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Planning for the Alaska College of Education

Overview

As part of the UA Strategic Pathways process, the UA Board of Regents on December 14, 2016 approved creation of a single Alaska College of Education to be administered by the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS). The College will consolidate all UA teacher preparation and educational leadership programs (currently at UAF, UAA, and UAS) in one streamlined academic unit. The Board’s action is a step toward fulfilling the goal articulated by President Jim Johnsen that—by 2025—90 percent of all new teacher hires in Alaska will be educated at the University of Alaska. Creation of the new College is premised on approval of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). A Steering Committee and an External Advisory Council are established to pursue accreditation and move toward phased implementation of the College beginning in Fall 2018.

  • Chancellor Richard Caulfield (chair), University of Alaska Southeast
  • Provost Karen Carey, University of Alaska Southeast
  • Provost Samuel Gingerich, University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Provost Susan Henrichs, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Interim Dean Stephen Atwater, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Dr. Cathy Coulter, Associate Professor, Elementary Education, University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Dr. Jonathan Bartels, Assistant Professor, Secondary Education, University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Dr. Amy Vinlove, Assistant Professor, Elementary Education, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Dr. Cindy Fabbri, Assistant Professor, Elementary Education, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Dr. Katy Spangler, Professor, Education, University of Alaska Southeast
  • Dr. Virgil Fredenberg, Professor, Education, University of Alaska Southeast
  • Paul Ongtooguk, Assistant Professor, Secondary Education, University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Dr. Sean Asiqluq Topkok, Assistant Professor, Graduate Studies, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Ernestine Hayes, Associate Professor, English, University of Alaska Southeast

DATEDAYTIMECONFERENCE INFO
February 24, 2017Friday3-5pmAudio and Video Conference
March 10, 2017Friday11am-3pmIn Person - Anchorage
March 24, 2017Friday8-10amAudio Conference and Video at these locations: UAA-Admin 201, UAF-Rasmuson 340, UAS-Hendrickson 204
April 7, 2017Friday8-10amAudio Conference and Video at these locations: UAA-Admin 201, UAF-Rasmuson 340, UAS-Hendrickson 204
April 21, 2017Friday8-10amAudio Conference and Video at these locations: UAA-Admin 201, UAF-Signer's Hall 330, UAS-Hendrickson 204
May 2, 2017Tuesday8-10amAudio Conference and Video at these locations: UAA-Admin 201, UAF-Signer's Hall 330, UAS-Hendrickson 204
May 11, 2017Thursday10am-4pmAll Faculty Meeting - In Person in Anchorage

location TBD

May 19, 2017Friday8-10amAudio Conference and Video at these locations: UAA-Admin 201, UAF-Signer's Hall 330, UAS-Hendrickson 204
May 30, 2017Tuesday10am-12pmAudio Conference and Video at these locations: UAA-Admin 201, UAF-Signer's Hall 330, UAS-Hendrickson 204
June 16, 2017Friday8-10amAudio Conference and Video at these locations: UAA-Admin 201, UAF-Signer's Hall 330, UAS-Hendrickson 204
June 30, 2017Friday8-10amAudio Conference and Video at these locations: UAA-Admin 201, UAF-Signer's Hall 330, UAS-Hendrickson 204
August 18, 2017Friday8:30-10:30amAudio Conference and Video at these locations: UAA-Admin 201, UAF-Signer's Hall 330, UAS-Hendrickson 204
  • Stephanie Butler, Alaska Commission on Post-Secondary Education
  • Jerry Covey, Consultant/EED Alaska Education Challenge
  • Sue Hull, State Board of Education
  • Lisa Parady, Alaska Council of School Administrators
  • Tim Parker, NEA Alaska
  • Edward Alexander, Education Director, Tanana Chiefs Conference
  • Rosita Worl, Executive Director, Sealaska Heritage Institute
  • Ty Mase, Superintendent, Lake and Peninsula School District
  • Kersten Gomez, Teacher, Kenai Peninsula School District
  • Barb (QasuGlana) Amarok, Sitnasuak Native Corporation
  • Sondra L. Meridith, Alaska Department of Education and Early Development

