Department of Education Launches the Educational Quality through Innovative Partnerships (EQUIP) Experiment to Provide Low-Income Students with Access to New Models of Education and Training

In mid-October, the Obama Administration announced a new pilot program to accelerate and evaluate innovation through partnerships between colleges and universities and non-traditional providers of education in order to equip more Americans with the skills, knowledge, and training they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow.


To be considered for participation in the EQUIP initiative, postsecondary institutions must submit a letter of interest to the Department of Education, following the procedures outlined in the Federal Register notice. To receive priority consideration, letters of interest must be received no later than December 14, 2015 per the DoE guidelines. Read here to learn more.

Report on UA Graduates’ Employment in Alaska

UAGrads_EmploymentIn collaboration with the University of Alaska, the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development identified the residency, employment and earnings of individuals graduating from UA since FY99, at one and five years after graduation. Outcomes were analyzed by career cluster, degree level and by the university granting the degree, and are presented in the figures and graphs on pages 3 – 7. Observed residency and employment patterns after graduation are the product of each individual graduate’s education and training experiences, as well as personal lifestyle goals. Read the full report here.

Debate, Faculty Forum and Discussion on Workforce Development – Thursday, November 12th

debateThe Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence,
Difficult Dialogues Initiative & Seawolf Debate Program

invite you to a public debate, faculty forum, and discussion:
UAA should prioritize workforce development
over a liberal arts education.”

Thursday, November 12, 2015    7-9 pm

Free of charge and open to the public
featuring the award-winning UAA Seawolf Debate Program,
a faculty response panel, and a facilitated public discussion.

With UAA faculty panelists:
Dan Kline, English
LuAnn Piccard, Engineering
Landry Signe, Political Science

The media contains numerous reports of U.S. jobs going unfilled, or being outsourced to distant lands, because too few American workers have the requisite skills to perform them well. In Alaska, with the fiscal crisis expected to last into the forseeable future, and with student debt rising, the pressure on students to have highly marketable skills is on the increase (and jobs may be on the decrease). More than two dozen Japanese universities are reducing or eliminating academic programs in the humanities and social sciences, following a dictum from Tokyo to focus on disciplines that “better meet society’s needs.” But don’t we need citizens capable of navigating their way through the complex social and political challenges we face, using skills and perspectives provided by a well-rounded liberal arts education? Join us for this important discussion.

This event is part of a series sponsored by the UAA Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence since 2003 to offer the UAA and Anchorage communities access to university resources as a basis for discussions of policies and issues affecting its future.

For information: or 786-4605