About the Indicators

Faculty, staff, students, administrators, and external advisory groups contributed to the development of our core themes and indicators over the course of a year or more.  The source and collection methods for each indicator are detailed below. 

Performance for each indicator each year of reporting is scored on a Likert scale of 1 - 5, with 1 meaning 'Below Expectations,' 3 meaning 'Meets Expectations,' and 5 meaning 'Exceeds Expectations.'  Benchmarks for the scoring scales were developed based on expertise area input, historical performance data, peer institutional data, or some combination of those influences.

What we measure: How many programs have a student learning outcomes assessment plan, and how many programs show evidence of using their SLO data to inform curricular changes. Collected and reported annually.

Who collects the information: Accreditation & Assessment Office

Source of the information: Program Review faculty committee evaluations and Student Learning Outcomes Assessment records

Scoring:
1 - More than 50% of programs have direct evidence that students achieve intended learning outcomes.
3 - 75-85% of programs have direct evidence that students achieve intended learning outcomes.
5 - More than 95% of programs have direct evidence that students achieve intended learning outcomes.

What we measure: The performance of UAF students compared to the national mean percentile on select nationally recognized tests. Reported annually.

Who collects the information: College of Liberal Arts, College of Natural Science and Mathematics, and School of Management

Source of the information: American Chemical Society, ETS Major Field Tests (Biology, Mathematics, Business/Management), Social Work Education Assessment Project

Scoring:
1 - Average student performance on some programmatic national exams with at least 5 students assessed is below the 25th percentile.
3 - Average student performance on all programmatic national exams with at least 5 students assessed is between the 40th and 60th percentile.
5 - Average student performance on all programmatic national exams with at least 5 students assessed is above the 75th percentile.

What we measure: 1-year retention rate and 6-year graduation rate for first-time full-time undergraduate degree-seeking students. Reported annually.

Who collects the information: Office of Planning, Analysis and Institutional Research

Source of the information: UA Information Systems, Banner SI Opening Extracts (fall semesters)

Scoring:
1 - First-time full-time undergraduate retention rate is less than 55% and six-year graduation rate is below 25%.
3 - First-time full-time undergraduate retention rate is 60-65% and six-year graduation rate is 30-35%.
5 - First-time full-time undergraduate retention rate is at least 70% and six-year graduation rate is at least 40%.

What we measured: Mean score for senior UAF students taking the ETS Proficiency Profile Exam.  Discontinued after FY16 due to low participation.

Who collected the information: Accreditation & Assessment Office

Source of the information: Educational Testing Service (ETS)

Scoring:
1 - Average senior ETS proficiency profile score is less than the 30th percentile for RU/H institutions.
3 - Average senior ETS proficiency profile score is between the 40th and 60th percentile for RU/H institutions.
5 - Average senior ETS proficiency profile score is more than the 70th percentile for RU/H institutions.

What we measure: Graduates (all degree levels) who enroll in further higher education within three years of completing their degrees. Reported annually.

Who collects the information: Office of Planning, Analysis and Institutional Research

Source of the information: UA Information Systems, Banner SI Closing Extracts, and the National Student Clearinghouse

Scoring:
1 - Less than 20% of graduates enroll in subsequent academic programs within three years of graduation.
3 - 30-40% of graduates enroll in subsequent academic programs within three years of graduation.
5 - More than 50% of graduates enroll in subsequent academic programs within three years of graduation.

What we measure: Student responses to NSSE questions 11(e), 12, 15(b), 17(f), 17(h), 17(i), and 17(j). NSSE is administered every three years at UAF.

Who collects the information: Accreditation & Assessment Office

Source of the information: National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

Scoring:
1 - Students' responses to NSSE Student Engagement questions are lower than peers at other institutions (effect size -0.8 or less).
3 - Students' responses to NSSE Student Engagement questions are similar to peers at other institutions (effect size between -0.5 and +0.5).
5 - Students' responses to NSSE Student Engagement questions are higher than peers at other institutions (effect size +0.8 or more).

What we measure: Masters and doctoral level graduates who are either employed or enrolled in further degree programs 1 year after completion of their degree. Collected and reported annually.

