As the State University of New Jersey, Rutgers
serves over 48,000 students on campuses in the northern, central,
and southern regions of the state. While the operating costs
of an educational enterprise on this scale are necessarily expansive,
it is incumbent on the university to control its costs. Rutgers
must provide quality education to the people of New Jersey at
the same time being cost-effective in its delivery. The university
must run efficiently.
Meaningful examination of Rutgers' costs requires
an understanding of the university's context. The public-institution
members of the AAU are Rutgers' peers. Comparing educational
costs of Rutgers with the costs at these peer institutions that
have similar missions will yield sound cost analysis.