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 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…

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,…

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…