University of Alaska Anchorage

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University of Alaska Anchorage
Uaa alaska-seal.jpg
Established 1954
Type Public
Endowment $44,669,210 (2012)
Chancellor Tom Case
Students 17,129
Location Anchorage, Alaska, USA
61°11′23.59″N 149°49′37.25″W / 61.1898861°N 149.8270139°W / 61.1898861; -149.8270139Coordinates: 61°11′23.59″N 149°49′37.25″W / 61.1898861°N 149.8270139°W / 61.1898861; -149.8270139
Campus Urban
Main campus: 141 hectares
Former names Anchorage Community College (1954-69)
Anchorage Senior College (1969-76)
Colors Green and Gold
Athletics NCAA
Div IIGNAC, RMISA
Div IWCHA, MPSF
Nickname Seawolves
Affiliations University of Alaska system
UArctic
CUMU
Website uaa.alaska.edu

The University of Alaska Anchorage (commonly referred to as UAA) is a public research university located in Anchorage, Alaska. UAA also administers four community campuses spread across Southcentral Alaska. These include Kenai Peninsula College, Kodiak College, Matanuska–Susitna College, and Prince William Sound Community College. The Anchorage campus enrolls over 17,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, making it the largest institution of higher learning in University of Alaska System, as well as the state.

UAA's main campus is approximately four miles southeast of its downtown area in the University-Medical District, adjacent to the Alaska Native Medical Center, Alaska Pacific University and Providence Alaska Medical Center. Nestled among an extensive green belt, close to scenic Goose Lake Park, UAA has been recognized each of the past three years as a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.[1] The campus is connected by a network of paved, outdoor trails, as well as an elevated, indoor "spine" that extends east to west from Rasmuson Hall, continuing through the student union, and terminating inside the Consortium Library.

UAA is divided into six teaching units at the Anchorage campus: the Colleges of Education, Health and Social Welfare, Arts and Sciences, Business and Public Policy, the Community and Technical College, and the School of Engineering. UAA offers Master's Degrees and Graduate Certificates in select programs, and the ability to complete certain PhD programs through cooperating universities through its Graduate Division.[2] As of May 2012, the university is accredited to confer doctoral degrees.[3] UAA is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.[4]

History[edit]

The University of Alaska Anchorage traces its origins back to 1954, five years before Alaska became the 49th U.S. state. That year, Anchorage Community College (ACC) was founded and began offering evening classes to 414 students at Elmendorf Air Force Base. This was the first time that college-level courses were offered in the Anchorage area. In 1962, ACC, along with other community colleges around the state, was incorporated into the University of Alaska statewide system. Five years later, ACC began offering both day and evening classes at the current campus location. ACC provided academic study for associate degrees, the first two years of work toward baccalaureate degrees, and a wide variety of adult learning, career and continuing education programs.

In the late 1960s, strong interest in establishing a four-year university in Anchorage brought about the birth of the University of Alaska, Anchorage Senior College (ASC). While ACC administered the lower division college, ASC administered upper division and graduate programs leading to baccalaureate and master’s degrees, as well as continuing education for professional programs. In 1971, the first commencement was held at Anchorage’s West High School, where 265 master’s, baccalaureate and associate degrees were awarded. ASC moved to the Consortium Library Building in 1973. The following year, when the first classroom and office facility was completed, daytime courses were offered for the first time. In 1977, ASC became a four- year university and was renamed the University of Alaska, Anchorage (UA,A). Ten years later, ACC and UA,A merged to become what is now known as the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA).

Since 1987, the university has continued to grow and expand; it's increasingly a university of first choice. More than 200 programs, ranging from certificate programs to associate, baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees are offered at campuses in Anchorage and community campuses and extension centers throughout Southcentral Alaska. The university's mission is to discover and disseminate knowledge through teaching, research, engagement and creative expression.[5]

Today, UAA remains committed to serving the higher education needs of the state, its communities and its diverse peoples. The University of Alaska Anchorage is an open-access university with over 17,000 students and actively seeks to maintain a rich, diverse and inclusive environment. In addition to thousands of students from across the state, the university retains a large commuter population from in and around Anchorage, many of whom are non-traditional or returning students. Nearly ten percent of the student population is from outside of Alaska or the United States. UAA also has the largest population of student veterans in the state.[6]

