‘We were in a crisis’: UA Board of Regents to send response to accreditation agency’s concerns
The University of Alaska Board of Regents was given a deadline of Oct. 31 by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities President Sonny Ramaswamy to address concerns he and the accrediting agency have regarding the university system.
On Monday afternoon, the UA Board of Regents held a special meeting to address the concerns and review the response before voting to approve and send it.
"We've had a process going with the chancellors and the leadership of the board and the president to put that response together," BOR chair John Davies said.
Previously, the chancellors of the three universities provided their responses in separate letters. Those letters will be attached to the board’s response.
"We are not editing or changing their responses," Davies said. "The responses are as they’ve submitted."
The principles outlined in the board’s response are also addressed individually in each chancellor’s letter. Those principles bring more clarity to authority, roles and responsibility. The roles are listed on the second page of the regents’ letter.
The letter is set to be sent out on Thursday — the day of the deadline.
Regent Karen Perdue said she is ready to move forward.
“We were in a crisis,” Perdue said. “We’ve moved ourselves out of that crisis to some degree, we need to continue to do that.”
The next Board of Regents meeting is set for Nov. 7 and will be a day-long workshop. According to a Board of Regents press release, the goal is “to discuss and develop greater clarity on equitable administration of authority, roles and responsibilities between the system and its institutions.”
The workshop will include UA President Jim Johnsen, the three university chancellors as well as governance leaders.
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