University of Alaska budget proposal presentation held at the Wood Center
University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor Dan White held a presentation about the University's proposed budget for the next fiscal year. A $25 million cut to the University of Alaska System is proposed for the next year by the board of regents. $18.3 million is estimated to primarily come from UAF's budget.
Propositions to reduce the budget included demolishing aging facilities cutting departments, a possible 5 percent tuition raise, and turning the Chukchi Campus into a learning center -- among other ideas.
White also commented that in a less hectic year, they would have already figured out the complete budget for 2021's fiscal year; however, with all the financial changes and proposed budget cuts, it was only really possible to plan for the coming year.
During the presentation Chancellor White sympathized with students, saying that he recognizes how stressful the budget fluctuations have been on the students and faculty.
"I recognize that I am over-optimistic about our future. I think this shall pass and that we will figure out a path for UAF -- which will continue to be a great university because of people. At least for me the goal is to preserve our people," said White
The Chancellor's proposals to the president of the UA system for cuts and changes to programs are scheduled for completion March 23rd. A date for the full board proposal is yet to be determined.