Regents meeting focuses on approvals and public testimony; UA leaders map out next steps for SDI
Students, faculty and staff had the opportunity to testify to the University of Alaska Board of Regents during a two-day meeting in Anchorage Feb. 21 and 22. A group of approximately 15 students and faculty came forward to request smoke free campuses in the UA system, while many others testified in support of programs and plans on the board's agenda. The quality of testimony added an element of personal engagement to an agenda packed with consent items, curriculum changes, campus planning updates and bond considerations.
During its business meeting, the board approved a bond resolution for general revenue and refunding bonds. The regents also approved the establishment of a quasi-endowment to receive and hold fees collected by the University of Alaska Museum of the North from government agencies and individuals for the purpose of maintaining archeological artifacts. This quasi-endowment will be managed and invested by the UA Foundation.
The board also approved deletion of three master’s programs at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF): the Master of Science in General Science; the Master of Arts in Teaching in Mathematics; and the Master of Arts in Teaching in Physics degree programs. Regents went on to approve master plans at the UAF College of Rural and Community Development (CRCD) and Community and Technical College (CTC). The board also approved schematic designs for a UAF Fine Arts Complex Vapor Barrier; UAF Bristol Bay Campus Applied Sciences; and for the UAF Utilities Wood Center Vault.
- Student Achievement and Attainment
- Productive Partnerships with Alaska’s Schools
- Productive Partnerships with Alaska’s Public and Private Industries
- Research and Development to Sustain Alaska’s Communities and Economic Growth
- Accountability to the People of Alaska
The leaders also identified and discussed possible initiatives to begin working on and the role that the University of Alaska would play in supporting those initiatives.