Action Line: UAS Chancellor Rick Caulfield discusses Board of Regents meeting

    JUNEAU, Alaska (KINY) - The University of Alaska Board of Regents meets in Juneau this week.

    The upcoming meeting was discussed on Action Line Wednesday.

    University of Alaska Southeast Chancellor Rick Caulfield was the guest.

    "The meeting will be held this Thursday and Friday on the Juneau campus," announced Caulfield. "It's actually at our Student Recreation Center, which is off of Back Loop Road. That meeting will start at 8 a.m. on both Thursday and Friday."

    How to deal with budget reductions will be a chief topic of discussion.

    "President Jim Johnsen, who will be here for the meeting, has focused on the development of Strategic Pathways, which has involved all of our faculty and staff - and many students - in looking at all aspects of the university; all of our academic programs and administrative areas across the entire system are under review."

    Johnsen has said the program is aimed at reducing unnecessary redundancy to more cost effectively meet the state's higher education needs by focusing each university on its unique strengths.

    So Johnsen will make recommendations during this week's meeting, but Caulfield said decisions won't be made until the Regents' meeting in November.

    "I think he wants to give the regents plenty of opportunity to think about the implications of some of these changes."

    November will also be when the University budget for next fiscal year is finalized prior to submission to the Governor and Legislature.

    The Board of Regents will also conduct a public forum Thursday during its meeting in Juneau this week.

    Chancellor Caulfield explained:

    "They are very interested in the opportunity to engage with the public. Just ten days ago, they conducted online public testimony, where people from across the entire state could call in during a two hour block of time. Many people called in, for example, about the concern over athletics. This Thursday, here in Juneau, there's an opportunity to engage with the regents and the president from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the recreation center at UAS. The public is invited. It's meant to be informal, so you'll have a chance to talk with regents about things are a concern to those of us here in Southeast Alaska."



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