UA Update: 13 majors are discontinued at UAA and the COVID-19 plan changes

In the past few weeks, a lot of information has been released about the University of Alaska budget and COVID-19. The UA Board of Regents made their final decision regarding program discontinuations, revisions and reductions. The board also approved the 2021 fiscal year budget and to review the option of merging the University of Alaska Southeast with the University of Alaska Fairbanks. In addition, UAA has moved into phase B of the operational plans and information about fall course offerings has been shared.

Graphic by Michaeline Collins.

UA Board of Regents June 4 and 5 meetings:

13 UAA major programs were approved by the board for discontinuation and two majors were selected for revision and reduction.

The programs approved for discontinuation include:

  • Undergraduate Certificate in Legal Nurse Consultant Paralegal
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Civic Engagement
  • Associate of Applied Science in Aviation Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Administration
  • Associate of Applied Science in Welding and Nondestructive Testing
  • Associate of Applied Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Operations
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Literary Arts
  • Master of Arts in English, Master of Education in Early Childhood Special Education
  • Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Sociology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Theatre at the University
  • Bachelor of Science in Environment and Society.

The programs approved for revision and reduction include:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Dual Languages Option (Secondary Language Selection in Chinese)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Communication.

“Of the $33 million in FY21 budget reductions, more than $4 million is in academics program reductions and $29 million is in administration and other areas,” according to the June 5 press release.

The June 5 press release estimated that around 700 students and 30 faculty members will be affected by the program eliminations. Each of these students will work with faculty and staff to create a personalized teach-out plan so they can complete their degree. For more information, affected students should contact their academic advisor. Advisors can be identified on the academic advising page on the UAA website.

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“If you are a student in one of these programs, your academic advisor continues to be your best resource for information about your options,” according to UA President Jim Johnsen’s June 5 email. “Our commitment remains to support all declared majors in these programs through degree completion options.”

The Board of Regents also voted to review the option of merging the University of Alaska Southeast and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. A conceptual plan to explore the idea further was set to be due by Oct. 15, according to the June 4 press release. The total budget for the 2021 fiscal year was decided to be $832.3 million. The board was scheduled to discuss options in the event that UA President Johnsen had accepted the University of Wisconsin presidency; however, he withdrew his name from consideration.

COVID-19 updates:

  • UAA is currently in phase B of the On-site Operations Plan. Phase B encourages the use of face coverings, limits interior space capacity to 25% and requires relevant state and federal safety regulations to be met.
  • Residence halls are extremely limited, most mass gatherings are prohibited and only classes that cannot be delivered remotely are allowed to be conducted in-person.

For more updates on UA COVID-19 information visit the UA website.