Indiana University is considering combining its schools of journalism, telecommunications and communications and culture. The idea of a merger was first approached in the early 1970′s.
School of Journalism Dean Brad Hamm says 40 years ago they voted to merge, but never did.
“I believe this time there will be a decision in one form or the other that will help decide the next 10 or 15 years,” he says.
The telecommunications and communication and culture departments are under the umbrella of the College of Arts and Sciences, while journalism is its own school. The heads of the three units established a committee to consider the move.
Journalism Dean Brad Hamm says he is willing to talk about the idea but isn’t sure whether he would support it.
“It’s not as if we woke up and said we need help, this is a different, kind of, question and that is can you be even better, and that’s the university question.”
Telecommunications Dean Walter Gantz says he thinks his department might be better served staying put.
“The college of Arts and Science reflects a liberal arts education, which we think it is central to our students, we are not a professional school, we are not a trade school,” he says.
Gantz says instead of combining the units, he’d rather work on more cooperation between them. The committee is expected to report its findings in November.