Major university to likely merge journalism and other schools

Indiana Public Media details what the provost at Indiana University is recommending.

Indiana University’s provost says she will recommend pushing forward with a controversial merger of several schools on the Bloomington campus.

For months, rumors swirled about putting IU’s schools of journalism, communication and culture, telecommunications and film studies under one roof. That roof, Bloomington Provost Lauren Robel announced Tuesday, will be on top of Franklin Hall. Robel says she heard from what felt like every faculty member of the four schools before making her choice.

“I’ve concluded that these programs have a bright future and will best serve students if they are combined into a single school, if the campus can invest the appropriate resources in facilities and faculty and if the departments can repurpose their exiting resource away from administrative overheard and toward their shared academic mission,” she says.

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