The budget cuts announced for the University of Alaska Fairbanks will impact the state’s rural campuses, including Bethel’s Kuskokwim Campus.
Mary Pete is Director of the Kuskokwim Campus. She says the college is aiming to trim 3 to 5 percent off their budget, or around $100,000 this year. She says they’ll start with travel:
“A cut to administrative travel of about 20 percent, staff vacancies will not be replaced as quickly. We’ve given up a recruiter position, and classes taught by adjuncts will need higher enrollments,” said Pete.
In addition, Pete says KUC is not applying for an adult basic education grant, which requires gap expenditure to meet grant objectives. She adds that officials are working on reducing campus energy costs through improvements to their heating and ventilation systems.
There was a 15.9 million dollar cut by to the University of Alaska system by the state legislature earlier this year. UAF’s portion of the reduction is 8 million dollars. In addition, there’s a projected increase of 4 to 6 million dollars in fixed costs.
The University released a list of reductions Tuesday to be implemented during the new fiscal year. Individual Campus administrators are responsible for figuring out what reductions to make at each school.
The Kuskokwim Campus is part of the College of Rural and Community Development, which is made up five rural campuses in Kotzebue, Nome, Dillingham, Bethel and the Interior Aleutians.