The College of Business and Public Policy is home to the Center for Economic Education and the Institute of Social and Economic Research. Each of the units adds significant value to the state and contributes meaningfully to Alaska's economic resilience.

Center for Economic Education
Institute of Social and Economic Research
Center for Alaska Education Policy Research


Center for Economic Education

The Center for Economic Education is jointly sponsored by the Alaska Council on Economic Education and UAA. The goal of the center is to promote and improve the teaching of economics in Alaska's schools. The center sponsors workshops and college credit courses for teachers throughout Alaska and provides educational materials and other assistance to teachers and school districts.

Visit the Center for Economic Education website.


Institute of Social and Economic Research

The Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) is a public policy and social science research institute, applying multidisciplinary skills to the analysis of social and economic change in Alaska and northern regions. Since 1961, the institute has investigated virtually every major public policy issue in Alaska, including the effects of natural resource development, the fiscal policies of state and local governments, the transportation and energy requirements of developing regions, and the effects of change on Alaska's Native people and on the quality of life in Alaska. Faculty from the college and other parts of the university take part in ISER research projects. ISER also forms research partnerships with other universities, Native organizations, school districts, and community groups. ISER faculty also teach, and ISER provides opportunities for student involvement through internships and research assistantships.

Visit the Institute of Social and Economic Research website.



Center for Alaska Education Policy Research (CAEPR)

CAEPR is a center within the Institute of Social and Economic Research that was created with seed funding from the University of Alaska Foundation.

CAEPR activities include:

  1. Working with an advisory board representing a broad range of stakeholders and policy makers to identify and address the most important educational policy issues facing Alaska.
  2. Conducting and disseminating research on key education policy issues. Much of this work will be in collaboration with researchers around the state, as well as from outside Alaska, including those at Education Northwest and the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado.
  3. Analyzing and summarizing education policy initiatives at the local, state and national level
  4. Building research capacity throughout Alaska through mini-grant funding, proposal development assistance and methodology consultations around education policy research.
  5. Doing "rapid response" research in response to time-sensitive requests from federal, state and local policymakers.
  6. Sponsoring undergraduate researchers to assist with research projects through the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship at UAA, as well as through the First Alaskans Institute summer internship program.

Visit the Center for Alaska Education Policy Research web page.