Board of Regents will discuss merger between UAS, UAF

    Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) - The University of Alaska Board of Regents will meet Wednesday to discuss a motion to merge the University of Alaska Southeast with the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

    A resolution will be before the board directing that a conceptual plan be prepared by a working group comprised of regents and other individuals selected by Chair Sheri Buretta.

    The group will represent key stakeholders with interests in higher education in Southeast Alaska and will include the chairs of the Faculty Alliance, Staff Alliance, and Coalition of Student Leaders.

    The conceptual plan will identify actions required to comply with the requirements of the U.S. Department of Education and the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

    This plan will be provided to the Board of Regents no later than Oct. 15.

    In addition, the plan will include an assessment of opportunities for partnerships with regional communities and tribal organizations

    Interim President Pat Pitney will also provide an update regarding planning and management efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the chancellors will provide an update regarding the universities' 2020 fall semester operation plans.

    The meeting begins at 1 p.m. at can be streamed at

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