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Changes for AA degree on the way

UAA’s Undergraduate Academic Board approved changes in the requirements for an associate of arts degree, according to a recent press release. New changes require students to complete courses from natural sciences, humanities, social sciences and math to fulfill the university’s general education requirements. The College of Arts and Sciences initiated the changes, which are now awaiting final approval by the Faculty Senate at the end of June.  If approved, the new associate of arts degree requirements will go into effect for the fall semester of 2005. 


Student Union open late for finals

The UAA Student Union began late hours April 18 so students have an area to study for finals. The Student Union will be open until 1 a.m. through Thursday, April 21. Extended hours will resume Sunday, April 24 through Thursday, April 28. Free snacks and coffee will be provided by Student Activities, USUAA, Kaladi Brothers and the Student Union Information Desk 10 p.m. to midnight.


UA prez proposes tuition changes

Expect to pay more for tuition next school year. Last September, the University of Alaska Board of Regents approved a 10 percent increase in tuition rates as of fall 2005. UA president Mark Hamilton is now officially proposing to raise tuition another 10 percent in fall 2006 and another 7 percent in fall 2007, according to a memo he sent regents and members of the Coalition of Student Leaders. Also, he is proposing to end the UA Senior Citizens’ Tuition Waiver program, which allowed people 60 years and older to take classes at any UA campus for free. The board of regents will vote on the proposed changes during its September meeting in Fairbanks.