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    Gov. christie's changes at rutgers

    How will these changes affect what you do?

    Dear Rutgers Alumni:

    As you may be aware, last week New Jersey Governor Chris Christie received and endorsed a series of recommendations for restructuring health sciences education statewide. These recommendations were made by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Advisory Committee after the group had spent nearly a year studying the future of higher education in New Jersey.

    Several of the recommendations in the report would have a tremendous impact on Rutgers University. As alumni, we should all be informed and aware of the proposed changes to the university. Rutgers has established a website, medicaleducation.rutgers.edu, which addresses the implications to the entire university. Rutgers–Camden has established a web site that addresses the implications specific to the Rutgers–Camden campus: Camden merger. These websites are an excellent resource to keep all of our constituencies up-to-date on the progress of these proposals and the potential impact on our university.

    As chair of the Rutgers University Alumni Association (RUAA), it is my job to ensure that our 21-member Board of Directors represents our 400,000 alumni worldwide. I have the honor of serving in this lead role for one of the largest alumni associations in the country, and it is a role that the board and I take very seriously. All Rutgers alumni are a part of our family. When the RUAA was founded more than three years ago, we made it our mission to advance Rutgers University by engaging all alumni.

    Our mission has not wavered. Through a robust series of events, programs, benefits, volunteer opportunities, and communications, we continue to reach out to alumni to encourage them to be a part of the Rutgers community for life. Our programs celebrate the diversity of our alumni – by school, campus, age, race, gender, and more – while also celebrating what binds us together: our shared affection for and commitment to Rutgers.

    As the university and its key stakeholders begin conversations about what the proposals in the UMDNJ Advisory Committee report mean for the future, our role in the RUAA will be to keep our alumni informed of the status of these discussions and to continue our vigorous alumni programming.

    We also want to hear from our alumni. Both the board and the Department of Alumni Relations welcome your thoughts and feedback, either via phone at 848-932-7490 or via email at RUalumni@winants.rutgers.edu.

    In Rutgers spirit,
    Christine M. Tiritilli DC’92
    Chair
    Rutgers University Alumni Association
    Last edited by jhope; 02-03-2012 at 07:39 PM.
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    What changes are these, the merger of campuses?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhope View Post
    How will these changes affect what you do?
    How is one suppose to know if you couldn't be bothered to put any info in your post?
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    I was thinking the same thing

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    I'm asking Dr. WISE YOUNG
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    Let me explain. In the past decade, three commissions have recommended to three governors of New Jersey to merge Rutgers with UMDNJ. Every time, in the aftermath of the recommendation, unnecessary components have killed the deal. In the early 2000’s, a commission appointed by Governor Jim McGreevey proposed the merger of Rutgers and UMDNJ but the demand for $1 billion in merger costs killed the deal. In the mid-2000's, a commission appointed by Governor Jon Corzine recommended that Rutgers be merged with UMDNJ and NJIT (New Jersey Institute of Technology), split into three parts, and renamed University of New Jersey Newark, New Brunswick, and Camden (sort of like other state universities). There were too many moving parts. Rutgers Newark did not want to be split from Rutgers. Many people protested the changing of Rutgers name. A medicare payment scandal led to a criminal investigation of UMDNJ. The deal fell apart. Chris Christie was the Attorney General of the State at the time. When Christie became governor, he appointed a bipartisan committee to re-examine the question of a merger. This most recent commission recommended that Rutgers take over RWJ in New Brunswick and Piscataway. A recent addition to the proposal has complicated the deal. The advisory committee proposed that Rutgers Camden be merged with Rowan University in South Jersey. This is being protested by Rutgers Camden faculty (Source). It is important to understand these proposals from a historical perspective.

    Rutgers is an old institution with a long and distinguished history of acquiring and nurturing multiple institutions within its organization. Founded in 1766, it was originally called Queen's College and the eighth oldest institution of higher learning in the United States and one of nine pre-revolutionary colonial colleges. Queen's College renamed itself Rutgers College in 1825 in honor of Colonel Henry Rutgers. Rutgers became a land-grant college under the Morrill Act of 1862, establishing the Rutgers Scientific School, which added agriculture, engineering, and chemistry departments to Rutgers. In 1918, Rutgers formed the New Jersey College of Women, which eventually became Douglass College. The University of Newark merged with Rutgers in 1946 to become Rutgers-Newark. Rutgers-Camden used to be the College of South Jersey and South Jersey Law School and they joined Rutgers in 1970. Multiple liberal arts colleges flourished within Rutgers University (Rutgers, Douglass, Livingston, University, and Cook Colleges).

