Boon or Boondoggle? New Jersey's Merger Plan Leaves Faculty Dubious

Boon or Boondoggle? New Jersey's Merger Plan Leaves Faculty Dubious 1

Mark Abramson for The Chronicle

Ali A. Houshmand, interim president of Rowan U., says the plan to give his university control of the Rutgers U. campus in Camden would create more capacity and help keep more students in the state.

[Editors' Note: Soon after this article went to press, the Rutgers University Board of Trustees voted to reject a proposal to remove its Camden campus from the university system and merge it with Rowan University. For more on that vote, see this article.]

The small campus of Rutgers University at Camden is sometimes described by its own faculty as the neglected stepchild of the main campus in New