On Friday, May 3rd, the UAA Faculty Senate voted unanimously in support of three measures aimed at reforming the University of Alaska system. The three measures were presented by the Committee on Governance and Funding Reform, an ad hoc committee created by the UAA Faculty Senate in March, 2019.
First, the senate passed a resolution calling for the formation of a statewide task force that will study alternative models of university reform. The task force will include representation of staff, students, faculty and administrators from the three accredited universities and community campuses, and will be open to representation from the state government. The task force will produce a report on December 1, 2019.
Second, the senate adopted the report of its committee. The report shows that while the University of Alaska has grown from one campus with 921 students (in 1960) into an expansive university system, the structure of governance and administration has not been appropriately modified. The report argues that our university system in Alaska is overly-centralized and ought to give greater autonomy to the universities. It points out that many other state university systems began from modest origins like the University of Alaska, but reformed and gave university campuses greater autonomy. Hence, the University of Alaska system is out of step with the trend of reform in other states.
Third, the senate voted to establish the ad hoc Committee on Governance and Funding Reform for the 2019-2020 academic year.
The report and resolution are here made available: