Friday, December 5, 2014

'No silver bullet': University seeks solution to tightening budgets - Caitlin Skvorc, Frontiersman

According to a Thursday article by University of Alaska Fairbanks Sun Star Editor-in-Chief Sam Allen, the university sent an email to its students last week warning of a “special review” of 46 academic programs by the Planning and Budget Committee “based on low enrollment, decreased enrollment and low graduation rates.” That list includes undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, associate’s degrees and occupational certificates. Nor are core subjects immune, according to the article. The mathematics, physics and chemistry departments are also on the list. The cuts are not only a threat to the Fairbanks campus, either. Gamble said any student requests to declare a major in programs currently up for review in any UA school could be denied, even if they have already taken classes credited toward those majors.

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