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Key Performance Indicators
University of Alaska System (UA)
The University of Alaska inspires learning, and advances and disseminates knowledge through teaching, research, and public service, emphasizing the North and its diverse peoples. AS 14.40.010, AS 14.40.060
University of Alaska Mission Statement
Board of Regents' Policy 01.01.010
Key Performance Indicators
|2.||Research: Advancing Knowledge, Basic and Applied
This program category represents activities directly related to scientific and academic research. The majority of the research is externally sponsored from non-general funds.
- Target: Increase the number of graduates in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs.
|3.||Service: Sharing Knowledge to Address Community Needs
This program category includes activities that make available to the public the unique resources and capabilities of the university in response to specific community needs or issues.
|1: Student Instruction|
Target #1: Maintain and grow student enrollment.
Student Full-Time Equivalents
Over the last five years, student enrollment has declined due to fewer high school graduates entering postsecondary education, fewer programs and budget uncertainty, coupled with significant enrollment losses since onset of the pandemic. All three universities pivoted with the necessary response to COVID, providing up to 90 percent of courses online. Going forward, there will be a new normal in the learning environment with approximately 50 percent online courses and continued recruitment and retention efforts, namely in high-demand programs to meet the critical workforce needs of Alaska.
The focus now is on adding student enrollment, by continuing to foster new students as well as working with continuing students to encourage re-enrollment. UA is committed to seeing this measure improve over the next few years. To this end, investments have been made in marketing and recruitment; partnerships with K-12, including very successful options for dual enrollment; expansion of on-line programs; and innovative program delivery.
Target #2: Increase completion of degree, certificate and endorsement programs.
Degrees, Certificates and Endorsements Awarded
Some modest declines in program completion numbers were anticipated as a result of overall enrollment levels dropping. However, recent degree award changes are anticipated to be temporary, with future growth expected as student enrollment stabilizes and rebounds. Today, a higher proportion of enrolled students are completing programs and earning credentials each year than in FY2017, with the ratio of annual awards to enrolled students each fall improving from 1:6 in 2017 to 1:5 in 2021.
An area of emerging strength for all three universities is undergraduate certificate programs. These workforce focused programs can be completed in a shorter time frame, ranging from one semester to two years. The number of graduates from these programs has grown 13 percent in the last year, topping 570 awards in FY2021.
UA is fundamental to Alaska's economic recovery, delivering relevant programs that qualify graduates to take current and future jobs in the state. Of program graduates remaining in Alaska one year after graduation, 90 percent were employed in-state. Last year, about 1 in 10 Alaska workers were graduates of UAA, UAF, or UAS. Despite past enrollment declines, UA remains optimistic improvement is possible in program completions with investments aimed to improve student retention and more innovative and on-line program delivery options.
Target #3: Increase newly trained teachers
Initial Teacher Program Graduates
The number of teacher education program graduates who qualify for initial licensure has decreased about 40 percent in the last five years, with more than half the decline occurring since the pandemic began. Earlier declines were due in part to program UAA discontinuations, with a drop in graduates from programs at all three universities over the last five years.
Performance is expected to improve relatively quickly in this area. The consortium is developing strategies to increase enrollment and graduates, communicate the breadth of existing programs, assess state needs, and ensure that academic pathways and opportunities for students are maintained or expanded by ensuring that a full array of programs and services are available to educate students across the state and online through faculty in Schools of Education and affiliated programs at each university. UA-trained new and continuing K-12 educators are in high demand within Alaska, with nearly 90 percent working in Alaska within a year of graduating.
Target #4: Increase health and related profession program graduates
Health and Related Profession Program Graduates
The overall number of majors enrolled in health and related programs also dropped a little in the last year, about 4 percent, although the number of majors pursing shorter term graduate certificates grew 150 percent between FY2020 and FY2021.
UA's program participants are able to find jobs directly after graduation in high-demand health and related occupations necessary for Alaska's economic stability and growth. For example, about 90 percent of UA nursing and certified nurse aid program graduates are working in Alaska within one year.
|2: Research: Advancing Knowledge, Basic and Applied|
Target #1: Increase total research expenditures.
Total Research Expenditures (Million $)
Research contributes to every aspect of Alaskan life - it drives innovation and discovery, spurs outside investment, generates a significant percentage of UA's annual revenue and is critical for future growth. UA invested in Arctic Initiatives like Arctic Domain Awareness Center (ADAC), Showcasing UA Research and Innovation Through Media - Alaskan Goldminds, One Health Circumpolar Initiative, Experimental Arctic Prediction Initiative, and Center for Arctic Policy Studies to continue to build competitive capacity.
A climate of innovation and collaboration helps advance growth in research, creative works, and commercialization, as well as engaging undergraduate and graduate students, who continue to gain skills and knowledge in support of becoming tomorrow's leaders.
Target #2: Increase the number of graduates in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Program Graduates
Some modest declines in program completion numbers were anticipated as a result of overall enrollment levels dropping in recent years. However, recent degree award drops are anticipated to be temporary, with future growth expected as student enrollment stabilizes and rebounds from onset of the global pandemic.
Students completing science, technology, engineering and math programs are qualified to help meet Alaska's job market needs for a wide range of industries like oil and gas, information technology, mining, and many more. UA continues to provide education and training to fill Alaska's growing need for qualified employees.
Target #3: Sustain overall, long-term growth in number of new invention disclosures.
New Invention Disclosures
The annual number of invention disclosures can be subject to large swings year-to-year. In particular, the global COVID-19 pandemic led to a mandatory shutdown of research activity in March 2020, which naturally reduced the number of invention disclosures made in FY2020. In the most recent year, FY2021, UAS had about 3 percent (1) of total invention disclosures, UAA about 13 percent (4) and UAF the remaining 84 percent (27) of invention disclosures systemwide.
The vast majority of research and related funding comes from sources outside the state, providing an estimated, total direct and indirect economic impact of $242M to the state in 2020, through jobs, payroll and business sales.
|3: Service: Sharing Knowledge to Address Community Needs|
Target #1: Maintain Outreach publication distribution.
Outreach Publication Distributions
The number of hardcopy publications distributed remained steady through the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic, at about 150,000 annually. Reduced face-to-face outreach events and opportunities, such as summer fairs, led to about one-third as many hardcopy publications being distributed in FY2021 as in FY2019.
Search capability improvements to the CES online publication library resource at the end of FY2018 resulted in more than three times as many electronic publications in FY2019, establishing a new higher baseline for this measure. In FY2020, electronic downloads reach an all-time high, likely due to ease of availability combined with social distancing requirements at the time. In FY2021, electronic publication access returned to a level similar to FY2019.
Target #2: Sell books and maps published by the UA Press.
UA Press Books and Maps Sold
The onset of COVID-19, and the consequences for the Alaska tourism industry and trade book sales, had strong adverse effects for UA Press revenues. Book and map sales by the Press declined more than 40 percent between FY2019 and FY2020. In response, University of Alaska Press temporarily suspended its book project acquisitions and development functions for the period of July 2020 to June 2021. Book and map sale numbers are not available for FY2021.
In FY2022, the UA Press formally joined the University Press of Colorado Publishing Consortium. Joining the consortium provides capacity for efficient operations, growth, and increasing the profile of the authors and the press. The UA Press is able to maintain local offices and staff, and retains the ability to continue publishing under its own name.
Current as of December 16, 2021