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What is Shaping Alaska's Future?

The Shaping Alaska's Future initiative is UA's commitment to continuous improvement and innovation. The university is working to modernize, streamline and improve the university system by investing in areas of real need and eliminating barriers to student success. It is our map for negotiating the challenging terrain ahead, and it will guide decisions about people, programs and resources at UA for years to come.

The UA Board of Regents has officially adopted the Shaping Alaska’s Future initiative as board policy and a new booklet that lists the five Shaping themes, the 23 most challenging issues we face as a university system, and the 23 corresponding effects we intend to achieve. Each effect statement is, essentially, a goal we’ve collectively agreed we must attain.

Academic Affairs and Public Affairs have teamed up to revamp the Shaping Alaska's Future website. From here you can find a cool new video that helps set the stage for why the university is commited to Shaping Alaska's Future, including some of the challenges before us, such as low high-school graduation rates, low college-going rates and fairly low college completion rates compared to our peers.

How do we grow...

Student Achievement and Attainment

See how UA is growing Student Achievement and Attainment.

"Come Home to Alaska" Waives Nonresident Tuition Surcharge at UA. Click here to find out more!

How do we engage in...

Productive Partnerships with Alaska’s Schools

UA is leading this conversation with K12 educators and policy makers throughout the state.


How do we create...

Productive Partnerships with Public Entities and Private Industries

UA is Alaska's workforce development training ground. Public entities and private industries are critical to the kinds of training our students receive.

Two Maritime Industry Representatives Talk About The Importance Of A New Maritime Industry Plan For Alaska on "Talk of Alaska". Click hereto listen to the broadcast.

How do we innovate...

Research & Development and Scholarship to Enhance Alaska’s Communities and Economic Growth

UA is the nation's first responder for Arctic research. Find out what the University of Alaska's research scientists are doing to sustain Alaska's communities and grow our state's economy through innovation.

The University of Alaska's Arctic footprint continues to grow as the demand for more research continues. Click here and take a look at just how much work is being done in Alaska.


How can we demonstrate...

Accountability to the People of Alaska

See how UA is building on a commitment of accountability to the people of Alaska by creating conditions for continuous improvement.

UA Board of Regents Approves Shaping Alaska's Future Metric Framework.

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