Regional accreditation is a voluntary, non-governmental process of self-analysis and peer review that assures educational quality and encourages purposeful improvement through evaluations based on institutional mission, accepted academic standards, and expectations of the public.
Reaffirmation of Institutional Accreditation
UAF’s Year One Report, part of a seven-year accreditation cycle, was due September 2012. The reporting process falls under a new process and set of standards.
A UAF-wide accreditation steering committee guided the self-study process and drafted the required reports. Unit committees were formed to provide broad input to the steering committee and collect and summarize information for use by those drafting reports (see accreditation steering and unit committee lists).
In June 2012, following the shared governance process, UAF revised and adopted the following mission statement and core themes:
The University of Alaska Fairbanks is a Land, Sea, and Space Grant university and an international center for research, education, and the arts, emphasizing the circumpolar North and its diverse peoples. UAF integrates teaching, research, and public service as it educates students for active citizenship and prepares them for lifelong learning and careers.
- Educate: Undergraduate and Graduate Students and Lifelong Learners
- Research: To Create and Disseminate New Knowledge, Insight, Technology, Artistic and Scholarly Works
- Prepare: Alaska’s Career, Technical, and Professional Workforce
- Connect: Alaska Native, Rural, and Urban Communities by Sharing Knowledge and Ways of Knowing
- Engage: Alaskans through Outreach for Continuing Education and Community and Economic Development
What's happening next
Mid Cycle Report (formerly the Year three) due August 2014
Site Visit: October 20-21, 2014