Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Budget Cuts Mean Travel Restrictions for University Employees - Cathryn Casello, Northern Light

On Jan. 6, University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen sent a memo to UA employees explaining that as a result of state budget cuts all state-related entities will be suspending all non-essential travel and hiring, with some qualifiers. According to the email, travel or hiring activity allowed by the terms of a research grant or other restricted program, as well as travel for fund raising, student recruitment, essential professional development, or “gaining new opportunities for research grants and contracts” will not be subject to restrictions. Besides those exceptions, all travel in and outside of the U.S. by university faculty and staff on all UA campuses require approval by the Chancellor, Vice Chancellor or Provost. For departments like the Center for Human Development at UAA, the extra step for travel will greatly limit their ability to perform their duties. http://www.thenorthernlight.org/budget-cuts-mean-travel-restrictions-for-university-employees/

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