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Board of Regents Heading to Fairbanks December 10-11

The December meeting of the University of Alaska Board of Regents will be held in the Butrovich building on the UAF campus Dec. 10-11, with public testimony from 9-10 a.m. Thursday, and 10-11 a.m. Friday.

President Jim Johnsen will lead a discussion on the contingency budget process which will define a plan for how the university will address reductions should it not receive legislative funding to support the Board of Regents’ full budget request. The revised budget would be in place by the time the legislature adjourns next spring. That budget will target a total reduction of $40.6 million, enough to cover the state’s potential 4.5 percent ($15.8 million) reduction in addition to the expected $24.8 million increase in fixed costs and unfunded mandates. UA leadership will update the board and seek periodic guidance on this reduced budget at future board meetings.

President Johnsen’s focus on campus safety and Title IX compliance will set the stage for presentation of a Title IX scorecard on how well campuses are complying with Title IX and a discussion to include the three chancellors and Vice President of Student and Enrollment Services Saichi Oba. The discussion will focus on the ongoing efforts to meet growing federal mandates on campus safety, victim support and investigation protocols, and Title IX investigation staffing, especially at rural campuses.

Dr. Dan White, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Research will present an update on Shaping Alaska’s Future theme two: Productive Partnerships with Alaska’s Schools, followed by an update on UA’s Revitalizing Teacher Education Plan by Steve Atwater.

Calendar year-end information, including audit, risk analysis and e-Learning reports, will be presented to the full board. Committee discussions, including facilities progress, deferred maintenance, enrollment management, program cost analysis, audit and budget items, round out the full two-day agenda.

A full agenda and link for a live stream video of the meeting will be posted online at www.alaska.edu/bor/agendas/.

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