Letter to the editor

The real UA problem

To the editor: Lost in the debate over university funding is the cause of the problem: The governor’s budget cuts have put the institution in a desperate situation. The Board of Regents approved the consolidation plan as the best way to address the crisis. Therefore, it seems disingenuous to find fault with the president and the Board of Regents without letting this plan more fully unfold. They made the best choice they could given the cuts this year and in subsequent years.

We recognize that in hard times it is human nature to find fault with management and to turn on colleagues, but this is self-defeating. It takes attention away from the real problem, which is the draconian budget cuts imposed by the Dunleavy administration. These cuts are what is destroying the integrity of the university as we know it and as reflected in the diversity of programs, courses and campus locations.

I encourage members of the university community and the public at large to recognize the problem for what it is, to offer suggestions without votes of no confidence, and to pull together to see the university through this hard time.

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