The global recession continues to create new realities for students, institutions, and faculty members engaged in higher education. This blog chronicles those changes for academic / historical record purposes. Click on the URL at the end of each posting to view the complete news report.
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Budget Cuts, Sequestered Scholarships and ‘Strong-Arm’ Politics Put U. of Alaska on Thin Ice - Rebecca Koenig, EdSurge
When University of Alaska students arrive on campus at summer’s end, they may discover an institution drastically different than the one they expected. That is, if they’re able to show up at all. Dramatic state budget cuts pushed primarily by Alaska Governor Michael Dunleavy have slashed the university system’s public support by 41 percent, or more than $130 million. Facing fast-emptying coffers and a worsened credit rating, university regents responded by declaring financial exigency, putting programs and jobs—even for tenured faculty—in jeopardy.