The Network

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, partner communication, professional development, and data utilization around postsecondary attainment.

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. 

Network Publications

NEW! The 2015 Alaska Postsecondary Access & Completion Program Inventory, commissioned by the Network through ACPE, and developed by the McDowell Group, LLC. provides the most comprehensive overview of Alaska's postsecondary access and completion environment available to date. DOWNLOAD THE REPORT HERE.

Current Activity

Both the Executive Committee and the planning team last convened on February 3, 2015, and outlined the following next steps:

1. A bylaws committee consisting of Executive Committee and Network planning team members will be formed to review and edit the current draft bylaws, as well as secure external review.

2. The grant director will prepare a budget presentation for the Executive Committee's review at the next meeting.

3. ACPE will supervise release of the completed Programs & Policy Inventory by McDowell Group, LLC. to Network members.

4. As a result of the Collaborative Assessment Tool online survey, all Executive Committee members will participate in additional outreach to promote attendance by a broad constituent group at the March "65 by 2025 - Alaska Can!" conference. 

5. The Conference subcommittee will continue planning for the March conference for postsecondary access and completion professionals.



Network Mission & Goals - Last Update 12/11/14

Network Development - Last Update 9/4/14

Alaska College Access Programs Inventory - Last Update 8/18/14

NCHEMS Data Summary Sheet


Spring 2015 Conference

65 by 2025 - Alaska Can!

March 17-18, 2015

Anchorage Marriott Downtown

learn more


To stay informed of the Alaska Postsecondary Access and Completion Network's activity, sign up for Alaska's College Access listerv

Meeting Presentations

Alaska Postsecondary Access & Completion Inventory - Scott Miller, MPPM, Senior Consultant, McDowell Group, LLC.

Getting to 65 by 2025: Understanding the Demographic Landscape - by Dan Robinson, Research Chief, Alaska DOLWD, Research and Analysis

Structure Subcommittee Recommendations & NCAN Training Debrief - Network Planning Team Members

Looking Ahead to 2020: Occupational Projections and Training Needs - Dan Robinson, Research Chief, Alaska DOLWD, Research and Analysis

Structure and Funding for College Access Networks - Carrie Warick, Director of Partnerships and Policy, NCAN

College Access and Success in Alaska: Data Analysis - Patrick Kelly, NCHEMS

Building College Access Partnerships: State and Regional Networks - Carrie Warick, Director of Partnerships and Policy, NCAN

From the Field: Bethel's "Missing Piece" - Janelle Vanasse, Principal, Bethel Regional High School & Nathaniel Betz, ACAC Guide, Bethel Regional High School