Involvement of UA-wide Working Groups

President Johnsen's directive from February 3, 2017 called for creation of working groups to support the Steering Committee’s planning efforts. As part of its deliberations, the Committee has identified a need for eight such groups, focused on specific information and data requirements linked to a NWCCU Substantive Change Proposal. The eight groups, made up of representatives from each UA university, are:

  • Educational Offerings
  • Student Services
  • Physical Facilities & Equipment
  • Library, IT Services & Instructional Design
  • Human Resources
  • Budget & Fiscal Planning
  • Innovative Partnership Models
  • Data Management

The Educational Offerings working group is made up of fulltime Education faculty and selected staff from across all three universities. That group met together in Anchorage on May 11, and several subgroups are expected to meet again face-to-face in September. The remaining working groups will be made up of UA staff and faculty with particular knowledge of identified subject areas (e.g. library, facilities). Each will be led by a facilitator, who is a member of the group. UA Steering Committee members, including provosts from each university, were involved in nominating members from their university for service on these groups.

The charge to each group is to assemble information and data that responds to the question and needs posed by the Steering Committee (to be provided) and to prepare a brief written report to the Committee summarizing its findings, ideas, and recommendations. The plan is that these groups will meet via audio- and/or video-conferencing during summer 2017 and provide a report back to the Steering Committee Chair no later than August 31.

The focus of the groups will be on: 1) fulfilling the expectations of the Board of Regents in creating a single Alaska College of Education, 2) supporting the Steering Committee’s efforts to meet NWCCU accreditation standards, and 3) enhancing opportunities for student success and innovation in teacher preparation and educational leadership in Alaska.

Working Groups & Members

Working Group

UASUAAUAF
Educational OfferingsFacultyFacultyFaculty
Student Services
  • Barbara Hegel, Registrar
  • Janelle Cook, Dir. Fin Aid
  • Amanda Triplett, Advising
  • Lora Volden, Registrar
  • Catherine Taylor, Academic Success Coord.
  • Lindsey Chadwell, Interim Registrar
  • Ginny Kinne, Academic Advising Center
  • Mike Earnest, UAF Registrar
  • Julie Parshall, Financial Aid
Physical Facilities & EquipmentNathan Leigh, PEKim Mahoney, FacilitiesScott Bell, Facilities
Library, IT Services & Instructional Design
  • Elise Tomlinson, Director, Egan Library
  • Cody Bennett, IT Services
  • Maureen O'Halloran, Instructional Designer
  • Katy Spangler, Faculty
  • Katherine Walker, Educ. Tech. Coordinator
  • Steve Rollins, Director
  • Karen Jensen, Library
  • Chris Lott, eLearning
  • Tom Langdon, OIT Customer Support Services
Human Resources
  • Karen Carey, Provost
  • Gail Cheney, Director, HR
  • Virgil Fredenberg, Faculty
  • Michelle Yerkes, Senior HR Consultant
  • Marian Bruce, Director, Faculty Service
  • Sam Gingerich, Interim Chancellor
  • Susan Henrichs, Provost
  • Brad Lobland, HR
Budget & Fiscal Planning
  • Michael Ciri, VC Administration
  • Julie Vigil, Budget Director
  • Deborah Lo, Dean
  • Pat Shier, VC Administration
  • Paul Deputy, Interim Dean
  • Megan Olsen, UAA Development
  • Kari Burrell, VC Administration
  • Julie Queen, AVC Financial Services
  • Sasha Wood, SOE Fiscal Officer
Innovative Partnership Models
  • Ernestine Hayes, Faculty
  • Scott Christian, Faculty
  • Paul Ongtooguk, Faculty
  • Jennifer Hardy, PACE
  • Evon Peter, VC CRCD
  • Steve Atwater, Dean
  • Carol Barnhardt, Faculty
Data ManagementBrad Ewing, IE
  • Erin Holmes
  • Brian Brubaker
Ian Olson
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