Read the latest updates on the university budget, Board of Regents, and other major UA System news

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  • UA celebrates community campus graduates

    May 15, 2020

    The University of Alaska canceled in-person commencement ceremonies as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the university's community campuses held their own virtual ceremonies to celebrate their graduates, while others like the University of Alaska Fairbanks' community campuses will participate in UAF's virtual commencements.
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  • Show your UA support with university themed Zoom backgrounds

    May 15, 2020

    These branded virtual background photos can be used during Zoom meetings. Show your UA pride by using one of these backgrounds during your Zoom meetings.
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  • In response to Audit Committee direction, UA leadership to develop budget options

    May 15, 2020

    This morning the Audit Committee of the Board of Regents met to discuss the university's current financial position and the significant budget shortfall we face. The budget has been impacted by a number of factors, most notably state funding cuts since 2015, enrollment decline since 2011, and the fiscal impact of COVID-19.
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  • Capitol Report: May 12, 2020

    May 13, 2020

    Yesterday, the Alaska Legislature approved the final portions of Governor Dunleavy's plan to distribute $1.5 billion the State of Alaska has received in federal Coronavirus financial assistance. This action, by the Legislative Budget & Audit Committee (LB&A), comes after three weeks of review and negotiations by the Legislature and the administration.
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  • May 12 budget update

    May 12, 2020

    This week the Audit Committee of the Board of Regents will meet to discuss important budget matters and identify meaningful ways to meet the budget shortfall caused by a number of factors, most notably state funding cuts, enrollment decline, and the fiscal impact of COVID-19. Several weeks ago, the Audit Committee requested a financial plan to include more detail on proposed base reductions and one-time funding from available reserves to meet a total of $45 million in state UGF reduction through FY 2022.
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  • In Remembrance of Byron Mallott

    May 12, 2020

    Dear UA Community, I, along with so many of us in Alaska, am deeply saddened by the sudden death of former Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, a statesman, an elder, and a dear friend. When he died late last week he took with him the burning light of a man who loved his family, a man who served our state in so many remarkable ways, and a man who had a vision for equality and justice for Alaska's Native people and worked tirelessly to achieve it.
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  • New federal Title IX guidelines released

    May 07, 2020

    Today the Department of Education released new federal Title IX guidelines that detail procedures universities must follow in cases of sexual harassment and assault on campuses. The rules become effective August 14, 2020. The federal rule changes are extensive, and the university has begun working to assess the new rules and will institute the necessary changes to our policies and procedures.
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  • Outside Activities FAQs

    May 05, 2020

    All University of Alaska employees, full or part-time, are subject to the Executive Branch Ethics Act (Ethics Act) and its implementing regulations published by the Department of Law. UA Designated Ethics Supervisor Andy Harrington has drafted a set of Outside Activities FAQs which address many common questions that arise when determining whether outside employment is compatible with university service.
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  • Congratulations to the Class of 2020

    May 01, 2020

    I write to you today with hope for and confidence in our future. While we know that COVID-19 impacts have altered our lives in more ways than we could have imagined, I want each of you to know that we are looking ahead and planning for how we move forward. The good news is that we are emerging from the depths of COVID-19 and are beginning to transition to fall semester. Our leaders are working on those plans, which will be ready to share with you soon.
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  • UA budget update

    May 01, 2020

    UA President Jim Johnsen issued additional budget and financial management guidance to the three university chancellors asking that they work together to find inter-university collaborations to help reduce the budget.
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