Originally posted by derleider: It should actually be interesting to see how US News treats the med school for the undergrad rankings.
Will it be treated as a separate school (like Newark or Camden) - in that case it might hurt us, as the Pharmacy school probably has a higher quality of student than the overall RU-NB.
If however some or all of the Health Sciences School gets counted for RU-NB then the following areas will be helped
Faculty salary - 7% (doctors make more than professors I would think)
Financial resources - 10% even though they don't include hospitals, I would think that on average, medical education costs a bit more than regular - even for the undergrad type courses
On the other hand, by taking on hundreds of millions of dollars of debt, RU will likely have to raise tuition or cut spending elsewhere.
Overall, for US News, I doubt there is a major impact. At least not immediately (and even the immediate obviously wouldn't show up until the 2014 or 2015 rankings because of how they compile the data).
I actually think it is likely this legislation will hurt Rutgers-NB's ranking. UMDNJ is still, essentially, a separate school with its own administration and its own chancellor. The UMDNJ Chancellor will be a peer to the NB Chancellor, Newark Chancellor, and Camden Chancellor as they will all report to Barchi. US News rightfully excludes Newark and Camden from Rutgers--NB's ranking and so I expect them to also treat UMDNJ as a separate school.
So the net effect will be that Rutgers-NB loses one of its top programs (Pharmacy) to UMDNJ...I don't think that its going to help Rutgers' ranking, but we will see.