To the editor: I came for a summer job 53 years ago. Married and attended UA, receiving both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Arts in teaching. During all theses years I’ve been amazed at how carefully the university protects its administration and how little attention they pay to the students. My grandson is a senior electrical engineering major there now. A quick example is that UAF offers two required engineering courses every other fall. They are offered this fall, at exactly the same time. When asked how they expected students to take both of these courses, they had no answer.
It puzzles me that when asked to cut the university’s budget in 2016 and then in 2017 and now in 2019 they are always surprised that the state is short of money and that they are expected to do their part. Numerous papers have been written and given to them with suggestions on how they could improve their relationship with the students and cut costs, but the administrators and regents resist both.
If we want to keep our state solvent in the years to come, we must decrease our spending to below our income so we can save a little, too. As a nation of law, we should obey the law as currently written or rewrite it on the dividend.
We also need to address the problem of our K-12 performing so poorly both in graduates’ ability to attend a college without remedial help (even with very good high school grades) and the last place rating of our fourth grade readers. In spite of our extremely high levels of spending, we have very poor outcomes. Maybe more spent on the students and teaching and less administration would help here too.
Let’s get behind our governor and help him fix these problems, not kick them down the road again. The end of the road is near.