June 20, 2017 budget status update from Chancellor Case

by Michelle Saport  |   

Dear UAA Community,

Last Friday the Alaska Legislature ended its special session without passing an FY18 operating budget for the state. Governor Walker immediately called a second special session that began Friday afternoon. Though the fiscal year doesn't begin until July 1, without an approved budget, the university must create a contingency plan for the possibility of a budget impasse. Core to the university's constitutional mission is student instruction; the university will continue to offer classes regardless of FY18 budget status. Externally funded research will also continue.

The university is in uncharted territory, but we are planning for a variety of scenarios. If you haven't already done so, please read President Johnsen's recent messages on the budget (June 16 update / June 20 update). Because the situation is evolving, we will have a number of ways for you to stay informed:

  • UA Board of Regents, special meeting
  • UAA Town Hall meeting on the FY18 budget
  • The Capitol Report by UA's Miles Baker: alaska.edu/state/report
  • Gavel to Gavel on 360 North: 360north.org
  • I know that living with budget uncertainty is incredibly difficult. I encourage you to bring questions and concerns forward for discussion at Friday's Town Hall meeting (http://www.kaltura.com/tiny/1qt1g OR 866-832-7806; participant PIN 7839101). You may also email questions in advance to uaa_chancellor@alaska.edu.

    With gratitude for all you do,

    Tom Case Chancellor

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