At the senate
Provosts' reports: The year's accomplishments at the Newark and Camden campuses
Archived article from Dec 7, 2001
By Mark Maben
During its last meeting of the fall semester, Nov. 30, the University Senate heard presentations highlighting recent achievements on the Newark and Camden campuses.
"The character of our campus is changing," said Norman Samuels, provost of the Newark campus. "More 18-year-olds and fewer older students are enrolling at our campus. More and more we are looking like a traditional, four-year college campus."
Samuels provided an overview of where Rutgers-Newark stands today. The campus serves 9,600 students taught by 500 faculty members. In 2000-2001, the school raised $17 million in external funding for research and, for the fifth year in a row, was ranked number one as the most diverse college in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. "The diversity ranking is a great source of pride," Samuels said.
Accomplishments in the past year include the new Police Institute at the School of Criminal Justice; the completion of the Global Financial Markets Center, a working electronic trading floor that gives business students hands-on experience; the establishment of a Portuguese study program; the growth of the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies; and successful accreditation reviews at the College of Nursing. Samuels also noted that the campus is continuing its partnerships with the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey to create joint degree programs and other cooperative ventures.
The provost is optimistic about the campus's future outlook in the revitalized city of Newark. The campus has several building projects in the planning stages, such as new science facilities and a hotel/conference center in the old law school building. "Newark is anxious and willing to grow with the rest of the university," Samuels concluded.
Provost Roger Dennis' remarks showed that Rutgers' Camden campus enjoyed an equally successful 2000-2001. "We had an exceptional year during our 50th year," said Dennis. The campus's golden anniversary was marked, in part, by the opening of new facilities, including the Rutgers-Camden Community Park, a brownfields reclamation project; Campbell's Field, home to the Scarlet Raptors baseball squad as well as the Camden Riversharks; a newly renovated science building; and the Rutgers-Camden Gateway Park, which welcomes motorists entering New Jersey from the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.
Dennis was most proud of the accomplishments of students and faculty during the year. "Six graduate students were awarded positions in the highly competitive Presidential Management Internships program, and School of Law students earned a record seven clerkships on the New Jersey Supreme Court," he said. "Our faculty continued its excellence, publishing at a remarkable rate." Dennis also cited new programs in criminal justice, education and hospitality management as additional signs of the campus's strength.
The school continues to provide assistance to the city it calls home. The William G. Rohrer Center for Management and Entrepreneurship is lending its expertise in creating plans to ensure success of the new battleship U.S.S. New Jersey museum and the university in restoring historic properties in the neighborhood. The LEAP Academy charter school remains a beacon for educational excellence, and a new pre-kindergarten program is serving the city's youngest learners, Dennis said.
In other business, the senate passed an "Endorsement of Equal Marriage" resolution that encourages the administration to "exert influence" on state government to allow same-gender couples in New Jersey open access to civil marriage. The senate also approved a resolution supporting proposed changes to the New Jersey National Guard Tuition Remission Program.