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ACCELERATED LEARNING OPTIONS

As a component of public school funding, Alaska provides extra support for special education, gifted and talented education, vocational education, bilingual education, and other ?intensive services? to districts in the state who qualify. In order to qualify for the funding, a district must file a plan that indicates the nature of the services that will be provided to students. (Last Updated 2011)

Financial Assistance

Alaska Stat. 14.17.420(a) - Funding for Special Needs, High School Vocational and Technical Instruction, and Intensive Services

Tech-Prep/Technical and Vocational Education

Alaska Stat. 14.17.420(a) - Funding for Special Needs, High School Vocational and Technical Instruction, and Intensive Services
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ADULT LEARNERS

The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development administers the state's Adult Basic Education (ABE) Program. There are 13 regional ABE programs, four volunteer literacy centers, and one ABE program in state corrections facilities which provide some or all of the following ABE activities: instruction in the basic skills of reading, writing, and mathematics; instruction in preparing to take the GRE test; basic skills study through preparation for citizenship testing; and English literacy. The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Employment Security Division annually receives general funds from the state for ABE Programs including the State Training and Employment Program and the Alaska Technical and Vocational Education program. The University of Alaska Board of Regents policy on non-traditional learning provides students an opportunity to earn college credit for prior learning. (Last updated 2013).

Adult Learners, Financial Assistance

Alaska Stat. 23.15.620 - State Training and Employment Program
Alaska Stat. 23.15.625 - State Training and Employment Program: Employment Assistance and Training Program Account

Adult Learners, Funding

Alaska Stat. 23.15.645 - State Training and Employment Program: Duties and Powers of the Department
Alaska Stat. 23.15.651 - State Training and Employment Program: Duties of Alaska Workforce Investment Board; Grants; Eligible Entities
Alaska Stat. 23.15.830 - Alaska Technical and Vocational Education: Alaska Technical and Vocational Education Program Account
Alaska Stat. 23.15.835 - Alaska Technical and Vocational Education: Special Employee Unemployment Contributions for Program
Alaska Stat. 23.15.840 - Alaska Technical and Vocational Education: Grants for Technical and Vocational Education

Adult Learners, General Policy

Alaska Stat. 23.15.630 - State Training and Employment Program: Special Employee Unemployment Credit and Contributions for Program
Alaska Stat. 23.15.635 - State Training and Employment Program: People to be Served
Alaska Stat. 23.15.640 - State Training and Employment Program: Services for Eligible People; Repayment
Alaska Stat. 23.15.660 - State Training and Employment Program: Definitions

Credit for Prior Learning

Alaska Stat. 08.01.064 - Military Education,Training, and Service Credit; Temporary License

Governance of Adult Education

Alaska Stat. 23.15.820 - Alaska Technical and Vocational Education: Powers and Duties of the Alaska Workforce Investment Board

Military/Veterans Education

Alaska Stat. 08.01.064 - Military Education,Training, and Service Credit; Temporary License

Alaska Stat. 14.43.085 - Free Tuition and Fees for a Spouse or Dependent of a Peace Officer or Members of the Armed Services or a Fire Department
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ARTICULATION, TRANSFER, AND ALIGNMENT

The Board of Regents for the University of Alaska (UA) system, which oversees all public two- and four-year colleges and universities in the state, has established a common core of general education coursework to facilitate transfer between and among UA institutions. A student who completes the general education requirements at one campus and transfers to another university or community college campus will be considered to have completed the general education requirements at all campuses. The Board also instructs UA institutions to publish information on articulation and course transfer in their catalogs in order to make it readily available to advisers and students. (Last Updated 2011)

General Education Core

New Delivery Systems to Increase Access to Underserved Populations (Technology, Distance Learning, Learning Centers)

Alaska Stat. 14.40.055 - Educational Expansion Program

Standards for Admission, Promotion or Graduation

University of Alaska Board of Regents Policy - Part X, Chapter IV (P10.04.030) - Academic Programs: Credit Hour Requirements for Degree and Certificate Programs
University of Alaska Board of Regents Policy - Part X, Chapter V (P10.05.010) - Admission and Graduation Requirements: Enrollment and Admission Requirements

Statewide Articulation Guides

Transfer Agreements

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DATA AND ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEMS

