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September  4,  2014
Academic Assessment Survey Results

The Office of Academic Affairs announced the results of the AY 2014 Academic Assessment Survey. All 31 programs in the College of Health completed the survey. Nearly half of the programs (N=15) were making improvements to their assessment plans. Most (87%) of the programs reported that they were making changes to their academic programs as a result of the assessment results. The pie chart below shows the various areas in which changes were made or planned.  



Spring 2015 Class Schedule Hour Review


Last year, a subcommittee of the UAB and GAB recommended a review process in response to the new NWCCU policy around the credit hour. We are required to review whether or not we are accurately scheduling courses in a way that meets their assigned credit hours.


The Office of Academic Affairs sent the Dean's office a spreadsheet with 39 spring courses that did not appear to meet the correct number of contact minutes. After investigating these courses, we learned: 1) many had 0 credit labs which were scheduled in addition to the regular course, 2) several were flipped classes where lectures were provided via video outside of class, and 3) a few were practicum courses. Although we were able to explain the anomalies, this type of scrutiny is likely to occur every semester. Download the Credit Hour Review Process (pdf).

Guidelines for the Evaluation of Distance Education


The Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions recently published guidelines for evaluating distance education. These guidelines were adopted by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. We will be required to address them for UAA's 2017 report and visit. Download Guidelines for the Evaluation of Distance Education (On-line Learning (pdf).


Unit Updates
Department of Health Sciences  - - - - - - - - -
Congratulations to APHA MPH Ambassadors!
Congratulations to MPH students Laila Allen, Fabrice Evengue, Brittany Smith, and Andrew Tooyak who were selected as the 2014 APHA MPH Ambassadors. These students will join Dr. Gabe Garcia, Dr. Jenny Miller, Dr. Nancy Nix, and admin assistant Katie Frost in staffing the UAA MPH Booth at the APHA national conference in New Orleans, LA this November. In exchange for donating 10-12 hours of their valuable time and student perspectives to our exhibit booth at APHA, these MPH ambassadors will receive full registration to the conference and reimbursement of up to $1000 for their travel costs. They will present highlights of their experience as part of our 2014-2015 MPH Seminar Series. For more information, visit:

Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies  - - - - -
ICHS to Present at Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness Conference
The Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies will be presenting an update on Alaska's Housing First programs at the Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness Annual Conference. The conference will take place September 29-October 1, 2014 in Juneau, Alaska at the Westmark Baranof Hotel. The coalition will be hosting two nationally respected speakers, Sam Tsemberis and Bill Hobson, on Housing First. To register for the conference, visit (click the "Annual Conference" tab at the top of the page for additional information).

Justice Center  - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Town Square Park Research Project Featured in Alaska Dispatch News


The Town Square Park research project by Dr. Troy Payne, Justice Center faculty, in collaboration with the Anchorage Police Department, was featured on the front page of the Alaska Dispatch News. Dr. Payne and student researcher Daniel Reinhard are observing activity in the Town Square Park as part of a crime study for the Anchorage Police Department (APD). Read the complete article: University uses social experiment to study Town Square Park behaviors by Devin Kelly, August 7, 2014. For more information, visit: 


Dr. Chamard Interviewed for New York Times Blog "The Upshot"

Dr. Sharon Chamard, Justice Center faculty and Director of the Survey Research Center, was interviewed by Josh Katz of The New York Times for the NYT blog "The Upshot." The interview focuses on the difficulties of conducting polls in Alaska. It addresses low response rates, which are compounded by Alaska's small population and residential transiency. A small sample size makes it difficult to yield reliable data. Read the full article: "Yes, Alaska Is Hard To Poll. So Is Everywhere Else." For more information, visit:


Prof. Brandeis Moderates US Senate Republican Candidates Debate


On August 11, Prof. Jason Brandeis, JD, Justice Center Legal Studies faculty, moderated a debate among the three US Senate Republican candidates Dan Sullivan, Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, and Joe Miller. The debate was hosted by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce as part of its "Make It Monday" series. Over 150 people attended the event at the Egan Center to hear topics on social security, the national debt, federal spending, immigration reform, natural resources, and economic development. Listen to the "Republican US Senate Debate" (August 8, 2014). For more information, visit: 


