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Oct 11, 2019

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University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen told members of the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday that Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed $134 million funding cut would devastate the university’s ability to educate students and conduct research.

The process of downsizing the University of Alaska continues. Decreased state tax revenue because of low crude oil prices has resulted in less money for the university and there’s no sign of that changing. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the focus of the university’s reorganization is shifting.


Permanent Fund earnings are one of the few means of paying for state government if oil prices remain depressed. There’s $7 billion in the Permanent Fund earnings reserve account, money left over after paying annual dividends and inflation proofing the fund. Tapping any money related to the Permanent Fund is highly controversial, but as KUAC’s Dan Bross reports a longtime Alaska economist says it’s time to take a serious look at using fund earnings to get through tough financial times brought on by low oil prices.

(Fairbanks, AK) University of Alaska officials have released a summary of proposed budget cuts and efficiency measures in response to a request from Governor Bill Walker in anticipation of reduced state funding.

Vice President of University Relations Carla Beam says the university was asked to present plans for addressing 5 and 8 percent state reductions, additional to an already proposed 6 million dollar cut. “Those come out to 24.1 million dollars under 5 percent reduction scenario, and 35 million dollars under an 8 percent scenario.”  


University of Alaska President Pat Gamble is anticipating budget cuts that will force the institution to downsize, and focus on its core missions.  Gamble plans to retire at the end of the 2015 school year, but as KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, he’s looking beyond his tenure to help the university prepare for the future.

UA Considers Smoking Ban

Dec 11, 2014

University of Alaska Regents meet today to consider a draft policy prohibiting smoking on UA campuses state-wide. KUAC’s Karen Simmons reports.