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Alaska System Puts Consolidation on Hold

October 9, 2019
 
 

The University of Alaska system has shelved consideration of a plan to shift from having its three main campuses be separately accredited into a single accreditation for the system, the Anchorage Daily News reported. The possible consolidation, which arose in the wake of a plan by Alaska's governor this summer to cut operating funds for the system by more than 40 percent, received significant pushback from campus leaders and from the system's regional accrediting agency.

The system's Board of Regents voted to delay consideration of the consolidation until 2021, when the university's Fairbanks campus has its accreditation affirmed. The decision came after a meeting Monday at which the head of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities reiterated concerns that the system had not fully considered the views of all of its constituents.

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