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Fri Oct 18, 2019, 03:51 PM

Turmoil at University of Alaska takes its toll

The University of Alaska’s Board of Regents voted Oct. 7 to shelve, for now, a controversial plan to consolidate university programs and accreditation. Few people think that will end the matter, however.

Damage has been done, meanwhile. University enrollment has dropped this fall particularly at University of Alaska Anchorage, and an earlier consolidation that led to the University of Alaska Anchorage school of education losing its accreditation has cut sharply into teacher training statewide, a major concern to school districts who have to recruit teachers from out of state, many of whom leave after a year or two.

Fall semester enrollment at University of Alaska statewide is down is down 9.3 percent, according to recent data. University of Alaska Fairbanks is down 2.9 percent; University of Alaska Southeast is down 5 percent and University of Alaska Anchorage by 13 percent, according to data supplied by the university.

In Anchorage, the sharp drop is mainly in continuing students, according to university date. This is a direct result mainly of publicity and anxiety among students over huge, 42 percent budget cuts proposed last spring by Gov. Mike Dunleavy. Dunleavy later backed away from this, agreeing to more modest reductions, but by then a lot of the university’s students, faculty and staff had decided to look elsewhere.

Read more: https://www.anchoragepress.com/news/turmoil-at-university-of-alaska-takes-its-toll/article_09017f82-ea1e-11e9-a71a-2308e904b944.html

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Fri Oct 18, 2019, 04:01 PM

1. Governor Dunleavy really sounds like a piece of work. In addition to this education disaster

he's supposedly the most vociferous proponent for clear-cutting in Tongass National Forest. He really can't tell good from bad anymore. Alaska needs to pick better governors!

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