Performance Details

University of Alaska - University of Alaska Southeast

Mission

The mission of the University of Alaska Southeast is student learning enhanced by faculty scholarship, undergraduate research and creative activities, community engagement, and the cultures and environment of Southeast Alaska.

Core Services

  • STUDENT SUCCESS. Students are provided ready access to educational opportunities.
  • -- Students are prepared for continued success at university study.
  • -- Students successfully complete educational goals.
  • TEACHING AND LEARNING.
    -- Students are provided a broad range of programs and services, ranging from community college-level to graduate level.
  • -- Students demonstrate academic excellence in learning.
  • COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.
    -- Promote a better understanding of local, state, national, and international community needs and provide solutions with a special emphasis on Southeast Alaska.
  • RESEARCH AND CREATIVE EXPRESSION. Faculty and students are engaged in research, scholarship, and creative expression.

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Core Services
A: STUDENT SUCCESS. Provide the academic support and student services that facilitate student access and completion of educational goals.  Details >
  • TARGET #1: Degrees awarded: the UAS target for FY19 is 578 endorsement, certificate, and degree awards
A1: STUDENT SUCCESS. Students are provided ready access to educational opportunities.  Details >
  • TARGET #1: High demand job area graduates: the UAS target for FY19 is for 462 endorsement, certificate, and degree awards to be in high-demand job area programs, representing 80% of all degrees awarded at UAS
A2: -- Students are prepared for continued success at university study.  Details >
  • TARGET #1: Success in entry-level college courses: the UAS target for FY19 is for 43% of all degree-seeking sophomores to successfully complete entry-level college math and English courses.
  • TARGET #2: Full enrollment: the UAS target for FY19 is for 12% of all degree-seeking undergraduates to take 30 credits for the year
  • TARGET #3: Undergraduate retention and persistence: the UAS target for FY19 is a year-to-year retention and persistence rate of 73% for undergraduate degree-seeking students
A3: -- Students successfully complete educational goals.  Details >
  • TARGET #1: Undergraduate degree attainment: the UAS target for FY19 is for 19 undergraduate degree awards per 100 degree-seeking undergraduates
  • TARGET #2: Graduation efficiency: the UAS target for FY19 is 1.34 in the ratio of credits taken to credits required for degree completion

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Core Services
B: TEACHING AND LEARNING. Provide a broad range of programs and services resulting in student engagement and empowerment for academic excellence.  Details >
  • TARGET #1: Student credit hours: the UAS target for FY19 is 49.3 student credit hours
B1: TEACHING AND LEARNING. -- Students are provided a broad range of programs and services, ranging from community college-level to graduate level.  Details >
  • TARGET #1: Direct Instructional expenditures per student credit hour (including audits): the UAS target for FY19 is $369 per credit.
  • TARGET #2: Faculty to completers: the UAS target in FY19 is stability in the ratio of regular instructional faculty to the number of endorsement, certificate, and degree completers at 0.19
B2: -- Students demonstrate academic excellence in learning.  Details >
  • TARGET #1: Structured experiential learning: the UAS target for FY19 is 0.28 in the ratio of students participating in structured experiential learning to the full-time equivalent of endorsement-, certificate-, and degree-seeking students.
  • TARGET #2: Honors Program: the UAS target for FY19 is for 18% of eligible students participating in the Honors Program.

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Core Services
C: COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT. Provide programs and services that respond to the economic, environmental, social, and cultural needs and resources of Southeast Alaska.  Details >
  • TARGET #1: Non-credit instructional activity: the UAS target for FY19 is 1,429 non-credit instructional units.
C1: COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT. -- Promote a better understanding of local, state, national, and international community needs and provide solutions with a special emphasis on Southeast Alaska.  Details >
  • TARGET #1: Workforce credentials: the UAS target for FY19 is for 2.5% of all non-credit instructional activity in units leading to workforce credentials.

