Institutional self-study continues Feb. 24 with effectiveness and improvement open forum

Institutional self-study continues Feb. 24 with effectiveness and improvement open forum

What makes UAA unique? What do you value most about the learning that occurs at UAA? What is distinctive about a UAA graduate? Discuss these questions and more as UAA engages in an institutional self-study. As part of the process, the Office of Academic Affairs will host open forums throughout the academic year addressing UAA’s core themes.

All open forums will be available by distance to the community campuses. Follow the links below to register for individual sessions.

Questions? Please contact Academic Affairs at uaa_oaa@uaa.alaska.edu.

Open Forum: Effectiveness and Improvement
Friday, Feb. 24, 9–11 a.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307
Register

Review of Draft Report
Friday, April 7, 9-11 a.m.
Gorsuch Commons, Room 107
Register

Think Tank with Alaska Food Policy Council- March 2

March 2: Think Tank with Alaska Food Policy Council

Think Tank Series
Thursday, March 2, 1-2:15 p.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

Guest agency: Alaska Food Policy Council
Topic: What does food security mean to you, and how should we strengthen the food system here?

Think Tanks are a monthly community engagement experience in which a nonprofit agency presents a challenge or issue and attendees brainstorm solutions for the organization. Students, faculty, staff and community members–join us to assist this organization and contribute your thoughts and ideas to the discussion!

Pizza will be provided.

Parking note: Free parking for this event is available in the Library Lot. Please allow extra time to find parking.

This Think Tank is co-hosted by the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies and the Master of Public Health Program and the Center for Community Engagement & Learning.

Details on the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/ events/1826178027650953

Register now for AY2017 General Education Assessment workshops; next session is March 10

Register now for AY2017 General Education Assessment workshops; next session is March 10

Building on September’s General Education Open Forum, Dan Kline (director of General Education) will lead a series of workshops for faculty from across UAA (1) to develop a curriculum map of their majors and programs, (2) to align their programs and majors to UAA GER outcomes, (3) to create assignments and rubrics to evaluate Student Learning Outcomes, and (4) to map out an approach to assessment that fosters the programs and majors as well as the GER assessment required by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities’ reaffirmation of UAA’s accreditation.

Throughout the process, we will be developing practical tools for curriculum mapping and assessment, and at the end of the CAFE series, we hope to have a group of programs and majors that are willing to pilot this assessment process in Spring 2017.

Last year, the GER Curriculum Mapping Workshops led to further development of a shared rubric which can be used in both GER courses and by programs to assess outcomes in written communication, oral communication and information literacy. This year’s workshops will lead to the creation of shared rubrics
in social sciences, humanities and fine arts.

You do not need to have attended the General Education Open Forum, nor do you have to attend all three CAFE sessions to benefit from the discussion. The workshop series will be repeated in Spring 2017. All faculty, programs and majors are invited—from certificates and associate degrees to baccalaureate,
 master’s and doctoral degrees.

Spring 2017 workshop schedule:

General Education Assessment Workshop 2: Outcomes and Rubric
Friday, March 10, 10–11:30 a.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307 and by distance
Register

General Education Assessment Workshop 3: Rubric and Student Work
Friday, April 14, 10–11:30 a.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307 and by distance
Register

General Education Soiree
Monday, May 8, and Tuesday, May 9 (times TBD)
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307 and by distance
Register

Co-sponsored by the General Education Advisory Committee (GERA), Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) and Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFE).

Questions? Contact Dr. Dan Kline, General Education Director, at (907) 786-4364 or dtkline@alaska.edu. Questions about connecting by distance? Email uaa_oaa@uaa.alaska.edu.

Meeting Library Needs during Budget Cuts

With the start of this academic year, the Library is facing significant budget reductions. The total budget reduction for FY15 and FY16 is $1,050,853 or about 16% reduction in general funds since FY14.

While there were no layoffs at the Consortium Library, regular positions were eliminated. Three tenure track faculty positions, a web librarian, a reference librarian, and a medical librarian, and one staff position, were vacated because of three retirements and a resignation. One librarian and one staff member volunteered to reduce their schedule to 75% and another librarian took 20 LWOP days over the summer months. The dean’s 7-day furlough also adds to the Library’s reduction in personnel expenditures. In addition to the personnel expenditures, the Library’s acquisitions budget has been reduced by $300,000. To date 25 research databases and other electronic resources and hundreds of print and electronic journals have been identified for cancellation. We will also spend less for new books, travel, and professional development.

While the budget situation is certainly very challenging, it has not stopped the Library from responding to the needs of the university communities by moving ahead in certain areas. In response to student demand, five new group study rooms are being constructed on the second floor and should be available by October. Planning also continues for the new North Entrance. This project includes creating six handicap parking spots, a card swipe reader for the after hours study facility, a camera and book security system, a circulation desk, landscaping and an arctic entryway with an outside canopy. If everything goes as expected, the Library’s second entrance will open in June 2016.

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‘How can adults in our community get the tech skills they need?’ Oct. 1

Think Tank Series: ‘How can adults in our community get the tech skills they need?’ Oct. 1

Thursday, Oct. 1, 11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

Guest agency: Anchorage Public Library
Topic: How can adults in our community get the tech skills they need?

Think Tanks are a monthly community engagement experience in which a nonprofit agency presents a challenge or issue and attendees brainstorm solutions for the organization.

