It is time for UAF to create a new strategic plan. UAF’s current strategic plan will expire in 2019. As we enter our next century, I look forward to bold steps from UAF. Our accreditation themes of Educate, Research, Prepare, Connect and Engage help describe what we do, and the UA system has goals for UAF in the broad area of degree attainment, research, workforce, and economic development. Mindful of this context, we need renewed focus around who we are and what we aspire to be. As we enter our next 100 years, I hope we can build momentum for a strategic planning effort that will put UAF in the national spotlight as a leading student-focused research university. Coupled with our leadership in Arctic research, UAF’s focus on the student experience will make UAF a destination for the brightest minds.

—Daniel M. White, UAF Chancellor


At a glance

  1. Modernize the student experience
  2. Solidify our global leadership in Alaska Native and Indigenous programs
  3. Achieve Tier 1 research status
  4. Transform UAF’s intellectual property development and commercialization enterprise
  5. Embrace and grow a culture of respect, diversity, inclusion and caring
  6. Revitalize key academic programs




Begin November 2018 and completed by March 1, 2020.


Six teams of 12-15 members will be assembled to draft plans around the goals outlined. Each team will be diverse and have a significant degree of automomy to gather input and many perspectives.

Parallel to our strategic planning process, UAF is conducting strategic enrollment planning and preparing the 2019 accreditation plan. Additional information can be found on both of these initiatives at the following links. Growing enrollment and increasing retention are integral to all strategic planning goals and accreditation themes.



If you are interested in participating in the UAF strategic planning process, please contact