Sunday, July 8, 2012

The Rutgers-Camden Controversy May Be Ending Happily

Efforts to merge Rutgers-Camden with Rowan University seem to have come to an end that will permit Rutgers and its law school to survive and thrive. Negotiation has led to legislative resolution that awaits approval by Governor Christie and Rutgers governing boards. Brian Leiter’s Law School Reports sums it up: 

In a message to the campus sent at the end of last week, Wendell Pritchett, Chancellor of Rutgers-Camden (as well as a member of the law faculty) approvingly summarized the key points of the legislation this way: 

  • Rutgers–Camden will remain an integral part of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.  Faculty will continue to be hired and promoted according to the same University-wide standards; degree requirements will continue to be governed by Rutgers; and collective bargaining will remain with Rutgers.  All employees will remain employees of Rutgers. 
  • The Rutgers Boards of Governors and Trustees will retain their oversight of the Rutgers–Camden campus. The legislation creates a Rutgers–Camden Board of Directors, which will be charged specifically with helping our campus to grow and evolve.  At the same time, Rutgers–Camden shall continue to be subject to the authority, and crucial support, of Rutgers University. 
  • Rutgers–Camden will gain greater administrative autonomy and an appreciable infusion of financial support. The campus will receive its own appropriation as a line item in the state budget, and will retain a greater share of tuition revenues here on our campus.  Rutgers–Camden Law Dean Rayman Solomon notes that the opportunity for greater financial autonomy will help the law school with its efforts to attract top faculty and students.


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