Two weeks after its athletic teams joined the Big Ten, Rutgers University has accepted an invitation to join the sports conference's academic arm.
The state university announced this morning it will join the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, a consortium of Big Ten universities, on July 1. The University of Maryland, which joined the Big Ten a day before Rutgers, was also invited to join the CIC.
The invitation means Rutgers students can get access to some courses, programs and libraries at Big Ten schools and the University of Chicago, which is also a member of the 13-school consortium. The universities — which include Northwestern, University of Illinois and Penn State — also band together to make group purchases on commodities and insurance, helping save the schools millions of dollars.
Rutgers officials had been expecting an invitation to join the CIC as part of the deal to leave the Big East and join the Big Ten conference.