FY20 Academic & Administrative Reviews

This is an archive of the FY20 Academic and Administrative Review Process.

Documents and Reports

Academic Review Documents

BOR Full Board Actions

Programs Approved for Discontinuation

  • Bachelor of Science in Geography and Environmental Resources at the University of Alaska Southeast
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Legal Nurse Consultant Paralegal at the University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Civic Engagement at the University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Associate of Applied Science in Aviation Administration at the University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Administration at the University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Associate of Applied Science in Welding and Nondestructive Testing at the University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Associate of Applied Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Operations at the University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems at the University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Literary Arts at the University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Master of Arts in English at the University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Master of Education in Early Childhood Special Education at the University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Sociology at the University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Bachelor of Arts in Theatre at the University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Programs Previously Suspended at the University of Alaska Fairbanks
    • Master of Science in Water and Environment Science
    • Undergraduate Certificate in Safety, Health and Environmental Awareness Technology
    • Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry
    • Master of Arts in Chemistry
    • Master of Science in Biochemistry
    • Master of Science in Environmental Chemistry
    • Master of Science in Resource and Applied Economics
    • Undergraduate Certificate in Mining Applications and Technologies
    • Master of Science in Computational Physics
    • Master of Science in Space Physics
    • Undergraduate Certificate in Power Generation
    • Associate of Applied Science in Renewable Resources
    • Undergraduate Certificate in Veterinary Science
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Bachelor of Science in Sociology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Master of Education in Online Innovation and Design at the University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Master of Education in People, Place and Pedagogy at the University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Master of Education in Second Language Acquisition, Bilingual Education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Bachelor of Arts in Earth Science at the University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Bachelor of Arts in Geography at the University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Bachelor of Science in Geography at the University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Undergraduate Certificate of Environmental Studies at the University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Undergraduate Certificate of Ethnobotany at the University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Bachelor of Science in Environment and Society at the University of Alaska Anchorage

Programs approved for major revision and reduction

  • Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Geological Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Bachelor of Arts in Dual Languages Option (Secondary Language Selection in Chinese) at the University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Communication at the University of Alaska Anchorage

Approved program name change

  • Bachelor of Arts in Geography, Environmental and Outdoor Studies to the Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies at the University of Alaska Southeast

New program and program merger approvals

  • Interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts at the University of Alaska Southeast
  • Merging the Associate of Applied Science in Computer and Networking Technology with the Associate of Applied Science in Computer Systems Technology, and renaming as the Associate of Applied Science in Computer Systems and Network Technology at the University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Approval of the Undergraduate Certificate in Local Knowledge Educator at the University of Alaska Fairbanks

Postponed consideration until January 2021

  • Master of Science in Atmospheric Science at the University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Doctorate of Philosophy in Atmospheric Science at the University of Alaska Fairbanks

June 4-5, 2020 Agenda

BOR Academic & Student Affairs (ASA) Committee Summary of Actions

May 13, 2020 Agenda

  • UAA BS Environment and Society - Discontinued 
    • Supplemental cost analysis - PDF
  • UAF BS/MS Geological Engineering - Major Revision & Reduction
    • Letter from the Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering - PDF
    • Memo from the Dean of College of Engineering and Mines - PDF

April 13-14, 2020 PDF

  • Program notes and options PDF
  • Program recommendations held over for May 13-14 consideration

    • UAA BS Environment and Society discontinuation
    • UAF BS Geological Engineering reduction
    • UAF MS Geological Engineering reduction

Summary of Recommendations for Board of Regents  Academic and Student Affairs:

  • April 8, 2020 -  PDF
  • ASA Presentation - April 13, 2020 - PDF

University of Alaska Anchorage

University of Alaska Fairbanks

University of Alaska Southeast

Governance Communications

Administrative Review Documents

Statewide

University of Alaska Anchorage

University of Alaska Fairbanks

University of Alaska Southeast

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Go to FAQ archive

 

Communications & Engagement

Engagement Opportunities

At every decision point, we know that there are students, faculty, donors, community members and employees with compelling interests. Between now and the Board’s decision in June, there will be many opportunities to provide input and public testimony. You can use the form below to submit written feedback.

