UA: An Alternative Defense

BY DANIEL PISCOYA Managing Editor, UAS Whalesong In Staff Writer Erin Laughlin’s article on the University of Alaska’s budget debate with the state, she makes reference to the projection that, by 2025, 65% of Alaska’s jobs will require higher education. For the Alaska Postsecondary Access and Completion Network, this isn’t simply a projection, this is…

The University’s Forgotten Virtue

BY DANIEL PISCOYA Managing Editor, UAS Whalesong Staff Writer Erin Laughlin’s article about the 2017 Innovation Summit includes a quote from a short interview of Chancellor Caulfield. Caulfield states that UAS’s commitment to innovation can be seen “in terms of new, cutting-edge online degree programs, and high impact learning opportunities through internships, job shadowing, and…

The Strategic Path: Student Success

BY JOE NELSON Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs For the UAS Whalesong We are entering year four of significant budget cuts. When the largest budget item is the payroll, it is no wonder we are feeling a little stressed out. Budget reductions result in workforce reductions. We are also roughly half way…

The University’s Real Image Problem

BY DANIEL PISCOYA Managing Editor, UAS Whalesong According to the FY2017 Approved Operating and Capital Budgets, I have seen the University raise tuition by over 12% (Appendix B) since I arrived in Fall 2013, and then request an additional 5% increase in the FY2018 Operating and Capital Budget Requests. As made clear in the titles…

Is the University Forgetting its Purpose?

BY DANIEL PISCOYA Managing Editor, UAS Whalesong UAS made it into the Juneau Empire on Jan. 11 for our new campus welcome sign. In an article titled “New UAS welcome sign gives nod to cultural significance of campus location,” Capitol City Weekly Reporter Clara Miller  elaborated on Vice Chancellor Joe Nelson and Professor Lance Twitchell’s…