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    Rowan, offshore med school sign pact

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    Rowan, offshore med school sign pact
    Thursday, January 20, 2005
    BY KELLY HEYBOER
    Star-Ledger Staff
    Rowan University will funnel future doctors and veterinarians to Ross University, an off-shore medical school, under an unusual deal due to be finalized today.

    Graduates of the Glassboro-based state college who meet certain criteria will be guaranteed admission to Ross, a for-profit medical and veterinary school with campuses in the Caribbean.

    The deal, due to be signed in a ceremony this afternoon, is the first articulation agreement for Ross. It is also the first time Rowan has partnered with a school that trains medical doctors or veterinarians.

    "What we're trying to do is have more affiliations for our students and have more options," said Jay Harper, dean of Rowan's college of liberal arts and sciences.

    Ross officials said the agreement with Rowan is one of several they are negotiating with U.S. colleges. They expect to make similar announcements over the next few months.

    Founded in 1978, Ross is run out of a corporate headquarters in Edison. It has a medical school on the island of Dominica and a veterinary school on St. Kitts. Students take the bulk of their classes on the islands, then can return to the U.S. for their residencies and clinical training.

    The agreement with Rowan comes as Ross is dealing with safety concerns on its St. Kitts campus. The murder of a student and several robberies last year prompted the school to bring in a private security force to patrol the campus last month.

    Rowan officials said they reviewed the security situation on the Caribbean campuses and are satisfied their graduates will be safe at Ross.

    "We're confident that they're increasing security," Harper said.

    For Ross, the articulation deals with Rowan and other U.S. colleges will help steer undergraduates toward its medical and veterinary schools by guaranteeing students admission after graduation.

    "It gives them peace of mind so they can finish their senior year with less stress," said Earl Mainer, Ross' senior associate director of admissions.

    School officials also hope the agreements with traditional colleges will help boost the stature of Ross, a for-profit school that is still fighting for respect despite its growing student body.

    "We wanted to build our reputation to the point where good, quality institutions would want an articulation agreement," Mainer said.



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    quality program

    A big congratulations to both Ross and Rowan! This agreement lends even more credibility to the quality of the graduates coming out of Ross. I believe this may be one of the only articulation agreements between a Caribbean school and a stateside university. From my research, Rowan University is considered one of the best state schools in NJ, so to have an articulation agreement between them and Ross is just outstanding, and certainly enhances the value of a degree form Ross.

    Bravo!! Sure hope the administration keeps improving on the quality of the students, and taking positive actions like this. I canít help but wonder if this is some influence from DeVry, and/or just recognition of just how good Ross graduates are?

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    hmmm

    so, like the Yankess, Ross now has a farm team.

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    Good News

    I agree with SeaDoc. This is good news both for RUSM and its graduates.

    Thanks for the post Azkeptic.

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    wow...bad idea for students, good for ross

    i have issues with this...i mean, ross can get you where you need to go, but an agreement like this? jeez, if i was a parent, sending my kid to rowan, i would hope that they would shoot a bit higher, and try to get into a US school, even if they have to stress a bit during their senior year!

    i mean, ross is a great option as a back-up, but this really seems to divert the pre-meds into ross, without encouraging them to get into a US school. that is crazy! no matter how well ross does, i think all of us would agree that it is far better to get into a US school....

    i think it would be a good idea for the pre-med advisors to be informed about ross, and give the students with lesser credentials info on ross as a viable alternative if they don't quite make the cut. but, all efforts as an undergrad should be to get into a US school, and this type of affiliation can really undermine that by luring students into a false sense of security..."hey, i can just get my B's and get into Ross, everything is fine..." when they are at an age and stage in education where the pitfalls and problems of a carib med degree may not be obvious, or may be easy to minimize...

    however, devry prob loves this. a funnel for a few well qualified, tuition paying students each year! good for the school, bad for the parents and premeds, IMHO

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    Rowan College?

    Rowan College? What a joke, I hope this is not really one of the better colleges in NJ. I wish Ross could become attached with at least a recognizable name, maybe even a school with a medicine program that could benefit current Ross students. I really dont see how this would improve the quality of students at Ross. I mean now we have students from many quality major universities attending our school (Duke, UNC, Emory, UF, UM, Ivy league, all the California Univ) just to name a few. How would a graduate from Rowan College up our rep.

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    why a good university affiliation

    Havelock:

    Why would you think a school like Duke would set up an affiliation with Ross or even SGU. Since they have their own medical school and have high entry standards into their undergraduate programs, most students have a good chance of getting into Medical school if they apply themselves as undergraduate students at Ivy league type universities.

    Actually, New Jersey where Rowan is located has a seven year medical program where outstanding students can be accepted into UMDJ (University of Medicine and Dentistry) right out of high school. They must keep a 3.4 average each semester in college. After three years of college they move on to Medical school. The tuition is $80,000 for four years as it is a state school. In most cases the undergraduate educations for students in the program is free including room, board and tuition.

    This is a good deal.
    When you become my age you will realize all of the hard work and studying was worth the effort.
    "60 years young" another 60 to go if my doctor sons keep me alive with free prescriptions!!

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    quality program

    Havelock, neilc, you just haven't done your research before posting a reply. I thought as an aspiring physician, you would do so before making an unsubstantiated diagnosis!

    If you do some research of the ranking of US colleges and Universities by US News and World Report, or Barronís profiles of American colleges, you will find that Rowan University is highly regarded, with tough entrance requirements. It appears to me, to be one of the more difficult colleges in NJ in which to gain entrance. As a Floridian, I see it is not rated at the quality of UF, but certainly matches FSU, USF, or better than many of the other state and private schools.

    I also doubt very seriously if Ross is the first choice of their Pre-Med students; To even suggest that is very short sighted. The articulation agreement just gives them assuredty of acceptance to what they obviously believe is a quality alternative.

    It just amazes me how quickly the naysayers can spin a positive event into something negative.

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    Chill out

    Seadoc,
    I dont think its a negative for Ross the business or students at Rowan, but I dont see how it benefits anyone who is currently a student at Ross. Also, I was simply saying that graduates from Rowan College would not improve on the current quality of students here at Ross because many of the students here are from superior universities.

    Singer your response is just weird.

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    You are right Havelock, no immediate benefit to current Ross students, and yes I believe you are probably right that there are students at Ross from top notch schools, including the Ivy's. By the nature of articualtion agreements, they usually dictate specific GPA's and MCAT scores. I would imagine for automatic acceptance, these minimums are set fairly high, but less than a US med school. This would probably bring a good set of students from Rowan to Ross.

    I just think in the long run, Ross having an articulation agreement with one of the better universities in NJ, gives one more notch in the belt of recognition.

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