Good news, Seawolves! The Administration/Humanities Building is officially open for normal business and classes as of Monday, Oct. 14. Thanks to faculty and staff for their flexibility working from temporary locations and students for their flexibility attending courses in alternate classrooms.
Special thanks to our amazing Facilities and Campus Services team and partners AMC Engineers, Vannoy Electric, North Form and Lake View for their work to get the building back up and running so quickly.
Dr. Claudia Lampman has been named as interim Vice Provost for Student Success. She has launched several initiatives to increase UAA’s retention and graduation rates.
Valerie Robideaux has been named Director of First Year Student Advising and Success. She is in charge of creating a cohort of student advisers and coaches, and implementing the Education Advisory Board (EAB) Student Success Collaborative (SSC) software to more fully engage students and advisers.
Dr. Luann Piccard, Chair of Engineering, Science and Project Management, is overseeing LEAN Sigma Six project initiatives to streamline UAA’s processes and remove barriers to success.
All of the Tier 1 General Education Requirement (GER) courses will be offered by the Community and Technical College starting in Fall 2018. This will provide new students a single point of contact, and allow for increased cross-scheduling and synergies between GER courses.
How will all these concurrent processes work together?
The self-study process leading to UAA’s reaffirmation of accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) launched in the fall of 2016. This open and inclusive process will critically reflect on how UAA fulfills its mission, ensures quality and achieves its goals. Open forums are discussing performance related to each of UAA’s five core themes and their objectives. In addition, faculty and staff are responding to the standards and the eligibility requirements, another part of the process. The site visit by NWCCU will be in fall 2018.
UAA 2020 is a strategic planning process, informed by the findings of the accreditation self-study, which will replace the ‘UAA 2017 Strategic Plan’ and set short-term, appropriately ambitious and achievable goals for UAA. Informed by critical reflections on UAA’s planning processes from the accreditation self-study, UAA 2020 will re-conceptualize the process of planning at UAA, facilitating an integration of the many distributed plans that units have developed and are implementing. This planning will also provide focus and preparation for fiscal and structural changes that may occur as a result of processes that are underway within Alaska.
UA Strategic Pathways is being implemented to address the many challenges facing our University System. Fiscally-driven, Strategic Pathways will structure each of the system’s universities, UAA, UAF and UAS, to focus on their unique set of strengths, capabilities, advantages and opportunities.
For more information or feedback about UAA 2020 please contact John Dede at firstname.lastname@example.org.