CAS 2027 Strategic Plan

CAS Mission Statement

The College of Arts and Sciences is a welcoming and diverse academic community, providing a world-class, Alaska-rooted education that prepares students for the challenges of today and tomorrow through educational excellence, transformative research, creative expression, and community engagement.

CAS Five Aspirations

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Students First

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Embrace Our Differences

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Be the Public Square

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World Class Creativity

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Collaborative Community

  • Students First
    Enhance student experience through curricular and co-curricular opportunities
    • Curricular review and development to provide innovative and relevant courses and programs that are responsive to local, state, and global needs.
    • Provide meaningful co-curricular opportunities (community engagement, research, student abroad, assistantships, …).
    • Enhance support for students, including advising, tutoring and scholarships.  
    • Develop a robust work-based experience program (internships).
    • Increased and regular communication of opportunities to students.
    • Fundraise to provide additional support and resources to students for scholarships, assistantships, and other activities. 
  • Embrace Our Differences
    Learn from one another, champion diversity, and allow all people to be seen and heard
    • Intentionally hire faculty and staff that reflect the diversity of our student population.
    • Elevate place-based and Alaska native learning opportunities.
    • Develop curriculum and programs that celebrate diversity.
    • Promote faculty development that increases student inclusion in their learning.
    • Showcase relevant scholarship and staff contributions that advance diversity.
  • Be the Public Square
    Elevate community engagement on campus and beyond
    • Increase community presence through sponsored events such as the CAS Community Lecture, other public lectures, and Fine Arts events, as well as through an increased presence at local events.
    • Increase K-12 outreach through, for example, summer camp offerings, STEM Day, etc.
    • Fundraise to provide resources for special projects, workshops, and events for all CAS departments, like public lectures, workshop sessions, performances, or art exhibitions.
    • Increase communication with the community regarding CAS events and activities.
    • Strengthen ASD Partnerships including professional development and graduate training for ASD teachers, partnerships between faculty and ASD teachers, dual credit offerings, school events at the high schools and on campus.
  • World Class Creativity
    Demonstrate the global reach and local relevance of our education, research, and creative activity
    • Celebrate excellence in creative activities and research within CAS, recognizing its global and local impact.
    • Demonstrate the value of research and creative activity to our economy and quality of life in Alaska; new knowledge and scholarly works benefit the community and contribute to a highly skilled and capable workforce of UAA graduates.
    • Cultivate collaborative teaching, research, and creative activity among faculty.
    • Develop themed classes and/or pursue cluster hires around important, unifying issues of global and local significance.
    • Support and promote undergraduate and graduate student research through robust faculty mentorship and student support.
    • Provide cutting edge technology and equipment to support innovative, high impact practices both in education and in scholarly activity.
  • Collaborative Community
    Build a collaborative community for faculty and staff through increased recognition, support, and effectiveness
    • Recognize faculty and staff for their excellent work
    • Strengthen communication between faculty, staff and administration.
    • Support faculty and staff financially, institutionally, and through a collegial workplace environment.
    • Promote faculty and staff agency through professional development and institutional process review.
    • Advocate for and support needed university-wide improvements.