Core themes and indicators

Proposed new accreditation indicators

UAF is in the process of identifying new indicators of mission fulfillment for our new seven-year accreditation cycle.  The following are provided for your review:

An overview presentation of the proposed indicators

A brief one-page summary

A summary of the proposed indicators' alignment with institutional planning


Educate: Undergraduate and Graduate Students and Lifelong Learners

Objective 1: Meet standards for learning outcomes of academic programs

  • Indicator 1: Students achieve intended learning outcomes within their programs
  • Indicator 2: Students perform similarly to peers on programmatic national exams

Objective 2: Retain and graduate degree-seeking undergraduate students

  • Indicator 3: First-time undergraduate degree-seeking students persist and graduate

Objective 3: Prepare undergraduate students for further study, future employment, and contemporary life

  • Indicator 4: Seniors score similarly to their peers at other institutions on the ETS Proficiency Profile examination
  • Indicator 5: Graduates enroll in further higher education programs
  • Indicator 6: Seniors respond similarly to their peers at other institutions to select National Survey of Student Engagement questions

Objective 4: Mentor or guide graduate students to master a subject area or advance knowledge

  • Indicator 7: Graduates secure jobs or continue their education
  • Indicator 8: Students produce independently reviewed research and creative products (same as indicator 14)

Research: Create and Disseminate New Knowledge, Insight, Technology, Artistic, and Scholarly Works

Objective 5: Conduct and disseminate basic and applied research

  • Indicator 9: Faculty publish peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and books
  • Indicator 10: Faculty conduct externally funded research at a rate comparable to peer research institutions
  • Indicator 11: Faculty publications are commonly cited

Objective 6: Exhibit and perform creative works

  • Indicator 12: Faculty perform and exhibit at the state, national, and international level

Objective 7: Engage graduate and baccalaureate students in research, scholarship, and creative activity

  • Indicator 13: Baccalaureate students complete a research course or project
  • Indicator 14: Students produce independently reviewed research and creative products (same as indicator 8)

Objective 8: Collect, preserve, and provide access to intellectual, cultural, and natural history collections

  • Indicator 15: UA Museum of the North collections are used for research by visiting scholars and students
  • Indicator 16: Rasmuson Library Alaska and Polar Regions collections are used by scholars, students, and the public

Prepare: Alaska's Career, Technical, and Professional Workforce

Objective 9: Prepare students for the professional, career and technical workforce

  • Indicator 17: Professional, career and technical students graduate in Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development high-demand job area programs
  • Indicator 18: Rural campus students graduate in Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development high-demand job area programs or from programs that prepare them for rural jobs
  • Indicator 19: Professional, career and technical students pass programmatic state or national exams

Objective 10: Help prepare secondary students for postsecondary career pathways

  • Indicator 20: High school students complete tech prep courses and programs

Connect: Alaska Native, Rural, and Urban Communities by Sharing Knowledge and Ways of Knowing

Objective 11: Academic programs relevant to Alaska Native and rural residents are delivered broadly across Alaska

  • Indicator 21: Alaska Native and rural high school students earn certificates and degrees at rates similar to other students
  • Indicator 22: Students complete Alaska Native and rural-related courses and programs

Objective 12: Alaska Native knowledge and ways of knowing are integrated into academic programs

  • Indicator 23: Student projects, theses and dissertations incorporate indigenous knowledge
  • Indicator 24: Collaborative use of indigenous knowledge is demonstrated in independently reviewed research and creative products

Objective 13: Document and share Alaska Native and rural cultural and historical information

  • Indicator 25: Alaska Native Language Archive collections are used by scholars, students, and the public

Engage: Alaskans through Outreach for Continuing Education and Community and Economic Development

Objective 14: Partner with Alaska communities on issues of mutual interest

  • Indicator 26: Partnerships demonstrate impacts that are mutually beneficial to the university and the community, and result in faculty scholarship

Objective 15: Involve Alaskans in lifelong learning

  • Indicator 27: Alaskans complete non-credit courses and workshops
  • Indicator 28: Youth participate in the 4-H program and develop life skills

Objective 16: Communicate research-based knowledge

  • Indicator 29: Research-based publications intended for the general public are distributed to Alaskans
  • Indicator 30: Alaskans participate in advisory board meetings and consultations with service faculty and staff

Objective 17: Collaborate with individuals, businesses, and agencies to diversify and grow local and state economies

  • Indicator 31: Businesses engage with UAF in agreements that lead to economic development