Monday, March 23, 2015

Legislators criticize University of Alaska budget-cutting effort - Matt Buxton, News Miner

Members of the House Education Committee were less than pleased with work that's been done so far to prioritize and trim down the number of programs offered by the University of Alaska system. In a meeting with University of Alaska regents Monday morning, the members of the committee grilled the regents on a slew of issues from program prioritization, travel budgets and tuition hikes. "The point of this meeting is to know if we’re getting the bang for our buck," said Rep. Wes Keller, R-Wasilla and the committee's chairman. The meeting comes a year after the Legislature asked the University of Alaska to "review every program" and "delete any unnecessary programs." Last fall the University of Alaska Fairbanks produced a list of 42 academic programs— including geography, philosophy and technical programs like dental hygiene, power generation and drafting—for special review.

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