UA Board of Regents heads
to Ketchikan Campus
April 12, 2008
The University of Alaska Board of Regents meets in Ketchikan
Thursday and Friday, April 17 & 18, to consider a host of
new academic offerings, including an associate degree in playwriting
at Prince William Sound Community College, a doctorate degree
in natural resources and sustainability at the University of
Alaska Fairbanks, and several new programs for the University
of Alaska Southeast, including a pre-engineering certificate,
associate degree in business, and master's of education degrees
in educational leadership and mathematics.
The two-day meeting at UAS'
Ketchikan Campus begins at 8 a.m. Thursday at the Ted Ferry Civic
Center in Ketchikan. Public testimony is scheduled from 10:30-11:30
a.m. Thursday and again Friday from 8-9 a.m. Board members will
receive tours of the Ketchikan Upper Campus and Ketchikan Tech
Center, as well as a community reception at the tech center.
The meeting is expected to wrap up by 3 p.m. Friday.
The meeting's academic and
student affairs agenda is heavy, with seven new programs up for
consideration. "This academic lineup is proof we're as strong
as ever in responding to Alaska's educational and workforce needs,"
said UA President Mark Hamilton.
Dan Julius, the university's
vice president for academic affairs, noted the proposed new programs
have solid campus support and funding in place. "Most of
these proposals take university resources that we already have
in hand and create a certificate or degree that our students
want and need," Julius said.
The academic programs up for
- Associate of Fine Arts in
playwriting (Prince William Sound Community College): This two-year
degree would build upon cultural opportunities provided through
the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez.
- Associate in Science (UAF's
Interior-Aleutians campus): This two-year program would provide
students credentials for immediate jobs upon completion or a
clear pathway toward a baccalaureate degree.
- Doctorate in natural resources
and sustainability (UAF): This interdisciplinary program would
use current faculty and space within the School of Natural Resources
and Agricultural Sciences and the School of Management. Research
under this program would enhance natural resource management,
particularly in Alaska and the circumpolar North.
- Certificate in pre-engineering
(UAS): This program prepares undergraduates to transfer into
a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering at the University
of Alaska Anchorage, with which UAS already has a transfer agreement
in place. Additional agreements are being developed for other
engineering programs at both UAA and UAF.
- Associate degree in business
(UAS): This two-year program prepares students in business and
accounting for junior standing toward a bachelor's degree in
- Master of Education in educational
leadership (UAS): This one-year program responds to the needs
of school districts across the state to prepare graduates as
- Master of Education in mathematics
education (UAS): This program is an advanced degree for certified
teachers who want a deeper understanding of mathematical content
and teaching strategies designed for K-8 teachers.
Also on the agenda is an informational
exchange with facilities consultants RISE Alaska, which the board
hired to review UA's construction approval process. All told,
the university has over 6 million square feet of facilities,
or 400 buildings spread amongst 16 different campuses from Ketchikan
"The RISE consultants
have offered some good suggestions in a draft report on how we
can improve our internal procedures to ensure projects from concept
to completion are handled in a strategic and consistent manner,"
said Joe Trubacz, chief financial officer for the university
system. Trubacz noted the final RISE report is expected in May.
The busy agenda also includes:
- A total project budget increase
for the Integrated Sciences Building at the University of Alaska
Anchorage to reflect a recent private donation for equipment
of $4 million, bringing the new total to $91 million;
- discussion of FY10 operating
and capital budget guidelines;
- ratification of Hamilton's
proposal to make an adjustment to the method and budgeting for
UA staff cost-of-living increases;
- and resolutions of appreciation
for outgoing UAS Provost Robbie Stell and UAF Chancellor Steve
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