The task force called for a bold new vision for Rutgers, led by the acquisition of a medical school and a School of Public Health from the former UMDNJ. This was one of the largest academic mergers ever - and it dramatically enhanced Rutgers' reputation as a world-class university. We have also improved the availability of higher education in the southern part of the State, establishing Rowan University as an exciting, rapidly growing new research university.
But our work, as the recommendations of the task force remind us, is far from finished. I am partnering with the Presidents' Council's executive committee, which represents the presidents of the colleges and universities throughout the state. Together, we are examining financial trends and possibilities with the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, a nonprofit organization comprised of some of the best-respected, well-informed policy analysts in the nation.
Our office will continue to address difficult, important questions about how students can finish their degrees, at an affordable price, with skills that lead to meaningful careers and fulfilled lives. We will continue our collaborations to meet workforce demands and drive economic growth in the State. We will identify better ways to promote accountability so that institutions are fulfilling their distinctive missions, delivering the highest quality of education.
We are proud of our accomplishments. They give us confidence to address the critical issues that remain. We are here to serve and make a difference. Enjoy the summer!
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