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Core Services
D: RESEARCH AND CREATIVE EXPRESSION. Provide programs and services that support research, scholarship, and creative expression by faculty and students.  Details >
  • TARGET #1: Grant-funded research expenditures: the UAS target for FY19 is $1.7 million.
D1: RESEARCH AND CREATIVE EXPRESSION. Faculty and students are engaged in research, scholarship, and creative expression.  Details >
  • TARGET #1: Research proposals: the UAS target is 0.35 for the ratio of research proposals funded in FY19 to all proposals submitted.
  • TARGET #2: Headcount of Undergraduate and Graduate Degree Seeking Research Assistants: the UAS target for FY19 is 15 students.

Performance Detail


A: Result - STUDENT SUCCESS. Provide the academic support and student services that facilitate student access and completion of educational goals.
    
Target #1: Degrees awarded: the UAS target for FY19 is 578 endorsement, certificate, and degree awards

Methodology: Degrees Awarded, iData term #14888

Analysis of results and challenges: The number of awards earned at UAS in FY17 (591) is near the record of 717 in FY14. As a comparison, the most awards earned at UAS prior to FY10 was 354. This increase in awards earned supports a variety of Alaska and UA goals including those related to the UA "65 by 2025" initiative to increase the percentage of working-age Alaskans who hold postsecondary credentials--from apprenticeship or certificate completion to advanced degrees--to 65% by the year 2025.

The significant increase in awards earned at UAS is due to a variety of efforts, including:

• Stay on Track initiative that incentives students to attend full-time
• Finish College Alaska initiative for Alaskans with some college and no degree to return to school
• mandatory advising and orientation
• adoption of DegreeWorks in generating degree completion plans
• improved course scheduling
• increased availability of eLearning courses
• increased availability of certificate and occupational endorsement programs

The budget reductions in FY15, FY16, FY17, and FY18 are the most significant that UAS has experienced in decades. In response, UAS has sought to preserve the quality of academic programs by focusing on reducing administrative costs, debt services, and energy consumption while also consolidating space and implementing other efficiency measures. Even with these measures, UAS has had to make difficult choices, including the elimination of multiple degree programs through the program review process and increases to tuition. The UA Strategic Pathways initiative has led to the consolidation of the UAS School of Management under the UAS School of Arts & Sciences.

Due to the reductions in programs and course offerings--as well as demographic shifts in Alaska's population--UAS expects a slight decline in the number of awards in FY18 and FY19.

A1: Core Service - STUDENT SUCCESS. Students are provided ready access to educational opportunities.
    
Target #1: High demand job area graduates: the UAS target for FY19 is for 462 endorsement, certificate, and degree awards to be in high-demand job area programs, representing 80% of all degrees awarded at UAS

Methodology: High Demand Job Area (HDJA) Degrees, Certificates, and Occupational Endorsements Awarded, iData term #14836

Analysis of results and challenges: UAS conferred 377 awards in FY17 YTD in high demand job areas--representing 64% of the 593 total awards earned at UAS. In comparison, 65% of the total awards earned in the UA System were from high demand job areas. UAS anticipates maintaining this high proportion of high demand job graduates in the future.

The number of awards in high demand job areas have nearly doubled since FY09. UA Strategic Pathways is anticipated to increase UAS's focus on programs categorized as high demand job areas. The continued investment of TVEP funding from the State of Alaska has helped UAS maintain the infrastructure for many high demand job training programs.

Related links:
   • University of Alaska Southeast Strategic and Assessment Plan, 2010 – 2017



A2: Core Service - -- Students are prepared for continued success at university study.
    
Target #1: Success in entry-level college courses: the UAS target for FY19 is for 43% of all degree-seeking sophomores to successfully complete entry-level college math and English courses.

Methodology: Percentage of degree-seeking sophomores completing entry level college math and English courses. Success in Entry Level College Courses, iData term #33715.

Analysis of results and challenges: Most UAS students are in need of at least one pre-college course in mathematics or English, not unlike other U.S. higher education institutions. Improving student success in entry-level courses increases enrollment, progression, retention, and student success.

• UAS continues collaboration with the Juneau School District under a new MOA focusing on enhancing student success in mathematics and English courses, and improved course placement.

• Early Alert assessment results indicate an improvement in academic standing of students referred for advising. UAS will use these promising results from the pilot program to encourage more faculty to use this system.

