Over the course of five years leading the campus, Rick Caulfield dealt with declining enrollment and repeated state budget cuts that left the entire university system struggling. His departure comes at a time when the campus is facing more uncertainty than ever.
A search committee made up of people from the university, UAS campuses and their surrounding communities will form to search for Caulfield’s replacement, who the university hopes will start next July.
The University of Alaska Board of Regents voted 8-3 to move towards consolidating the entire university system into a single accredited university.
The UAS chancellor says programs with larger enrollments are more likely to be retained. But he adds that some smaller programs, like Alaska Native languages, are critical to the mission of UAS.
Without an override of Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget vetoes, the UAS chancellor says the university will likely see significant layoffs of staff and faculty at the Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan campuses.
Enrollment is down across the University of Alaska system. But at the Southeast campus, enrollment is actually up for first-year students and students enrolled in career and technical programs.
The City and Borough of Juneau is looking to the community for help meeting the remainder of its $1 million commitment to the University of Alaska’s new education college.
UAS caters to nontraditional students who may be working, raising families or attending class online. At Sunday’s commencement, more than 400 received academic certificates or degrees.
The university has allowed the high school to use its automotive facility across Egan Drive for more than 30 years. Now, budget constraints mean the district can no longer afford rent.
By 2025, the University of Alaska says it wants nine out of 10 teachers hired in the state to be one of its graduates. The new dean will be based in Juneau.