Who collects the information: All academic units that offer graduate degrees

Source of the information: Faculty and staff of academic units

Scoring:
1 - Employment placement of master's and PhD graduates in degree-appropriate positions within one year of graduation is less than 50%.
3 - Employment placement of master's and PhD graduates in degree-appropriate positions within one year of graduation is 65 to 75%.
5 - Employment placement of master's and PhD graduates in degree-appropriate positions within one year of graduation is more than 85%.

What we measure: Published works that faculty have indicated had students as co-authors. Reported annually.

Who collects the information: Accreditation & Assessment Office

Source of the information: Faculty annual activities report forms

Scoring:
1 - Students produce less than 50 independently reviewed research and creative products annually.
3 - Students produce between 100 and 150 independently reviewed research and creative products annually.
5 - Students produce more than 200 independently reviewed research and creative products annually.

What we measure: Number of faculty publications for the year, divided by the number of faculty who have research expectations in their workload. Collected annually.

Who collects the information: Accreditation & Assessment Office

Source of the information: Web of Science (2012-2015) / Scopus (2016-present)

 Scoring:
1 - The number of peer-reviewed publications per year per faculty member with a research workload is less than 0.50.
3 - The number of peer-reviewed publications per year per faculty member with a research workload is 0.75 to 1.25.
5 - The number of peer-reviewed publications per year per faculty member with a research workload is more than 1.5.

What we measure: Research expenditures per full-time equivalent (FTE) faculty. Reported annually.

Who collects the information: Office of Management & Budget

Source of the information: Annual Performance Detail report for UAF

Scoring:
1 - Grant or contract research expenditures per faculty member are less than $50,000 per year.
3 - Grant or contract research expenditures per faculty member are $75,000 to $125,000 per year.
5 - Grant or contract research expenditures per faculty member are more than $200,000 per year.

What we measure: Average number of citations per publication within 5 years of the publication's release. Collected annually.

Who collects the information: Accreditation & Assessment Office

Source of the information: Web of Science (2012-2015) / Scopus (2016-present)

Scoring:
1 - Five years after publication, the average number of citations per publication is less than 6.
3 - Five years after publication, the average number of citations per publication is between 8 and 10.
5 - Five years after publication, the average number of citations per publication is more than 12.

What we measure: Average number of creative works, exhibits and performances per full-time equivalent (FTE) faculty in disciplines where creative activity is an expectation. Reported annually.

Who collects the information: College of Liberal Arts

Source of the information: Faculty annual activities report forms

Scoring:
1 - The number of creative exhibitions and performances per faculty FTE in the fine and performing arts is less than 1.5.
3 - The number of creative exhibitions and performances per faculty FTE in the fine and performing arts is 2.0 to 3.0.
5 - The number of creative exhibitions and performances per faculty FTE in the fine and performing arts is more than 3.5.

What we measure: Percentage of baccalaureate students that complete a course designated as undergraduate research. Reported annually.

Who collects the information: Office of Planning, Analysis and Institutional Research

Source of the information: UA Information Systems, Banner SI Extracts

Scoring:
1 - Less than 10% of baccalaureate students complete a research, thesis or honors course or project.
3 - 15 to 25% of baccalaureate students complete a research, thesis or honors course or project.
5 - More than 30% of baccalaureate students complete a research, thesis or honors course or project.

What we measure: Published works that faculty have indicated had students as co-authors. Reported annually.

Who collects the information: Accreditation & Assessment Office

Source of the information: Faculty annual activities report forms

Scoring:
1 - Students produce less than 50 independently reviewed research and creative products annually.
3 - Students produce between 100 and 150 independently reviewed research and creative products annually.
5 - Students produce more than 200 independently reviewed research and creative products annually.

What we measure: Number of annual professional and student visitors to the museum, collected annually.

Who collects the information: UA Museum of the North

Source of the information: Museum departments

Scoring:
1 - The number of visiting professional and student scholars and local graduate students making use of the Museum of the North collections is less than 100 annually.
3 - The number of visiting professional and student scholars and local graduate students making use of the Museum of the North collections is between 150 and 250 annually.
5 - The number of visiting professional and student scholars and local graduate students making use of the Museum of the North collections is more than 300 annually.

What we measure: Electronic access of library and Polar Regions collections online, reported annually.

