CU approves new college at Boulder campus

BOULDER – The University of Colorado Board of Regents on Friday approved a new College of Media, Communication and Information for the Boulder campus.

The college is scheduled to open in the fall of 2015.

The move comes three years after the regents voted to shutter CU-Boulder’s journalism school. The new college is seen as an interdisciplinary approach to what chancellor Phil DiStefano termed in a statement a “rapidly evolving communication landscape.”

Friday’s vote marks the first time in more than 50 years that a new college has been formed at CU-Boulder, moving forward the reorganization of the Department of Communication and the Program in Journalism and Mass Communication into one college.

In September, the regents will be formally asked to approve departments of advertising, public relations and media design; communication; critical media practices; journalism; information science; and media studies.

“The formation of the College of Media, Communication and Information positions CU-Boulder as a key driver of Colorado’s information, communication and creative industries – all growing sectors in our state’s larger economy, according to the 2012 Colorado Innovation Index,” DiStefano said.

The new college, to be funded from existing resources, is projected to open with about 1,750 students.

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