Additional engagement opportunities not listed or represented on this page are listed in an attached Google Sheet


Town Hall Meetings and Listening Sessions

University of Alaska System

  • Virtual Listening Session with President Johnsen - 2 - 3 p.m. Friday, April 3, 2020 (Recording Below)
  • Virtual Town Hall -  6 - 7 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 2020  

Board of Regents Public Testimony

Please call: 1-866-726-0757. Comments are limited to two minutes per individual or as determined by the chair.
Live stream at: https://www.alaska.edu/bor/live/

  • Tuesday, May 26, 2020, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 2, 2020, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Written testimony is accepted at any time and is shared with the board and the president. Please submit to: ua-bor@alaska.edu.

Communications

April 25, 2020 - Budget and Financial Management - memo to chancellors from Pres. Johnsen

April 15, 2020 - Expedited Program Review update - President Johnsen

March 25, 2020 - The University of Alaska needs your input on its programs - Op-Ed by Johnsen, Sandeen, White and Caulfield

March 23, 2020 - Message to University Community - President Johnsen

March 20, 2020 -  Expedited Academic Review process enters next phase on March 23

March 6, 2020 - State of the University: UA combines resilience with revenue generation

February 21, 2020 - Board of Regents approves UAF Master Plan and discusses budgets, and a timeline for expedited academic reviews

 

Additional Engagements

The previous schedule only highlights major events related to the Academic and Administrative Review. To look through many more listed engagements, check out the attached Google Sheet.

About the Academic and Administrative Reviews

UA Board of Regents' Policy 10.06.010 allows for expedited, exceptional program reviews taylored to particular financial circumstances. 

At the Sept. 12, 2019 Board of Regents meeting, UAF, UAA and UAS were asked to each move forward with expedited reviews to potentially find cost savings. University-level review resources are included below. The next step is for statewide coordination, review and ultimately Board of Regents decisions.

At the same time, the three universities and Statewide are conducting administrative reviews to identify opportunities for cost savings and reductions to meet budget targets.

University-Specific Expedited Review Information (AY19-20)

University of Alaska Anchorage
Rather than predetermining a set of programs for review on the institutional level, UAA wants all programs to participate. The chancellor and Provost John Stalvey discussed this with different groups on campus, and believe it is the best way forward for a fair and equitable process. The completed reviews were due to the deans on Jan. 31, 2020, just one day earlier than for the regular cyclical process.

You can see the approved timeline and process, as well as the expedited program review templates, on the Academic Program Review websiteThe chairs of the program review committees received guidance regarding the expedited program review and templates Friday, Oct. 18.

If you have questions about this process, please feel free to get in touch with Provost Stalvey directly at uaa_provost@alaska.edu.

University of Alaska Fairbanks
UAF will be conducting expedited program reviews during the 2019-2020 academic year. They finalized the review process (PDF) and the list of departments and programs (PDF) that will be reviewed based on low enrollment and high cost. These documents and more are posted on Provost Prakash's UAF expedited academic program reviews website. Expedited review will focus on department and program enrollments, cost effectiveness, academic quality and centrality to UAF’s missionCommittees include representatives recommended by Faculty Senate, ASUAF and Staff Council. The website includes the name of the review committee members. 

 FAQ sheet 
Delaware Cost Study table (Excel)

University of Alaska Southeast
At UAS, faculty in a number of programs have been asked to answer specific questions related to enhancing programs, consolidating programs, and reducing program costs. Faculty in fourteen programs have been provided specific questions to focus on in assessing program alignment with UAS’ mission. Each program has been provided a deadline for submitting the review prior to the end of the calendar year. The UAS Strategic Planning and Budget Committee and Faculty Senate will review results of the expedited reviews and make recommendations to the Executive Cabinet by March 2020. The process will conclude by April 2020.