MEDIA ADVISORY – Senate Higher Education Committee To Hear Testimony Regarding UMDNJ Reorganization Recommendations Monday

TRENTON – The Senate Higher Education Committee will meet Monday to hear testimony from invited speakers on the recommendations to the Governor regarding a plan to reorganize higher education institutions in New Jersey.

The Committee recommended a reorganization of UMDNJ into three entities:

– The creation of the New Jersey Health Sciences University (NJHSU), including the New Jersey Medical School, the New Jersey Dental School, the Gradate School of Biomedical Sciences, the School of Nursing and the School of Health Related Professionals. The University Behavioral Health Care, the School of Osteopathic Medicine and The Public Health Research Institute would also be included under the NJHSU banner with significantly increased autonomy;

– An expansion of Rowan University to include: Rowan University, Glassboro; the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, Camden; Rutgers University-Camden, Rutgers University School of Law-Camden; and Rutgers University School of Business- Camden; and

– A realignment of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, School of Public Health and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey in Central Jersey into Rutgers University.

The recommendations were part of a final report from the UMDNJ Advisory Committee. Invited participants in the hearing will include representatives from the affected colleges.

The committee will meet Monday, February 6, 2012 at 10 AM in Committee Room 4 of the State House Annex.