Postsecondary institutions regulated by the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education are required to administer institutional assessment programs that provide tangible evidence, such as enrollment, graduation rates and placement rates, of the effectiveness of the general education program, instructional programs and related support services. This information is reported to the governor, legislature, and other state agencies. The Alaska State Department of Education issues an annual report to the governor, legislature and the public evaluating the performance of public secondary schools in the state, titled "Alaska's Public Schools: A Report Card to the Public." Local districts are required to issue similar documents reporting student performance on state standards-based assessments in reading, writing and mathematics; description of the school's attendance, retention, dropout and graduation rates; and other accountability measures. (Last Updated: 2013)

Performance Based Measures for K-12

Alaska Stat. 14.03.120 - Education Planning; Reports
Alaska Stat. 14.03.123 - School and District Accountability
Alaska Stat. 14.03.125 - Fund for the Improvement of School Performance

Performance Based Measures for Postsecondary

Alaska Stat. 14.42.035 - Collection of Data
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EQUITY AND DIVERSITY


Affirmative Action/Diversity Initiatives

Alaska Stat. 14.18.070 - Affirmative Action
Alaska Stat. 14.18.080 - Affirmative Action - Implementation
Alaska Stat. 14.18.090 - Affirmative Action - Enforcement by Board of Education and Early Development
University of Alaska Board of Regents Policy - Part IV, Chapter II (P04.02.010) - General Personnel Policies: Equal Employment Opportunities and Affirmative Action: Statement of Intent

Anti-discrimination

Alaska Stat. 14.40.050 - Discrimination because of Sex, Color, or Nationality Prohibited
University of Alaska Board of Regents Policy - Part IX, Chapter VI (P09.06.010) - Services for Students with Disabilities: Prohibition Against Discrimination on the Basis of Disability
University of Alaska Board of Regents Policy - Part X, Chapter VIII (P10.08.010) - Equal Educational Opportunity and Nondiscrimination: Equal Educational Opportunity
University of Alaska Board of Regents Policy - Part X, Chapter VIII (P10.08.020) - Equal Educational Opportunity and Nondiscrimination: Selection of Textbooks and Educational Materials

Course Equalization

Alaska Stat. 14.18.050 - Discrimination in Course Offerings Prohibited
Alaska Stat. 14.18.060 - Discrimination in Textbooks and Instructional Materials Prohibited
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FINANCE

Alaska's philosophy is, "Recognizing that state general fund support is not sufficient to pay the full cost of education and that students have a responsibility to contribute to the cost of their higher education, tuition and student fees will be established to the extent practicable in accordance with the following objectives: (1) to provide for essential support to the university's instructional programs; (2) to make higher education accessible to Alaskans who have the interest, dedication, and ability to learn; and (3) to maintain tuition and student fees at levels which are competitive with similarly situated programs of other western states." The Board of Regents establishes resident and nonresident tuition rates. Annual tuition is adjusted for inflation based on a moving average of inflation for the most recent three-year period. Residency is based on intent and two years of physical presence in the state. Nonresident students pay a nonresident tuition surcharge plus regular tuition. The university president establishes and approves fees, which must have a direct relationship to the service, activity, or course and be based on the estimated cost of providing the service or benefit. The president also may grant tuition waivers. Other waivers are provided to residents 60 years of age and older, and eligible dependent children or spouses of peace officers, firefighters, or members of the armed services listed as missing-in-action, prisoner-of-war, or killed in the line of duty. (Prepared by the State Higher Education Executive Officers, 2008)

Authority to Set Tuition and Fees

Alaska Stat. 14.42.030 - Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education: Functions, Duties, and Powers of the Commission
University of Alaska Board of Regents Policy - Part V, Chapter X (P05.10.030) - Tuition and Student Fees: Authority to Set Tuition Rates
University of Alaska Board of Regents Policy - Part V, Chapter X (P05.10.040) - Tuition and Student Fees: Special Tuition and Tuition Surcharges

Fee-Specific Policies

Tuition and Fee Waivers

Alaska Stat. 14.43.085 - Free Tuition and Fees for a Spouse or Dependent of a Peace Officer or Members of the Armed Services or a Fire Department
University of Alaska Board of Regents Policy - Part V, Chapter X (P05.10.080) - Tuition and Student Fees: Tuition and Fee Waivers

Tuition and Fees, General Policy

Alaska Stat. 14.40.251 - Default on Tuition, Fees, and Charges
Alaska Stat. 14.40.610 - Disposition of Income
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REMEDIAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL EDUCATION

University of Alaska Board of Regents policy requires universities and community colleges to make available developmental/remedial courses to unprepared students. The institutions set policies and guidelines related to remedial assessments, placement, and courses. (Prepared by Mary Fulton, Education Commission of the States, 2012)

