College of Education will be located at UAS after regent vote

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Update: The University of Alaska Board of Regents voted 11 to 0 to locate a consolidated College of Education at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau.

UA President Jim Johnsen said he introduced the amendment changing the consolidated campus from UAF to UAS after taking public input into consideration.

Now Johnsen will have to seek approval from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. He will also assemble a planning team for the transition.

Students will still be able to receive Education degrees at UAF, UAS and UAA.

Original Story: Following more Strategic Pathways decisions and discussions, the Board of Regents at the University of Alaska is preparing to make a big decision that will affect the future of the education of teachers across Alaska.

The Board of Regents will meet again Wednesday morning to discuss options for the university's system-wide College of Education, a department that is set to take hits following the Strategic Pathways review of the UA system as a whole.

While the talk will focus on administration within the College of Education, that will trickle down to other faculty and staff, as well as the students themselves.

Currently, three main teacher education programs operate out of all three of the major UA campuses, located in Juneau, Fairbanks and Anchorage.

Two of those three programs are set to see major cuts, with only one campus serving as the home operating base for the College of Education administration.

The decision will include the cut of multiple administrative positions, but students - at this point - will still be able to receive teaching degrees from all three UA campuses.

In September, the Board of Regents endorsed University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen's recommendation to consolidate the program. However, at a regular meeting in November, the group deferred formal action.

Johnsen himself said that he is recommending Fairbanks as the location in which the college should be centralized. His criteria, he said, included cost effectiveness, access, community impact, and sustainability, as well as a number of other widely-reported measures, including STEM students as a portion of the student body, Alaska Native student enrollment numbers, and externally-funded research.

Wednesday's meeting is considered a special meeting and is not part of the regular board schedule. The meeting is scheduled to go from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and will be live streamed here, at the University of Alaska website. The agenda for the meeting and all other committee and board meetings can be found here.