A redefined Rowan to drive transformation of region

Over the past six years, Rowan University has challenged conventional thinking and introduced business concepts that have transformed a well-regarded local institution into the region’s fastest growing, most progressive-thinking University. With $1.2 billion in construction planned by public and private entities, steep enrollment increases and a bold vision for how higher education should serve the public, Rowan is poised to be not just a leader in higher education but also the most important catalyst of economic growth for its region.

Under President Ali A. Houshmand’s leadership, since 2011, Rowan University has:

Health Care/Research:

  • Cofounded Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in Camden, the first new medical school in New Jersey in more than 30 years
  •  Integrated the former UMDNJ School of Osteopathic Medicine, making Rowan one of just two institutions in the U.S. offering both M.D. and D.O. degree-granting programs
  • Partnered with Rutgers-Camden to create new health science graduate programs and research centers, and constructed $60 million worth of academic and research facilities in Camden.
  • Refocused the University’s research priorities to encourage practical (applied) research at the intersection of medicine, engineering, business, technology and the health sciences

Economic Development:

  • Collaborated on a $400 million public-private redevelopment project, Rowan Boulevard, that brought student and market-rate housing, academic space, retail outlets and restaurants, a Marriott hotel, a Barnes & Noble bookstore and more to a corridor that joins the campus to Glassboro’s downtown
  • Completed $443 million in projects, including new buildings for its medical school, engineering and business colleges and a 1,400-bed residence hall constructed through a public-private partnership
  • Generated more than $1.2 billion in economic activity statewide in 2015
  • Attracted private investors who will partner with Rowan to develop its 600-acre West Campus and add to its South Jersey Technology Park

Access, Affordability and Success:

  • Entered into a unique partnership with the two Rowan Colleges to open more pathways to and drastically reduce the cost of a quality four-year degree to approximately $25,000 (Note: Two of the region’s community colleges changed their names to reflect the close relationship with the university, however, they remain independent of each other and the University.)
  • With Rowan College at Gloucester County, introduced practical degrees developed and delivered in collaboration with industry partners
  • Maintained tuition increases at the rate of inflation or under for the last four years and pledged to stay at or under the rate of inflation
  • Increased enrollment by 7,000 students in six years to 17,300 students, with plans to reach 25,000
  • Added 51 new academic programs in high-demand areas and hired nearly 180 tenure-track faculty
  • Hired more than 30 professional academic advisors, which has helped push first-to-second year retention rates to nearly 90 percent and increased four-year graduation rates to the highest level in decades

Rowan’s transformation has been noticed by its peers and ranking agencies. It was recently recognized by U.S. News and World Report for being the second most innovative university in the north in its category and third nationally by College Net for its impact on the upward social mobility of its graduates, in addition to a long list of other accolades.

Contact Us: For more information about any of these initiatives, please contact:
Dr. Joe Cardona, cardona@rowan.edu, 856-256-4236.