You are the owner of this article.
Letter to the Editor

One UA

To the editor: The One University of Alaska model approved this week by the board of regents strikes me as likely leading to the following:

1. A single university “serving all Alaskans” will have to be open enrollment at the undergraduate level with minimal academic standards. Alaska’s best and brightest will have no viable in-state alternative to even mid-range, never mind elite, out-of-state major universities; they will leave.

2. Item No. 1 will make UA a glorified city commuter college. Because Anchorage is the largest city, I expect Fairbanks and Juneau to end up as minor satellite campuses. Perhaps UAF’s research will enable its graduate school to survive in some form.

3. Other than a few scholarship athletes, I do not foresee anyone from outside Alaska wishing to attend One UA. Overall, the Alaska brain drain will accelerate.

Certainly the governor — and I believe many on the Board of Regents (notably not the student regent) — have conflated “efficiency” (dollars per student spent) with “effectiveness” (positive outcomes for Alaska).

The One UA model may have been the most-efficient presented to the regents, but I do not think it is the most effective, regardless of what the final UA budget looks like. Some version of UAF = University of California system and UAA-UAS = California State system, with separate governing structures, seems most effective to me for both Alaska and the future of Fairbanks.

Guidelines

The Daily News-Miner encourages residents to make themselves heard through the Opinion pages. Readers' letters and columns also appear online at newsminer.com. Contact the editor with questions at letters@newsminer.com or call 459-7574.

Community Perspective

Send Community Perspective submissions by mail (P.O. Box 70710, Fairbanks AK 99707) or via email (letters@newsminer.com). Submissions must be 500 to 750 words. Columns are welcome on a wide range of issues and should be well-written and well-researched with attribution of sources. Include a full name, email address, daytime telephone number and headshot photograph suitable for publication (email jpg or tiff files at 150 dpi.) You may also schedule a photo to be taken at the News-Miner office. The News-Miner reserves the right to edit submissions or to reject those of poor quality or taste without consulting the writer.

Letters to the editor

Send letters to the editor by mail (P.O. Box 70710, Fairbanks AK 99707), by fax (907-452-7917) or via email (letters@newsminer.com). Writers are limited to one letter every two weeks (14 days.) All letters must contain no more than 350 words and include a full name (no abbreviation), daytime and evening phone numbers and physical address. (If no phone, then provide a mailing address or email address.) The Daily News-Miner reserves the right to edit or reject letters without consulting the writer.

Submit your news & photos

Let us know what you're seeing and hearing around the community.