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Proposed Rutgers – Rowan Merger Has Students And Faculty In An Uproar

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Students On The Campus Rutgers University in Camden (credit: CBS 2)

Students On The Campus Rutgers University in Camden (credit: CBS 2)

CAMDEN, NJ (CBSNewYork) — Students and faculty at the Camden campus of Rutgers University feel betrayed by Governor Chris Christie. They say that his plan to merge the Camden campus with Rowan University will result in lower academic standards.

WCBS 880 Reporter Peter Haskell…

Jacob Soll, a history professor at Rutgers, told WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell that the plan will weaken the Rutgers academic community.

“It does not have anything to actually offer Rutgers, except for lower standards.”

Soll said that being a part of Rutgers opens doors and allows for high levels of academic achievement, something that he feels will be threatened if the school merges with Rowan.

“What allows people like me to win grants are the resources at Rutgers and the Rutgers name,” he said.

Governor Christie believes that the merger will strengthen both schools.

Are the schools better off as seperate entities or should they merge? Let us know in our comments section below…

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