Institutional Accreditation

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.

- Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

UAF is in year 7 of the accreditation schedule

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).

UAF submitted a Mid-Cycle Evaluation report and hosted a site visit in fall 2014.  The report and evaluators' response are available under the Recent Reports menu at left.

In June 2012, following the shared governance process, UAF revised and adopted the following mission statement and core themes:

Mission Statement

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.

Core Themes

  • 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

Comprehensive Self-Evaluation Report  due August 2019 (delayed by one year at the request of NWCCU)

Site Visit:  Fall 2019


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