Below is an excerpt from a letter UAA Chancellor Cathy Sandeen wrote to the University community.
Dear UAA Community,
I am extremely pleased to inform you that the Board of Commissioners of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) has reaffirmed UAA’s institutional accreditation. My most heartfelt congratulations to everyone across all of our campuses on this signature accomplishment!
Many of you have been involved in this effort for months, even years, and I am appreciative of your excellent work. I have never before served at an institution that has so fully engaged the institutional accreditation process, across all campuses and including faculty, staff, students and community members. This is your moment!
What is institutional accreditation, and why is it important?
Institutional accreditation is an exhaustive review of every facet of our university. This is a positive milestone that is a testament to the contributions and quality of our students, faculty and staff.
Institutional accreditation qualifies UAA to participate in federal financial aid, and it means that UAA degrees and certificates are recognized by other institutions for things such as the transfer of credits and entrance into graduate study. Visit the Self-Study website to learn more.
What does this mean?
Our reaffirmation establishes UAA has met rigorous standards of quality, effectiveness and sustainability while meeting its mission to serve the needs of the State of Alaska. NWCCU reviewed mission and expectations; resources and capacity; planning and implementation; effectiveness and improvement; and mission fulfillment, adaptation and sustainability.
Through the analysis of accomplishments across our core themes of Teaching and Learning; Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity; Student Success; UAA Community; and Public Square, you demonstrated who we are as an institution.
“A common theme throughout the Seven Year Site Visit was a comprehensive commitment
to the institution’s mission, particularly in relationship to access, student success,
and supporting communities.”
– NWCCU Evaluation Team