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…

University of Alaska’s Future in Flux

BY ERIN LAUGHLIN Staff Writer, UAS Whalesong The UA system employs 923 fewer people and has eliminated or suspended 50 academic programs due to a 53 million dollar decrease in funding over the past three years. In the upcoming year the budget faces a daunting 20 percent decrease in funding. This is a larger decrease…

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…

University of Alaska Copes with Another Year of Cuts

BY KASEY CHEN Staff Writer, UAS Whalesong At their November 10 meeting, The University of Alaska Board of Regents (BOR) approved a tuition hike of 5 percent and solidified their budget request for the 2018 fiscal year. Their plan accounts for a decrease in state funding over the next 10 years and relies on a…