• An Academic Recovery Plan for students on probation was implemented Fall 2013, an innovative English faculty member compressed ENGL 092/110 courses as the first in a three-semester pilot, and math and English summer refresher courses continue to be offered at UAS.

• A recent relocation and expansion of The Learning Center’s writing services is designed to improve successful completion of entry-level English courses.

Early indications for the freshmen class of FY17 at UAS suggest an increasing number of sophomores will successfully complete entry-level college courses in FY18. According to the 2017 UAS Student Satisfaction Survey, 85% of the respondents felt academically prepared or very prepared when they started UAS, up from 80% in a similar 2009 study and down from 88% from a similar 2012 study.

Related links:
   • UAS Academic Recovery Plan
   • UAS Student Retention Study
   • UAS Learning Center
   • University of Alaska Southeast Strategic and Assessment Plan, 2010 – 2017


    
Target #2: Full enrollment: the UAS target for FY19 is for 12% of all degree-seeking undergraduates to take 30 credits for the year

Methodology: Percentage of undergraduates taking 30 credits per year. Full Enrollment, iData term #33716.

Analysis of results and challenges: • Full-time undergraduates (those with sophomore, junior, or senior class standing, who were taking fewer than 15 credits, in good standing, and who submitted a FAFSA to take advantage of available federal funding) were offered $500 in tuition waivers (the cost of a lower division three-credit class) if they enrolled in a total of 15 credits per semester.

• The UAS Stay on Track advertising campaign informs students of the financial advantages to enrolling in 15 credits per semester, compared to the full-time minimum of 12. UAS's goal for the Stay on Track initiative in fall 2017 is to award 125 students with this $500 tuition waiver. This initiative can help, in part, offset the recent tuition rate increases.

• According to a UAS retention study, 23% of respondents said financial reasons prohibited them from taking a full 15 credits (McDowell Group, 2012, University of Alaska Southeast Student Retention Study, p. 5 http://www.uas.alaska.edu/student_services/docs/ uas_mcdowell_retention_study2012.pdf). UAS responded not only to the long-term cost advantage of taking more credits but also to student concerns about the immediate cost of taking additional credits. This initiative also helps to support student progression and retention in their degree programs.

• The Alaska Performance Scholarship, which requires that recipients enroll in 30 credits per year beginning with their second year, was first implemented for the high school class of 2011. The Stay on Track initiative at UAS is aligned with the Alaska Performance Scholarship.

Related links:
   • Alaska Performance Scholarship
   • UA Stay on Track
   • UAS Student Retention Study
   • UAS Strategic and Assessment Plan, 2010 – 2017
   • UAS Strategic Priorities 2016-2017


    
Target #3: Undergraduate retention and persistence: the UAS target for FY19 is a year-to-year retention and persistence rate of 73% for undergraduate degree-seeking students

Methodology: Percentage of degree-seeking undergraduates returning the next year. Undergraduate Retention and Persistence, iData term #18920.

Analysis of results and challenges: A critical challenge for UAS is to improve student retention from one year to the next. The percentage of degree-seeking undergraduates at UAS returning the following year has remained mostly flat over the past five years. According to the University of Alaska Southeast 2017 student retention and satisfaction survey, the most common reasons for withdrawing from UAS were financial reasons (53% of respondents), class schedules that do not fit the student's schedules (38% of respondents), and moving out of the Southeast Alaska region (30% of respondents).

• A significant general fund increment in FY13 from the Alaska State Legislature for strengthening advising functions allowed UAS to hire an advising position and to procure the EMAS RetentionPro system to help target students at risk, to promote campus-wide intervention strategies, and to monitor retention.

• The Academic Recovery Plan is a new program designed for students placed on probation at UAS to assist them in returning to and maintaining good academic standing.

• UAS sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are eligible for financial aid may apply for a Stay on Track award each semester in which they enroll in 15 or more credits.

• New financial aid and advising policies are aligned to promote academic success, retention, and ultimately, degree completion.

• Admission requirements are aligned with the Alaska Performance Scholarship program, and a revised student fee structure and the recent construction of a freshman dorm at the Juneau campus has also supported retention.

