Productive Partnerships With Public Entities and Private Industries
We can't do it alone
UA's track record in educating and training baccalaureate-level graduates in high-demand areas such as education, nursing and engineering is a good one. But more opportunities in specific workforce niches must be explored. Associate degrees are often required because employers today want critical thinkers as well as technical experts who can manage their logistics and operate their technology.
To ensure UA graduates are preferred in the hiring process for Alaska jobs, UA must work closely with the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, local industry and local communities. They will help us identify how many, where and what those future jobs will look like, so UA can plan, design and resource the customized workforce education and training programs Alaska needs the most.
Issue and Effect Statements
The Issue statements below address compelling concerns raised by Alaskans through more than 80 listening sessions conducted by the University of Alaska. The Effect statements associated with each Issue statement express what UA intends to achieve as a high-performing education institution.
ISSUE A: Declining oil production suggests a significant degree of uncertainty in state funding for higher education for the next few years. At the same time, the state is facing additional needs for workforce education, employee training, community outreach and research. UA must work more pro-actively with its partners to identify the contributions that both UA and its partners must commit to meet those needs.
Effect: UA meets needs of the public sector and private industry for skilled employees and for research solutions via partnerships that are strategic, mutually beneficial and address the needs of the state.
ISSUE B: Partners have specific needs that may not be addressed through conventional approaches. For example, employers may need non-credit training, training at the work site or a few days of intensive training rather than semester-based courses.
Effect: UA is flexible, innovative and responsive in working with partners.
ISSUE C: Alaska Native corporations, tribal governments and other Alaska Native entities are a unique and powerful force in Alaska’s economy. They hire UA graduates and some provide considerable financial aid to students. However, meaningful partnerships between UA and these entities are few and limited.
Effect: UA is fully engaged with Alaska Native corporations, tribal governments, non-profit organizations and other private and public entities to meet the education and research needs of Alaska Native peoples, promote Alaska Native student success and support Alaska Native economic and cultural development.