Wednesday, December 3, 2014

UAF academic programs are on the chopping block - Fairbanks Daily News-Miner editorial

Universities rightly hold a special place in society. They breed innovation and creation in tangible items, in methods, and in thought. But universities, like other creations of government, feel the pressure of a withering stream of funds. And that is now the case with the University of Alaska, whose leaders expect to receive less financial support from the Legislature for the coming fiscal year, which starts July 1. The new fiscal reality came into clear focus last week with the announcement that the Fairbanks campus will be eliminating some academic programs in an effort to find about $3 million in savings toward its overall goal of a $14 million reduction for the coming year. More than 40 programs have been put on a list for consideration of being chopped.

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