Archive for April 2013

Basic Facts

President Barchi will visit Rutger-Newark Thursday for a town hall meeting with faculty in Robeson from 3-5 pm. In discussions of  the Rutgers strategic plan, and how Rutgers-Newark fits into the rest of our university, it helps to understand some basic issues and statistics. Click RU-N-Basic-Facts.docx for information on budgets and ideas about the “differentiation” of Rutgers campuses. For information on students, selectivity, faculty and financial resources, click RU-FTE-Numbers-by-Campus.pdf

“Fears persist that cost of Rutgers merger plan will be borne by tuition payers”

“The projected cost for the state’s massive higher education reorganization has grown to more than $100 million, according to officials from the public universities involved — a burden that many fear will be shifted, despite assurances from school leaders, onto those who pay tuition.” Read more in this report from the Record.

We Can’t Afford Barchi

The cost of the leadership debacle at Rutgers just keep mounting. Athletic Director Tim Pernetti, who was singled out to serve as the fall guy for a failure of leadership that extended all the way up to Rutgers President Robert Barchi, was forced out to the tune of 1.2 million dollars.  Next, Rutgers Senior Counsel John Wolf, whose resignation initially involved moving to another job with the same six figure salary, received $420,000 for actually quitting. And that’s less than what Mike Rice, the disgraced Basketball coach whose abusive treatment of student athletes started the whole mess, will get.  Just hours after telling legislators what Rice was “not entitled to any settlement, ” Rutgers President Robert Barchi announced Rice will receive $475,000 to settle the remaining two years of his contract.

Two million dollars later, Barchi, who really should have resigned himself instead of throwing Tim Pernetti under the bus, is still standing and still spending. Indeed, rather than owning up to any of the multiple failures of his leadership up to and including, his cycnical attempt to fake John Wolf’s resignation, Barchi is throwing away still more state money to put his troubles behind him. Read more

Who Gets What in the Strategic Planning Process?

A classic definition of politics from the pluralist tradition of mid-twentieth century political science is Harold Lasswell’s; he titled his 1958 book with his definition: Politics: Who Gets What, When, and How.  The current strategic planning process at Rutgers is political in precisely this sense, and it is about determining who will get what, when, and how in the process of the reorganization of Rutgers.  This is why it is so important that Rutgers Newark faculty, staff, and students continue to make our voices clearly heard in this process. Read more

Latest Visions from the Planning Process

At a meeting of the Deans Strategic Planning Advisory Group April 17, President Barchi presented the slides available here and here and asked for comments and question. He emphasized that the planning process is a “work in progress” and welcomed input from faculty. It behooves all who care about our university and Rutgers-Newark to study these and respond. –Robert W. Snyder

More on the Costs of Integration

NJ Spotlight, an online news service, offers this analysis of the complex mix of politics, money, and academic concerns that define efforts to integrate Rutgers and UMDNJ.

What Are the Real Costs of Integrating Rutgers and UMDNJ?

“Facing pressure from Gov. Chris Christie and the other political powers in the state,” the Ledger reported yesterday, “a divided New Jersey Legislature approved a higher education reorganization plan last summer without knowing how much it would cost and who would pay the bill.” Almost a year later, the question lingers. In testimony in Trenton, reported on video by the Ledger, President Barchi said the cost of integrating Rutgers and UMDNJ could be more than $75 million over three years. Original projections said the cost would be about $40 million. Where will the money come from? And how will these money problems shape Rutgers and Rutgers-Newark?

Scenes from the Douglass Campus Town Hall Meeting

Meet Dr. Robert Barchi, our newly reinvented Diversity President.

He is concerned about Diversity. He has been concerned about Diversity since he came to Rutgers only seven short months ago. He says Attention Must Be Paid.

Diversity is not merely foundational. Nay, it is the very cornerstone of President Barchi’s New Strategic Plan. Read more

“Restore the Balance Between Athletics and Academics”

The Rutgers Council of AAUP Chapters applauded the appointment of John Farmer, dean of the Rutgers-Newark law school, as our university’s general counsel. It is “dismayed,” however, at the inequalities revealed in the settlements of the basketball scandal: “We need to restore the balance between athletics and academics and we need to make our teachers and researchers a priority. Their working conditions are our students learning conditions” To read more, click here.

“Defacto discrimination”

The former chancellor of Rutgers-Newark argues that the “The history of Rutgers governance and Barchi’s apparent intent to diminish Newark in the interest of New Brunswick have profound racial, ethnic and class implications.” To read more, click here.