Resolution on Proposed Rutgers Merger

Resolution of the AAUP-CBC Executive Committee, February 2012.

The Collective Bargaining Congress of the American Association of University Professors strongly objects to the proposed merger between Rutgers Camden and Rowan.  We believe that both institutions should retain their unique identities, and that the best way to support the education of the students at these two excellent institutions is to allow these institutions to keep their autonomy. Preserving the educational missions of both universities will give students more choices and opportunities for success, so we object to the merger.

We disagree that a merger between Rutgers Camden and Rowan is the best way to improve higher education in South Jersey.  We believe that both Rutgers Camden and Rowan should retain their unique identities.  We further believe that we can form cooperative agreements between Rowan and Rutgers Camden that will enhance the educational mission of both institutions while preserving their autonomy.  This is the way to give students in our region the best educational opportunities: by providing them choices.

We respect the students, faculty, staff and mission of Rowan University.  We believe that we can form cooperative agreements with Rowan and Cooper Medical School that will enhance the educational mission of each institution while preserving their autonomy and uniqueness.  This is the way to give students in our region the best educational opportunities: by providing them choices.