The extensive efforts implemented in recent years are expected to help UAS meet its goal of a 73% retention rate by FY19.

Related links:
   • UAS Student Retention Study
   • Academic Recovery Plan
   • UAS Stay on Track Award
   • Alaska Performance Scholarship
   • UAS Honors Program
   • University of Alaska Southeast Strategic and Assessment Plan, 2010 – 2017



A3: Core Service - -- Students successfully complete educational goals.
    
Target #1: Undergraduate degree attainment: the UAS target for FY19 is for 19 undergraduate degree awards per 100 degree-seeking undergraduates

Methodology: Ratio of the number of graduates to 100 undergraduates. Degree Attainment, iData term #19194.

Analysis of results and challenges: UAS adopted the degree attainment ratio to measure the efficiency rate for students successfully completing their educational goals. The measure is defined as the ratio of the number of undergraduate degree completers per 100 degree-seeking undergraduates.

• There were 17.2 undergraduate degree awards per 100 degree-seeking undergraduates in FY17, up from 16.6 in FY15 and 14.7 in FY13.

• UAS is developing a market plan to ensure the best possible match between students’ interests and talents with program offerings at UAS, and is expanding recruitment efforts for transfer students and students from the Lower 48.

Related links:
   • UAS Geography
   • University of Alaska Southeast Strategic and Assessment Plan, 2010 – 2017


    
Target #2: Graduation efficiency: the UAS target for FY19 is 1.34 in the ratio of credits taken to credits required for degree completion

Methodology: Ratio of credits taken to credits required for degree completion. Graduation Efficiency, iData term #19193.

Analysis of results and challenges: The ratio of credits taken to credits required for degree programs (graduation efficiency) at UAS was 1.34 in FY17, comparable to FY13 (1.29), and has improved since FY15 (1.40). UAS adopted this metric to help gauge the effectiveness of mandatory advising, to determine how well students are using degree completion plans, and to assess academic program quality. It is defined as the ratio of the number of credits completed to the number required for an undergraduate degree program, and now includes transfer as well as institutional credits.

• Continuing efforts to bring the index down include advising strategies (such as required advising, Early Alert, and the Academic Recovery Program), using DegreeWorks to focus degree-completion plans, and improving access to program courses.

• According to the 2012 UA Graduate Survey, a large proportion of UAS graduates (60%) indicated that the ability to take some or all classes online was a very important factor in helping them attain their degree. UAS responded to these findings by offering a broader selection of courses and programs delivered with eLearning.

• Similarly, 72% of students stated that the availability of online courses was very important to their experience at UAS, according to the 2017 UAS Retention Survey.

Related links:
   • UA Graduate Survey
   • University of Alaska Southeast Strategic and Assessment Plan, 2010 – 2017



B: Result - TEACHING AND LEARNING. Provide a broad range of programs and services resulting in student engagement and empowerment for academic excellence.
    
Target #1: Student credit hours: the UAS target for FY19 is 49.3 student credit hours

Methodology: Student Credit Hours (thousands), iData term #19672.

Analysis of results and challenges: The number of degrees awarded at UAS remains year the all-time high as students from the peak enrollment year (FY11) continue to graduate. However, enrollment and credit hours earned have declined in recent years, due in part to demographic shifts in Alaska and reduced program offerings as budgets have been cut and the UA System has streamlined program offerings. Overall, student credits hours declined from 48,800 credits in FY16 to 45,900 credits in FY17--in part, due to the strategic closure of the UAS Professional Education Center, with those services now offered through UAA.

• The UA Strategic Pathways initiative is the bridge that UA is implementing to ensure UA remains relevant, productive and efficient, State of Alaska’s financial situation notwithstanding.

• UAS continues to work towards supporting the UA System's “Alaska 65 by 2025” initiative--to “increase the percentage of working-age Alaskans who hold postsecondary credentials –  from apprenticeship or certificate completion to advanced degrees – to 65% by the year 2025.” See http://65by2025.org/about/behind-the-campaign.

