University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA)
The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) is a public university in Anchorage, Alaska. UAA also administers four community campuses spread across Southcentral Alaska: Kenai Peninsula College, Kodiak College, Matanuska–Susitna College, and Prince William Sound College. Between the community campuses and the main Anchorage campus, roughly 15,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students are currently enrolled at UAA. It is Alaska’s largest institution of higher learning and the largest university in the University of Alaska System. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies UAA among its public Master’s Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs, with a special classification for Community Engagement.
UAA’s main campus is located approximately four miles (6.4 km) southeast of its downtown area in the University-Medical District, adjacent to the Alaska Native Medical Center, Alaska Pacific University, and Providence Alaska Medical Center. Nestled among an extensive green belt, close to Goose Lake Park, UAA has been recognized as a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for ten consecutive years (2010-2019). Much of the campus is connected by a network of paved, outdoor trails, as well as an elevated, indoor “spine” that extends east to west from Rasmuson Hall, continuing through the student union and across UAA Drive (the more heavily traveled of the two north-south roads which go through the campus) before terminating inside the Consortium Library.
UAA is divided into five instructional and research units at the Anchorage campus: the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Public Policy, the Community and Technical College, College of Engineering, and the College of Health. UAA offers master’s degrees and graduate certificates in select programs, and the ability to complete certain Ph.D. programs through cooperating universities through its Graduate Division. As of May 2012, the university is accredited to confer doctoral degrees. UAA is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. In 2019, UAA’s School of Education lost its accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.