After absorbing over $50 million dollars in budget cuts over the last two years, University President Jim Johnsen and the Board of Regents are in the process of consolidating the university’s administration through what they call the “Strategic Pathways” program. Johnsen addressed issues with the university faculty this morning at a meeting of the Senate Education Committee.
The UAS senate’s letter sits at the top of a growing pile of complaints against the university system’s cost-saving strategy. Faculty senates in Anchorage and Fairbanks announced they have no confidence in President Johnsen’s leadership.
The U.S. Senate today, Feb. 7, voted to confirm Betsy DeVos as education secretary. DeVos is the only one President Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees so far to face serious trouble on the Senate floor. Senators were evenly divided, 50-50, and Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaker in favor of confirmation.