To the editor: As retired UAF administrators, we are appalled at Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s actions, which have pushed the University of Alaska into an extremely precarious situation. While a majority of legislators want to mitigate or reverse those actions, they have not managed to reach a compromise with the minority that would restore funding to adequate levels. It is simply irresponsible for our state’s leaders to disrupt higher education throughout the state because of a manufactured shortage of funds.
The future health of Alaska depends on a strong system of public higher education.
We call for rapid action to adopt the fiscal 2020 UA budget previously passed by the Legislature.