Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education's mission is to promote access to and success in education and career training beyond high school.
- Increase public awareness and use of ACPE's services as Alaska's higher education assistance agency.
- Efficiently deliver state financial aid information and materials to Alaska students and parents.
- Ensure Alaska's authorized institutions operate within academic, administrative and financial standards.
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|A: Result - Increase Alaskans' successful participation in postsecondary education.|
Target #1: Increase the numbers and percent of high school graduates qualifying for the Alaska Performance Scholarship (APS).
Analysis of results and challenges: FY2017 information in the table and chart is based on the fall term only, and numbers rise during the remainder of the academic year. Analyses to date reflect that APS is producing positive results, as those who earn the APS excel in their postsecondary studies, taking more credit hours and requiring fewer developmental or remedial classes than their peers. They are more likely to continue in postsecondary education and to persist in their studies than their ineligible peers. With six years having elapsed since program inception, ACPE is also now able to report that APS recipients are more likely to stay in Alaska than their non-eligible peers. The 2017 program report, scheduled for release in January 2018, will reflect the first two cohorts of APS college graduates, and include information on their participation in the Alaska workforce. Note that the increase in 2015-2017 high school graduates is at least partially attributable to elimination of Alaska’s graduation exam requirement (the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam (HSGQE)) and includes students who completed their studies in both AY14 (academic year) and AY15 but had not previously passed the HSGQE. Detailed information about program outcomes is available in ACPE's annual APS Outcomes Reports, which can be found online at http://acpe.alaska.gov/REPORTS/Reports/APS_Outcomes_Report
Target #2: By 2020, growth to equal the national average of Alaska high school graduates continuing on to postsecondary education within a year of graduation.
Analysis of results and challenges: Alaska's postsecondary education participation rates are of significant concern with the state remaining at the lowest performance level for this measure.
The Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education's (ACPE) mission is to provide Alaska's students, parents, and teachers/mentors with the information and financial aid resources necessary to access, and successfully complete higher education. ACPE mission-related services include 1) outreach to increase public awareness of the importance of postsecondary education and training and the critical steps leading to success; 2) statewide programs that incentivize students to aspire to education beyond high school that leads to a well-paying career in the Alaska workforce; 3) financial aid programs for Alaska students pursuing higher education; and 4) building Alaska's capacity to report on the state’s return on investment of public funding for education/workforce training programs and services.
The desired end results from these strategies are more than an increase in the numbers; they are development of a trained, competitive Alaska citizenry who are well-prepared to meet the state’s workforce demands of the future and leverage a strong economy through attracting business and industry investment in our state.
|A1: Core Service - Increase public awareness and use of ACPE's services as Alaska's higher education assistance agency.|
Target #1: Provide higher education outreach/awareness information and services to 100% of Alaska's secondary school students
Outreach Event Participation
Analysis of results and challenges: ACPE delivers Alaska-specific, age-appropriate education outreach/awareness information to increase learning and career planning activities as well as college and career training planning and preparation. ACPE's major outreach events target students as young as 2nd grade up to and including adults, with an emphasis on key steps for college and career success, such as establishing career goals, selecting an appropriate training program, and securing financial aid. ACPE is committed to reaching Alaskans across the state, recognizing that reaching more communities, particularly in more remote areas, may require more resources. To keep costs as low as possible, ACPE has steadily increased programs relying on distance delivery, and/or the use of local coordinators who are provided with training and resources. For more information on outreach activities, or to schedule a presentation, please visit http://acpe.alaska.gov/PLANNING/Education_Planning.
Target #2: Provide Alaska-centered higher education and career training pathways information to 100% of Alaska's secondary school students.
Total Annual AKCIS Logins
Analysis of results and challenges: ACPE provides the Alaska Career Information System (AKCIS) free of charge to all Alaskans. AKCIS is Alaskans' #1 online tool for developing personal learning and career plans, with all 54 districts using AKCIS. Overall logins remained steady this year. Training videos and other remote resources, as well as the development of new partnerships to help promote this valuable resource around the state, have helped to maintain healthy usage of the system. Information shows that users taking the most desirable, high-quality approach to using the system is increasing slightly, evidenced by the growth in total portfolios. (The large drop in new portfolios in 2014 is attributed to an effort to purge duplicate portfolios, and new training to reduce portfolio duplication.) Additionally, the number of active sites seeing the value in providing AKCIS to their students continues to grow. An increase in the popularity of AKCIS at the middle school level (consistent with national trends and a drive to begin career planning earlier) has contributed to that trend. For more information, or to try AKCIS for yourself, please visit http://acpe.alaska.gov/PLANNING/Education_Planning/AKCIS.
|A2: Core Service - Efficiently deliver state financial aid information and materials to Alaska students and parents.|
Target #1: Deliver informational tools and resources to ensure 100% of Alaska high schools, public and private, receive information to assist their students in preparing to qualify for an APS
Web Visitor Volume to APS.alaska.gov
Analysis of results and challenges: ACPE delivers information and student aid management tools to various publics. ACPE supports one-stop, efficient, integrated resource solutions: APS.alaska.gov and the Alaska Student Aid Portal (ASAP), for both scholarships and grants. This leads to significant traffic at APS.alaska.gov traffic. (*Please note 2015 and 2013 numbers reflect partial years due to gaps during which web traffic data were not collected). In recent years, traffic has declined from the 2014 peak. This may in part reflect increasing familiarity with the APS as it becomes a more established program. ACPE provides direct mail information to high school juniors and seniors, along with a listserv and resources for counselors and teachers to promote APS awareness and utilization.
|B: Result - Ensure Alaska's higher education consumers are protected.|
Target #1: Ensure 100% of authorized institutions in Alaska offer relevant, value-added education and training programs.
Analysis of results and challenges: ACPE operates Alaska’s oversight of postsecondary institutions in Alaska, and also functions as Alaska’s State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) portal agency, thereby providing oversight of distance education arising from or delivered into Alaska. Being Alaska’s approved SARA portal agency allows ACPE to provide Alaska’s higher education institutions with a low-cost option to deliver their distance education programs in any other SARA participant state without the need to meet onerous state-by-state authorization requirements and increasing Alaskans' opportunities to more readily access distance education programs originating from other SARA participating states.
|B1: Core Service - Ensure Alaska's authorized institutions operate within academic, administrative and financial standards.|
Target #1: 100% of authorized institutions documented to meet recognized or national standards for program/curriculum content, or be determined by a local qualified expert to meet Alaska training needs
Analysis of results and challenges: Alaska state law (AS 14.48) provides consumer protection for postsecondary students by requiring that postsecondary institutions operating in the state meet specified minimum standards. Institutions applying for authorization may document that their curricula provide academic or vocational value by providing evidence that the institution 1) is accredited by an organization recognized by the United States Department of Education, 2) results in a nationally recognized vocational credential, or 3) conforms to standards set forth by state occupational or professional licensing bodies such as the Board of Barbers and Hairdressers. Institutions proposing to provide training in areas where there are not such standards or bodies may document that they provide value-added training by undergoing a review by an independent subject expert.
For more details on the authorization process, or to see which schools are authorized to operate in Alaska, please visit http://acpe.alaska.gov/ABOUT_US/Programs_Services/Institutional_Authorization
Current as of December 14, 2018