Beginning with the Alaska College Access and Success Summit in November 2013, a diverse group of leaders from across Alaska began exploring ways to facilitate partnership, communication and advocacy to positively influence the growth of a college-going culture in Alaska. The effort is currently organized by the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education (ACPE) and funded by the U.S. College Access Challenge Grant program, with the support of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE).
Planning team participants agree that a well-designed statewide network can facilitate partnerships and produce collective energy and action focused on improving postsecondary access and success in Alaska. Network objectives would be to create synergy, reduce duplication of effort across membership, disseminate best practices and develop complementary messaging by state programs, agencies and organizations to encourage and support attainment. The network can begin to address Alaska’s gaps and dissonance in statewide messaging, K-16 communication, and professional development around postsecondary attainment - focus areas first identified at the 2013 summit.
The Alaska Postsecondary Access & Completion Network is forming out of the collaborative discussions and next steps identified through planning team meetings. This group will continue to work towards the growth of a college-going culture for Alaskan students, while setting realistic and relevant goals and outlining strategies to accomplish those goals. Relevant materials informing Alaskans of network development progress will be maintained on this website, including: meeting summaries outlining outcomes and next steps, copies of presentations provided to members, and additional resources.