JUNEAU – In the wake of the 2019 loss of accreditation for the University of Alaska Anchorage’s School of Education, the Alaska Senate today unanimously passed a bill requiring the Board of Regents to prepare a biennial report on accreditation for all University of Alaska instructional programs.
“Establishing a reporting requirement on the subject of UA system-wide accreditation is an effort toward improving communication and awareness, the intent being to help avoid seeing such an unexpected accreditation loss from happening again,” said Senator Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, the bill’s sponsor. “Other reporting requirements have been installed and proven effective for the University of Alaska to maintain clear lines of communication with the Alaska Legislature. Including a biennial report on the status of the UA’s accreditations seems timely and appropriate.”
Senate Bill 36 would require, no later than the 30th legislative day of the first regular session, the University of Alaska Board of Regents to deliver a report to the Legislature that evaluates the quality and effectiveness of its instructional programs and to describe efforts to achieve or maintain accreditation.
For each instructional program that has lost or is at risk of losing accreditation, the report must describe the university’s plan to address the loss or risk.
SB 36 passed the Senate by a vote of 20-0. It is now on its way to the Alaska House of Representatives for consideration.
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