If the journalism department at Texas A&M is eliminated, as recommended by Liberal Arts Dean Charles Johnson, it would be a great loss to the university, its students, and the country at large.
A&M is a rare bastion of relative conservatism in the world of academia and as such no doubt contributes greatly to a balanced world view as reported by the media, a world view that it bears mentioning is in need of balancing.
As a former student of this great Texas university, I find it disgraceful that my alma mater would discontinue a valuable program in the name of “fiscal necessity”. I do not accept that the A&M system is so hard-pressed as to require this draconian measure. Should I be mistaken about the degree of the school’s financial distress, I would submit that there are undoubtedly better methods of budget trimming that eliminating educational programs.
I urge all Aggies of good conscience to make their views known to the administration of our school on this matter. Recent years have seen far too many changes in long-standing traditions at TAMU and in this case, as in others, the administration is in error if it thinks it is taking the optimal course of action.