Fri February 18, 2011

CU Regents To Discuss Future of Journalism School

The University of Colorado Board of Regents is meeting this week to discuss the future of Boulder’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

The future of CU’s journalism program will be a topic of discussion on Tuesday and Wednesday.  But CU Regents are waiting on a final recommendation from President Bruce Benson before taking any action.

Chancellor Phil DiStefano released a letter this week suggesting that a standalone bachelor’s degree in journalism no longer be offered after the fall of 2012. But,under the plan, students can still declare the subject as a double major or minor.

“The campus made a recommendation,” said Ken McConnellogue, spokesman for CU. “The president has until mid April to forward his recommendation to the Board.” 

An exploratory panel has laid out three options for the future of journalism and media studies at the school.  Benson will recommend one of those to CU Regents. While CU officials are quick to say that nothing’s been decided yet, critics point to the official name given to the process: “program discontinuance”.   

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