After Johnsen was named the lone finalist for the top job at the University of Wisconsin, several professor groups say the process should have been restarted.
The plan calls for them to come up with a conceptual plan for merging UAS into UAF, but it specifically calls for other options.
“The University of Alaska is facing immediate and significant financial headwinds brought on by state budget cuts, enrollment and tuition declines and budget impacts visited upon us by the COVID-19 crisis. And like the virus itself, this budget challenge is real, painful, and one that demands that we take swift action to protect our university and its critical mission and service to Alaskans.”
Alaska’s financial position is complicated and politically expedient, simplistic solutions should have no place in the discussion.
The most significant proposal in front of the Board of Regents will be to fold University of Alaska Southeast into UAA or UAF.
The proposed legislation would allow CARES Act money to fill unexpected shortfalls in state and local government budgets.
Legislators are hoping they’ll get some clarity on the differing legal opinions ahead of a Wednesday meeting to approve the requests.
It’s more technical than political.
The move acknowledges what will be a very ugly year or two for oil production.
When the governor vetoed $30 million in state K-12 funding, he promised to replace it with federal funds, but those federal funds aren’t enough to cover both the $30 million hole AND new costs created by COVID-19.