Office of the Chancellor
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.
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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