• As part of the 65 by 2025 initiative, UAS is working to (1) improve the success of developmental students; (2) reduce “stop-outs” or students who leave UA without credentials; and (3) increase the percentage of students attending full-time. Combined, these efforts should result in movement towards the 65 by 2025 goal of a significantly more skilled Alaskan workforce as well as an increase in students' credit hours in the future.

• By course level, student credit hours increased by 4% for graduate courses but decreased by 18% for developmental courses, 3% for lower division courses, and 8% for upper division courses from FY16 to FY17.

• By campus, student credit hours increased by 3% for the Sitka Campus but decreased by 2% at the Ketchikan Campus and 10% for the Juneau Campus from FY16 to FY17.

• By delivery method, student credit hours earned in blended or distance courses remained unchanged and traditional ‘face-to-face’ courses decreased by 12%. FY16 was the first year where a majority of the credits earned at UAS were obtained in blended and distance courses.

Related links:
   • UAS and Juneau School District MOA
   • UAS Faculty and JSD teachers met October, 2012



B1: Core Service - TEACHING AND LEARNING. -- Students are provided a broad range of programs and services, ranging from community college-level to graduate level.
    
Target #1: Direct Instructional expenditures per student credit hour (including audits): the UAS target for FY19 is $369 per credit.

Methodology: Direct Instructional Expenditures per SCH including audits, iData term #19372. Note: This does not include academic support, intercollegiate athletics, library services, scholarships, and student services.

Analysis of results and challenges: Direct instructional expenditures per student credit hour (including audits) increased by 4% from FY16 to FY17. The budget reductions in FY15, FY16, FY17, and FY18 are the most significant that UAS has experienced in decades. In response, UAS has sought to preserve the quality of academic programs by focusing on reducing administrative costs, debt services, and energy consumption while also consolidating space and implementing other efficiency measures. Even with these measures, UAS has had to make difficult choices, including the elimination of multiple degree programs through the program review process.

Related links:
   • UAS Strategic Priorities 2016-2017


    
Target #2: Faculty to completers: the UAS target in FY19 is stability in the ratio of regular instructional faculty to the number of endorsement, certificate, and degree completers at 0.19

Methodology: Ratio of regular instructional faculty to awards. Faculty to Completers Ratio, iData term #33714.

Analysis of results and challenges: The ratio of regular instructional faculty at UAS to the number of endorsement, certificate, and degree awards was 0.18 in FY17. Across the UA system, the faculty to completers ratio was 0.25 in FY17, and averaged 0.26 over the last five years.

The 2017 Student Retention Survey found that 96% of UAS students were satisfied with the quality of their UAS instructors/professors.

According to the UA Grad Survey, UAS graduates (61%) were more likely than other UA graduates to cite support from faculty as very important in degree attainment.

Because faculty members are crucial for student completion, UAS strives to maintain stability in this ratio.

Related links:
   • UA Graduate Survey
   • University of Alaska Southeast Strategic and Assessment Plan, 2010 – 2017



B2: Core Service - -- Students demonstrate academic excellence in learning.
    
Target #1: Structured experiential learning: the UAS target for FY19 is 0.28 in the ratio of students participating in structured experiential learning to the full-time equivalent of endorsement-, certificate-, and degree-seeking students.

Methodology: Ratio of students enrolled in structured experiential learning to degree-seeking student full-time equivalent. Structured Experiential Learning, iData term #33719.

Analysis of results and challenges: Students participate in a wide variety of structured experiential learning, such as student-led radio programming, student government, and undergraduate research conducted outside the classroom. One example, the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (URECA) awards, were developed to enhance opportunities for undergraduate students in all disciplines to work directly with faculty on projects involving active, engaged learning.

One quantifiable indicator for the broader array of opportunities is the number of students enrolled in internships, practica, and individual research courses compared to the number of endorsement-, certificate-, and degree-seeking student full-time equivalent. The metric provides context on the participation and engagement of students at UAS. In FY17, the UAS ratio was 0.25 compared with an average from FY13-FY16 of 0.22.

