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ERIC Number: ED311794
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Restructuring the University of Alaska Statewide System of Higher Education.
Gaylord, Thomas A.; Rogers, Brian
The radical restructuring of Alaska's public higher education system brought on by the state's 1986 economic collapse is discussed. The plan called for a merger of 11 community colleges with three universities into three multi-campus institutions. It realigned statewide programs in vocational technical education, fisheries and ocean sciences, international business, and rural higher education delivery. It called for the merger of a unionized community college teaching faculty with a non-unionized university faculty. The plan anticipated termination of 100 administrators and a 5% cut in system costs without significant impact on program delivery. The plan was controversial, but 2 years later, the restructuring is nearly done. Factors leading to restructuring, the restructuring decision-making process, the restructuring process, and results are discussed. Despite the most dramatic general funding reduction to an entire state public higher education system since World War II, the actions taken avoided closing entire institutions, maintained course and program offerings, and allowed the University of Alaska System to avoid the long term negative effects of exigency or significant academic program elimination. Some of the reasons this experience was different from that in other states are: the Board of Regents and President did not bow to the intense opposition to the plan, believing that no acceptable alternative existed; and the focus on restructuring was on maintenance of local program delivery with elimination of local administration rather than closure of remote or small campuses. Charts are included. Contains 43 references. (SM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Alaska