JUNEAU—With budget cuts looming, the University of Alaska leadership has approved a preliminary plan to restructure the university system by implementing lead campuses for specific degree programs.
UA President Jim Johnsen created the plan, which was unanimously endorsed by the Board of Regents last week, according to a Wednesday announcement.
Under the plan, which is still a draft without specific budget numbers attached to it, the university's three main campuses could see dramatic changes.
“Each main campus – Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau — will focus its research, teaching and service on its unique strengths, capabilities, advantages and opportunities.” Johnsen said in a news release. “The ‘lead campus’ model will eliminate duplication and strengthen degree programs, reduce duplicative administration and put a greater emphasis on delivery of courses through technology.