Lost Priorities at UAS Ketchikan
By Robert Warner
September 08, 2009
Dear SitNews Editor:
The SITNEWS article of August 31, 2009 describing the hiring
of a new college humanities faculty member sadly reflects the
lost priorities of UAS Ketchikan Campus. With high unemployment
and few opportunities for young people in our community, one
would think that UAS Ketchikan would focus most funding and
programs on training that helps students learn essential skills
related to work and employment. Instead, the school seems to
drift aimlessly into an arty dreamland called "the humanities."
Why would such a small campus need three full-time faculty and
three ranked adjuncts in the humanities? What are the employment
potentials for trained poets, creative writers, communicators,
and other so called humanists? I am not being critical of basic
Freshman English/Composition classes. They are essential to college
success in most fields of study. A class or two in literature
also benefits a well rounded education. Three full time faculty,
however, are clearly NOT NEEDED to teach Freshman English and
literature skills at UAS Ketchikan.
More important, what happened to many vocationally focused programs
developed during the days when the campus was a full service
community college? For years, the community worked hard to create
a small business development and investment program closely related
to Ketchikan's economy. There was a full time business instructor
on campus to teach and lead. What happened to this program and
the locally assigned instructor? Wouldn't small business development
and investment skills be more essential to Ketchikan citizens
than poetry readings and story hours? What happened to the diesel
engine and heavy equipment repair program? This program was
also clearly related to Ketchikan's employment needs.
It's a travesty to think that UAS Ketchikan cannot afford at
least one full time faculty position to restart the small business
program. What happened to setting priorities that make good
and practical sense. Have they become lost in this artsy dreamland
of UAS Ketchikan Campus?
Perhaps someone in this oversized humanities program will find
time to write a poem on this laughable, but sad situation. As
long as the campus remains under the autocratic control of Juneau
based UAS bureaucrats, it will certainly continue in its role
as Ketchikan's "white elephant."
Robert D. Warner
Received September 07, 2009
- Published September 08, 2009
Ketchikan Announces New Humanities Faculty Member
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