UA Aims to Start New Program to Help Students Graduate on Time

The University of Alaska’s operating and capital budgets will be on the agenda on Wednesday for a UA Board of Regents meeting in Fairbanks.

A university press release says UA officials have proposed an operating budget of $924 million and will seek $368.2 million of that from the state. Federal dollars, contracts, tuition and earnings would pay for the rest.

$1.4 million in the operating budget would fund measures aimed at increasing the number of students who graduate on time. The line item includes money for stepped up academic advising.  UA spokeswoman Kate Ripley says the university takes some of the responsibility for the challenge students face.

The University has already launched an awareness campaign to get information out about what it takes to get through college on schedule. Ripley says the “Stay on TRACK” campaign pushes basic steps to graduate in four years.

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Dan Bross is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.