Student Achievement and Attainment
Student Success--the heart of Shaping Alaska's Future
Enrollment has grown 4 percent over the last five years, despite a decline in high school-aged demographics. Today more than 33,000 full- and part-time students are enrolled in UA universities and community campuses. In 2012, UA launched its Stay on TRACK awareness campaign, designed to inform full-time students how to graduate in four years, thus reducing costs for themselves and providing the workforce Alaska employers need.
Staff and faculty play important roles in student success. Reducing institutional red-tape, improving the credit transfer process between UA universities and providing comprehensive advising are just a few of the new initiatives created from Shaping Alaska's Future.
Issue and Effect Statements
The Issue statements below address compelling concerns raised by Alaskans through more than 80 listening sessions. The Effect statements associated with each Issue statement express what UA intends to achieve as a high-performing education institution.
ISSUE A: Like other non-selective and open-admission institutions, UA’s graduation rates are lower than those of selective peer institutions. UA students on average take longer to complete degrees than students at peer institutions.
Effect: Full-time baccalaureate degree-seeking students graduate in four to five years at rates competitive with those at our established peer institutions. Full-time associate degree-seeking students graduate in two to three years at rates similar to those at peer institutions. Part-time students complete their degrees in proportionate time frames. The three universities will ensure that academic standards are rigorously maintained.
ISSUE B: Like those of many large and complex institutions, UA processes and procedures can be challenging for students to navigate.
Effect: Students experience UA as accessible, efficient and transparent in all areas.
ISSUE C: UA students must demonstrate skills and knowledge in their particular majors. In all aspects of their UA educational experience, students also must develop critical thinking skills, good judgment, high ethical standards and an understanding of diversity to be responsible citizens and leaders.
Effect: Students take responsibility for meeting their educational objectives, and both students and graduates demonstrate personal, community and civic responsibility, high ethical standards and respect for others.
ISSUE D: UA needs to increase national and international recognition of its quality education, programs of distinction and exceptional research in order to enhance recruitment of undergraduate and graduate students and faculty.
Effect: UA’s reputation for academic quality, programs of distinction and research makes it an attractive, highly competitive choice for undergraduate and graduate students and faculty.
ISSUE E: UA recruitment, retention and graduation rates are low, especially for disadvantaged and minority populations and for Alaska Natives.
Effect: UA graduates reflect the diversity of Alaska.
ISSUE F: Alaska has serious unmet needs for advanced degree graduates, and UA has opportunities to meet those needs both internally and through partnerships with other institutions.
Effect: Alaskans have more opportunities to earn advanced degrees and more advanced degrees are earned at UA, especially those that fulfill Alaska’s specific needs.