Originally posted by derleider: Upstream - why should that be? The current governance structure of RU was setup by legislation - why shouldn't extensions of that be determined in collaboration between the state and the university? After all the state, despite its dwindling funding, still has a interest in how Rutgers is run.
I think this worked out about as good as could be expected.
The governance structure was set up by legislation (as part of the 1956 contract with the BOT). It allows the state to appoint 6 of the 11 members of the BOG, and then gives the BOG the authority to self-govern the university (with consent of the BOT in certain instances).
Deciding how the schools of arts and sciences in New Brunswick are organized, is a decision of the BOG. They did not need to get state approval to merge Rutgers College, Livingston College, and Douglass College. State legislators, like alumni, students, and faculty, voiced opinions. But at the end of the day, the decision was made by the BOG.
Rutgers should have the same freedom for the biomedical schools. The decision belongs to Rutgers, not the legislature.