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Monday, October 8, 2007 Trustees of NYU and Polytechnic U. Are

Summary: Monday, October 8, 2007
Trustees of NYU and Polytechnic U. Are
Expected to Vote on Merger This Week
More than three decades after New York University disbanded its engineering school,
sending dozens of faculty members to what is now Polytechnic University, trustees of
both universities are expected to vote this week on a merger that would reclaim an
engineering school for NYU and give the financially strapped technical university the
clout of the NYU name.
While some small colleges and vocational schools have turned to mergers, or, at the very
least, joint academic programs and financial agreements to create economies of scale,
blending entire universities is complicated and hard to pull off (The Chronicle, March 23,
The two New York suitors discovered that three years ago. Polytechnic faculty members
balked at a possible merger because it didn't safeguard their jobs or tenure, or assure them
that their campus would remain in downtown Brooklyn. This time, a revised plan that
includes those assurances is getting mostly positive reviews.
NYU officials say an engineering school would provide a missing link for their
"It's hard to see how NYU can reach its goals in today's technological world without


Source: Aronov, Boris - Department of Computer and Information Science, Polytechnic University


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences