Alaska Regents Vote to Consider Other Options

September 17, 2019

Regents at the University of Alaska voted Friday to consider other options beyond a consolidation of campuses, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

The university system was the recipient of devastating cuts proposed by Governor Mike Dunleavy during the state's most recent budget deliberations. While a compromise avoided the most severe outcome, the system will be operating on a much tighter budget moving forward.

One option was to consolidate the system into one accredited university. That approach would mean that the university system would need to restrict some of the authority of the campuses in Fairbanks and Juneau and drive operations primarily out of the largest campus in Anchorage.

The merger proposal was met with backlash from students, faculty and staff, and members of communities around the state, as it would significantly reduce the system's reach.

Friday's unanimous vote by the regents means that more options beyond this will be presented to the board, including retaining multiple institutional accreditations.

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