Alaska Postsecondary Access & Completion Network

Beginning with the Alaska College Access and Success Summit, a diverse group of leaders from across Alaska has been forming to explore ways to facilitate partnership, communication and advocacy to positively influence the growth of a college-going culture in Alaska.  The summit, 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), convened on November 5, 2013.  ACPE has provided a comprehensive summary of that meeting and access to the presentations from local and national speakers on this site for your reference. 

The Alaska Postsecondary Access & Completion Network was formed out of the collaborative discussions and next steps identified in that meeting.  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.  The following components were determined to be essential to this effort when moving forward:

  1. Leadership & staff to develop clear membership structure and benefits

  2. Clear, shared goals to communicate with legislature and administration

  3. Specific, shared metrics grounded in Alaska’s workforce needs

  4. Common vision and language with flexibility for individual adaptation and application

  5. Simple and feasible funding structure

  6. Passion of purpose driven by members, organizations (including industry), and community will

  7. Growth of knowledge base about existing initiatives

Next Steps for the Network

At the team’s request, information about the structure, initiatives, and outcomes of other states’ college access and success networks (Ohio & Michigan) were included in the Network Planning Team Meeting Summary for January.

  1. 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.

  2. Members will select a formal name for the planning team and network to use for statewide communication moving forward.

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