"We have fundamental issues to deal with," he said. "I think we have to restructure these large land-grant universities into public-private hybrids that can satisfy their role as flagship universities for states like New Jersey. We have to be more sustainable, less buffeted by year-to-year shifts in state funding and economic environment. We have to be more diversified, more pro-active in looking at alternative revenue streams."
— Like it or not, that's the new reality we're living in. Barchi's comments make quite clear that the next decade for Rutgers will be defined by the merger with UMDNJ transforming the university into a life sciences research funding powerhouse that is working in close collaboration with private enterprise in New Jersey. That's going to be the model moving forward.