CU Regents Vote to Overhaul Boulder Journalism Program
Today regents at the University of Colorado voted to revamp the journalism program on the Boulder campus.
Regents voted 5-4 to close CU's School of Journalism and Mass Communication. It’s a change administrators say is necessary to kick-start a new program for information and communication technology. CU Regent Kyle Hybl cast the tie breaking vote in favor of closing the school.
“I believe that what the decision does is allow the University of Colorado to have a program that is going to be extremely strong, relevant and truly serve students in the state of Colorado,” he said.
Regents who voted against the closure said they couldn’t close the school without a concrete plan for future journalism students.
CU President Bruce Benson, the journalism school's advisory board and a committee have all recommended the school be shut down. They’re suggesting the university adopt a so-called “Journalism Plus” Program, which would eliminate a standalone bachelor’s degree in the subject. However, students could still double major or minor in journalism.