This article focuses on significant events leading to the demise of the College of Communications and Fine Arts (CCFA) at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIUC) in 1993. The CCFA at SIUC was one of the largest units of its kind in the country. It had been in existence almost 25 years, formed when the fine arts school joined the School of Communications. In 1990, Jim Edgar was elected governor of Illinois, the first Republican in recent memory. The change in political fortunes brought a new head of the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the coordinating body for all post-secondary public education in the state. The national economy soured in 1989, and by 1991 sales revenues were running so far behind projections that Illinois employee medical claim payments were running six months late.
Stone, G. (1995). Demise of the college of communications and fine arts at SIUC. Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 24(3), 158–168.