Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

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Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

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The National Weather Service confirmed last month that a tornado had indeed set down in New Jersey. But it was preceded by another tornado of sorts - the new president of Rutgers University, who came in amid a highly controversial merger between Rutgers, Rowan University and the two campuses of New Jersey's College of Medicine and Dentistry. Elements of the take-over still need approval by the Rutgers and Rowan boards.

Hispanics are now nearly 18 percent of New Jersey's population but just 10 percent of Rutgers' 58,000 pre-merger student body. Room for growth there.

New president Robert L. Bareni alms to improve Rutgers' marketing as "one of the nation's great universities," according to an interview by Star-Ledger columnist Bob Braun. "The only other university in the state wc should be marketing against," he says, "is Princeton, because there is no other comprehensive university of its quality in the state." Barelli told Braun, "You've got to steal somebody else's lunch. …

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