As one of a team of dedicated faculty members who designed, promoted, and delivered the Professional and Technical Communications (PTC) program at Montana Tech, I choose once again to defend the program when designers of a current proposal suggest the demise of a program which has proved its value over many years.
Although I am far removed from academia, as well as geographically removed from Montana Tech, I suspect that academic politics, personalities and egos are involved in the current shortsighted proposal. Usually, that does not result in just, successful, long-term decisions.
Unfortunately, I have no solution to the financial problems that Montana Tech is apparently facing. However, I am in contact with numerous graduates of the PTC program and its predecessor, the Society and Technology (S and T) degree program. Many of those graduates, remarkable professionals in a variety of fields across the country including southwestern Montana, very likely can suggest solutions to the underlying problem the proposal attempts to address. Undoubtedly, they can and are speaking to the value of their chosen degree program and offer reasonable, thought-provoking suggestions as to why the PTC program should continue to be an option and opportunity for potential students in 2019 and into the future. I encourage your listening to those voices. They represent loudly and clearly the need for effective communicators and real-world critical thinking in all professions. They are successful professionals in whom present and former faculty take pride, and they are people who are making the world a safer and better place for all. Listen carefully to their suggestions before decisions are made.
Joanne G. Cortese (Professor emeritus, Montana Tech Department of Professional and Technical Communications)