Who collects the information: Rasmuson Library

Source of the information: Google Analytics

Scoring:
1 - The number of online accesses of Alaska and Polar Regions Collection and Archives materials is less than 50,000 annually.
3 - The number of online accesses of Alaska and Polar Regions Collection and Archives materials is between 100,000 and 200,000 annually.
5 - The number of online accesses of Alaska and Polar Regions Collection and Archives materials is more than 250,000 annually.

What we measure: Number of graduates in programs designated as high-demand job area degrees. Reported annually.

Who collects the information: Office of Management & Budget, Office of Planning, Analysis and Institutional Research

Source of the information: Annual Performance Detail report for UAF

Scoring:
1 - The number of high-demand job area program graduates is less than 460.
3 - The number of high-demand job area program graduates is 580 to 650.
5 - The number of high-demand job area program graduates is more than 775.

What we measure: Number of rural graduates in programs designated as high-demand job area degrees. Reported annually.

Who collects the information: Office of Planning, Analysis and Institutional Research

Source of the information: UA Information Systems, Banner SI Extracts

Scoring:
1 - Fewer than 50 rural campus students annually complete Alaska Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development high-demand job area programs or programs that prepare them for rural jobs.
3 - Between 70 and 100 rural campus students annually complete Alaska Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development high-demand job area programs or programs that prepare them for rural jobs.
5 - More than 120 rural campus students annually complete Alaska Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development high-demand job area programs or programs that prepare them for rural jobs.

What we measure: UAF student pass rates in select programmatic state and national examinations. Collected and reported annually.

Who collects the information: College of Engineering and Mines, Community & Technical College, School of Education

Source of the information: Fundamentals of Engineering (FE), numerous trade exam/certification organizations, Praxis II and ETS

Scoring:
1 - Less than 25% of programs with state or national exams for certification have pass rates of 80% or higher.
3 - 40 to 60% of programs with state or national exams for certification have pass rates of 80% or higher.
5 - More than 75% of programs with state or national exams for certification have pass rates of 80% or higher.

What we measure: Student completion of tech prep courses and programs, reported annually.

Who collects the information: College of Rural & Community Development, Community & Technical College

Source of the information: Banner SI Extracts

Scoring:
1 - Fewer than 200 high school students complete tech prep coursework annually.
3 - Between 250 and 300 high school students complete tech prep coursework annually.
5 - More than 350 high school students complete tech prep coursework annually.

What we measure: Enrollment and completion rates of Native and rural students in proportion to overall UAF student enrollment and completion rates, broken out by degree level. Reported annually.

Who collects the information: Office of Planning, Analysis and Institutional Research

Source of the information: UA Information Systems, Banner SI Closing Extracts

Scoring:
1 - Alaska Native and rural baccalaureate students earn certificates and degrees in proportion to enrollment at less than 60% of the rate of other students.
3 - Alaska Native and rural baccalaureate students earn certificates and degrees in proportion to enrollment at 70 to 85% of the rate of other students.
5 - Alaska Native and rural baccalaureate students earn certificates and degrees in proportion to enrollment at 95 to 100% of the rate of other students.

What we measure: Course completion and degree completion in programs identified as having rural or Alaska Native themed content. Fall semester only, reported annually.

Who collects the information: Office of Planning, Analysis and Institutional Research

Source of the information: UA Information Systems, Banner SI Closing Extracts

Scoring:
1 - Less than 5% of students complete Alaska Native and rural-related courses annually.
3 - Between 8 and 12% of students complete Alaska Native and rural-related courses annually.
5 - More than 15% of students complete Alaska Native and rural-related courses annually.

What we measure: Graduate student theses and projects that include Alaska Native indigenous knowledge. Reported annually.

Who collects the information: Graduate School

Source of the information: Graduate theses/project abstracts

Scoring:
1 - No student projects, theses and dissertations incorporated indigenous knowledge.
3 - Between 5 and 10 student projects, theses and dissertations incorporated indigenous knowledge.
5 - More than 15 student projects, theses and dissertations incorporated indigenous knowledge.

What we measure: Faculty publications that include Alaska Native indigenous knowledge, as self-reported. Reported annually.

