Karen Schmitt, Community & Technical College DeanDear Colleagues,

Welcome back! We have had a great summer in Anchorage, I hope everyone had a chance to get out and enjoy their favorite activities in the sunny, warm weather. This fall, the Community & Technical College is welcoming more than 100 newly-admitted majors to degree and certificate programs.

As we start the new academic year, I recommend reading the University of Alaska Graduate Survey 2012. The report surveys UA graduates from 2012 and contains some great information about student experience, goals, and post-graduation activities. Interesting findings for UA graduates last year:

  • Seventy-two percent of currently employed graduates reported using skills learned at UA at least weekly
  • Distance education students, a growing sector, were more likely to report satisfaction with career preparation at UA (eighty-two percent) than were non-distance students (sixty-nine percent).
  • Seven out of ten graduates who identified specific post-graduation career or workforce goals are currently working in their desired fields.
  • Seventy-three percent of graduates worked during their final year of school.

While the report does not break down the analysis below the level of University of Alaska Anchorage, University of Alaska Fairbanks, and University of Alaska Southeast, the trends in the responses can help us think about how to increase the value of a UA/UAA degree or certificate to a graduate entering the workforce. Other UA Graduate Survey reports are available for 2010 and 2009 on the UAA Student Affairs Assessment website.

I know it is early to think about graduates, but it is a good habit to “begin with the end in mind.” Thank you all for your dedication to our students and programs, it is going to be another great year for CTC!

Karen Schmitt, Ph.D.
Dean, Community & Technical College