Chancellor Caulfield's Optimistic Outlook
Chancellor Rick Caulfield expressed optimism amidst a challenging budget climate in a question and answer article featured in the Sunday Juneau Empire August 30, 2015. Neigbhors section editor and 2015 alumna Clara Miller wrote up the questions, conducted the interview and put together the article.
Here's an excerpt:
Where would you like to see UAS in the coming years?
“I’d like UAS increasingly to be the destination of choice for students both in Southeast and all over Alaska — a choice made because students know they’ll experience personalized service, small class sizes, talented faculty, and quality at an affordable price. Our best marketing for UAS is our graduates — 90 percent say they are satisfied or very satisfied with the quality of their education and the value they get for their tuition dollars. And Alaskan students can save from 30 to 50 percent on college expenses compared to what they’d pay as an out-of-state student in public universities Outside.
“We want to continue focusing on academic programs where we have a very good reputation — biology and marine biology, environmental sciences, teacher education, Alaska Native languages, online business and public administration degrees, rich liberal arts offerings and career education that meets the needs of Southeast Alaska employers. We have opportunities to emphasize interdisciplinary education — so that our students understand how Alaska fits in the global economy. We’ll continue to expand our online and blended classes; they make up almost half of what we offer now. And here in Juneau, we’ll continue to expand exciting campus life opportunities kick-started by our new freshman residence hall. You won’t find a more beautiful campus anywhere!
“It’s a challenge to do all this with state general fund support declining. We’ve already cut some programs and positions. But we’re working hard to recruit new students, including non-traditional students who are older and who never finished college. We’re also recruiting new students in the Pacific Northwest who have family ties to our state — encouraging them to come home and pay in-state tuition. And we’re partnering even more with businesses, tribes and community agencies to leverage our limited funds. I’m confident that by being nimble, focusing on our strengths and producing excellent graduates, UAS will thrive.”
The full article can be read online on the Juneau Empire website.