OUAA News & Announcements


New Human Services Minor Approved

UAA will begin offering a Human Services Minor in Spring 2015. The minor is designed to help students develop basic human helping and communication skills related to a broad range of employment opportunities. For more information about the minor, contact the Department of Human Services.


New Speech Language Pathology Minor Approved

UAA began offering a minor in Speech-Language Pathology this semester, Fall 2014. The program was developed in response to a significant need for speech-language pathologists in Alaska and student demand. The minor helps prepare students for graduate study in speech-language pathology. For more information about the program, visit the program's website

2014 UAA Academic Assessment Seminar

On September 12, 2014, the Office of Undergraduate Affairs, in partnership with the Academic Assessment Committee (AAC), and the General Education Requirement Assessment Task Force (GERA), hosted the second annual Academic Assessment Seminar at UAA. Keynote speaker and Senior Scholar at the Higher Learning Commission, Dr. Susan Hatfield, spoke about building a culture focused on student learning and achievement. As a follow up to the dynamic interactions of the more than eighty faculty and staff participants, Dr. Hatfield complimented UAA's efforts, stating that UAA is "so clearly, if not all the way there, well on the journey," to a culture of learning.

The morning session provided an opportunity for faculty and staff to discuss ways in which each individual program contributes to general education and how programs can contribute to an institutional-level assessment process.

In the afternoon, two UAA programs showcased lessons learned in evidenced-based program improvement, looking at the Master of Arts in Anthropology and the Bachelor of Business Administration Thanks to Dr. Paul White and Professor Kathleen Voge for their excellent presentations.

To listen to the keynote address and view presentations, visit the Academic Assessment Committee's website.



NWCCU Fall 2014 Mid-Cycle Review

UAA is scheduled for an accreditation evaluation in fall 2014. The evaluation will include a report focused on assessment of institutional, program, and student learning outcomes and a peer review site visit on October 29 & 30. UAA will be asked to provide a few excellent models of programs which have used assessment to inform improvements.

To find out more about accreditation at UAA, visit our Institutional Accreditation page.


New Alaska Native Business Management Minor Approved

UAA will begin offering a minor in Alaska Native Business Management (ANBM) in the spring 2015 semester. The minor will help prepare students for careers in Alaska Native organizations and businesses. It will focus on effective leadership and management of Alaska Native organizations.

To see all recently added programs, visit our Academic Program Development page.


New Alutiiq Language Occupational Endorsement Certificate Approved

UAA will begin offering an Alutiiq Language Occupational Endorsement Certificate (OEC) in the fall 2015 semester. This certificate will help prepare students for entry-level jobs that use the Alutiiq language. The program was created in response to demand for certified paraprofessionals with Alutiiq language proficiency.

To see all recently added programs, visit our Academic Program Development page.


Special Guest Speaker for 2nd Annual Academic Assessment Seminar Announced

We are delighted to announce Dr. Susan Hatfield, Senior Scholar at the Higher Learning Commission and Professor of Communication Studies at Winona State University, as the guest speaker for the 2nd Annual Academic Assessment Seminar on September 12, 2014. Dr. Hatfield has served as Winona State University's Assessment Coordinator for 14 years, has presented at numerous national and international conferences on assessment and student learning, and has worked with many two-year, four-year, and professional schools on developing assessment plans and interpreting assessment data. Read Dr. Hatfield's complete resume and bio here

Please join us at the Annual Academic Assessment Seminar on Friday, September 12, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in Library 307. 

To read more about assessment activities, visit our Academic Assessment page.


Kaytlyn Church Joins OUAA Team

Kaytlyn Church has joined the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs as an Administrative Assistant. Kaytlyn will support the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs and her office. Kaytlyn brings over 5 years of administrative assistant experience, including experience with the Anchorage School District. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History with a Minor in Political Science from UAA.