Saturday, November 14, 2015

Some U Alaska degree programs at risk as budget cuts loom - Travis Khachatoorian, KTUU

In response to looming state budget cuts, the University of Alaska president said the system may have to resort to dropping entire degree programs to continue operating with a high standard. “It's now to the point where we really need to look hard at particular programs, at consolidation, at restructuring, perhaps even reducing and eliminating programs across the state,” said president of the UA system Jim Johnsen. Johnsen’s remarks came immediately after the University’s Board of Regents rejected his proposal to increase students’ tuitions by nine percent for the following year. Instead, the board agreed upon a five percent tuition hike. This will bring in an estimated $5 million but falls far from filling an expected $15 million budget cut in 2016.

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