UA takes public comment on proposal to change mine training program

If you have thoughts about the future of mine training at the University of Alaska Southeast, the University of Alaska Board of Regents wants to hear from you.

From 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, the Board of Regents will take public testimony on topics that will come up during its November budget meeting. Among those topics is the future of University of Alaska’s mine training program.

The board is the university system’s governing body and must approve any changes suggested by the university president.

The university is restructuring its programs statewide under the Strategic Pathways program, which is designed to cut costs while affecting classes as little as possible.

The Board of Regents will consider options for the university’s Arts and Humanities programs and its Social and Natural Sciences curriculum as well as its mine training efforts.

There are four main options for the university’s mine training programs: consolidate them in Fairbanks, consolidate them in Juneau, end all mine training statewide, or “enhance the existing structure,” a phrase that has in the past been used as a euphemism for raising tuition but may mean other reforms.

Testimony will be taken by phone at 1-866-726-0757. Public testimony is limited to two minutes per person.


• Contact reporter James Brooks at james.k.brooks@juneauempire.com or call 523-2258.


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