Marine transportation program at UAS-Ketchikan among budget priorities
October 31, 2008
The idea behind the request is to strengthen support for students while they're still in K-12 schools, leading to better chances of success in college or work.
"The sad truth is that the college-going rate of Alaska's high school graduates is among the lowest in the nation. That's in addition to already having one of the lowest high school graduation percentages in the nation," said UA President Mark Hamilton. "This isn't just a K-12 problem, though. If a third grader can't read, it's everyone's problem. Our businesses and agencies are desperate to hire qualified and well-trained Alaskans, but they can't do it if the labor pool isn't properly equipped. Strengthening our partnerships and programs that help our students succeed is something we must do."
Public testimony will be taken at 10 a.m. in Room 109 of the Butrovich Building, on the West Ridge of the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. Other proposed operating budget priorities include:
The UA operating budget, if approved at $342 million in state general funds, would be a 9 percent increase in state funding over the current fiscal year. The university would generate $552 million of its own funding, including federal funds, for a total of $894 million in operating funds for the fiscal year that starts July 1, 2009.
UA's proposed capital budget, at $500 million in state investment, puts a top priority on maintaining existing facilities and equipment, at $50 million. Other capital projects would require the following in state general funds:
Regents must approve the budget before it is submitted to the governor's office for consideration.
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