The University of Alaska Southeast has been reaccredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The NWCCU reaffirmed UAS' accreditation status after a Comprehensive Evaluation in the Fall of 2009.
"The visit was engaging and provided a good discussion and guidance for improving programs at UAS," said Chancellor John Pugh. "This has been a major effort on the part of students, staff and faculty at UAS to participate in a comprehensive self study process."
The commission commended UAS on its mission statement that takes into account the "geographical cultural, and economic environment and commitment to open access and student transformation." The NWCCU also noted the "keen awareness" UAS has for the community and state of Alaska in its planning at all three campuses, Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka.
Finally, the Commission commended UAS quality and care of facilities. "While the natural environment is the guiding aesthetic," evaluators wrote, "it is clear that university personnel are mindful of the role of facilities in supporting programs and students. This makes for welcoming and inclusive settings."
UAS now enters into a new, more frequent system for accreditation. In the fall of 2011, UAS will submit an interim report and host its next visit from NWCCU evaluators.
Accreditation recognizes educational institutions for performance, integrity, and quality and is granted by a regional commission approved by the U.S. Department of Education. Educational institutions are required to be accredited in order to qualify for federal funds.