Pledge to Save, Support, & Preserve NJCU’s Media Production MFA Program

6May - by mh - 0 - In News

This petition is in support of the Media Arts Department MFA Program – Integrated Media Arts Production (IMAP) at New Jersey City University (NJCU).

LINK TO PETITION SITE HERE: https://www.change.org/p/dr-sue-henderson-pledge-to-save-support-preserve-njcu-s-media-production-mfa-program

The NJCU administration has suspended enrollment in our program citing “unsustainability” after being in existence for only one and a half years. The administration suspended the application before the enrollment deadline.

We, the students of the IMAP Program, need your support to help us reverse this destructive decision.

This is a huge injustice. Here’s Why:

  • The students feel like they’re getting ripped off
  • Dean Sedycias essentially told  the students on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, “No one looks at where you get a degree from.” That’s incredibly disrespectful to both the Media Arts Department and to the institution as well.
  • Dean Sedycias blamed the failure of enrollment on the faculty of the Media Arts Department’s Inter-Media Arts Program. Is it the responsibility of the four faculty to reach out to all of the state schools with media productions? The university has an entire floor dedicated to marketing. Why are they not bearing any of the responsibility?
  • The IMAP Faculty have worked on trying to start this program for 18 years. The administration is undoing all their work.
  • Dean Sedycias told us on Tuesday that NJCU IMAP is not sustainable. What is “sustainable?” New Jersey City University is not a for-profit university. This is a higher education institution.
  • The students of NJCU are not CUSTOMERS.
  • The administration should not be making academic decisions without the input of the faculty.
  • The university is giving up on the program before the first class even graduated.
  • The first four graduate students haven’t even had a chance to spread the word of the success of the program because the university has suspended applications.
  • The university is depriving the new students of the program the full experience of being in an MFA program by not letting them meet and work with new students.
  • What value does an MFA have
  • Graduate Programs are good for Universities as much as students. It makes NJCU look good, but them “abandoning ship” before students even graduate does NOT make them look good.

The NJCU Administration must reverse this decision and let students enroll into the NJCU IMAP Program to continue the success of the program.

LINK TO PETITION SITE HERE: https://www.change.org/p/dr-sue-henderson-pledge-to-save-support-preserve-njcu-s-media-production-mfa-program