The Board of Regents approved a 924M operating budget last Wednesday.
The BOR does not anticipate any new construction, but will focus on maintaining and operating current buildings. Renovations to UAA sites are listed in the graphic below.
The BOR approved a request to ask the state for 4.1 percent more than expected.
The BOR also voted not to fund UA engineering buildings for the time being. Both engineering programs will see renovations in their current buildings, with initial construction anticipated for Fiscal Year 14.
Regent Kirk Wickersham initially proposed that the 231M project be moved to this fiscal year, but changed his position during an executive session.
“I reached my conclusion based on information we received in executive session, so I can’t discuss it,” Wickersham said via email.
Regent Kenneth Fisher seconded the move. Ultimately the regents said that focusing only on maintenance should be the priority for this year.
Fisher was the only dissenting vote of the ten-member board.
“I opposed the operating budget because I do not believe that the cost increases that we have seen in college tuition are sustainable. I urged cost containment for this institution; not increased tuition and fees which will be the result of the proposed budget,” Fisher said in an email.
The proposed budget now awaits Gov. Sean Parnell and Legislature approval.