Fall 2013 Ad Hoc Accreditation Report and Site Visit on UAA's Degree-Granting Status

In 2012, the NWCCU approved a substantive change to include the joint Ph.D. degree in Clinical-Community Psychology (a joint program with the University of Alaska Fairbanks) in UAA's accreditation. The Commission took action on the university's candidacy in January 2014 based on an ad-hoc self-evaluation report and site visit conducted in Fall 2013. The accreditation evaluation focused on our status as a doctoral-granting institution. It included a review of institutional resources and systems to support doctoral education, and a review of the joint Ph.D. program in Clinical-Community Psychology as our first doctoral program.

This website provides information about the site visit and the timeline for the evaluation.

Evaluation Timeline

November 2011Submitted accreditation status change prospectus 
Spring 2012Received approval to award the Clinical-Community Psychology joint Ph.D. program, with action on candidacy status scheduled in January 2014 based on a report and site visit in Fall 2013. The Clinical-Community Psychology joint program was included in our accreditation at this time.
September 16, 2013 Ad Hoc Report on doctoral candidacy submitted to NWCCU and evaluators 
October 21, 2013Ad Hoc Site Visit to evaluate doctoral candidacy based on the Clinical-Community Psychology joint Ph.D. program: 2 peer evaluators
February 12, 2014 NWCCU grants accreditation at the doctoral level based on the Fall 2013 Ad Hoc Report and Site Visit

Supplemental Documents

The supplemental documents below include relevant strategic plan materials and the original substantive change request from 2011.
  • Academic Master Plan (Spring 2011-Fall 2015): This UA System plan includes approval for UAA to seek accreditation at the doctoral level, to seek authority to jointly award the joint Ph.D. program in Clinical-Community Psychology, and to proceed with the development of professional doctorates in education leadership and nursing. It also precludes duplication of doctoral programs within the system during the plan time frame.
  • UAA 2017 Strategic Plan (2007-2017): The plan priorities include continuing to design and implement new, mission-appropriate academic programs with special attention to advanced graduate study.
  • 2012 NWCCU Status Change Approval: The Commission's decision to grant candidacy at the doctoral level and include the joint Ph.D. program in Clinical-Community Psychology in UAA's accreditation status, based on the prospectus below.
  • 2011 Substantive Change Prospectus: The original prospectus requesting approval to award doctoral degrees. This report was updated for 2013, so the 2013 report has the most current information.

Approval to Offer Doctoral Degrees (2012 Announcement)

Dear UAA Community,

I would like to share some outstanding and transformative news. Last week, the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) – UAA’s accrediting body – informed us that it approved the expansion of UAA’s offerings to include doctoral degrees. As a result, at this year’s Commencement and Graduate Hooding ceremonies, UAA will, for the first time, jointly award, with UAF, Ph.D.s in Clinical-Community Psychology. Since 2006, UAA and UAF have jointly administered the Clinical-Community Psychology program, with UAF solely awarding the degree.

Now considered a doctoral granting institution, UAA will be able to better serve the community of Anchorage and the state of Alaska in the future. Though no additional doctoral programs are immediately being offered, UAA can now work with Statewide administration and the Board of Regents to further develop doctoral programs of greatest demand and need in Alaska. UAA’s new status will allow for the state’s population center to develop additional doctoral degrees in high-demand fields such as nursing and education, among others. The University of Alaska system now has two doctoral granting institutions, UAA and UAF.

This momentous step forward is the result of the hard work and collaboration of many people. The strong collaboration between UAA and UAF in the Joint Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology, led on this campus by Dr. Christiane Brems, was instrumental in achieving this goal. Please join me in thanking Dr. Brems and her colleagues, as well as the Academic Affairs team that worked with her to prepare the doctoral prospectus: Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Mike Driscoll, Assistant Vice Provost Megan Carlson, Interim Vice Provost Bart Quimby, Vice Provost Helena Wisniewski, Associate Dean David Yesner, and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies staff. We also recognize the contributions of the leadership team for the accreditation pilot, which prepared UAA to demonstrate the resources and quality necessary to offer doctoral programs: Professor Susan Kalina, Professor Bogdan Hoanca, retired Vice Provost Tom Miller, and Assistant Vice Provost Carlson.

Thank you to everyone for your tremendous work!

Best regards,

Tom Case, Chancellor

From an email to the UAA Community on May 3, 2012