Who collects the information: Accreditation & Assessment Office

Source of the information: Faculty annual activities report forms

Scoring:
1 - No independently reviewed research and creative products demonstrated collaborative use of indigenous knowledge.
3 - Between 5 and 10 independently reviewed research and creative products demonstrated collaborative use of indigenous knowledge.
5 - More than 15 independently reviewed research and creative products demonstrated collaborative use of indigenous knowledge.

What we measure: Alaska Native Language Archive patron assistance both in-person or by telephone, as well as online digital downloads. Reported annually.

Who collects the information: Alaska Native Language Archive

Source of the information: Archive staff, Google Analytics

Scoring:
1 - The Alaska Native Language Archive provides fewer than 50 consultations annually.
3 - The Alaska Native Language Archive provides between 125 and 175 consultations annually.
5 - The Alaska Native Language Archive provides more than 250 consultations annually.

What we measure: UAF and community entity partnerships as reported by various campus units and rated with respect to duration and mutual impact. Collected annually.

Who collects the information: Accreditation & Assessment Office

Source of the information: Schools, Colleges, Institutes, Museum, Library, Summer Sessions, Cooperative Extension Service

Scoring:
1 - Fewer than 10 partnerships in place during the past 5 years demonstrate mutually beneficial and impactful relationships, and fewer than 3 such partnerships result in faculty scholarship.
3 - Between 13 and 17 partnerships in place during the past 5 years demonstrate mutually beneficial and impactful relationships, and between 4 and 6 such partnerships result in faculty scholarship.
5 - At least 20 partnerships in place during the past 5 years demonstrate mutually beneficial and impactful relationships, and at least 10 such partnerships result in faculty scholarship.

What we measure: Attendance at public workshops offered by the Cooperative Extension Service and Marine Advisory Program, reported annually.

Who collects the information: Office of Management & Budget

Source of the information: Annual Performance Detail report for UAF

Scoring:
1 - CES, MAP and AFES conduct less than 400 noncredit workshops annually.
3 - CES, MAP and AFES conduct between 500 and 600 noncredit workshops annually.
5 - CES, MAP and AFES conduct more than 700 noncredit workshops annually.

What we measure: Youth attendance at 4-H programming offered by the Cooperative Extension Service, reported annually.

Who collects the information: Office of Management & Budget

Source of the information: Annual Performance Detail report for UAF

Scoring:
1 - 4-H has fewer than 5,000 participants annually.
3 - 4-H has between 10,000 and  15,000 participants annually.
5 - 4-H has more than 20,000 participants annually.

What we measure: Outreach publications distributed by the Cooperative Extension Service and Marine Advisory Program, reported annually.

Who collects the information: Office of Management & Budget

Source of the information: Annual Performance Detail report for UAF

Scoring:
1 - CES and MAP distribute fewer than 210,000 publications by paper or online.
3 - CES and MAP distribute 250,000 to 280,000 publications by paper or online.
5 - CES and MAP distribute more than 320,000 publications by paper or online.

What we measure: Advisory board participation and in-person/telephone consultations with the public by the Cooperative Extension Service and Alaska Sea Grant staff, collected and reported annually.

Who collects the information: Cooperative Extension Service and Alaska Sea Grant

Source of the information: Faculty and staff of outreach units

Scoring:
1 - CES and Alaska Sea Grant record less than 20,000 consultations annually.
3 - CES and Alaska Sea Grant record between 30,000 and 35,000 consultations annually.
5 - CES and Alaska Sea Grant record more than 45,000 consultations annually.

What we measure: Numbers of reported inventions, non-disclosure agreements, intellectual property protection filings, and licensing agreements. Reported annually.

Who collects the information: Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization

Source of the information: OIPC internal records

Scoring:
1 - UAF achieves or surpasses 1 of the 4 targets for economic development: 38 invention disclosures; 15 nondisclosure agreements; 5 intellectual property protection filings; 2 licenses.
3 - UAF achieves or surpasses 2 of the 4 targets for economic development: 38 invention disclosures; 15 nondisclosure agreements; 5 intellectual property protection filings; 2 licenses.
5 - UAF achieves or surpasses at least 3 of the 4 targets for economic development: 38 invention disclosures; 15 nondisclosure agreements; 5 intellectual property protection filings; 2 licenses.