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WCHA member Alaska-Anchorage to drop hockey, skiing

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska-Anchorage is dropping its men’s hockey, men’s and women’s skiing and women’s gymnastics programs because of significant reductions in state funding. The programs will shut down in the 2021-22 academic year.

The Seawolves play with the Northern Michigan University hockey team in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

Chancellor Cathy Sandeen said state funding for UAA has declined $34 million since 2014 as these moves will save $2.5 million a year.

The move is not entirely related to budget strain caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Last fall the Board of Regents voted to consolidate academic programs and services to meet budget reductions. University leaders and Gov. Dunleavy agreed on a $70 million reduction in state funds to the university system from 2020-22.

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