Cross Campus Coordination

Exploratory Group Members


  • Steve Rollins, Dean, Library
  • Kathy Craft, Associate Dean, College of Health


  • John Petratis, Interim Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Lindsey Chadwell, Registrar, Student Affairs
  • Gary Turner, Director, Kenai Peninsula College
  • Khrys Duddleston, Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Kelly Thorngren, Budget Director, Administrative Services
  • Dave Webb, Marketing Director, University Advancement
  • Whitney Flores, First Year Advisor/Success Coach, Community & Technical College
  • Chris Triplett, Executive Assistant, University Advancement
  • August Axtell, Administrative Manager, Chugiak-Eagle River Campus
  • Scott Downing, Assistant Professor, English/Arts & Humanities/College of Arts & Sciences
  • Larry Foster, Professor, Mathematics/Math & Stats
  • Brittany Barve, President, Mat-Su College Student Body


About this Exploratory Group

The Exploratory Group on Cross Campus Collaboration is being asked to explore the larger issue of current cross-campus concerns, gathering more information before we decide to go forward with a task force.



UAA has five campuses, each of which has operated fairly autonomously. The Anchorage campus has grown significantly. The community campuses are vital cultural and community centers in their respective locations. All UAA campuses offer online classes with emerging competition among sites. Place bound students desire more degree options closer to where they live. The community campus financial model, in particular, is highly tuition-dependent. The entire institution is well aware of these, and no doubt other, issues. Organizational structures and practices of the past, may not serve the UAA organization going forward. Most importantly, some of our current cross-campus organizational structures and practices may not optimally serve our students.



The purpose of this group is to explore, outline, define, and document various aspects of our current cross-campus concerns—what is going well and what can be improved. Let’s “get everything out on the table” in writing so we can begin to solve issues that have been discussed for years. I also invite the group to “think big” about potential solutions. Operate like a think tank. The outcome of this group will help me develop a more focused task force with a specific charge, ultimately leading to specific recommendations. As with other groups, we will share your final report throughout the UAA community in the spirit of transparency and to obtain broad input.

This exploratory group’s main charge is to identify issues holding us back from being the most vibrant multi-campus institution we can be with a focus on providing a seamless, positive experience for our students first, closely followed by a great experience for our faculty, staff, and surrounding communities. Some general areas to explore might include:

  • Competition among campuses’ distance learning offerings
  • Dual mission of community campuses as education providers and vital community centers
  • Incentives and disincentives of current financial/business models
  • Providing more degree opportunities closer to where students live and work
  • Seamless transfer for students
  • Shared services
  • Others as identified by the group



This exploratory group will provide recommendations by April 30, 2019.
Spring 2019 - Group Paused