Strategic Pathways on the docket of UA Board of Regents meeting

The University Of Alaska Board Of Regents meets in Juneau Thursday and Friday. Today’s agenda includes an update from UA President Jim Johnsen on the university’s Strategic Pathways, downsizing initiative. It calls for dissolving the Schools of Education in Fairbanks and Anchorage , and consolidating the program in Juneau, but UA spokesperson Roberta Graham said concerns raised by the North-West Commission on Colleges and Universities has resulted in a new plan, which keeps students, faculty and staff in Anchorage and Fairbanks.

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“There will still be one College of Education. It will still be headquartered at the University of Alaska Southeast with one executive dean,” Graham said.

Graham adds the move will still trim jobs and streamline operations.

“The colleges themselves would be dissolved and the dean’s essentially at those two campuses would go away,” Graham said.

Regents will also hear about the university’s compliance with a Voluntary Resolution Agreement with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. Graham said there is a new scorecard showing steps made by each UA campus to meet Title IX requirements.

“The scorecard now reflects new information that both support the complainants the respondents and in Title IX cases,” Graham said.

Regents will also consider President Johnsen’s performance and compensation package.

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