Read the latest updates on the university budget, Board of Regents, and other major UA System news

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  • UA College Savings Plan

    529 Day Raises Awareness about the Benefits of Saving for Higher Education

    May 30, 2019

    One-third of Americans have heard of 529 college savings plans but only one in five know what the plans are for. That's according to a survey released by the College Savings Plans Network ahead of 529 Day, recognized annually on May 29th (5/29). The study, which identified a connection between 529 awareness and saving for higher education, was done in anticipation of the network's national 529 awareness campaign launch in March. The campaign, which involves state treasurers, higher education agencies, financial service firms and other state officials in 28 states, aims to make "529" a more recognizable term for all Americans who want to save for college.
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  • McKinley Capital Management partners with University of Alaska to pursue artificial intelligence in finance

    May 23, 2019

    Alaska investment firm McKinley Capital Management, LLC (MCM) and the University of Alaska's Lab for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (AI) have formed a new academic partnership focused on the use of data science and artificial intelligence in finance.
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  • Alaska Women's Hall of Fame Inducts UA Regent Mary K. Hughes and the late Mary Ciuniq Pete

    May 17, 2019

    To honor their exceptional service to the development and enhancement of higher education, the Alaska Women's Hall of Fame has inducted University of Alaska Regent Mary K. Hughes and the late Mary Ciuniq Pete, former UAF College of Rural and Community Development Dean into the class of 2019.
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  • On Topic with Jim Johnsen explores Alaska literature and homestead life

    May 17, 2019

    This week's On Topic with Jim Johnsen features a discussion between Johnsen and Linda Schandelmeier, a lifelong Alaska teacher, gardener and poet.
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  • UA Scholars

    "What can UA do to grow more of our own teachers, nurses, engineers, and leaders?"

    May 17, 2019

    Former University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton asked this question of his leadership team in 1998. At that point, the University of Alaska system had been enrolling only 18 percent of Alaska high school students ranked in the top 10 percent of their graduating class. In real numbers that was about 145 students, the remaining 664 were going Outside for school, or not going at all.
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  • Upcoming Board of Regents Public Testimony Opportunities

    May 16, 2019

    Alaskans will have the opportunity to comment on issues facing the University of Alaska during the Board of Regents full board meeting slated for June 6 in Fairbanks. In-person testimony will be held at 8:15 a.m. on June 6 in room 109 Butrovich Building.
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  • UA President Jim Johnsen

    Update on UA budget and formation of task force on UA structure

    May 11, 2019

    I write today to share an update on legislative developments affecting our operating budget and action taken by the Board of Regents at its meeting yesterday. First let me thank you for all of your hard work, energy and dedication in communicating to our legislators what this amazing institution means to you and to your future. Your voice has been heard across the state, and in Juneau.
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  • Announcing systemwide HR redesign

    May 07, 2019

    Today, Chief Human Resources Officer Keli Hite McGee – with my support and with helpful input from all three chancellors – announced a system-wide redesign of human resources functions into a unified office organized into five functional areas.
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  • UA "On Topic" features segment on campus free speech

    May 04, 2019

    This week's On Topic with Jim Johnsen features a discussion between Johnsen and Erwin Chemerinsky, the nation's leading authority on campus free speech.
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  • During its special meeting May 9, the Board of Regents will discuss budget contingency planning efforts underway across the UA system amid uncertainty about the level of state funding UA will receive for its FY20 operating budget.

    FY20 University budget update

    May 03, 2019

    During its special meeting May 9, the Board of Regents will discuss budget contingency planning efforts underway across the UA system amid uncertainty about the level of state funding UA will receive for its FY20 operating budget.
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