Strategic Pathways

How do we optimize our statewide system to achieve our goals for higher education in Alaska?

  • The University of Alaska’s Strategic Pathways framework addresses the many challenges facing our university. Each main campus – Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau—will focus research and teaching on its unique set of strengths, capabilities, advantages and opportunities.

    The University of Alaska’s Strategic Pathways framework addresses the many challenges facing our university. Each main campus – Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau—will focus research and teaching on its unique set of strengths, capabilities, advantages and opportunities.

  • The University of Alaska’s Strategic Pathways framework addresses the many challenges facing our university. Each main campus – Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau—will focus research and teaching on its unique set of strengths, capabilities, advantages and opportunities.

    The University of Alaska’s Strategic Pathways framework addresses the many challenges facing our university. Each main campus – Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau—will focus research and teaching on its unique set of strengths, capabilities, advantages and opportunities.

  • The University of Alaska’s Strategic Pathways framework addresses the many challenges facing our university. Each main campus – Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau—will focus research and teaching on its unique set of strengths, capabilities, advantages and opportunities.

    The University of Alaska’s Strategic Pathways framework addresses the many challenges facing our university. Each main campus – Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau—will focus research and teaching on its unique set of strengths, capabilities, advantages and opportunities.

  • The University of Alaska’s Strategic Pathways framework addresses the many challenges facing our university. Each main campus – Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau—will focus research and teaching on its unique set of strengths, capabilities, advantages and opportunities.

    The University of Alaska’s Strategic Pathways framework addresses the many challenges facing our university. Each main campus – Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau—will focus research and teaching on its unique set of strengths, capabilities, advantages and opportunities.

  • The University of Alaska’s Strategic Pathways framework addresses the many challenges facing our university. Each main campus – Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau—will focus research and teaching on its unique set of strengths, capabilities, advantages and opportunities.

    The University of Alaska’s Strategic Pathways framework addresses the many challenges facing our university. Each main campus – Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau—will focus research and teaching on its unique set of strengths, capabilities, advantages and opportunities.

Current Strategic Pathways Presentations

CURRENT VERSION: Strategic Pathways Update for Board of Regents September 14 - DOWNLOAD PDF

Phase 3 Strategic Pathways
Current Stage: Collecting feedback - Presentation of initial direction to Board of Regents Sep. 14-15
Second round of feedback forums (October)
Initial directions to be discussed with the Board of Regents Nov. 9-10

Broad consultation on Strategic Pathways Phase 3 began in August 2017. A second round of forums will be scheduled this fall to discuss options for arts and humanities, social and natural sciences, mine training, finance, land management, risk management, and facilities.

Visit Phase 3 for the latest updates and information on the review areas.

Phase 3 Review Areas

Academic areas:

  1. Colleges of Arts and Sciences: Arts and Humanities
  2. Colleges of Arts and Sciences: Social and Natural Sciences
  3. Mine training

Administrative functions:

  1. Finance
  2. Risk Management
  3. Land Management
  4. Facilities

Phase 2 Strategic Pathways
Current Stage: Secondary Review - Held first round of discussions with affected units and Regents, cost analysis being conducted and secondary meetings are being scheduled
Visit Phase 2 for the latest updates and information on the eight review areas.

Phase 2 Initial Thoughts

Initial Thoughts

At the Board of Regents meeting March 2, President Johnsen presented the following initial thoughts on directions in each Phase 2 review area.

e-Learning
Fisheries
Community Campuses
Health
Human Resources
University Relations
Student Services
Institutional Research

The full presentation can be downloaded HERE.

Phase 2 Review Areas

Academic units

Administrative functions

Phase 1 Strategic Pathways
Current Stage: Implementation Planning
Visit Phase 1 for the latest updates and information on the seven review areas.

UAS is taking the lead on teacher education and a consolidated College of Education, follow the progress HERE.

Phase 1 Review Areas

Academic units:

  1. Teacher Education
  2. Management / Business (including public administration)
  3. Engineering

Administrative functions:

  1. Information Technology
  2. Procurement
  3. Research Administration
  4. Intercollegiate Athletics

Core principles of the Strategic Pathways Framework

Focus, Access, Scope, Excellence, Consistency, Fiscal Sustainability

Focus: 
We will reduce unnecessary redundancy to more cost effectively meet the state's higher education needs by focusing each university on its unique strengths.

Access:
We will increase Alaskans’ participation in higher education by maximizing use of innovations in e-Learning, supporting high demand programs, and ensuring affordability.

Scope: 
We will offer a broad array of academic degree and certificate programs across the university system, though not all programs will necessarily be available at all locations.

Excellence:
We commit to excellence in everything we do, in the classroom, in our labs, and in the communities we serve.

Consistency:
We will streamline and increase consistency in business practices, policies, processes, and systems that support expedited student progress.

Fiscal Sustainability
We seek to be more entrepreneurial in our strategies to grow and diversify our revenues.

Why Strategic Pathways

The University of Alaska is committed to serving and meeting the educational needs of our state. Those needs are met through research and creative activities, teaching and learning, outreach and services to the public. We have a done a great job over the years, but gaps remain that require our focused attention.

Now, more than ever, as our economy experiences historic transitions and our state’s budget is reduced, we must find ways to serve our important purpose as cost effectively as possible. Strategic Pathways is the framework UA is using to improve our services. It is based on the fact that each of our universities has unique strengths in meeting the state’s needs and the reality that each campus cannot be everything to everyone. We are reviewing our major academic programs and administrative services to create a more sustainable university with more diverse revenue sources. During this process we seek quality, access, and cost effectiveness while we grow in service to our state at this critical time in our history.

Strategic Pathways Feedback and Comments

Phase II feedback and suggestions FORMS 

Phase 1 implementation plan feedback  FORM
(See Phase 1 for copies of implementation plans)

Send written comments and suggestions by email to: ua-pathways@alaska.edu

Implementation Timeline

Strategic Pathways is being implemented in three phases. The progress of each phase will be updated HERE as details emerge.

News and Communications:

President Johnsen communicates regularly with internal and external university audiences, the Board of Regents, the governor, legislature and community leaders. Copies of the latest presentation materials, memos and internal announcements can be reviewed HERE.

Additional Resources

  • Frequently Asked Questions will be updated as the process develops.  FAQ
  • Public forums will be held on each campus for Phase 2 in early spring. Livestream the forums or view the archived forums here: FORUMS
  • Videos of President Johnsen explaining the history and progress of Strategic Pathways can be viewed here: VIDEOS

Contact:
Nycolett Ripley
Strategic Pathways Coordinator
907 450 8019
ncripley@alaska.edu
 

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