Re-Alignment Underway: Dean of Professional Studies
UAS is in the process of implementing a re-alignment of Deans and Schools.
The initiative is intended to “more effectively structure our academic programs and the management of those programs to meet the imperatives set out in the UAS Strategic Plan,” according to a memo to Faculty and Staff distributed at Convocation August 20-21 from Interim Provost Jim Everett. “This is how UAS is seeking to meet the needs of the state as a teaching and learning led institution,” he said.
Under the plan, all education, business and computing degree programs will be under a Dean of Professional Studies. “The plan combines the schools of management and education into a single unit with a strong emphasis on graduate education and professional undergraduate degree programs,” said former Dean of Education, now Dean of Professional Studies Larry Harris. “It’s an opportunity to advance graduate programs such as the M.P.A., M.B.A. M.A.T. and M. Ed., as well as undergraduate programs in accounting, management and elementary education” he said. “It will increase opportunities for Alaskans to complete programs that lead to high demand jobs.”