Related links:
   • UAS Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (URECA)
   • UAS URECA Symposium
   • UAS Internships
   • University of Alaska Southeast Strategic and Assessment Plan, 2010 – 2017


    
Target #2: Honors Program: the UAS target for FY19 is for 18% of eligible students participating in the Honors Program.

Methodology: Percentage of eligible students participating in the Honors Program. Honors Program Participation, iData term #33718.

Analysis of results and challenges: With the assistance of a general fund increment from the Alaska State Legislature, an Honors Program was first implemented in FY13 to foster retention of high-performing students by offering them enhanced educational and leadership opportunities.

The program consists of core program requirements plus an additional curricular track most suitable to their program of study. The program offers personalized academic advising and mentoring, opportunities for independent research, and expanded avenues for community engagement. Students with special interests also have unique opportunities to work closely with faculty members in research and creative activity.

UAS has considered expanding the number of academic degree programs affiliated with the Honors Program, leading to a target of 18% of the eligible students participating the Honors Program by FY19.

Related links:
   • UAS Honors Symposium
   • University of Alaska Southeast Strategic and Assessment Plan, 2010 – 2017



C: Result - COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT. Provide programs and services that respond to the economic, environmental, social, and cultural needs and resources of Southeast Alaska.
    
Target #1: Non-credit instructional activity: the UAS target for FY19 is 1,429 non-credit instructional units.

Methodology: Non-Credit Instructional Units by MAU, iData term #19750.

Analysis of results and challenges: The measurement of non-credit instructional activity is based on contact hours, where 10 contact hours represents one non-credit instructional unit. The provision of non-credit instructional activity is related to introductory workforce development training and expands UAS’ engagement with the community.

Non-credit instructional activity includes continuing education credits designed to provide opportunities for life-long learning and skill development. Offerings are market-driven, and customized training is arranged for local employers to address their particular needs. Continuing Education courses are offered on a self-support model and do not carry college credit.

Related links:
   • University of Alaska Southeast Strategic and Assessment Plan, 2010 – 2017



C1: Core Service - COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT. -- Promote a better understanding of local, state, national, and international community needs and provide solutions with a special emphasis on Southeast Alaska.
    
Target #1: Workforce credentials: the UAS target for FY19 is for 2.5% of all non-credit instructional activity in units leading to workforce credentials.

Methodology: Percentage of non-credit instructional units for workforce credentials. Workforce Credentials, iData term #33720.

Analysis of results and challenges: The UAS School of Career Education took the lead in Alaska by establishing the first workforce credential program in the UA System. A workforce credential is a non-credit class or cluster of courses developed to meet industry needs. The courses are transcripted, giving the completer a permanent record of the training.

The two workforce credential types granted at UAS are the mining workforce credential and the maritime and multi-skilled worker workforce credential. As part of the UA 65 by 2025 initiative UAS is focused on increasing the percentage of working-age Alaskans who hold postsecondary credentials--from apprenticeship or certificate completion to advanced degrees – to 65% by the year 2025. Workforce credentials can play a role in this strategy and will be part of UAS strategic planning decisions over the next year to support a more skilled Alaskan workforce.


Related links:
   • UAS Underground Production Miner workforce credential,
   • Hecla/Greens Creek Mining Company gift to UAS



D: Result - RESEARCH AND CREATIVE EXPRESSION. Provide programs and services that support research, scholarship, and creative expression by faculty and students.
    
Target #1: Grant-funded research expenditures: the UAS target for FY19 is $1.7 million.

Methodology: Millions $, Grant-Funded Research Expenditures, by Fiscal Year and MAU, iData term #19677.


Analysis of results and challenges: With research and creative expression as a core theme in the UAS Strategic and Assessment Plan, UAS' objective is that faculty and students are engaged in research, scholarship, and creative activities. Grant-funded research expenditures increased by 20% from FY13 to FY17.

• In conjunction with EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research), UAS and others are involved in the USFS Héen Latinee Experimental Forest near Berner’s Bay. The project investigates the impacts of climate change and provides opportunities for undergraduate research education and training.

• Continuation of a research partnership with Premium Oceanic LLC to underwrite UAS research efforts for culturing seaweeds, locating suitable markets, and creating new economic opportunities for small towns and villages in Southeast Alaska.

