More Excuses at UAS
By Robert D. Warner
June 03, 2007
Dear Sitnews Editor:
University of Alaska Southeast administrators seem quite busy
this summer trying to think up more excuses for continuing drops
in enrollments at UAS Ketchikan Campus. Several reasons have
been given including the loss of educational grants, fewer nursing
classes, and a lengthy campus remodeling project. If the University
hired a couple of additional administrators, perhaps even more
excuses could be identified and promoted.
Is this recent campus remodeling project an example of how students
are treated at UAS? Prior to 1987, when Ketchikan campus was
organized as a accredited community college, most remodeling
and upgrading of campus facilities were planned for summer months
when few if any classes were scheduled. If projects could not
fit into a single summer, they were placed "on hold"
during the regular school year, and completed the following summer.
To have the campus disrupted for a year and a half shows that
remodeling administrative offices was a first priority and students
An issue never mentioned as a cause of falling enrollments is
the complete loss of local campus autonomy. Since 1987, campus
policy and decisions have been dictated by a troyka of administrators
in Juneau. Has there ever been any opportunity for the local
community to assess and evaluate the performance of these administrators?
One wonders if they have ever had a meaningful evaluation.
Why is it necessary for bureaucrats in Juneau to dictate Ketchikan
Campus policy? In my opinion, Ketchikan Campus will remain "dead
in the water" until new UAS leadership is found and local
autonomy is restored. Until this happens, enrollments are likely
to continue declining and the value of Ketchikan Campus to the
community will be marginal at best.
Robert D. Warner
Received May 31, 2007 - Published June 03, 2007
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