Georgia State has reached a critical juncture in its development, and the decisions it makes now will have serious consequences for the overall identity of the school.
So while the university's other programs take off, it's important that Georgia State give similar freedom for its journalism program to develop while considering the tremendous need for a quality J-School in Atlanta, a top-10 media market.
Allowing the already-sizable journalism program at Georgia State to break off and grow from the broadly-focused Communications Department will do just that, helping foster a unique and truly great environment for innovation and development in an industry hungry for new ideas.
A commitment now by the university will send a strong message to the best and brightest students around looking for a viable alternative to the University of Georgia that Georgia State is open for businesses, so to speak.
After all, now is not the time to lay back and let other universities out-innovate and usher in the future of journalism and mass communication education without us; now is the time to develop a school with a reputation rivaling the best of 'em.