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Student Achievement and Attainment

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Here’s a quick snapshot of some achievements accomplished thus far

November 2014

  • An all-time high graduation rate of 32 percent across the UA System
  • Engineering degrees up 25 percent from FY10
  • Health degrees up 20 percent from FY10
  • Online academic offerings at the highest level ever – 129 programs
  • Degrees and certificates awarded in FY14 at an all-time high and a 30 percent increase since FY10
  • Degrees in areas deemed high-demand, such as engineering and health care, up 22 percent from FY10 to FY14

April 2014

Approx. 4,500 degrees, certificates and endorsements awarded in FY14, a sustained record high number of degrees over the last two years

  • Mandatory Student Advising in place, thanks to $1.84 million state investment FY13-FY15
  • More full-time students are taking heavier credit loads, leading to greater success. Fall 2010 to Fall 2013, 15 percent of full-time students took 15+ credits due to Stay on TRACK, mandatory advising, DegreeWorks, etc.
  • Board approved in April 2014, a request to the Faculty Alliance to develop common general education requirements for math and English by fall semester 2016, along with a plan for the other GERs in the future. This step will better serve students who take classes from more than one university or who transfer between universities. The Board also approved revisions for a common statewide academic calendar, including semester start/end dates and spring break periods. 

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.

Click here to read UA in Review-2014

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.

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