College to Remain Independent

July 1, 2010

A proposal to merge Thomas Edison State College into Rutgers University is not moving forward and both institutions will remain independent.

The College vigorously opposed the merger proposal because we believe that the unique mission of the institution to serve self-directed adults would not have survived. The College is pleased that after thoughtful consideration and reflection by the Governor and the Legislature, a consensus has been reached that the merger proposal will not go forward.

"We are grateful that the Governor, the legislative leadership in both houses, and of both parties, concurred with our view that the public interest was best served by maintaining the autonomy and special mission of both Rutgers and Thomas Edison State College," said College President Dr. George A. Pruitt. "We also thank all of our students and alumni who contacted New Jersey officials and shared their stories of how the College helped them achieve their goals. Their support played a critical role in this process by reminding everyone of the unique mission of the College and the vital opportunities it creates for adults."

Pruitt added that the time for uncertainty is over and students and those considering about attending the College no longer have to worry about the future of the institution.

"As we enter a new academic and fiscal year, we are continuing our work to expand degree programs and provide flexible, high-quality, collegiate learning opportunities for self-directed adults," he said. "We are ready to help students take their next steps toward completing their degrees."