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  • Johnsen a finalist for president of the University of Wisconsin System

    June 02, 2020

    This morning, the University of Wisconsin System will make public my name as a finalist for its next president. I wasn't looking for another job when I was nominated for this one, but the position aligns with my experience and skills as a university leader.
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  • University of Alaska Board of Regents to discuss FY21-22 budgets and options for university transformation during its June 4-5 meeting

    June 01, 2020

    The University of Alaska Board of Regents will discuss the university's FY21 and FY22 budget, address financial solutions for closing significant financial gaps in both fiscal years and take up the preliminary review of possible options for university transformation when it meets June 4 and 5. The board also will hold two hours of public testimony on June 2 to hear from Alaskans about these topics.
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  • University of Alaska has shifted to Phase B of our on-site operations plan

    June 01, 2020

    Effective today, the University of Alaska has shifted to Phase B of our on-site operations plan. The change in system status comes with an increased emphasis on safety measures and personal responsibility, which is especially relevant given the increase in COVID-19 cases over the weekend. Some universities may ease restrictions on in-person activities on their campuses, provided they can comply with Phase B requirements and relevant UA policy. Some campuses and sites may choose to remain in Phase A until they have everything in place to safely operate with more people on site.
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  • Update on budget and preliminary review process

    May 29, 2020

    Prior to the Board of Regents meeting next week, I want to provide you an update about our financial situation and the process of how we came to the options that will be presented to the board. I also welcome and encourage you to continue to provide ideas for consideration.
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  • Options outlined for BOR consideration

    May 21, 2020

    As we face the future, the university's leadership team is united in positioning the university to support a thriving future for Alaska, while resolving our fiscal issues made worse by the COVID-19 global pandemic. We promise that our values will guide us in our actions, we will focus on our mission, and we will continue to put the well-being of our students, staff and faculty first.
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  • Capitol Report: May 21

    May 21, 2020

    The 31st Alaska Legislature adjourned sine die yesterday, marking the end to one of the most unusual and shortest sessions in recent memory. On Monday, lawmakers reconvened in Juneau to ratify the spending plan proposed by Governor Dunleavy for federal funding received through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
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  • NOAA awards new cooperative institute to UAF and partners

    May 20, 2020

    A new university-led institute will address climate, ocean and coastal challenges with greater collaboration and sharing of scientific resources. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has selected a partnership between the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the University of Washington and Oregon State University to lead the institute.
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  • On-site operations plan

    May 20, 2020

    This month, we marked the end of an extraordinary spring semester and shifted our sights toward what's next. During the last several months you have shown incredible resilience in making the best of a difficult situation. Your patience and perseverance have been truly inspiring. Thank you.
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  • University of Alaska Southeast Achieves Full Reaccreditation of Teacher Education Programs

    May 16, 2020

    This week the Alaska College of Education (AKCoE) at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) received confirmation of its accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
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  • Opportunity for Board of Regents Public Testimony on May 26

    May 15, 2020

    Alaskans will have an opportunity next month to offer feedback directly to the Board of Regents on issues facing the University of Alaska.Statewide audio conference public testimony is scheduled from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Call 1-866-726-0757 to join the queue for testimony. This public testimony session will be live streamed at: www.alaska.edu/bor/live/.
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