Vision and Mission
The UAS Sitka Campus serves as a primary resource for learning opportunities in our community. We aim to provide a place where people from across the region and the state can enrich their lives and build a path to their future.
- To meet the diverse, lifelong educational needs of our native and non-native community
- To assist all students in reaching their immediate educational long-range career goals
- To provide accessible postsecondary academic, vocational and continuing educational opportunities
- To enrich the lives and embrace the cultures of our community, region and the state
The city of Sitka, population 8,900, hosts the smallest of the three University of Alaska Southeast campuses. Due to its smaller size, the Sitka campus has strong connections within the community, including neighbors Mt. Edgecumbe High School and SEARHC Community Hospital.
Distance Learning and Technology
UAS Sitka has been recognized for its distance education since the early 1980s. As an active participant in the University of Alaska Learning Consortium (UALC), the Sitka campus is linked to many college campuses throughout Alaska. UAS Sitka offers distance-learning opportunities to Alaska-based students both locally and abroad, and specializes in the statewide reach of rural areas.
UAS Sitka focuses its efforts on Alaska Native, rural, and low-income students, in addition to the Sitka-based student population. It acts as the educational center for Sitka-based programs such as Health Information Management, Health Information Technology, Law Enforcement, and Fisheries Technology.
The Sitka campus awards workforce credentials, occupational endorsements, certiﬁcates and associate degrees.
Title III Grant
This U.S. Department of Education program helps eligible institutions of higher education increase their self-sufficiency and expand their capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen the academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability of eligible institutions.
The Complete to Compete: A Holistic Approach to Student Success for Alaska Native and High-Need Students project focuses on furthering our efforts toward integrating student affairs and academic affairs in supporting students and faculty. This Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institution grant award from the US Department of Education funds:
- Three Personal Education Planner positions serving as navigators for students from orientation through graduation. Each “PEP” focuses on one of three emphasis areas for providing relevant support, training and resource materials: a) Native and Rural Student Support, b) Behavioral Health and Advocacy, c) Financial Literacy
- An Instructional Designer position who is assisting the PEPs with developing educational/training materials and the Sitka Program Directors in furthering the development of courses including hybrid delivery, competency-based coursework, and assessment
- A Grant Administrator / Institutional Research Manager position who is serving as program coordinator under the guidance of the Campus Director. Additional responsibilities include creating data collection processes and tools, coordinating evaluation efforts, and reporting.
- Travel for PEPs to engage with students and local support systems in rural communities and for staff and faculty training and professional development.
- Contracted services to provide training for faculty and staff in behavioral health, cultural competence, and data analytics. Additionally, professional services is being contracted for behavioral health, instructional design, and cultural competence consultants as needed.
The University of Alaska Southeast is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the US Department of Education.
The Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management Degree Program at the University of Alaska Southeast is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
- 1962: Sitka Community College was officially organized. It was operated on a part-time basis from 1962 until 1968. In 1968, the first full-time teacher was hired.
- 1983: The college changed its name to Islands Community College, to reflect its overall service area, which included Angoon, Kake, Pelican, Petersburg, Port Alexander, Sitka, Tenakee Springs, and Wrangell.
- 1987: The regional unit of University of Alaska Southeast was established in Juneau, Ketchikan, and Sitka. Sitka retained its “Islands Campus” name.
- 1988: The college changed its name to University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka Campus.
- 1989: University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka Campus moved to its current location on Japonski Island. The building was originally constructed as a WWII airplane hangar.
- 1992: A new certificate and associate degree in Health Information Management was developed; it was the first degree in Alaska to be designed and delivered specifically for distance education.
- 1998: Completion of Science Wing
- 2000: Completion of Learning Center and additional classroom space
- 2005: Completion of Kiln and Foundry Shelter for Art Program
- 2006: Completion of Welding Laboratory with 16 booths
- 2008: Completion of Career and Technical Education classroom
- 2010: Renovation and expansion of Health Sciences Education Wing including computer classroom upgrade and installation of telepresence conference room
- 2013: Completion of Final Phase of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Wing and renovation of Student Success Center
- UAS Sitka Campus has been noted in Business Week and Forbes for its expertise in distance-delivered education.
- 2005: Awarded 5-year Title III grant - Building Bridges for Alaska Native Students: Access to Success
- 2010: Awarded 5-year Title III grant - Connecting to Success: Building Resources for Alaska Native Students
- 2012: Awarded Platinum-Level Sitka Green Business Award by the Sitka Global Warming Group and Sustainable Sitka (SGWG/SS), for the highest level of commitment towards green practices.