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Plan to Merge Rutgers-Camden and Rowan U Blasted by Students, Teachers on Both Sides

Posted Jan 27, 2012 6:15 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A plan unveiled this week by New Jersey's governor to merge the Camden campus of Rutgers University, including the law school, with Rowan University in nearby Glassboro has been blasted by students and teachers on both sides. The combined school would be called Rowan University.

Some, like law student Jeremy Abay, object to the loss of the prestigious Rutgers name and think the new school will have a diminished ability to attract high-caliber faculty, the Courier-Post reports.

“If it was Rowan Law School, I wouldn’t be here,” Abay told the newspaper, which reported that he chose Rutgers-Camden for law school over the University of Pennsylvania, Seton Hall University and Temple University.

Meanwhile, undergraduates at Rowan lamented a potential substitution of graduate assistants for classroom professors, if their school, as a result of combining with Rutgers, focuses more on research.

Hat tip: Above the Law.

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