    New Jersey did not have a medical school until after World War II, when the Seton Hall College of Medicine and Dentistry formed in 1954. In 1962, the state chartered Rutgers Medical School in New Brunswick. In 1968, the state acquired Seton Hall College of Medicine and Dentistry, renaming it the New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry, moved it to Newark while the dental school stayed in Jersey City. In 1970, New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry and Rutgers Medical School merged to form the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (CMDNJ). In 1975, the state directed CMDNJ to form a School of Osteopathic Medicine in Camden. In 1977, Middlesex General Hospital became the core teaching facility of CMDNJ-Rutgers Medical School and became known as the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Cooper University Medical Center became the core teaching affiliate of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Clinical Campus in Camden. College Hospital became University Hospital in Newark in 1971 and the teaching hospital for New Jersey Medical School in Newark.

    In 1981, Governor Byrne formally established the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). At the time, UMDNJ was the largest public university of health sciences in the United States. UMDNJ grew and established the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine in Piscataway (1990), the Cancer Institute (1991), the School of Nursing (1992), the Eric B. Chandler Health Center in New Brunswick (1995), the School of Public Health (1998), the Child Health Institute (1999), the International Center for Public Health (2000), a new building for the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and School of Public Health in Piscataway (2003), and the Cardiovascular Institute (2010). At the present, UMDNJ is composed of New Jersey Medical School in Newark, Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) School of Medicine in New Brunswick, and the UMDNJ School of Osteopathic Medicine (SOM) in Camden.

    Everybody agrees that a Rutgers/UMDNJ merger would result in substantial savings and facilitation of research and teaching at both institutions. The advantages of merging Rutgers Camden with Rowan University are less clear. Merger of Rutgers Camden with Rowan is likely to cause a flight of both faculty and students from that campus. The Rutgers brand is better known nationally and internationally than either Rowan or Cooper. Note that Rutgers is not merging with UMDNJ but rather is acquiring RWJ Medical School, the School of Public Health, and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey in New Brunswick from UMDNJ. UMDNJ in Newark had strongly opposed this deal last year. The reason for the UMDNJ leadership's sudden acquiescence was not clear when the deal was announced in November 2011. At the time, the disposition of UMDNJ School of Osteopathic Medicine was left hanging. However, that final piece of the puzzle may have dropped into place when the advisory committee proposed the merger of Rutgers-Camden with Rowan University. This may be the price for Rutgers acquisition of RWJ. By the way, Rowan University is already recruiting students for a Cooper Medical School (Source) while the UMDNJ School of Osteopathic Medicine (SOM) in Camden web site states that "The recommendations call for SOM to remain part of UMDNJ, which will be operationally streamlined and renamed the New Jersey Health Science University." http://som.umdnj.edu/

    Supposing that the Rutgers acquires RWJ, I am not sure that there will be much change in what we do at the W. M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience at Rutgers. Rutgers faculty members are already working closely with UMDNJ faculty on all three campuses. Many faculty members have joint appointments with both institutions. We share research and graduate training programs. Many students at UMDNJ come from Rutgers. The two organizations have separate budgets and different administrators. The two institutions, however, should save much money by conflating duplicated services and administration. It will be good for us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhope View Post
    How will these changes affect what you do?

    Dear Rutgers Alumni:

    As you may be aware, last week New Jersey Governor Chris Christie received and endorsed a series of recommendations for restructuring health sciences education statewide. These recommendations were made by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Advisory Committee after the group had spent nearly a year studying the future of higher education in New Jersey.

    Several of the recommendations in the report would have a tremendous impact on Rutgers University. As alumni, we should all be informed and aware of the proposed changes to the university. Rutgers has established a website, medicaleducation.rutgers.edu, which addresses the implications to the entire university. Rutgers–Camden has established a web site that addresses the implications specific to the Rutgers–Camden campus: Camden merger. These websites are an excellent resource to keep all of our constituencies up-to-date on the progress of these proposals and the potential impact on our university.

    As chair of the Rutgers University Alumni Association (RUAA), it is my job to ensure that our 21-member Board of Directors represents our 400,000 alumni worldwide. I have the honor of serving in this lead role for one of the largest alumni associations in the country, and it is a role that the board and I take very seriously. All Rutgers alumni are a part of our family. When the RUAA was founded more than three years ago, we made it our mission to advance Rutgers University by engaging all alumni.

    Our mission has not wavered. Through a robust series of events, programs, benefits, volunteer opportunities, and communications, we continue to reach out to alumni to encourage them to be a part of the Rutgers community for life. Our programs celebrate the diversity of our alumni – by school, campus, age, race, gender, and more – while also celebrating what binds us together: our shared affection for and commitment to Rutgers.

    As the university and its key stakeholders begin conversations about what the proposals in the UMDNJ Advisory Committee report mean for the future, our role in the RUAA will be to keep our alumni informed of the status of these discussions and to continue our vigorous alumni programming.

    We also want to hear from our alumni. Both the board and the Department of Alumni Relations welcome your thoughts and feedback, either via phone at 848-932-7490 or via email at RUalumni@winants.rutgers.edu.

    In Rutgers spirit,
    Christine M. Tiritilli DC’92
    Chair
    Rutgers University Alumni Association
    Last edited by Wise Young; 02-04-2012 at 08:40 AM.

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    Thank you. I am a product of Rutgers then UMDNJ....
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