Alaska State Senate to Examine
by Robert D. Warner
January 21, 2006
Recently the Alaska State Senate announced that it would appoint
a special panel to examine policies and directions of the University
of Alaska. It apparently wants to know how the University
spends its money and how this benefits the citizens of Alaska.
I believe that such a committee has been needed for decades. Hopefully
it will have enough clout to make recommendations independent
of pressure and lobbying from University administrators
and Board of Regents.
Perhaps some basic questions can be addressed and answered by
1. Could the committee provide a public listing and salaries for
all University of Alaska administrators earning $100,000 or more
per year? Students and citizens deserve easy
access to this public information.
2. Why does the University need so many mid and high level
administrators? What can be done to significantally
reduce this number?
3. Who determines the salaries of these University managers?
Should a outside panel set administrative salaries to reduce
and contain these costs?
4. Does it make good educational and fiscal sense to restore
many of the community colleges eliminated by the 1987 restructuring
of the University? Why do so many other states find that
community colleges are often the most economical and efficient way
to deliver higher education services to citizens?
Lots of questions! Hopefully we can get some answers!
Robert D. Warner
Ketchikan, AK - USA
About: Robert D. Warner has been aKetchikan Resident since 1972
and is a retired Ketchikan Campus faculty member.
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