- Associated Press - Thursday, October 27, 2016

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - University of Alaska officials are seeking permission from the NCAA to reduce the number of sports programs at two campuses while maintaining status as Division II institutions.

Officials have proposed cutting men’s and women’s skiing at both the University of Alaska Anchorage and University of Alaska Fairbanks. Officials also have proposed cutting men’s and women’s indoor track at the Anchorage campus.

Under the proposal, the number of sports at Anchorage and Fairbanks would fall below the required minimum of 10 for Division II status. University officials are seeking to stay below that threshold for five years.

This comes as the state struggles with a multibillion-dollar deficit that has forced cost-cutting.

University officials say they’ll have to re-evaluate their approach if the request is denied.

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