From: Vital Student E-Memo (memofrom@Colorado.EDU)
Date: Thu Sep 09 2010 - 10:20:59 MDT
Date: Thu, 9 Sep 2010 10:20:59 -0600 (MDT) From: Vital Student E-Memo <memofrom@Colorado.EDU> Subject: School of Journalism and Mass Communication Program Discontinuance Forums
TO: Journalism and Pre-Journalism Students of the School of Journalism and
FROM: Office of Faculty Affairs
SENDER: Jeffrey N. Cox
DATE: September 9, 2010
SUBJECT: School of Journalism and Mass Communication Program Discontinuance Forums
The recent announcement that program discontinuance proceedings have been initiated for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication has no doubt left you with questions about what will happen next. We know that many of you may have concerns about your degree programs and what this process means for your future, especially graduating on time or within your chosen degree track.
I wish to assure you that all students in SJMC or admitted to SJMC will be able to finish their degrees. Whatever the campus decides to do with regard to SJMC, your future is secure.
Program discontinuance is, in certain ways, an unfortunate name, since it suggests that something is being ended without the possibility of something new being created. In fact, it is a process put in place by the University of Colorado Board of Regents to explore whether a particular program should be continued, ended, or reorganized. No decision has yet been made, which is why we want to hear from you.
Your input will be sought this fall in two distinct phases:
First, the chancellor has convened a Program Discontinuance Committee to take input from the campus. I chair this committee in my role as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Affairs. The committee is especially interested in knowing what you think of the current journalism program. The committee has been tasked with issuing a report recommending either for or against discontinuance by October 31. Two meetings focused on gathering your thoughts have been scheduled for next week. Both meetings will take place in the University Memorial Center (note room numbers below).
Tuesday, September 14: 3 - 5 p.m. (UMC Glenn Miller West Ballroom)
Wednesday, September 15: 12 noon - 2 p.m. (UMC 235)
Doors will open 15 minutes before the scheduled start. Discussion will begin promptly at the announced time.
Second, the provost has named an Information, Communication and Technology Exploratory Committee that will be seeking to design future programs in the vital area of study that includes journalism. That committee will also be in touch with you soon requesting your input.
Both the exploratory committee's recommendations and the Program Discontinuance Committee report will be considered by the Provost before a decision and recommendation by the Chancellor to the Board of Regents sometime in early 2011.
We look forward to hearing from you.
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