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The University of Alaska Board of Regents completed a tumultuous two-day meeting this week involving budget discussions, possible university mergers and the future of 45 university programs.
"The university’s 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. In response, UA will not pay $6.5 million in planned pay raises, will institute pay cuts for 166 executives through mandatory furloughs, and cut millions in system wide administrative costs," a release from the board said.
During the debate, Student Regent Cachet Garrett confronted the rest of board by asking that all programs up for elimination or reduction be discussed individually. She wanted transparency for the students and a record showing how the regents voted.