UAF committee unveils budget suggestions

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 6:05am

FAIRBANKS (AP) — A University of Alaska Fairbanks committee says the campus could save money by shifting to more online programs and by slashing support for public broadcasting.

The suggestions were among possible budget cuts aimed at dealing with an expected budget gap of $12 million to $14 million next year.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ( reports a planning committee has been working since December to identify ways to save money. Suggestions range from minor administrative adjustments to sweeping changes.

The committee suggested extending winter breaks and other closures, which could save money on utilities and salaries.

It suggested voluntary 11-month employee contracts where appropriate and holding vacant employee positions open for 90 days.

Other suggestions include reducing administrative travel, reducing the number of senior-level administrators and eliminating duplicate or low-enrollment programs.