Gov. Chris Christie Signs Higher Education Bill To Restructure Rowan, Rutgers Universities

Friday, August 24, 2012

There were no protests or organized chants Wednesday at Rutgers University at Camden, but instead, the sounds of camera shutters and applause.

With one fell swoop of a pen, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a historic higher education restructuring bill Wednesday that will give Rutgers University a medical school and give Rowan University a research university designation.

The legislation — previously a controversial and ambiguous bill that was subject to multiple amendments — is expected to be an economic boon for New Jersey, keeping its students competitive with a global market and, overall, creating a stronger higher education system.

“This is a legacy day for the State of New Jersey,” said state Sen. President Stephen Sweeney, D-3 of West Deptford Township. “This action today is probably the single most significant action that this state has taken in the last, at least, several decades.”

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