System News October 2017
- Board of Regents public testimony October 30
- Cyber attack mock exercise tests preparations and trains UA emergency managers
- Expanded pilot for Banner 9 to begin Spring 2018
- Regents review preliminary budget recommendation; will meet in Anchorage November 9-10; Committee meetings Nov. 2-3
Cyber attack mock exercise tests preparations and trains UA emergency managers
The threat of a cyber attack affecting the university is very real. Massive security breaches at Equifax and Premera fill the news, and UA’s IT departments deflect hundreds of hacking attempts every day. By 2021, cybercrime damages across the U.S. are expected to reach $6 trillion annually. How prepared is the University of Alaska to respond in the face of a full-scale cyber attack?
A small team of UA employees representing different areas of emergency management across the system attended a Department of Homeland Security National Seminar and Tabletop Exercise for Institutes of Higher Education in Salt Lake City earlier this month to train and test on such a scenario. MORE....
Expanded pilot for Banner 9 to begin Spring 2018
As announced in May 2017, the University of Alaska has until December 2018 to migrate all financial, student services and human resources transactions to the latest version of Ellucian’s software, Banner 9. Support for the current version will stop fall 2018. After December 2018, Banner 8 will not be supported and can no longer be used.
Over the years different user groups have customized forms or otherwise modified Banner to match institutional practices and policies. The base upgrade from Banner 8 to Banner 9 does not automatically include customizations. Ellucian must re-customize forms in the new interface. That process is expensive and time consuming, and many universities are needing this done at the same time. MORE....
Statewide public testimony call-in session October 30
The public is invited to call in to share their thoughts on university issues with the University of Alaska Board of Regents during the board’s quarterly public testimony period, Monday, October 30 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Individuals may call 1-866- 726-0757 to participate.
Public testimony is aired live on public television on KUAC HD2, and the audio can be heard on KUAC2 at http://kuacii.streamon.fm/. More information on the call-in session is available at
Regents review preliminary budget recommendation; will meet in Anchorage November 9-10; Committee meetings Nov. 2-3
The next full meeting of the University of Alaska Board of Regents will be in Anchorage November 9-10 in the Lee Gorsuch Commons on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus. The regents will be discussing the university's FY19 operating and capital budgets and the university's strategic and enrollment goals. Regents will also discuss Phase 3 of Strategic Pathways, Title IX and academic year 2019 and 2020 tuition rates. A memo on the proposed tuition adjustments was sent from the president to the Coalition of Student Leaders, System Governance and the Board of Regents on Oct. 24 outlining proposed changes. Read that memo HERE.
A preliminary special meeting on the FY19 budget was held October 24. Handouts and presentations from that meeting can be found on the BoardDocs site.
The board invites the Anchorage community to an informal public gathering following the first day of the full board meeting. The gathering will take place on Thursday, November 9 from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. in room 106 of the Lee Gorsuch Commons on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus. The gathering serves as an opportunity for the community to meet and share their comments and concerns with the regents in person.
Committee meetings will be held one week prior to the full board meeting. On November 2, the Academic and Student Affairs committee will meet at 9 a.m. and the Facilities and Land Management committee will meet at 1 p.m. The Audit Committee will meet November 3 at 9 a.m.
All full board and committee meetings are open to the public. Livestream is available online with the exception of any executive session.
All meeting agendas will be posted at least one week in advance on the Board of Regents website at: www.alaska.edu/bor/agendas/