Listen to UAA’s Debate Team: Should UAA Prioritize Workforce Development Over a Liberal Arts Education

debate_it_green_copyThe Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence, Difficult Dialogues Initiative and Seawolf Debate Program hosted a public debate, faculty forum and discussion: “UAA should prioritize workforce development over a liberal arts education.”

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 foreseeable future, and with student debt rising, the pressure on students to have highly marketable skills is on the increase. More than two dozen universities in Japan 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? Listen to the debate recorded on November 14, 2015.

Source: University of Alaska Anchorage Podcasts

UAA’s Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College Hires Maritime Technology Program Coordinator

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UAA’s Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College is proud to announce that Marshall Bullock has been hired to serve as Kachemak Bay Campus’s new Maritime Technology Program Coordinator. Continue reading UAA’s Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College Hires Maritime Technology Program Coordinator

UAA School of Allied Health Partners with Southcentral Foundation

The UAA School of Allied Health is pleased to announce a partnership with the Southcentral Foundation’s (SCF) Nuka System of Care to implement a three-year HRSA Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) grant. The GWEP supports the development of a health care workforce that improves health outcomes for older adults by integrating geriatrics with primary care, maximizing patient and family engagement, and transforming the healthcare system. Called the AK GILD (Alaska Geriatrics Interdisciplinary Leadership Development), this program has two tracks: faculty and leadership. Read more 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
UAA/APU CONSORTIUM LIBRARY RM 307

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:  eroderick@uaa.alaska.edu or 786-4605

With new UAA program, Alaskans can stay in state to become pharmacists

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Starting next year, Alaskans can become pharmacists without having to leave the state thanks to a new partnership between the University of Alaska Anchorage and Idaho State University.

UAA announced Tuesday that students can apply to the joint pharmacy program — the university’s latest effort to produce more graduates with specific degrees in hopes that they stay in Alaska and join the state’s workforce. Between 10 and 15 first-year students will begin their schooling through the program next fall and hopefully graduate four years later as homegrown pharmacists, said Tom Wadsworth, ISU assistant dean of Alaska programs. Read the full ADN article here.