UA Regents approve common calendar for campuses

Posted: Sunday, April 6, 2014 12:00 am

UA Regents approve common calendar for campuses

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FAIRBANKS — The University of Alaska Board of Regents made several moves to align campuses in the state at its meeting this week in Kodiak, including a common academic calendar and general education requirements for math and English.

The soonest the common calendar could go into effect would be sometime in the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2015, according to a UA news release. The resolution requesting common general education requirements for math and English has a fall 2016 deadline.

The changes are designed to benefit students who take courses from more than one campus via online learning, student regent Courtney Enright stated in the release. She said she has taken classes from the Anchorage, Fairbanks and Southeast campuses but views them as one system of higher education.

The resolution charges faculty to develop and adopt the changes, including common course descriptions, numbers and titles, as well as common placement tools and scores. It also asks that the faculty propose an implementation plan for other areas of general education, also by fall 2016.

Regents approved other proposals during the two-day meeting, including a contract for members of the adjunct faculty union and a $4.4 million restoration project at the Akasofu building at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

The board also endorsed UA’s Shaping Alaska’s Future initiative, which contains a list of 23 effects, or outcomes, the university intends to achieve.

They’re aimed improving graduation rates, streamlining administrative processes and providing better service to students, among other things. The intent of the multi-year effort, which involves students, faculty, alumni, staff and the public, is to “create a culture of continuous improvement and innovation.” It’s been a priority for UA President Pat Gamble.

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