Goals & Measures

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The future well-being of the state economy requires diversification, innovation and new industry. The University of Alaska system is uniquely suited to drive change in our economy and to educate graduates who will lead a new era of economic development. To meet the challenge of transforming Alaska’s economy we must increase the number of scientists, mathematicians, engineers, technicians and other innovators working in the state. We must also monetize our research through the attainment of invention disclosures, patents and discoveries that benefit Alaska’s economy. We must overcome historically low educational attainment rates, addressing disparities in rural education opportunities and shifting the culture of education in the state. The economy and workforce landscape of Alaska is changing rapidly and we must prepare for a new wave of employment opportunities that will require more than a high school diploma. According to national research, by 2025, 65 percent of jobs will require some form of post-secondary education. If K-12, vocational programs and UA education can prepare Alaskans for these jobs, Alaskans will fill them.

The university’s students are its most valuable constituency. Not only is it our responsibility to provide for student success, but we must encourage them to graduate in a timely manner. Degree attainment means inspiring more college-going, working to educate more skilled graduates, and providing degree programs that lead to future success. The educational success of students attending the University of Alaska is among its highest priorities.

Research contributes to every aspect of Alaskan life – it drives innovation and discovery, spurs outside investment, generates a significant percentage of UA’s annual revenue and is critical for future growth. UA leads the world in Arctic research, which provides the foundation of our international reputation. We are a leader in climate research, atmospheric and biological science, geophysics, cold climate engineering, and natural resource management. We advance basic and applied knowledge by engaging on complex social, scientific and economic issues; and, we work to solve real-world challenges that will benefit our people, communities, environment and economy. Alaska is a living laboratory of glaciers, permafrost, oceans, subarctic climate and ancient cultures. UA is uniquely situated to study these rapidly changing ecosystems and to help our people, environment and economy adapt. UA is part of a national network of public research universities that account for 66 percent of all university research and development expenditures and which conduct much of the nation’s core STEM research. 

As the University of Alaska examines how best to position itself to meet the future needs of Alaska and its students, steps have been taken to reduce administrative and operating costs to free up funds for investment in high priority programs and services. A series of initiatives administrative reviews at each university and the System Office have, and will continue to shape and restructure the university. The university continues to work to mitigate state funding decreases by increasing alternative revenue sources through enrollment growth strategies, philanthropic giving, land grant initiative and containing costs.

The University of Alaska System, guided by the Board of Regents, is committed to improving the participation and success of Alaska Natives through educational achievement statewide, and improving Alaska Native representation and success throughout the University of Alaska system.

We have an action plan for each university to address and overcome challenges and institute the changes we want to see to address the glaring equity gaps we see in the data on our native students, and increase the diversity of our entire system.  We will recruit and hire Indigenous faculty and staff to have a workforce that reflects our Alaska Native population which is about 20% in the state. The more integrated we are -- the more diversity that we have in all of our programs -- the stronger we become.

The outcomes will be visible and tangible changes to make all our students, faculty and staff feel welcomed and supported, and to foster an open, inclusive and vibrant educational experience across our university system.