Collaborative Efforts to Reduce the Need for Remediation

University of Alaska Board of Regents Policy - Part X, Chapter IV (10.04.080) - Academic Programs: Developmental and Remedial Education
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RESIDENCY

The University of Alaska's residency policies are set by the institution's Board of Regents. A resident student is described as one who has been present in Alaska for two years and who declares intention to remain in Alaska indefinitely. If a dependent, the student's domicile is that of the parent(s). With regards to the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska Montana, Idaho Medical Education Program (WWAMI), a student meets the residence eligibility if he or she has resided in the State of Alaska for the immediate past two years and intends to indefinitely reside in Alaska. For nonresident tuition, nonresident students will be assessed a nonresident tuition surcharge in addition to regular tuition; those exempt from the nonresident tuition surcharge include, but are not limited to, military personnel on active duty and their dependents, and members of the Alaska National Guard and their dependents. (Last updated 2008)

Residency Classification

University of Alaska Board of Regents Policy - Part X, Chapter V (P10.05.030) - Admission and Graduation Requirements: Residency Requirements
University of Alaska Board of Regents Policy - Part X, Chapter V (P10.05.040) - Admission and Graduation Requirements: Residence Eligibility for the WWAMI Medical Education Program

Residency Policies Related to Military Service

University of Alaska Board of Regents Policy - Part V, Chapter X (P05.10.050) - Tuition and Student Fees: Nonresident Tuition Surcharge

Residency Policies Related to Tuition and Fees

University of Alaska Board of Regents Policy - Part V, Chapter X (P05.10.050) - Tuition and Student Fees: Nonresident Tuition Surcharge
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STUDENT FINANCIAL AID

The Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education (ACPE) administers a variety of federal, state, and need-based aid programs for Alaska residents and students attending eligible Alaskan institutions. The AlaskAdvantage Education Grant is a need-based program funded by the Alaska Student Loan Corporation, with emphasis placed on high-need students enrolled in qualifying workforce shortage fields of study. For the 2007-08 academic year, ACPE awarded just over 500,000 in need-based aid. ACPE additionally administered 720,000 in non-need based aid for participants in the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho regional medical education program (WWAMI). Through participation in the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), ACPE provides exchange program opportunities to Alaska residents, allowing 1,600 Alaska students to benefit from tuition savings in excess of 11.7 million in 2006, without forgoing their Alaska residency. The University of Alaska offers a college savings plan and need-based assistance programs, and also provides a four-year 11,000, merit-based scholarship to Alaska students attending qualifying high schools who graduate in the top ten percent of their class. The latter, the University of Alaska Scholar's Program, has awarded the scholarship to over 2,900 students since its 1999 inception. (Prepared by the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education, FY 2008)

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Ala. Code 14.43.172 - Alaska Supplemental Education Loan Program: Eligibility
Alaska Stat. 14.43.010 - Scholarships for Dormitory Rent
Alaska Stat. 14.43.015 - Scholarships for Dormitory Rent: Alternate upon Refusal or Failure to Accept
Alaska Stat. 14.43.020 - Scholarships for Dormitory Rent: Applications for and Issuance and Report of Certificates
Alaska Stat. 14.43.025 - Scholarships for Dormitory Rent: Forfeiture of Scholarship Benefits
Alaska Stat. 14.43.030 - Scholarships for Dormitory Rent: Payment of Scholarships
Alaska Stat. 14.43.050 - University of Alaska Scholarships for Natives: Purpose of Scholarships
Alaska Stat. 14.43.055 - University of Alaska Scholarships for Natives: Scholarships
Alaska Stat. 14.43.060 - University of Alaska Scholarships for Natives: Continuation of Scholarships
Alaska Stat. 14.43.065 - University of Alaska Scholarships for Natives: Scholarships in Addition to Other Scholarships
Alaska Stat. 14.43.075 - University of Alaska Scholarships for Natives: Definition of Native
Alaska Stat. 14.43.091 - Education Loan Program: Education Loan Program
Alaska Stat. 14.43.100 - Education Loan Program: Applications
Alaska Stat. 14.43.105 - Education Loan Program: Administration of Program
Alaska Stat. 14.43.110 - Education Loan Program: Education Loans
Alaska Stat. 14.43.120 - Education Loan Program: Conditions of Loans
Alaska Stat. 14.43.122 - Education Loan Program: Consolidation of Loans
Alaska Stat. 14.43.125 - Education Loan Program: Eligibility of Students
Alaska Stat. 14.43.135 - Education Loan Program: Discrimination Prohibited
Alaska Stat. 14.43.140 - Education Loan Program: Enforceability of Certain Contracts with Minors
Alaska Stat. 14.43.145 - Education Loan Program: Default
University of Alaska Board of Regents Policy - Part IX, Chapter X (09.10.030) - Student Financial Aid: Financial Aid Procedure Development
University of Alaska Board of Regents Policy - Part IX, Chapter X (P09.10.010) - Student Financial Aid: General Statement: Student Financial Aid

