The University of Alaska Board of Regents is scheduled to hear public testimony Monday evening.
Those interested in providing comment on university operations or policy can call a state-wide conference number from 4-5 p.m.
Those interested in testifying can call 1-866-726-0757. Testimony will be limited to two minutes per caller.
This testimony session falls among a collection of committee meetings that began Feb. 6. The individual meetings will discuss issues like Title IX compliance, governance roles and responsibilities, student affairs and land management. All upcoming committee meetings are available for public viewing at www.alaska.edu/bor/live/.
The board also will hear public testimony in person in Fairbanks on Feb. 20 from 8:15-9:15 a.m. before beginning a regularly scheduled meeting in Room 109 of the Butrovich Building on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. As is customary, testimony will be limited to two minutes during this public comment session as well.
Written testimony is always accepted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The upcoming committee and meeting schedule for the board of regents is as follows:
9 a.m.-12 p.m. — Academic and Student Affairs Committee
1-3 p.m. — Facilities and Land Management Committee
9-11 a.m. — Audit Committee Meeting
1-3 p.m. — Special Meeting of the Governance Subcommittee.
Thursday, Feb. 20
8:15-9:15 a.m. — In-person public testimony
Regents recently approved a 5% tuition hike for the third year in a row in a recent budget meeting held last month.
The tuition increase was brought forward as a source of additional revenue following another cut in state funding this year. In 2017 the board approved a 10% tuition increase split over two years.
The board approved a $277 million state funding request in November for the upcoming fiscal year beginning in July. The funding request stays in step with a funding reduction compact signed with Gov. Mike Dunleavy last year.
Dunleavy and then-Regent Chair John Davies signed the compact in August that seeks to cut the university by $70 million over three years.
Regents also approved a $52.5 million capital budget request.
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