University of Alaska

The University of Alaska Board of Regents opted to delay consideration of single accreditation and suspend an expedited academic program review during an emergency meeting Monday in Fairbanks.

The vote to delay consideration of single accreditation passed 9-2, and the vote to suspend the program review passed 9-1. The votes modify past decisions made by the board while facing a potential state funding crisis. According to a press release issued by the university’s office of public affairs Monday, the board now will not consider single accreditation until after UAF secures its institutional accreditation in 2021. The board also suspended the expedited review until members are able to meet with chancellors and the president regarding the future of the university system.

The board also addressed a letter written by Northwest Commission on College and Universities president Sonny Ramaswamy and senior vice president Mac Powell and issued to the university on Sept. 26.

“We sent the letter… to make sure that the board heard the concerns we are

hearing,” Ramaswamy said. “We want you to hold a mirror up, to see for

yourself what is going on.”

The letter to the university came after students, faculty and staff raised questions in a letter issued to the NWCCU and the Board of Regents. Throughout the process, students and staff and voiced their opinions regarding the decisions made and the timeline.

During the meeting Monday, the board indicated the regents are ready to review the process and policies, according to the release.

“I don’t see it as being reactionary,” said Regent Lisa Parker, “but as being responsive to the constituents we are supposed to serve.”

The board will meet in late October to review its reaction to NWCCU.

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