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: Analyses to date reflect that APS students do well in postsecondary education, as those who earn the APS take more credit hours and require fewer developmental or remedial classes than their peers. They are also more likely to continue in postsecondary education and to persist in their studies than their ineligible peers. The 2019 Alaska Performance Scholarship Outcomes report includes information on past recipients’ college graduation and participation in the Alaska workforce. Detailed information about program outcomes is available in ACPE's annual report, which is available online at https://acpe.alaska.gov/reports.
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 ranks last in the nation in low-income college participation rates, highlighting the importance of supporting access to postsecondary education in the state and increasing the overall proportion of students enrolling after high school.
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 an economically successful 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. To keep costs as low as possible, ACPE has steadily increased programs relying on distance delivery, and/or the use of local volunteer coordinators who are provided with training and resources. This has allowed us to expand into more communities even while reducing overall costs. 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 Alaska Career Information System 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 school districts using AKCIS. 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, even as we continue to see overall logins decline. The decline in new portfolios created, however, can be attributed at least in part to a new single-sign on efficiency that is likely decreasing the number of duplicate portfolios created. 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/ AKCIS.
|A2: Core Service - Efficiently deliver state financial aid information and materials to Alaska students and parents.|
|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 SARA portal agency allows ACPE to provide Alaska 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 November 27, 2019