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  • Opportunity for Board of Regents public testimony on Oct. 28 and Nov. 8

    October 18, 2019

    Alaskans will have an opportunity later this month month to comment directly to the Board of Regents on issues facing the University of Alaska.
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  • Procurement

    Update on the restructure of UA Procurement

    October 17, 2019

    The consolidation of procurement functions into a single reporting structure is complete.
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  • UAF's Rural Student Services marks a half century of service

    October 17, 2019

    Rural Student Services at the University of Alaska Fairbanks will kick off its 50th anniversary with a brunch celebration on Sunday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Gathering Room in the Brooks Building. The event, which is open to the public, will include comments from some of the original advocates for the program, which was formerly known as Student Orientation Services, as well as university leaders and past students.
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  • Seeking nominations for the Alaska Innovators Hall of Fame

    October 16, 2019

    The Juneau Economic Development Council is pleased to join the Alaska State Committee for Research (SCoR) in encouraging nominations for the Alaska Innovators Hall of Fame. The Alaska State Committee for Research (SCoR) created the Alaska Innovators Hall of Fame in 2014 to celebrate and honor outstanding individuals who put Alaska on the map as leaders in innovation and to contribute to Alaska's growing culture of innovation.
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  • After 18 years, the UA College Savings Plan launches new brand

    October 15, 2019

    The UA College Savings Plan announced that it is changing its name to Alaska 529 as of October 15, 2019. The Alaska-based education savings plan is offered by the Education Trust of Alaska. After 2017 tax reform expanded the use of 529 plans, the Education Trust of Alaska determined the need for a name and a brand that better represents the products and services it provides.
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  • In Recognition of Indigenous Peoples' Day

    October 14, 2019

    Since 2017, the University of Alaska has proudly supported Indigenous Peoples' Day with culturally relevant events, incorporating elements of the Indigenous history of place, culture and language associated with their regions. The unanimous support for this special day acknowledges the contributions of Alaska Native people and acknowledges how Indigenous knowledge has enhanced, and will continue to influence, educational opportunities provided across the UA system.
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  • President Johnsen addresses the UA community

    October 09, 2019

    UA Community, In today's video message, President Johnsen reviews the Board of Regents' discussion with the NWCCU and the actions the Board took at its meeting on Monday. He reflects on his role in how UA unity, so prevalent during the budget debate, has now fractured, and, more so, he addresses the lessons he has learned as a result. He commits to an inclusive process moving forward, and calls on the university community to work together on the challenges ahead, and asks for your help to meet those challenges.
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  • UA Board of Regents ceases consideration of single accreditation and suspends system-wide academic program reviews

    October 08, 2019

    In an emergency meeting today, the University of Alaska Board of Regents voted to modify two previous decisions made when it was facing a state funding crisis. The first, by a vote of 9-2, was to cease consideration of a single accreditation until after the University of Alaska Fairbanks secures its institutional accreditation in 2021. If the board chooses to actively consider single accreditation in the future, it will direct the president to conduct an independent cost benefit analysis and clearly examine accreditation issues. In the second action, by a vote of 9-1, the board suspended the systemwide expedited academic program review process until the Board has the time to consult with chancellors and the president on a path forward.
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  • Board of Regents hold emergency meeting, Oct. 7

    October 05, 2019

    The University of Alaska Board of Regents will hold an emergency board meeting 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, October 7. The board will meet to discuss concerns raised in the recent letter from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and determine how to proceed.
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  • UA universities and community campuses celebrates Indigenous Peoples' Day, Oct. 14

    October 04, 2019

    The University of Alaska is on the forefront of a national movement among universities, including Harvard and the University of Utah, to celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day rather than Columbus Day. The decision for UA universities and campuses to celebrate Indigenous People's Day was unanimously supported with resolutions from students, staff and faculty groups across the system.
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