Gov. Christie Calls For Major Changes In Higher Education

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Gov. Chris Christie announced today that he has accepted an advisory committee’s plan to overhaul medical education in the state, including a revamped University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, and an expanded research university in South Jersey by combining Rowan University and Rutgers-Camden.

The new health sciences university in Newark would be renamed New Jersey Health Sciences University, and the publicly owned University Hospital would be run by a private management company.

Christie said the plan would “refocus” UMDNJ’s Newark-based schools, and grant autonomy to the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, the University Behavioral Health Care in Piscataway, and the Public Health Research Institute in Newark.

In South Jersey, Rowan University, with its main campus in Glassboro and a satellite in Camden, would be expanded to include the future Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, which is currently under construction; as well as Rutgers‐Camden, including the schools of law and business.

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