‘Nook on the Street, Feb. 2nd

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This week we asked students: What are your thoughts on UA president Johnsen’s “strategic pathways model” which would cut redundant degree programs among UA campuses and emphasize programs where individual campuses excel in order to save money?

Emily Dreher Sophmore Physics "I think that there are a lot of students that stay in Anchorage for example because its cheaper to live at home with their parents. If they are forced to choose a campus where their degree would be offered; those sorts of costs should be taken into consideration. Its also a lot harder to take certain courses online like math and science and more difficult to stay in touch with professors."

“I think that there are a lot of students that stay in Anchorage, for example, because it’s cheaper to live at home with their parents. If they are forced to choose a campus where their degree would be offered. Those sorts of costs should be taken into consideration. It’s also a lot harder to take certain courses online like math and science and more difficult to stay in touch with professors.”
– Emily Dreher, Sophomore in Physics

Josh Purba Junior Geophysics “Well, in my opinion, I think it’s really good. For instance, I am majoring in science, geophysics. Fortunately we have the geophysical institute. And compared to Anchorage or Juneau I don’t think they have technology sites like that. So if we can concentrate one specific field in one particular area, it would be more really good and more efficient. We could get all the good professors in that area rather than scattered around. So, I would be in favor of the idea.”

“I think it’s really good. For instance, I am majoring in science, geophysics. Fortunately we have the geophysical institute. And compared to Anchorage or Juneau I don’t think they have technology sites like that. So if we can concentrate one specific field in one particular area, it would be more really good and more efficient. We could get all the good professors in that area rather than scattered around. So, I would be in favor of the idea.”
– Josh Purba, Junior in Geophysics

Peyton Corbett Freshman Computer Engineering “I don’t think they should take away opportunities for people. Lets say someone only has the ability to go to Fairbanks and they are pursuing an arts degree why should they have to go somewhere else? How would they get to Anchorage if they are living in North Pole? I don’t think it’s a wise decision.”

“I don’t think they should take away opportunities for people. Let’s say someone only has the ability to go to Fairbanks and they are pursuing an arts degree. Why should they have to go somewhere else? How would they get to Anchorage if they are living in North Pole? I don’t think it’s a wise decision.”
– Peyton Corbett, Freshman in Computer Engineering

Travis Hogins Civil Engineering UAF Alumni “I can see pros and cons for it. It seems more efficient since it is one university of Alaska. But at the same time there seems it has to be more going into it because there is more to going to college than just a degree. It is what each town offers and all of that. I like the idea of streamlining but I like the idea of options as well. I have a hard time jumping on board or saying it’s a bad idea. Hmmm, I like the idea of having options so I would have to say that I am not for it, if I had to pick something right now.”

“I can see pros and cons for it. It seems more efficient since it is one university of Alaska. But… there is more to going to college than just a degree. It is what each town offers and all of that. I like the idea of streamlining, but I like the idea of options as well. I have a hard time jumping on board or saying it’s a bad idea. Hmmm, I like the idea of having options so I would have to say that I am not for it, if I had to pick something right now.”
– Travis Hogins, UAF Alumni, Civil Engineering

Samuel Kirchenschlager Sophmore Mechanical Engineering "I know a lot of people go to a school not only 100% based on the program they want to take but on the location too. Like if you go to anchorage and realize all your classes are super spread out and you have to drive everywhere but then you come here and realize you can walk to all your classes and its kind of nice having that and its more a tight knit community. My brother for example went to UAA his first year and he really didn’t like, he didn’t find anything he was getting into. Then he came here and realized how close he was with everyone, he found buildings easier, he had all his classes close and didn’t have to commute so much and it made him feel a lot better about being in college. Its not entirely about the programs its about the campus atmosphere.”

“I know a lot of people go to a school not only… based on the program they want to take, but on the location too. It’s kind of nice having [a] more a tight knit community. My brother, for example, went to UAA his first year and he really didn’t… find anything he was getting into. Then he came here and realized how close he was with everyone, he found buildings easier, he had all his classes close and didn’t have to commute so much. It made him feel a lot better about being in college. It’s not entirely about the programs, it’s about the campus atmosphere.”

– Samuel Kirchenschlager, Sophomore in Mechanical Engineering

Sydney Deering Freshman Double major in Mining & Petroleum Engineering “There are pros and cons on both sides. I like the idea of consolidating the engineering program and making one really, really strong program rather than two weak programs in multiple, different areas. It takes less funds and less resources when you have them all in the same spot and I see that as a good thing. My biggest concern is the Mining [program]. I’m actually in the mining and engineering department There was talk that it was going to be transferred to Juneau. My biggest concern is that I don’t see it wise to split up the mining program either by moving the trade aspect of it to Juneau while leaving the engineering in Fairbanks. They haven’t specified that and that’s my big concern and I honestly don’t know where my major is going to be. So, I would like a lot more direction, I see pros and cons but they haven’t given us enough information.”

“There are pros and cons on both sides. I like the idea of consolidating the engineering program and making one really, really strong program rather than two weak programs in multiple areas. It takes less funds and less resources when you have them all in the same spot and I see that as a good thing. My biggest concern is the Mining [program]. I’m actually in the mining and engineering department There was talk that it was going to be transferred to Juneau. I don’t [think it’s] wise to split up the mining program either by moving the trade aspect of it to Juneau, while leaving the engineering in Fairbanks. I honestly don’t know where my major is going to be. I see pros and cons but they haven’t given us enough information.”
– Sydney Deering, Freshman in Mining & Petroleum Engineering

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