AJSAC Releases "State and Local Law Enforcement Personnel in Alaska: 1982-2012"  

The August 2014 issue of the AJSAC Fact Sheet presents data between 1982-2012 on state and local law enforcement personnel in Alaska, including size of law enforcement agencies by number of employed personnel, police-citizen ratio, ratio of sworn officers to civilian employees, and employment of women as sworn officers. Data is drawn from the annual Crime in Alaska report of the Alaska Department of Public Safety and the annual Crime in the United States report of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, both of which are part of the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program. For more information, visit:

Dr. Myrstol Presents at National Forum on Criminal Justice


Dr. Brad Myrstol, Director of the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC), presented at the recent National Forum on Criminal Justice in Colorado. This year's theme was "Integrating Research, Police and Technology to Improve Public Safety." Dr. Myrstol was on the panel "Police Responses to Crime: Community and Institutional Factors" and discussed police decision-making in domestic violence and sexual assault cases in Alaska. The forum was sponsored by the National Criminal Justice Association, the Justice Research and Statistics Association and the Integrated Justice Information Systems Institute. For more information, visit:

Drs. Rivera and Garcia Present at International Epidemiology Conference


Dr. Marny Rivera, Justice Center faculty, and Dr. Gabriel Garcia, UAA Department of Health Sciences, presented a poster of their collaborative research "Is Race a Factor in Disparate Health Problems Associated with Violent Victimization in Alaska?" at the 20th IEA World Congress of Epidemiology in Anchorage on August 20. This year's conference theme was "Global Epidemiology in a Changing Environment: The Circumpolar Perspective." The mission of the International Epidemiological Association  (IEA) is to facilitate communication among individuals engaged in research and the teaching of epidemiology worldwide, and to foster the use of epidemiology in all fields of health including social, community, and preventative medicine. For more information, visit: 


Drs. Lepage and Fortson Present at 31st Annual Tribal Court Development Conference


Dr. Cory R. Lepage and Dr. Ryan Fortson, Justice Center faculty, presented at the 31st Annual Alaska Tribal Court Development Conference August 5-7 in Fairbanks. They discussed the research possibilities for exploring the effectiveness of tribal courts, particularly in the area of minor consuming alcohol (MCA) cases. Barbara Armstrong, editor of the Alaska Justice Forum, also attended the event. Participants included state and tribal court judges, court clerks, tribal administrators, Native village representatives, and federal and state agency representatives. For more information, visit: 


Dr. Blumenstein Joins Justice Center Faculty


Professor Lindsey Blumenstein, PhD, joined the Justice Center faculty as an assistant professor this fall. Dr. Blumenstein is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and received her doctoral degree in sociology. Her areas of expertise include intimate partner violence, sexual assault and the college population, kidnapping, and research methods. This semester, Dr. Blumenstein will be teaching Justice 201 Data Analysis and Justice 490 Domestic Violence.For more information, visit:


School of Social Work  -  - - - - - - - - - - -
Update on the Strengthening Families' Five Protective Factors Framework
The Child Welfare Academy, sponsored by the School of Social Work, has a new contract with the Office of Children's Services to expand the Strengthening Families' Five Protective Factors Framework within western and northern regions using a collective impact approach. Currently, the Strengthening Families steering committee is bringing together an advisory committee within each of those regions to gain input on how to implement the framework.



Upcoming Events/Deadlines

  • September 9 - FASD Awareness Day 
  • September 10 - Sabbatical reports due to OAA* (UNAC review, promotion, and tenure files due to Dean's office)
  • September 11 - Leadership team meeting
  • September 15 - UAFT workloads due to OAA* (UAFT/UNAC activity reports, CVs, appointment letters due to OAA*)
  • September 25 - Leadership team meeting
  • September 29 - UAFT promotion and tenure, annual retention files due to Dean UAFT/UNAC sabbatical requests due to Dea
  • September 29 - October 1 - Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness Annual Conference (Juneau, AK)
  • October 9 - Leadership team meeting
  • October 15 - Faculty development and research/travel grants due to OAA*
  • October 23 - Leadership team meeting


    *NOTE: Dates will be established for when these items are due in the Dean's office prior to being forwarded to OAA

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