New Jersey Colleges Working Fast to Use Funds Approved by Voters

Monday, November 12, 2012

College officials in New Jersey are making quick work of deciding how they hope to spend their portion of a $750 million higher education bond approved by voters on Election Day.

Two of the largest universities in the South Jersey area, Rowan and Rutgers-Camden, feel the funding can best be used to create research opportunities for students.

“The goal is to improve and expand access to higher education,” said Rowan University spokesman Joe Cardona. “The focus is academic facilities such as classrooms or labs space.

Cardona said they hope part of the funding can be used to build the College of Health Sciences in Camden.

Rutgers-Camden Chancellor Wendell Pritchett said they also hope to address space needs for both the Schools of Nursing and Business as well as update antiquated science labs for students.

“We think this has the potential to not only transform our campus, but downtown Camden,” said Pritchett.

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