Academics[edit]

The school participates in three-plus-three program with Willamette University College of Law in which students earn both an undergraduate degree and law degree in a total of six years.[7]

Aviation Technology[edit]

UAA offers Associate of Applied Science and Bachelor of Science degrees[8] in:

  • Air Traffic Control
  • Aviation Administration
  • Professional Piloting

An associate of applied science degree is also offered in:

  • Aviation Maintenance

UAA Aviation Technology division is part of Center of Excellence for General Aviation (CGAR)[9] which is a collaborative research effort between the following member universities:

Colleges and schools[edit]

Libraries[edit]

Financial Aid[edit]

  • Alaska Advantage Education Grant
  • GEAR UP
  • University of Alaska Grant
  • and more[10]

Centers and Institutes[edit]

  • Alaska Center for Rural Health/Alaska’s Area Health Education Center (ACRH/AHEC)
  • Alaska Center for Supply Chain Integration (ACSCI)
  • Alaska Natural Heritage Program (AKNHP)
  • Alaska Small Business Development Center (Alaska SBDC)
  • Center for Alaska Education Policy Research (CAEPR)
  • Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies (CAAS)
  • Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services (CBHRS)
  • Center for Community Engagement and Learning (CCEL)
  • Center for Economic Development (CED)
  • Center for Economic Education (CEE)
  • Center for Human Development (CHD)
  • Environment and Natural Resources Institute (ENRI)
  • Ethics Center
  • Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies (ICHS)
  • Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER)
  • Justice Center
  • Montgomery Dickson Center for Japanese Language and Culture
  • Psychological Services Center (PSC)

Rankings[edit]

U.S. News and World Report has ranked UAA in the top 20 public regional universities in the West and 58th overall.[11] Forbes has ranked UAA 428th among all colleges and universities and 85th in the West.[6]

Publications[edit]

Accolades is the University of Alaska Anchorage Magazine for Alumni and Friends.

The Alaska Quarterly Review is a literary magazine published by UAA.

The student newspaper is The Northern Light.

Understory is a magazine run by Creative Writing and Literary Arts graduate students, open for submissions from any UAA undergraduate student.

True North is a yearly magazine produced by students in the Department of Journalism and Public Communications.

The Pacific Rim Conference on Literature and Rhetoric is a yearly conference showcasing Literary Scholars and Rhetoricians from around the nation, as well as a venue for graduates from UAA and other universities to share their work. See UAA English Web site to learn more about the Pacific Rim Conference.

Athletics[edit]

UAA’s highly visible athletic teams, known as the Seawolves, compete in 13 NCAA sports: men’s ice hockey, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s skiing, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s gymnastics, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field, and women’s volleyball. The university is a NCAA Division I school for gymnastics and hockey, and a member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. UAA is a Division II member of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in men's and women's basketball, volleyball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's indoor track & field, and men's and women's outdoor track and field. Other conference affiliations are the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (gymnastics) and the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association.

Over the years, the Seawolves have produced multiple national champions in skiing and gymnastics as well as several NCAA Tournament bids in other sports. UAA sports receive national television exposure thanks to the annual GCI Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament, held at the Sullivan Arena. The Kendall Hockey Classic is one of the top preseason college hockey tournaments in the country, and the Seawolf volleyball team hosts some of the top Division II programs every September in the SpringHill Suites Invitational.

The Seawolves train and compete in some of Alaska’s top facilities, including the Sullivan Arena for hockey and the Alaska Airlines Center for volleyball, gymnastics and basketball. UAA’s alpine skiers take advantage of nearby Mount Alyeska, a world-class slope, while the Nordic skiers and cross-country runners use Anchorage’s intricate trail system to train in a recreational getaway. The 5,000 seat Alaska Airlines Center opened in September 2014, replacing the Wells Fargo Sports Complex as the home of UAA's athletic department and programs.[5]

Demographics[edit]

According to the College Board, as of July 2012 there were 16,577 undergraduates at the University of Alaska Anchorage campus. Out of that number, 1,965 are first-time degree seeking freshmen. There are 970 graduate students.

