System Governance

SAA Highlights October 2012

Statewide Administration Assembly

The SAA Highlights provide a brief overview of discussion items from monthly meetings of the Statewide Administration Assembly. SAA often reviews processes and decisions still under development, so discussions at meetings may not reflect the final or official views of the University of Alaska. Consider these Highlights as informational in nature, not the final word on a subject.

October 10, 2012 meeting overview

The Statewide Administration Assembly last met October 10. The following is an overview of the meeting. All meetings are open to the public, and statewide workers are encouraged to contact their governance group to address workplace concerns, policies and other matters affecting statewide staff. If you have any questions please contact SAA president Monique Musick at mmusick@alaska.edu .

The next SAA meeting will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 14th.

Staff Alliance

SAA President Monique Musick recapped the Staff Alliance meeting held October 9. They discussed Staff compensation and the tuition waiver. The initial findings of the Work-Life study were posted to the new Staff Alliance blog – the Staff Alliance Dispatch. Further updates will be shared as they are posted.

President Gamble attended the Staff Alliance meeting and spoke with members regarding his recent trip to DC to talk with our Alaska representatives. A unmanned areal vehicle program, as well as fisheries and mining, are markets of interest in Alaska. Gamble reported that UA is working with industry leaders to find out what workforce training needs they have, so UA can better align its programs to train the workforce. Sequestration is still a hot topic and our national representatives have opposing view-points as to it becoming a reality. He also reported that himself and other university executives recently met with the Alaska Office of Management and Budget in Juneau. They discussed the potential impacts of possible forced budget cuts. The budget request for FY14 is moving forward, with the mandate to not be more than the FY13 budget.

Governance Office Transitions

Recruitment is underway for both a governance officer, to fill the vacancy from Pat Ivey’s retirement, and for a coordinator, to replace Kim Fackler and Josh Luther. Currently the governance office is unstaffed. The hiring committee is reviewing the applicant pool.

Strategic Direction Initiative

SDI has strong support from the Board of Regents. SDI has moved into Phase 2 and they are looking at underlying issues to improve student attainment and achievement, including making core curriculum available on-line. Issues such as credits not transferring between MAUs is being actively addressed by all of the chancellors.

Statewide Staff Campaign

The UA Foundation is getting ready to begin their Statewide Staff Campaign. Dory Straight is soliciting feedback about employees’ favorite things from past campaigns to help promote philanthropy throughout the staff. Please send suggestions to foundation@alaska.edu .

Tuition Waiver

The final Tuition Waiver policy is being reviewed by General Counsel. Implementation will be forthcoming, but no details or timeline at this time.

Health Care Task Force

The Health Care Task Force has completed its mission and sent their recommendations to the Joint Health Care Committee for their review and action. The Staff Health Care Committee voted on which recommendations they would like to see move forward and those votes of confidence were sent on to Staff Alliance.

Holiday Potlucks

The Thanksgiving Potluck will be held on November 19 and the Holiday Potluck on December 14.   Details will be forthcoming as the dates approach.

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