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…

Strategic Pathways Simplified (Part 2)

BY HOLLY FISHER Staff Writer, UAS Whalesong Phase 2 of the Strategic Pathways initiative is assessing the redesign of eight University of Alaska departments in order to reduce costs and streamline the system. The Academic Areas article last issue covered the first four departments.  This one sums up the suggested changes to four main Administrative…

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…

Strategic Pathways In Brief

BY HOLLY FISHER Staff Writer, UAS Whalesong Strategic Pathways Phase 2 is currently in full swing reviewing possible changes to numerous elements within the UA system. Preliminary reports have been submitted for consideration on eight areas, four academic and four administrative. In this and the next issue, I will endeavor to provide a succinct summary…

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…

What’s Next for Strategic Pathways?

BY HOLLY FISHER Staff  Writer, UAS Whalesong As The University of Alaska system continues the long and complex journey of revamping to fit new budget constraints, new information is beginning to be released regarding Phase II of the Strategic Pathways. So far some of the changes have been gradual while others have been more abrupt,…

Strategic Pathways: What’s Next?

BY HOLLY FISHER For the UAS Whalesong In light of Alaska’s budget deficit, the University of Alaska system has opted to adopt the Strategic Pathways plan to address current and upcoming budget cuts. The project caused a concerned reaction upon its initial introduction, but the University has made a concerted effort to maintain open communication…