A.3. What are the institution's characteristics?
The University of Alaska is a single, statewide postsecondary institution. The UA Statewide System offices are located in Fairbanks. University governance is vested in a Board of Regents appointed by the Governor of Alaska. The regents in turn appoint the President of the University. The University of Alaska is part of the State Constitution; therefore, all general fund support is appropriated annually through the legislative process.
The University of Alaska System includes three major administrative units (MAUs)—the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), and the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) in Juneau. While each MAU is accredited separately, they are all governed through the UA System and answer to the Board of Regents.
UAA is designated as a Carnegie I Master’s Degree College and University. It is a public, comprehensive, dynamic metropolitan and regional university, serving more than 20,000 students, whose main campus, known as the Goose Lake Campus, is located in Midtown and East Anchorage. UAA’s service area stretches from the Matanuska-Susitna Valley to the Aleutian Chain. It includes four community campuses that serve Southcentral Alaska: Matanuska-Susitna College, Kenai Peninsula College, Kodiak College, and Prince William Sound Community College.