The University of Colorado released a draft proposal Friday for the Boulder campus' proposed College of Media, Communication and Information, which university leaders say they hope to present to the Board of Regents later this spring.
The 58-page draft proposal explains the college's mission, departments and disciplines, core curriculum and more. The college's director, Christopher Braider, is calling for public comment and suggestions on the proposal before it's finalized.
Braider said an eight-person implementation committee has been working on the proposal since last summer, when the university announced its intent to form the new college.
The regents voted in April 2011 to shutter CU's School of Journalism and Mass Communication, citing the rapid evolution of media. Two years later, CU Provost Russ Moore announced early plans for a new college focusing on media, communication and information.
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Read the University of Colorado's draft proposal for a College of Media, Communication and Information.
"This isn't simply a reorganization of the old journalism school," Braider said. "It really incorporates a wide range of disciplines, several of which do not currently exist at CU."
Braider pointed to the proposed information science and media production studies departments, which both would be new areas of study on the Boulder campus.
He said the proposed new college also is unique in its structure. The college would house eight academic departments, including advertising, public relations and media design; communication; core curriculum; information science; intermedia art, writing and performance; journalism; media production studies; and media studies.
"The crucial thing is also the innovative way in which we've constructed the college itself in order to encourage and enhance collaboration between units and movement of students and faculty and resources across the units in a way that certainly departs drastically from traditional norms," he said.
For example, Braider said, journalism students could collaborate with information scientists to learn about "big data," which might better inform their reporting and writing.
Braider said the public can make suggestions about the draft proposal on the college's website.
He said the college plans to have a final draft of the proposal ready by March to present to the regents sometime this spring.
"We're aiming to have a complete proposal, one containing a great deal more than we've even posted on the website, about student enrollment, projected costs, strategic plan, bylaws and so forth," he said. "We will be submitting it through the provost and the chancellor to the Board of Regents."