UA budget reflects cost-control measures
Jeremia Schrock/Sun Star Reporter
Nov. 8, 2011
On Nov. 2, the University of Alaska Board of Regents approved a budget request for 2013 that emphasizes student advising and a reduction in deferred maintenance across the University of Alaska system. The budget also emphasizes job training in engineering, health and biomedical fields; teacher education; and workforce development. The budget request has been sent to Governor Sean Parnell.
The budget for the University of Alaska (UA) is based around a series of “cost-control measures” that
began this year. One of these measures include a $7 million “cost avoidance” in the employee health care plan, according to a press release from the board. Other cost-cutting measures include reductions in some fixed costs and an effort to hold down utility cost increases.
The regents met at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) for their annual budget meeting on Nov. 2. Public testimony addressed support for new engineering buildings at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) and UAF, the need for more energy research in Alaska, and the pursuit of a veterinarian school partnership with Colorado State University. The board is considering further research
and funding for all three.
Under the proposed budget, the board would put $137.5 million toward deferred maintenance across the UA system. Determining which campuses receive funding will be based on various factors, including building age
. The budget also includes funding for Alaska-focused energy research and fossil fuel research. The proposed budget would also fund research into responses to an oil spill in the Arctic and ocean acidification impacts on Alaska’s fisheries.