Office of the Chancellor

Office of the Chancellor

Dr. Cathy Sandeen

Chancellor Cathy Sandeen

Dr. Cathy Sandeen is an educational leader who is committed to providing opportunity for more Alaskans to earn degrees and credentials through strategic innovation. She began serving as chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage in September 2018.

UAA’s core missions are excellence, student success and workforce development. With campuses in Anchorage, Homer, Kodiak, Palmer, Soldotna and Valdez, as well as Middle Colleges for high school students in Anchorage, Palmer and Eagle River, UAA is Alaska’s largest postsecondary institution.

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FY2020 Budget Information

Chancellor Sandeen responds to agreement between Governor, UA leadership (Aug. 14, 2019)

On Tuesday, Aug. 13, Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced that he and University of Alaska leaders have agreed to a $70 million cut spread over three years instead of a one-year, $135 million state funding cut for the UA system. In this video update, Chancellor Sandeen responds to the agreement.

Upcoming Events

Board of Regents Public Testimony

Monday, Sept. 9, 2019; 4–6 p.m.
To testify, please call: 1-866-726-0757
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Board of Regents Public Gathering
Sept. 12 - Anchorage - Time and location TBA

Board of Regents Meeting
Sept. 12–13, 2019 - Full Board Meeting - Anchorage
Agendas will be posted to:

Call for Action

Here are some things you can do. Continue to advocate for the university on your personal time by contacting your elected officials. You may also share written testimony with the Board of Regents. Please provide us with your reactions, thoughts and ideas about the budget by emailing


Visit the UAA Budget web page for additional updates.

 UAA 2020

Path for Student Success

UAA 2020 Major Student Success Initiatives

Dr. Claudia Lampman was named UAA’s first Interim Vice Provost for Student Success in November 2017. She has launched several major student success initiatives designed to meet our UAA 2020 goals to improve UAA’s retention and graduation rates.

UAA’s New First Year Advising Center is Open! In summer 2018, Valerie Robideaux, our new Director of First Year Student Advising and Success, assembled her team of First-Year Advisors. They are currently being trained in areas of student support, on-boarding, and advising. The First Year Advising office is located on the second floor of the Professional Studies Building (PSB). Stop by for a visit and check out the new First Year Advising webpage.

Academic Pathways Coming Soon. What else do first-time, first year college students need to be successful with navigating their college experience? They need a clear pathway to graduation, starting before their first day at UAA. Academic Pathways, also known as meta majors or career clusters, categorize individual majors into academic “umbrellas” that share a similar focus. This initiative will transform how we advise our first-year students. Check out the plan for implementation on the Student Success webpage.

Seawolf Tracks Puts UAA in Students’ Pockets. UAA is also embracing technology for student success. On August 1, 2018 students on UAA’s main Anchorage campus began downloading our new mobile app called Seawolf Tracks, designed for us by the Education Advisory Board as part of our membership in EAB’s Student Success Collaborative. This tool will help our students get organized, connected and on top of their to-do lists this semester. You can learn more here. Seawolf Tracks also includes new software that academic advisors across the Anchorage campus will start using this fall. Based on more than 10 years of historical UAA data, advisors will have a dashboard that quickly tells them if a student is on-track to graduate in their current major. The Seawolf Tracks tools are designed to work together to help students find their optimal major and stay on track towards their degrees and certificates.

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