All eight candidates will meet with UAA students and staff and attend community forums next week.
The regents say they expect to announce the interim president on Tuesday after interviews in executive session — meetings closed to the public.
The nine programs recommended for deletion include the university’s bachelor’s degree in theater, master’s degree in anthropology and MFA in creative writing and literary arts.
The drop in enrollment follows tense budget battles and accreditation issues for the University of Alaska Anchorage, adding financial loss to a UA system that’s already cash-strapped and stressed.
The University of Alaska Board of Regents voted 8-3 to move towards consolidating the entire university system into a single accredited university.
The declaration comes as the university grapples with a roughly 40% funding cut from Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s line-item veto and legislators’ failed attempts to override the veto.
Under the recommendation, Anchorage students would have to take education courses with instructors from the Fairbanks or Southeast campuses, both of which have accredited education departments.
University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen says if Dunleavy’s budget proposal goes through, he’s confident that programs would have to be cut and campuses would need to shut down.
The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development announced Tuesday that it will recognize the UAA students who meet licensure requirements during the 2019 spring and summer semesters.
“You’re asking us to believe in you and what we’re doing in this program, and yet, it’s not there,” said Keith Boswell, one of the UAA education students at a recent meeting with university officials.