News brief: University of Alaska planning multiple cuts, tuition increase in recent budget drafts

After two budget drafts released Thursday, President Jim Johnsen proposed ways of saving money for University of Alaska’s next fiscal year, starting July 1. This draft included hundreds of staff cuts across all campuses and a tuition increase between 10 to 15 percent, on top of the already approved five percent tuition increase scheduled for this coming fall semester. Multiple budget scenarios are being considered to be introduced to the legislature. Other cuts that are up for consideration include cuts to some athletic programs at UAA and UAF. The board of regents anticipates a complete and revised budget by early June.