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UAA Eagle River campus lease won’t be renewed

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The University of Alaska Anchorage’s Chugiak-Eagle River campus is on the short list for closures as the university system as a whole faces a 17 percent cut to its overall budget.

UAA Chancellor Cathy Sandeen said in a notice today at the UAA website that the lease won’t be renewed for fall classes, although spring and summer classes will continue. In the fall, the university will turn to Anchorage School District facilities in Eagle River, she said.

“UAA is committed to maintaining a presence in Eagle River, however, we have decided not to renew the lease on the existing Chugiak-Eagle River Campus building. Spring and summer classes will continue as planned in the building, but beginning in fall 2019 UAA will offer classes in available Anchorage School District facilities in Eagle River.

“Understandably, you may be concerned about what the course offerings will be and where those classes will occur. We are working through the details of this change and will share updates with you as we have them.

“We appreciate your understanding and look forward to a smooth transition,” she wrote.

Last month, Sandeen gave a speech to the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce, in which she said the university would maintain its presence in the district, but she didn’t commit to the actual building.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Night school.

  • It’s a land grant school. They need to come online and sell some of that land, if they need money. 13 campus locations is too much. Or….they could cut the pay of some of those administrators.

  • Good. Now get rid of the rest of the satellite campuses all over the state. In this day and age of great distance education online, the UA system does not need to spend money on facilities in every small community. There was a study or review done a few years ago that I now cannot find but the cost of staffing and operating all the satellite campuses was close to 200 million per year. There’s the budget gap for UA! Add to that the Eagle River campus is less than 20 miles from UAA! Good grief!

  • Good start.

    Online learning is growing fast and there are many top schools in the space. We should consider an outsourcing RFP with those schools. Our folks are resistant to change and will sabotage attempts to improve results FOR STUDENTS and lower costs. We are one of maybe 2 states without a medical school and maybe the only state without a law school and it will never make sense from a cost-benefit perspective to build them now and it will probably never make sense for us to develop distance learning. We are likely best served to be a customer for the very best who have their stuff together.

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