• The Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center (ACRC) facilitates research and education at UAS to enhance greater understanding of coastal temperate rainforests. ACRC offices are now co-located in the new USFS PNW Forestry Sciences lab facility adjacent to the Juneau Auke Lake Campus. The ACRC has received $500 thousand from the National Science Foundation to study the linked forest and marine ecosystems of Southeast Alaska. The five-year grant will support an international network of scientists, resource managers, and students. Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP) undergraduate students at UAS will be involved in all network activities. While the network will lead to a better understanding of the region’s important natural resources, it also will help build research partnerships and train the next generation of scientists and managers

• Awarded 3 Undergraduate Research Awards and held 5th annual student undergraduate research symposium

• A Northrim Bank grant through the UA Foundation allows the UAS School of Management to offer students a Travel and Development Award. This award allows students to become involved with professional associations, network with industry leaders and connect with faculty and peers. In addition, this award assists in funding School of Management’s outreach efforts to rural Alaska.

• UAS School of Education collaborated with UAF School of Education to submit a National Science Foundation planning grant for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) teacher preparation.

• UAS School of Education was awarded a two-year $459 thousand Margaret A. Cargill Foundation grant to partner with Juneau and Sitka School Districts for preparing teachers and teacher candidates for arts integration. Included in the grant are six scholarships per year for the Master of Arts in Teaching.


Related links:
   • Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center
   • USFS Héen Latinee Experimental Forest
   • University of Alaska Southeast Strategic and Assessment Plan, 2010 – 2017



D1: Core Service - RESEARCH AND CREATIVE EXPRESSION. Faculty and students are engaged in research, scholarship, and creative expression.
    
Target #1: Research proposals: the UAS target is 0.35 for the ratio of research proposals funded in FY19 to all proposals submitted.

Methodology: Ratio of funded research proposals to submitted proposals. Research Efficiency (Proposal Ratio), iData term #162024.

Analysis of results and challenges: The ratio of the number of research grants awarded in FY16 to the number of research grant proposals submitted was 0.22 (Note: This does not compare the number of grants awarded to the cohort of proposals that yielded them). The UA Strategic Pathways initiative has led to increase alignment of grant administration between UAS and UAF.

• Under sequestration, less federal funding was available in FY13. For example, the National Science Foundation budget was reduced by $356 million and expects fewer new awards for FY13 (National Science Foundation, July 17, 2013 http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/in133a/in133a.pdf).

• Similarly, the United States Department of Agriculture announced reductions of 7.8% for FY13 (Economic Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture).

• Tripartite faculty responded by applying for more grants (32 in FY16, compared to 25 in FY14), including more competitive grants, with less success. Several faculty hired within the last two years are early career faculty who are working with the UAS Grant Proposal Coordinator to explore potential funding sources.

• UAS has recently expanded the position of Vice Provost for Research to include Sponsored Programs. The position – held by the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences – will review grant proposals from UAS. This change along with Strategic Pathways improvements is expected to improve the overall quality and success of such proposals and to maximize careful and timely review.

Related links:
   • National Science Foundation Notice
   • United States Department of Agriculture announcement
   • University of Alaska Southeast Strategic and Assessment Plan, 2010 – 2017
   • USDA


    
Target #2: Headcount of Undergraduate and Graduate Degree Seeking Research Assistants: the UAS target for FY19 is 15 students.

Methodology: Methodology: Headcount of undergraduate and graduate degree seeking research assistants. Research Effectiveness, iData term #53257.

Analysis of results and challenges: The number of research assistants at UAS is an effectiveness measure. Research assistant positions allow students to learn practical skillsets that enhance their education at UAS. This follows best practices on student engagement and student success.

• The number of undergraduate and graduate degree seeking research assistants increased from 14 in FY16 to 15 in FY17.

• UAS has set a target of 15 degree seeking research assistants by FY19 in support of the research and creative expression core theme in the University of Alaska Southeast's Strategic Plan.


Related links:
   • UAS Strategic & Assessment Plan 2010-2017


 

Current as of August 17, 2018