Rutgers-Camden Pro-Consortium Project
Amended bill to restructure higher ed passed in Trenton and is now on its way to Governor Christie's desk:
A Victory for Rutgers, Caution on Funding Issues
*Media Release from Higher Education Healthcare Coalition
Mobilization: Victory! We have kept Rutgers whole!
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RU Board of Trustees rejects Christie's plan that would sever Rutgers-Camden from the rest of Rutgers. Read article
Joint BOG/BOT Principles for Higher Education Restructuring, June 6
Barer Report, January 2012
The members of the Rutgers AAUP-AFT oppose any reorganization of higher education in South Jersey that would result in Rutgers-Camden losing its status as an integral part of Rutgers University.
Executive Council Motion passed to defend Rutgers-Camden as an essential part of Rutgers University (passed unanimously on January 26, 2012).
Rutgers-Camden faculty and Rutgers AAUP-AFT media release:
February 15, 2012 Endorsement of a “once in a generation” opportunity for a “true partnership” in higher education for all of New Jersey
Watch a YouTube video of a rally and a forum on the Rutgers-Camden campus on February 2, 2012:
One of the great messages on a sign at the rally:"No separation without representation!"
Camden faculty have invested their professional careers and reputations in Rutgers and want to continue to do so. We believe the people of South Jersey have earned the right to be part of Rutgers and will benefit greatly from our continued association with Rutgers.
South Jersey Consortium, Yes; Merger, No!
We welcome reorganization arrangements in South Jersey that would strengthen education throughout the region without diminishing the unique role each institution of higher learning plays in the lives of its students and the broader community.
We believe this is best achieved through a consortium model rather than through merger.
While mergers create new institutions out of existing ones, consortia are partnerships between institutions that pursue common goals and pool resources, yet retain their distinctive identities and missions.
On December 1, 2011, three Camden colleagues--Professors Carol Kaufman-Scarborough, Andrew Lees, and Rafey Habib--addressed the Board of Trustees (BOT) and gave testimony reflecting the universal opposition among faculty to any arrangement in South Jersey that would dissolve the association between Rutgers-Camden and Rutgers University. They made strong arguments for the contribution Rutgers-Camden makes to higher education in South Jersey as part of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.
The AAUP-AFT has sent the following submission to the UMDNJ Advisory Committee:
AAUP-AFT Submission to Dr. Sol J. Barer, Chair, UMDNJ Advisory Committee, November 21, 2011
January 25, 2012: Report of the UMDNJ Advisory Committee
In addition, faculty representing various schools or departments at Rutgers-Camden have written letters and op-ed articles stating their points of view:
Letter from Rutgers-Camden School of Law faculty to Rutgers Board of Governors
Op-Ed by Joanne P. Robinson, Acting Dean, School of Nursing-Camden, Gloucester County Times, 11/28/2011
Letter from the faculty in the School of Business-Camden to the Board of Governors
Letter from the faculty in the Camden Department of History to the Board of Governors
Letter from Professor Andrew Lees, President of the Rutgers Camden FAS Senate to Ralph Izzo, BOG Chair and President McCormick's reply to Professor Lees
Professor Dan Cook's Letter to the Editor (sent to various local media)