signature line and valid e-mail address required.
As I noted previously, there are many people unhappy with Governor Chris Christie's new proposal to merge Rutgers-Camden into Rowan University. Folks at Rutgers-Camden Law are making their displeasure known. Students spoke out against the merger Monday and Rutgers-Camden Dean Ray Solomon commented that "the name of Rutgers is crucial to this law school and it is part of what has made us an outstanding school. It is necessary to continue (the name) and I will continue to advocate that as long as I’m able.”
Across campus, Janet Golden - a history professor at Rutgers-Camden - has taken the rhetoric up a notch, stating that "lots of lawsuits will follow" such a merger because Rutgers-Camden have tenure exclusively with Rutgers.
A nice graphic showing the proposed restructuring is here.