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UA Regents to Gather in Anchorage

Budget tops the agenda

The next operating and capital budget tops the agenda for the
University of Alaska Board of Regents when the 11-member panel gathers
Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in Anchorage.

Regents are expected to vote on the budget after delaying action at
the October meeting. University officials have had several meetings
with Gov. Sean Parnell and his budget staff since then.

Members of the public may testify at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 30, and
again at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1. Testimony is limited to three
minutes; signup sheets will be available. The meeting will take place
at the Lee Gorsuch Commons on the University of Alaska Anchorage
campus.

The preliminary UA budget for operation of the 15-campus system
emphasizes programs in energy, science, technology, engineering and
math; climate research; high-demand job training; and student success
initiatives.

The capital budget request, as currently drafted, puts a top priority
on annual maintenance needs throughout the system; construction of the
UAF Life Sciences facility; planning and design money for engineering
facilities at UAA and UAF; a feasibility study for community campus
facility needs; and money to help shrink  the university system's list
of deferred maintenance projects.

In addition to the budget work, regents will hear a number of updates,
including a report on the highly successful nursing program at UAA, in
which nursing graduates have more than doubled compared to 2002
levels. Regents will review the university's performance for the past
year, including graduates from high-demand degree programs;
undergraduate retention rates, currently at an all-time high for the
UA system; and the number of student credit hours delivered, also at
an all-time high.

Regents will hear updates on master plans for the UAF campus and
Tanana Valley Campus;  the previously approved UAA Kachemak Bay Campus
classroom project; ongoing UAA community campus master planning; and
the UAA sports arena project. In addition, UAA will host a reception
for regents at the new ConocoPhillips Integrated Sciences Building on
Monday night.

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