Sunday, October 16, 2016

Budget cuts threaten UAF economics major - Matt Buxton, News Miner

In less than nine months, the University of Alaska’s restructuring plan has gone from an idea on a page to major decisions that will reshape higher education in Alaska, but it’s a future that doesn’t have a place for everybody. The first round of decisions the Board of Regents made at its September meeting will result in the wholesale elimination of some programs and the bolstering of others. Final decisions on the changes are due in November and likely will be implemented by the next academic year. The speed of the reorganization, called Strategic Pathways, is driven by large budget cuts handed down by the state that don’t appear to be letting up anytime soon. It’s a situation that’s on display at the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ School of Management. Though the regents have opted to keep schools of management at UAF and the University of Alaska Anchorage, the future of UAF’s undergraduate economics program is uncertain.

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