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UAAcademia: From the Provost's Desk

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Success in Writing

UAA Provost Denise Runge

For my first post written for the new blog, I wanted to share some very exciting results from a pilot project that has been over two years in the making. Higher education professionals know that a single standardized test score is a flawed measure of student achievement and often disadvantages students from underserved groups. Yet when it comes to writing placement, most large universities rely heavily on a placement exam to determine a student’s first writing class. For many years, UAA did exactly that, relying mainly on Accuplacer for writing placement.

Credit-No Credit Deadlines for Fall Semester

Denise Runge

Welcome to our fall semester at UAA. For some of you, this will be your first university experience; for others, this might be your second or third term of College During COVID. Whether this is your first semester at UAA or you are a continuing student, please do not hesitate to reach out to your instructors, advisors, or peers. We all need to support each other, and College During COVID really is just a reminder of that. We are a community at UAA, and we are here to help and support you.

Staff Announcements

Denise Runge

I am pleased to announce that Shawnalee Whitney will be stepping into the role of associate vice provost, Wednesday, July 1. Whitney has served as director of UAA’s Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFE) since 2014. She has been recognized with the Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence (2014), a Legislative Citation for contributions to Alaska higher education (2017) and a certificate of recognition from the Diversity Action Council (2019). Throughout her tenure at UAA, she has focused on supporting faculty to become more effective and confident professionals in higher education.