Rutgers University president calls higher education bond “critical” to compete globally

NEW BRUNSWICK – Rutgers University president Robert Barchi said it was “absolutely critical” to give residents “the chance to vote yes” on the $750 million bond referendum question that will appear on the Nov. 6 election ballot.

By investing money in building new classrooms and laboratories, Barchi said it will help in “meeting the global competition head on.”

He spoke today at a rally featuring state lawmakers to rally public support around a question on the November ballot to approve bonding for new higher education infrastructure, specifically new classrooms or labs.

New facilities, he said, “can help students become the next scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs to create innovative ideas.”

“We need to give them a better infrastructure,” the university president said. “Demand has grown leaps and bounds. We have a real capacity need.”

The bond can also help in “stimulating collaboration between the public schools and various businesses and industries.”

Barchi said much has changed in the world since the last higher education bond referendum was passed, way back in 1988.

“The world is catching up to America,” he said. “We’ve seen our competitiveness slip.”

Rutgers University president calls higher education bond “critical” to compete globally