Targeted Scholarships for Low-Income Students

Alaska Stat. 14.43.050 - University of Alaska Scholarships for Natives: Purpose of Scholarships
Alaska Stat. 14.43.055 - University of Alaska Scholarships for Natives: Scholarships
Alaska Stat. 14.43.060 - University of Alaska Scholarships for Natives: Continuation of Scholarships
Alaska Stat. 14.43.075 - University of Alaska Scholarships for Natives: Definition of Native
Alaska Stat. 14.43.400 - AlakAdvantage Education Grant Program: Purpose; Creation
Alaska Stat. 14.43.405 - AlakAdvantage Education Grant Program: Administration
Alaska Stat. 14.43.406 - AlakAdvantage Education Grant Program: Applicability of Other Laws
Alaska Stat. 14.43.410 - AlakAdvantage Education Grant Program: Distribution of Funds
Alaska Stat. 14.43.415 - AlakAdvantage Education Grant Program: Eligibility; Priority
Alaska Stat. 14.43.420 - AlakAdvantage Education Grant Program: Limitation on Grants

Tuition Savings Plan

Alaska Stat. 14.40.802 - Alaska Higher Education Savings Trust
Alaska Stat. 14.40.803 - Alaska Advance College Tuition Savings Fund
Alaska Stat. 14.40.807 - Contribution to the Alaska Advance College Tuition Savings Fund
Alaska Stat. 14.40.809 - Alaska Advance College Tuition Savings Fund: Powers and duties of the University of Alaska
Alaska Stat. 14.40.811 - Advance College Tuition Savings Contracts
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TEACHING QUALITY

Alaska has enacted state policies to recruit and retain teachers, particularly in hard-to-staff isolated areas of the state. These policies include participation in a recruitment network, a loan forgiveness program and housing incentives. Alaska also holds the University of Alaska accountable for its efforts to attract, train and retain qualified teachers by requiring an annual report outlining the University's current effort and future plans to close the gap between known teacher employment vacancies in the state and the number of state residents who complete teacher training. In 2006, Alaska began piloting a performance pay system for teachers to serve as an incentive for all employees in a school to create a learning environment in which student achievement substantially increases. (Last updated 2008)

Financial Incentives (Scholarships, Loans, Grants)

Alaska State Legislative Website - Teacher Education Loan Program: Findings and Intent

Licensure and Certification

Alaska Stat. 14.20 630 - Interstate Agreement on Qualification of Educational Personnel - Terms and Provisions
Alaska Stat. 14.20.010 - Teacher Certificate Required
Alaska Stat. 14.20.015 - Recognition of Certificates of Out-of-state Teachers
Alaska Stat. 14.20.017 - Grace Period for Issuance of Regular Teacher Certificates to Previously Certificated Teachers
Alaska Stat. 14.20.020 - Requirements for Issuance of Certificate; Fingerprints
Alaska Stat. 14.20.022 - Subject-matter Expert Limited Teacher Certificate
Alaska Stat. 14.20.025 - Limited Teacher Certificates
Alaska Stat. 14.20.027 - Reporting of and Access to Social Security Numbers

Professional Development

Alaska Stat. 14.20.380 - Creation of Professional Teaching Practices Commission

Recruitment

Alaska Stat. 14.20 630 - Interstate Agreement on Qualification of Educational Personnel - Terms and Provisions
Alaska Stat. 14.20.035 - Evaluation of Training and Experience

Supply and Demand Strategies

Alaska Stat. 14.20 630 - Interstate Agreement on Qualification of Educational Personnel - Terms and Provisions
Alaska Stat. 14.20.035 - Evaluation of Training and Experience
Alaska Stat. 14.20.135 - Employment of Retired Teachers Because of Shortages

Teacher Preparation

Alaska Stat. 14.20.020 - Requirements for Issuance of Certificate; Fingerprints
Alaska Stat. 14.20.035 - Evaluation of Training and Experience
Alaska Stat. 14.20.149 - Employee Evaluation
Alaska Stat. 14.20.380 - Creation of Professional Teaching Practices Commission
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