The racial/ethnic breakdown of the student population is as follows:

58% White, 10% Two or more races, 7% American Indian/Alaska Native, 7% Asian, 7% Hispanic/Latino, 4% Black or African American, 5% Ethnicity unknown, and 2% Non-resident alien.

The average age of full-time students is 24.

The gender breakdown of the student population is 58% women and 42% men.

91% of matriculants to the university are considered Alaska residents, and 9% of matriculants are considered out-of-state residents.[12]

Student life[edit]

Housing[edit]

UAA's student housing comprises nearly 1,000 students:

  • Three co-educational residence halls (North, West, and East Halls), completed in 1998. Each holds 230 students, most living in individual bedrooms; rooms are grouped in suites of one, two, or four.
  • The Main Apartment Complex (MAC), completed in 1984, was once family housing. There are 74 four-bedroom apartments in six buildings, each housing four same-sex students.
  • The Templewood Apartments hold 80 students in 20 apartments.

Student government[edit]

The Union of Students of the University of Alaska Anchorage or USUAA is the student governing body for University of Alaska Anchorage. Each student pays $1 per credit hour for students registered in 3 or more credits. Maximum charge $12 and maximum credit hour is 12.

The President, Vice President and 23 Senators are elected at-large to serve on the Assembly. Four representatives (Residence Hall Association, Club Council, Greek Council and Graduate Student Association) complete the rest of the board. The President and Vice President are elected in the spring for one year terms.

The union has co-sponsored political debates in Anchorage, including a 2004 debate held at the university between Senatorial candidates Tony Knowles and Lisa Murkowski.[13]

Student Media[edit]

UAA has two primary sources of student-run media. The Northern Light is an award winning student newspaper printed every Tuesday with a wide coverage from school news sports to community events and entertainment reviews.

KRUA 88.1FM is the on-campus, non-commercial radio station run by a collective of student staff and a host of volunteers from both the school and greater Anchorage community.

Student research, scholarship and creativity[edit]

The University Honors College Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (OURS) is the center for undergraduate research and experiential learning at UAA. The Honors College supports and funds research and scholarship for students across all UAA disciplines, schools, colleges, and within a global community of scholars. Fostering inspired teaching and active student learning, OURS advances the involvement of UAA students in research and creative activities—whether they be independent or with UAA faculty. OURS supports a wide variety of opportunities, including 14 campus-wide award programs.

Every April, the Undergraduate Research and Discovery Symposium celebrates and connects undergraduate research taking place across UAA and fosters scholarly discussion between students, faculty and the community. Participation in the symposium provides undergraduates with opportunities to gain valuable experience in both oral and visual presentation of their research. Attending the symposium is also a great way for students who want to become involved in undergraduate research to learn about the opportunities to do so at UAA. The symposium and UAA’s annual Student Showcase emulate professional meetings wherein student research and creative expressions are reviewed by faculty and culminate in university publications.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://greenandgold.uaa.alaska.edu/blog/9484/uaa_named_a_tree_campus_usa_university_for_the_third_year_in_a_row/. Accessed 15 August 2013
  2. ^ "UAA Graduate School Degrees". Accessed December 15, 2011.
  3. ^ Green and Gold News. 3 May 2012. UAA. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  4. ^ Directory of Institutions S - U, Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, 2013. Accessed 24 Jan. 2013.
  5. ^ a b http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/records/catalogs/upload/Complete-UAA-Catalog-2013-14.pdf
  6. ^ a b http://www.forbes.com/colleges/university-of-alaska-anchorage/
  7. ^ "University of Alaska partners with Willamette in 3+3 Program". College of Law News. Willamette University College of Law. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  8. ^ "Aviation Technology, Academics," University of Alaska Anchorage, 2012. Accessed 24 Jan. 2013.
  9. ^ "Welcome to CGAR." Center For General Aviation Research, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. 2013. Accessed 24 Jan. 2013.
  10. ^ Logistics & Supply Chain Education Financial Aid at UAA
  11. ^ "University of Alaska--Anchorage," Regional University West Rankings, U.S. News and World Report, 2013. Accessed 24 Jan. 2013.
  12. ^ https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/college-university-search/university-of-alaska-anchorage
  13. ^ "Knowles, Murkowski debate Tuesday". KINY/Associated Press. October 26, 2004. Accessed March 9, 2008.

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