The University of Alaska’s Board of Regents has accepted its president’s recommendation to discontinue seven programs within the University of Alaska Anchorage's School of Education by September.

Monday’s 6-5 vote by regents follows Jim Johnsen’s recommendation last week to close the School of Education, which was later revised. The move followed the loss of national accreditation for the initial licensure programs in January.

A news release Monday evening stated education students will still be able to pursue their degrees in Anchorage, but will be transferred to accredited initial licensure teacher education programs at UA's Fairbanks and Southeast schools, through both in-person and online classes.

The April 1 recommendation was amended to exclude advanced teaching programs, which were originally suggested to end in 2020. UA spokesperson Roberta Graham said Tuesday that advanced programs were not affected by the accreditation loss and that regents will decide the future of those programs at a later date.

The board’s decision centered around the students and the faculty involved, and acting sooner provides more time and certainly for students to make future plans. The vote also provides the universities time to make the necessary moves with faculty changes, shifts and hires.

John Davies, the board's chair, called Monday a "very sad day."

The next UA Board of Regents special meeting is scheduled for May 9.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that the Board of Regents voted to close the UAA School of Education. Regents voted to discontinue the initial licensure programs in September 2019 and have not yet decided the future of advanced programs.

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