The brand-new College of Media Communication and Information made its debut Monday Sept. 21 at the Byron R. White Stadium Club overlooking Folsom Field.
The CMCI is the first new college on the University of Colorado Boulder’s campus in 53 years, a true testament to the rapid change and growth occurring in the communication industry. While a lot of progress has already been made, there is still a lot to be done looking toward the future.
CMCI’s founding dean Lori Bergen believes that the new college is going to experience a significant growth in faculty and students over the course of the next five years, but acknowledges that it is still a work in progress.
“As some have said, we are flying the plane as we’re building it right now,” Bergen said. “We are going to get bigger, more prominent and I think we’re going to also become better at knowing who we are and what we’re doing too.”
Bergen also says that right now, the world is in a period of “start-up culture,” and that to keep up with it, you have to be involved in it.
“You want to be a part of a growing enterprise because where there is growth, there is action and there is innovation,” she said. “If we were just trying to maintain what the college had been, that takes a lot of energy and does not move you forward in the future.”
This being said, some students still have reservations about the future of the program. 20-year-old, broadcast news senior Andrew Haubner fears that the adjustments being made in the new college are not the types of changes that are necessary for success.
“I think that journalism is kind of being tossed aside now that this school is coming into effect because it’s so focused on cutting-edge communication and advertising that they’re ignoring the fact that the journalism curriculum is archaic,” Haubner said.
Haubner believes that improving equipment and showing people the possibilities of incredible stories on a Pac-12 campus covering one of the biggest media markets in the country should be a larger focus than celebrating a new curriculum that includes classes on social media.
While opinions may differ, there is no doubt that changes needed to be made in the communication department at the university, so any and all progress is a step in the right direction.
“Whatever we have ahead is going to be pretty spectacular,” Bergen said.