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TWU To Phase Out Mass Communications Program

3/3/04


DENTON — Texas Woman’s University will phase out its mass communications program, beginning this summer. The decision was made after assessing the financial resources needed to maintain a quality program.

“I understand this will distress faculty, alumnae and students. It was a difficult decision, but I believe it is in the best interests of the students and the university,” said Dr. April Miller, dean of the College of Professional Education.

TWU will offer four intensive semesters of mass communications courses so as many students as possible can complete their degrees. Following that, courses will be offered on an as needed basis so any remaining students can complete the program. Faculty also will help students who wish to transfer to other schools identify universities with similar programs.

Forty-two full-time and 11 part-time students are in the mass communications program. Thirty of the full-time students and seven of the part-time students are juniors or seniors.

“In responding to the state’s focus on accountability, the university has to determine the best use of resources for providing students with a quality education,” said Dr. Carolyn Gunning, interim provost. “In order to maintain the quality of the mass communications program, the university would need to support it with technology, facilities, faculty and staff in a way it no longer can.”

The mass communications program has one assistant visiting professor and one lecturer on faculty and uses an average of one or two adjunct faculty per semester.

The Lasso, TWU’s student newspaper, will continue to publish at least for the next year.

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For Further Information Contact:

Roy Kron
Director of News and Information
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: rkron@twu.edu