Academic Affairs and Research

The University of Alaska is committed to working closely with all federal and state agencies and private enterprise to further develop collaboration and new exposures for future growth in all areas of science and technology.

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research, Dr. Daniel M. White, directs a division of services including Academic Affairs and Research, Corporate Programs, Student Services, Health Programs, and Distance Education. The Vice President works with the UA campuses on academic and research initiatives and collaborations to promote research in Alaska.

News and Updates

University of Alaska Single vs Three Separate Accreditations Review Complete

The accreditation review commissioned by President Johnsen to explore the pros and cons of one versus three accreditations for the University of Alaska is now available. The report was conducted by Dr. Dana Thomas, a former university vice president of academic affairs and research and incoming interim UAF chancellor. Dr. Thomas’ assessment of the pros and cons of either choice will contribute to the information that President Johnsen provides to the Board of Regents as part of its deliberation as to whether to remain three separately accredited universities or move towards single accreditation. Click HERE to view the full report.

If you would like to provide feedback on the review, please fill out this anonymous input form or contact Vice President White at 907-450-8019, or

University of Alaska Single Accreditation Assessment Plan

Accreditation Review: In response to a wide variety of questions about what the University can and cannot do organizationally under our current institutional accreditation — in which each university campus is separately accredited — President Johnsen has commissioned a review of the accreditations by Dr. Dana Thomas, former University of Alaska Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research. Dr. Thomas is working closely with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities to complete the review by mid/late July. Click to review his assessment plan.

University of Alaska Single Accreditation Consideration Request

In response to interest from our Board of Regents and State Legislators and in consideration of Strategic Pathways, the University has formally requested consultation with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) regarding a single university accreditation model. The University has not taken the requisite steps to make such a change, but has initiated a dialogue on the matter. Click HERE to read the letter sent to NWCCU President Dr. Sandra E. Elman.

President Johnsen's Decisions Regarding Statewide Transformation Recommendations

President Johnsen is sharing his decisions regarding the Statewide Transformation Team and Working Group recommendations. Click HERE for a link to see his powerpoint.

Recommended Options for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center

University of Alaska (UA) President James Johnsen put a plan into action regarding possible future options for the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center (KSMSC) in November 2015. Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research Daniel M. White was tasked with chairing a task force to make recommendations to the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) and University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) Chancellors by March 1, 2016.

The task force made recommendations to the Chancellors on February 29, 2016. A link to the full recommendation is provided here: KSMSC Recommendations to Chancellors

Common Calendar for AY17 

Click HERE to view the common calendar for AY17, approved by the president and the chancellors.

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