The Anchorage Public Library provides many resources and adult services. One major focus is on digital literacy for adults in our community. How can we close the gap and help adults who aren’t so tech savvy catch up as virtually every critical service has moved online? How can we help adults gain technology skills that will help them get or keep a job? How can we educate adults so they don’t fall prey to online scams? How can we help community members wade through internet resources to get reliable information as opposed to unreliable or misinformation?

Students, faculty, staff and community members–join us to assist the Anchorage Public Library and contribute your thoughts and ideas to the discussion!

Pizza will be provided by Moose’s Tooth.

Parking Note: Free parking for this event is available in the Library Lot and the East (CPISB) Garage. Please allow extra time to find parking.

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Winter Bear Project Sept 14, 18-19

The Southcentral Foundation and Alaska Humanities Forum are cosponsoring a week of events related to Anne Hanley’s play, “The Winter Bear.” This show, about a troubled village kid set straight by an elder, also debuted at Cyrano’s and has since toured widely. “The Winter Bear Project” includes a discussion with the playwright and poet Stephen Bolen at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 in room 307 of UAA/APU Consortium Library, a screening of a documentary about the play at 5:30 p.m. at the Alaska Native Heritage Center and two productions of the play at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18-19 at Alaska Pacific University’s Grant Hall.

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6th ANNUAL COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT FORUM-April 24

6th ANNUAL COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT FORUM
Friday, April 24th, 2015
11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
UAA Consortium Library, Room 307

You are invited to join the Center for Community Engagement & Learning at our annual forum to recognize the civic engagement achievements from the past year.

The Community Engagement Forum features awards to students and faculty and highlights of our community partnerships, including the presentation of the 2015 Selkregg Community Engagement & Service Learning Award and Dr. Alex Hills Engineering & Civic Engagement Award.

The poster session is an opportunity to talk to Community Engaged Student Assistants about their faculty-community partner projects. Be sure to arrive early, you won’t want to miss it!

11:00 a.m. Student Poster Session | 12:00 p.m. Luncheon Program Begins

Please RSVP by April 20 RSVP online (www.uaa.alaska.edu/engage) or by contacting CCEL.

Cabin Fever Debates-Jan 27

Cabin Fever Debates
The Seawolf Debate team is proud to present the tenth annual Cabin Fever Debates Intramural Debating Tournament. Held each year in the spring semester, the Cabin Fever Debates provide UAA students not active on the competitive Seawolf Team the opportunity to give academic debating a try. Designed for students with little or no competitive experience, the tournament will expose you to the fundamentals of debating and offer the chance to compete for a great prize package. All debates are open to the public. For more information, check out our website at cabinfeverdebates.uaa.alaska.edu.
When
Tue Jan 27, 2015 7pm – 10pm Alaska Time
Where
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

HERS Women’s Leadership Network information sessions scheduled for Oct. 14 and 21

HERS Women’s Leadership Network information sessions scheduled for Oct. 14 and 21

The UAA Chancellor’s Cabinet and the UAA HERS Women’s Leadership Network announce the application process to represent UAA at the Bryn Mawr or Denver HERS Summer Institute for women leaders in higher education. The deadline to apply is Nov. 13, 2014. Visit the HERS website for more information.

Informational sessions will be held:
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 3–4 p.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 10–11 a.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

The sessions will cover:

A brief introduction to the HERS Summer Institutes;
Experiences of recent participants;
The UAA internal application process; and
The vision of the UAA HERS Women’s Leadership Network.
Community campuses:
Please contact Kaytlyn Church at kmchurch@uaa.alaska.edu by Oct. 10 to set up a video link.

For questions:
Please contact Vice Provost Susan Kalina (smkalina@uaa.alaska.edu), Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students Dewain Lee (dllee@uaa.alaska.edu) or Associate Dean Hilary Seitz (hjseitz@uaa.alaska.edu).

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“North to the Future: Opportunities and Change in Alaska’s Emerging Frontiers.”-Oct 16

Fran Ulmer, former UAA Chancellor and Special Advisor to the U.S. State Department on Arctic Science and Policy, is the opening keynote for the upcoming Alaska Law Review symposium – “North to the Future: Opportunities and Change in Alaska’s Emerging Frontiers.”

Dr. William Iggiagruk Hensley, Visiting Distinguished Professor, UAA College of Business and Public Policy, will give the luncheon keynote.

William Hensley
Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Place: UAA/APU Consortium Library LIB 307
Cost: FREE
Parking: Free in the large lot by the Alaska Airlines Center – across the street from the Library.

Rapidly evolving changes in Alaska and the Arctic present challenges to Alaska’s leaders and institutions in addressing the legal issues associated with economic development, climate change, and social and cultural impacts. This symposium starts a conversation about these issues.

Panel topics include:
“Alaska Native Participation in the Territorial Governance of the North”
“Managing the Multinational Development of the Arctic North”
“Regulatory Oversight of Alaska’s Arctic Shores”
Panelists:
Barrett Ristroph, The Wilderness Society
Mara Kimmel, UAA Institute of Social and Economic Research
Betsy Baker, University of Washington School of Law
Mike Levine, Oceana
Barry Zellen, Visiting Fellow, Institute of the North

The Alaska Law Review is published by Duke University School of Law for the Alaska Bar Association.

This event is sponsored by the Alaska Law Review, the Arctic Law Section of the Alaska Bar Association, and the UAA Justice Center. Prof. Ryan Fortson, J.D., Ph.D., Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, is the faculty advisor for this event.

The Alaska Bar Association has approved this symposium for 4.5 hours of general CLE credit.

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