Stop the Rutgers-Camden to Rowan Merger
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Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
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Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
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President - Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Richard McCormick
New Jersey Governor
New Jersey State Senate

Stop the Rutgers-Camden to Rowan Merger

    1. Hyun Kyu Seo
    2. Petition by

      Hyun Kyu Seo

      Columbus, NJ

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June 2012

Victory

From petition creator Hyun Kyo Seo:

"Six months ago the Camden campus of Rutgers University, where I study graphic design, came under fire. Seemingly out of the blue, Chris Christie, the Governor of New Jersey, endorsed a plan to overhaul the higher-education system in New Jersey. Part of the plan called for my school to be divorced from the Rutgers family. Worse yet, the Governor's plan was utterly lacking in detail. I couldn't believe it.

I knew that I, and so many other New Jersey residents, had chosen Rutgers-Camden because it was close to home, affordable, and provided an opportunity to get a world class education at a prominent research institution. But instead of studying, I was worrying. Would I graduate with a Rutgers degree? Would my tuition be raised? Why was the plan developed behind closed doors? What would happen to the distinguished faculty that drew me to the school? How much would it cost to accomplish the plan? These were just some of the questions that I thought needed answers. Turns out I wasn't alone.

I came up with the idea to create a website where people could organize their efforts to keep Rutgers-Camden alive. With the help of social media and our Change.org petition, the website quickly became a banner under which the Rutgers community would rally. In the first few days after launch, our website was receiving nearly 3500 hits a day. And in the first week we had nearly 5000 people sign our Change.org petition.

Six months, a blog, 10,000+ signatures, several large rallies, and a grassroots, guerrilla style public relations campaign later, the part of the plan to divorce Rutgers-Camden from Rutgers University was dropped from the reorganization plan. It was an epic day to say the least. Luckily I had lots of people to enjoy it with. I didn't do this on my own, not by a long shot. That's the best part. This whole campaign really brought our school together. A lot of great friendships were formed between people who had never met before, people who probably would not have met but for the website and Change.org. And thanks to these informed and unified supporters, Rutgers-Camden is safe and now has greater administrative autonomy and an appreciable infusion of financial support!"

We disagree that a merger between Rutgers Camden and Rowan is the best way to improve higher education in South Jersey.  We believe that both Rutgers Camden and Rowan should retain their unique identities.  We further believe that we can form cooperative agreements between Rowan and Rutgers Camden that will enhance the educational mission of both institutions while preserving their autonomy.  This is the way to give students in our region the best educational opportunities: by providing them choices.

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More details.

We respect the students, faculty, staff and mission of Rowan University.  We believe that we can form cooperative agreements with Rowan and Cooper Medical School that will enhance the educational mission of each institution while preserving their autonomy and uniqueness.  This is the way to give students in our region the best educational opportunities: by providing them choices.

The taxpayers of New Jersey deserve a fuller fiscal and educational accounting before being forced to commit to radical changes to education in southern New Jersey.  Instead of a hostile takeover, we believe that all stakeholders can benefit if we work to build successful cooperation agreements that enhance the future for the state, the region, and the city of Camden.

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    News

    1. Reached 12,500 signatures
    2. PRESS RELEASE!

      Hyun Kyu Seo
      Petition Organizer

      http://r2rmerge.com/prelease.php

      Please read and share the R2RMERGE.COM's press release!

    3. R2RMERGE.COM Is updated!

      Hyun Kyu Seo
      Petition Organizer

      New features, and design. Please check it out! Call the NJ Government, e-mail the Rutgers President and the two boards! We need to keep the pressure on!

    4. SAVERUTGERSCAMDEN.ORG IS NOW THE DONATION PORTAL!

      Hyun Kyu Seo
      Petition Organizer

      http://www.saverutgerscamden.org/

      We need your help to save Rutgers Camden. Governor Christie’s announcement of his support for the plan to break up Rutgers University and merge the Rutgers Camden campus with Rowan University has galvanized our community. We have come together to state in a clear and united voice our deep commitmen...

    5. Reached 10,000 signatures
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      Hyun Kyu Seo
      Petition Organizer

      PLEASE FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: https://twitter.com/#!/stopthemerger
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    7. Reached 5,000 signatures
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      Hyun Kyu Seo
      Petition Organizer

      Maintains neutrality between Rutgers and Rowan.

    9. Reached 25 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Adam Barnathan MORGANVILLE, NJ
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm a UMDNJ-SOM student, and I stand united with Rutgers Camden on this issue. This is not about improving the state's higher education system, this is about destroying two respected institutions (Rutgers Camden and UMDNJ-SOM) for the benefit of a few greedy politicians. We all need to stick up for each other and stick together!

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    • C K CHARLOTTE, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      I am a Rutgers-Camden Graduate - Keep Rutgers Alive in SoJ

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    • Sandra Vieser METUCHEN, NJ
      • over 2 years ago

      A cobbled together plan whose only purpose is to benefit the Norcross family and to try and lend credibility to the Coopers Rowan Medical school without a cost benefit analysis or any concern for the damage it will do to the national reputation of Rutgers is evil politics at its worst. Any plan that will affect so many with the potential to destroy so much good needs to be well thought out. What NJ lawmakers are trying to do is shameful.

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    • Doug Hill HADDON HEIGHTS, NJ
      • over 2 years ago

      I did not spend my time and money on education at Rowan (a glorified teachers college) I specifically chose Rutgers because of the quality of the education and the Rutgers name. If anything Rowan should be made a sub-campus of Rutgers.

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    • Rose Patterson HADDONFIELD, NJ
      • over 2 years ago

      Rurgers Camden and Rowan are very good universities, but each have their own identity.

      Rutgers Camden should be autonomous from New Brunswick, because Camden gets the shaft. Financial/academic control from NB, limits what Camden can do and offer. Rowan and Rutgers may collaborate on some joint programs; but remain 2 separate, viable institutions.

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