UAA 2020

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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. 

UAA 2020 Values

In order to fulfill our mission to students and the state of Alaska, we affirm the following values as central to UAA’s role in the state:

  • Student Success

  • Excellence

  • Access

  • Affordability 

UAA 2020 Goals

  • Advance a culture of institutional excellence that inspires and enables student, faculty and staff success
    Identify and remove significant barriers to student, faculty and staff success; improve access to and satisfaction with academic advising; employ process efficiencies (improvements) that lower the cost per award.

  • More students persist and complete their educational goals
    Increase the ratio of credits students earn to credits attempted (a component of Satisfactory Academic Progress) by 5 percentage points by 2020; increase new entering student retention from their first fall to the subsequent fall to 55 percent in the third goal year; increase the rate at which students persist from their second to third year to 45 percent in the third goal year.

  • Graduate more students to fill Alaska's needs
    Increase the number of graduates in high-demand job areas by 2 percent per year; improve traditional graduation rates to 35 percent by AY25.

How will all these concurrent processes work together?

Fulfillment, Performance, Focusing circles

Mission Fulfillment

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.

Mission Planning

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.

Mission Focusing

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