Kodiak Daily Mirror - Fish Tech not on UAA chopping block
Fish Tech not on UAA chopping block
Apr 10, 2014 | 192 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Fears about the immediate future of the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, or Fish Tech, are without foundation, according to University of Alaska Board of Regents Kodiak chairwoman Pat Jacobson.

“It’s not an issue before the regents,” she said Wednesday. “It’s not on our agenda at all.”

The UA board met at Kodiak College April 3-4 with nine of 11 members attending in person. The regents meet about six times per year, with the April meeting rotating among the rural campuses.

Jacobson, herself a Kodiak resident, said some people may have been concerned by the news that Fish Tech was on a list of possible budget cuts for the University of Alaska Fairbanks, which oversees the program and facilities based on Near Island. But she dismissed the worry, noting that in tight budgetary times, “Everything goes on the list.”

The regents offered time for public testimony both days of their Kodiak meeting, and Jacobson said several people came to talk about the need for a full-time 4H program aide on the island.

“They had contacted me weeks ahead,” she said.

Jacobson said she expects good results from the Shaping Alaska’s Future program, which sought public input through about 80 listening sessions to identify the university system’s strengths and weaknesses.

“It’s been in the works for years,” Jacobson said. “It’s coming together nicely.”

Jacobson said the input will lead to movement toward goals such as helping students in bachelor’s degree programs graduate in four or five years like their counterparts in comparable schools Outside. She also expects it will get easier to transfer credits between the system’s three main divisions in Fairbanks, Anchorage and Juneau.

“I think there’s going to be dramatic improvement in that area alone,” she said.

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