Unions have been in a tense standoff with the school over contract negotiations, and they have turned some of their fire on the athletic department’s finances.
“The mission of the university, as I understand it, it is not to create a fine athletic institution. It is to create a fine academic institution,” said Christine O’Connell, president of the Union of Rutgers Administrators.
“What I do appreciate in the report is that the athletic department is going to make significant investments in the academic success of the 600 student athletes. But we have to be concerned about the other 69,000 students and how they’re going to be able to afford to attend this institution,” said David Hughes, vice president of the Rutgers University Faculty Union.