Alaska Postsecondary Access & Completion 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, 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. 

Next Steps for the Network

The planning team last convened on March 20, 2014, and outlined the following next steps:

1. Network staff will obtain the numbers which relate to goal targets [65% by 2025] from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

2. Two planning team members will attend a National College Access Network Training and report back on strategies for coalition building.

3. The Network Structure Sub-Committee (formed during the March meeting) will research: potential network structures, funding options, and the pros and cons associated with each option.  They will report findings & recommendations to the group at the next meeting.

4. Members agreed to reach out to policymakers and leaders who bring more diverse and necessary perspectives to the group (either through formal membership on the planning team, or in an advisory capacity as a resource/subject matter expert), including: Secondary Education, Rural Alaska, Alaska Native, and Labor/Industry.

5. All Alaska superintendents will receive a new invitation to join planning team activities and an update on the progress to date.

6. ACPE will develop an RFP for a postsecondary access/success programs inventory based on examples from other states to enhance the current informal inventory produced at the November 2013 summit.

Stay Informed of Network Activity

If you would like to stay informed of the Alaska Postsecondary Access and Completion Network's activity, sign up for Alaska's College Access listerv.  When you arrive on the page, simply enter your email address, select the Join option, and then click the Submit Request button.  This will ensure that you will receive all statewide communication and updates. 

Presentations - Jan 2014 Meeting

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

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

Presentations - Nov 2013 Summit

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

Building College Access Partnerships: State and Regional Networks
Presentation by 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