The University of Alaska has released a public survey in hopes of gaining input from students, staff, faculty and community members on possible university consolidation plans. 

“We’re distributing it widely to internal and external communities and asking everyone to take 15 minutes to complete it,” university spokeswoman Robbie Graham said. “Data from the survey will serve an important role in the Board of Regent’s consideration of how the university will approach consolidation plans. The Board plans to make decisions on university structure and programs in September.”

Graham clarified that the survey is voluntary and all responses will be kept confidential. The online survey can be found at bit.ly/33wCali

In July, the UA Board of Regents declared financial exigency allowing the administration to send layoff notices to tenured faculty and enact budget-reduction measures in a more immediate manner than they would be able to otherwise.

Regents also approved a motion to allow UA President Jim Johnsen to work with faculty and other officials on developing a plan to consolidate the three separately accredited universities in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau into a single accredited university. Johnsen will present the plan to the regents at their next full board meeting Sept. 12-13 in Anchorage. 

The regents also will hold a public testimony call-in Sept. 9 to allow residents across the state to share their concerns on the matter. 

Interested individuals can call 866-726-0757 from 4-6 p.m. Sept. 9. Testimony will be limited to two minutes per person.

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