- Associated Press - Friday, April 8, 2016

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The University of Alaska will lose hundreds of jobs under two budget scenarios presented by President Jim Johnson and the final number depends on whether the legislature adopts a Senate or House spending plan.

Under a Senate budget, the university faces a $52 million budget shortfall and a loss of 200 to 300 full-time employees, the Alaska Dispatch News (https://bit.ly/1Wi8HDr) reported.

Under a House proposal, the university would have to trim $77 million and the job loss would increase from 400 to 500, Johnson told the Board of Regents on Thursday.

Twenty-five to 34 full-time senior leadership jobs also would be cut.

“We’ve got to take a significant piece of our higher-level administration out,” Johnsen said.



In addition, budget proposals anticipated mid-year tuition increases of 10 percent or 15 percent on top of a 5 percent tuition increase approved by regents to kick in for the fall 2016 semester.

Regents face making adjustments to a 2016-17 operating budget approved in November. That $960 million proposal anticipated state support of nearly $378 million. The revised budget plans discussed Thursday expect a state contribution of either $300 million or $325 million.

Nearly 60 certificate and degree programs are on the cutting block. Another 24 programs will be considered for elimination.

Johnsen also is taking steps to restructure the university system, which include main hubs in Fairbanks, Anchorage, and Juneau and more than two dozen community campuses.

UA Fairbanks could see a cut from $26 million to $38 million. Chancellor Mike Powers said in April that a best-case scenario meant at least 300 people and positions would be affected.

UA Anchorage may have to cut $19 million to $28 million. A budget contingency plan Thursday included the elimination of 151 positions in the academic college and community campuses.

UA Southeast in Juneau could see a cut from $4 million to $6 million, according to Johnsen’s presentation. A contingency plan included the elimination of four full-time jobs in administrative services, two jobs in student services and nearly eight jobs across academic schools.

The worst-case budget scenario would eliminate some athletic programs at UAA and UAF and the “potential elimination of one or more campuses.”

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