Regents sign up on plan to increase enrollment

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The University of Alaska Board of Regents discussed how to increase enrollment during its meeting in Juneau Thursday and Friday.

    An enrollment plan presented by University President Jim Johnsen and campus chancellors would increase the student body from about 30,000 to 46,000 students by 2025.  The increase would come in eight different student segments ranging from recent high school graduates to adults who have some college, but no degree.

    Regents discussed a 5 percent increase in the tuition rates for academic years 2019 and 2020, however a decision will not be made until November, after further input from students.

    The board  received an update on establishing a single College of Education at the University of Alaska Southeast led by an executive dean who will chair a statewide teacher education council.

    Regents approved collective bargaining agreements for the United Academics - American Association of University Professors - Alaska Public Employees Association  and the Fairbanks Fire Fighter Union.

    The Fiscal Year 17 performance compensation for President Johnsen was approved unanimously.  Johnsen said he would donate the $50,000 back to the university to support various programs.


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