UAS tries to draw students as programs fall to budget cuts

While programs and construction projects are dwindling due to budget cuts, the University of Alaska Southeast is looking at enrollment as a way to continue contributing to the Juneau economy in the long run.

The Juneau Empire reports that UAS Chancellor Rick Caulfield said at a Juneau Chamber of Commerce event Thursday that he is still optimistic despite a tight budget.

He says UAS is expanding its marine biology degree program to include fishery, which should add up to 20 students. Other draws to the university include its ongoing recruitment program that allows out-of-state students to pay in-state tuition if they have a family member who receives a Permanent Fund Dividend.

Despite growth, the school is cutting its masters of business administration, the pre-engineering and early childhood degree programs.