My daily post theme for 2017 is on Colleges and Universities.
The plan for starting my blog back in 2014 was at the urging of fellow coaching colleagues to share posts on leadership and/or motivation. Somehow that idea got derailed and turned into daily posts on one theme for an entire year.
In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and for 2017 I will focus on “Colleges and Universities”.
I have been associated with colleges since I was 18 and I love them. I have coached/worked at four different universities and in my professional and personal travels visited 100’s more. Each college has something in its history that I want to share that to me make it unique or personal.
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Name of University: University of Alaska Southeast
There are some challenges to a state when its land mass it almost one-fifth the size of the continental United States to establishing a state wide university system. Take a look at Alaska laid over the lower 48 states.
Alaska has some challenges with its University of Alaska system which was created in 1917. It has 3 campuses thousands of miles apart along with dealing with weather that would shut down most colleges found in the lower 48. Apparently at UA Fairbanks taking a picture in front of university marquee with the temperature displayed is a right of passage.
Minus 45 anyone?
One of those three campuses that make up the University of Alaska is the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS).
The other two campuses are UA Anchorage and UA Fairbanks (which I profiled on February 10 2017)
UAS is an integrated regionally-accredited institution with three campuses: Juneau, Ketchikan, and Sitka. Photo below shows part of the Juneau campus.
The majority of the campus lies between Auke Bay and Auke Lake as you can see above.
Each of the 3 campuses at UAS contributes in important ways to the overall mission. This includes a community college mission plus academic offerings at the baccalaureate and graduate levels. UAS serves all of Southeast Alaska but also offers a number of online academic programs serving the entire state of Alaska.
The three UAS campuses are located in the traditional homelands of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian peoples of Southeast Alaska. Their presence in this coastal temperate rainforest dates back more than 10,000 years.
The University of Alaska Southeast is a public, four year university which has an enrollment of around 3,000 students. UAS was established on July 1, 1987 with the restructuring and consolidation of the former University of Alaska Juneau, Ketchikan Community College, and Islands Community College (Sitka).
UAS did have an intercollegiate sports program that was shut down in 1990.