With the way Seton Hall was publicizing the success of the new Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, you’d think things were going swell for the newly accredited school.
So it’s safe to say that the announcement that SHU will no longer be funding the medical school came as a shock to many in the university community – especially to the students in the College of Nursing and School of Health and Medical Sciences, who will be taking classes at the Clifton-Nutley campus next semester.
Seton Hall will cease funding the medical school in July after realizing the “tremendous investment” was more than SHU could afford, interim president Dr. Mary Meehan said.
The school’s name will be changing to the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall, and eventually will stop bearing the Seton Hall name altogether.
To make it short: this is embarrassing for the university.
Seton Hall has spent a large sum of money to partner with Hackensack Meridian Health to make this school a possibility. The university boasted that this new medical school would be enriched with Catholic values, promoting servant leadership. The university used the new medical school as a way to attract potential incoming medical students. Then it was announced the nursing and health students would be relocating campuses, forced to travel to Clifton-Nutley to take their classes.
And now, the school isn’t even going to be SHU’s.
Luckily, Seton Hall students won’t be left in the dark by their school’s failure. According to Meehan, a quarter of the classes accepted every year will be SHU students. But that doesn’t change the fact that this all turned out to be one big flop.
It will be interesting to see how things with the medical school will progress from here, but for now, students are left shaking their heads.
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