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CU President Approves Journalism Program Changes

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Grace Hood
CU Journalism students Kate Spencer (left) and Isa Jones (right) work at the school's online news site, the CU Independent.

University of Colorado President Bruce Benson is recommending that the Boulder campus move forward with plans to revamp its journalism school.

Benson said he came to the decision after meeting with Chancellor Phil DiStefano, students, faculty, advisory board members and Colorado journalists. While the ultimate goal is to strengthen journalism education, the current plan requires the discontinuation of the journalism school itself.

It’s a term that’s raised alarm bells for many students and faculty.

 “I wanted to make sure that everyone does understand that I’m very high on having a very good strong journalism program,” said Benson.

If CU Regents approve the current plan, the process would take three to five years to fully complete. All existing journalism undergrads could complete their degree. But after the fall of 2012 a standalone major in journalism would no longer be possible for undergraduate students. This means they could either double major in the subject or declare it as a minor.

CU Regents will make the final decision next Thursday.

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