Commencement 2019

We made it through another year, including accreditation. As we look forward to the celebration of our Graduates tonight (and this weekend), it is time to reflect and ask ourselves what worked and what didn’t work this year. This summer will be a great time to do a follow up evaluation that goes beyond Summative and Formative assessment.

Confirmative Evaluation” is a “follow-up” evaluation and is based in the thinking that evaluation of instruction needs to be continuous. Where formative assessment is to improve instruction (“How are we doing?”), and summative assessment is for judging effectiveness after completion (“How did we do?”), confirmative assessment is for examining training effects over time, and is done some time after the completion of instruction (“How are we still doing?”).

Some questions that you might ask are:

  • Do learners continue to perform successfully over time?
  • Do materials still meet their original objectives?
  • How can student’s needs be best met over time?
  • If improvements are needed in training or materials, how can they be made most effective?
  • If the instruction isn’t working as well as it did originally, what are the reasons?
  • Should the instruction be continued as is?
  • Should it be revised?
  • Should it be terminated?
A woman jumping for joy on a dock with ocean behind her.

This type of evaluation measures if you are sufficiently addressing any issues you are facing in your classes, and helps you to strengthen and prepare future offerings. It’s a way to look at the “forest” rather than concentrating on the “trees,.” and is a great way to find continued success!

Speaking of continued success and strengthening of material, I am already planning for next year’s FLC and I believe it will be better than ever!!

Thanks for reading!! Have a great Summer, and I’ll see you in the Fall!!!

World’s Smallest Snowman

Here’s a story from Scientific American to get your week started. It’s the world’s smallest snowman, created using a scanning electron microscope. It stands at just 3μm tall!

Small Snowman that stands just 3 micrometers tall.

Here is a link to the story:

Happy Monday everyone!!

“A Love Letter To Alaska”

“In our Alaska, we belong to each other.”

As we wind down another year I wanted to spend some time to reflect on what it means to be an Alaskan,
the budget, and how our interconnections make us who we are. Please take five minutes to view the video below!

A Love Letter To Alaska –
Christy NaMee Eriksen

If you want to share the URL, (and please share it) you can copy and paste this URL:

“I wish American’s loved America the way Alaskan’s love Alaska!”

Thank you to Christy NaMee Eriksen for helping to remind us what it means to be Alaskan. Also, thank you for all you do to help educate our students and enrich our state. Have a great weekend!

Sitka Newsletter – April 2019

Here is the April 2019 edition of the Sitka Newsletter!
Click on the picture or the link below to open it!

Do you have announcements or stories to share in a future newsletter?
The Social Media Team in Sitka keeps Staff & Faculty in the loop by sending a monthly newsletter via email and through the FLC! If you have anything to contribute contact Angie Hilsman (aehilsman @ for more info.

If you are on another campus and have an official newsletter that you would like to add to the FLC, just send a note, or comment, and I’ll make sure it is added. Thanks!!

Accreditation Next Week

Remember that Accreditation is next week, April 24, 25, and 26!!!

Standards for Accreditation

The five Standards for Accreditation are best understood within the context of the seven‐year accreditation cycle. The standards are interconnected and build upon each other in a cycle of continuous improvement.

Design and Function

The five Standards for Accreditation are statements that articulate the quality and effectiveness expected of accredited institutions, and collectively they provide a framework for continuous improvement within institutions. The five standards also serve as indicators by which institutions are evaluated by peers. The standards are designed to guide institutions in a process of self‐reflection that blends analysis and synthesis in a holistic examination of:

  • The institution’s mission and core themes;
  • The translation of the mission’s core themes into assessable objectives supported by programs and services;
  • The appraisal of the institution’s potential to fulfill the mission;
  • The planning and implementation involved in achieving and assessing the desired outcomes of programs and services; and
  • An evaluation of the results of the institution’s efforts to fulfill its mission, assess its ability to monitor its environment, and adapt and sustain itself as a viable institution.

See our Mission Statement Below:

UAS Mission - Student learning enhanced by faculty scholarship, undergraduate research and creative activities, community engagement, and the cultures and environment of Southeast Alaska.

Thanks for reading the FLC!! Have a great weekend and good luck next week!

More About Accreditation

Once UAS was accredited, we began a schedule of accreditation-related activities known as the seven-year cycle, as well as the constant obligation to abide by the Eligibility Requirements, Standards, and Policies of NWCCU.

These activities include:

NWCCU Logo with a lighthouse
  • A yearly institutional update report;
  • Scheduled self-study reports in the first, third, and seventh year of the institution’s cycle;
  • Any additional reports requested by the Board of Commissioners; and,
  • Reporting any changes that fall under the Commission’s Substantive Change Policy.

Throughout the seven-year cycle, UAS is reviewed by NWCCU staff, teams of peer evaluators, and the Board of Commissioners in order to be sure that the institution is improving any problem areas, is still an effective school, offers a high-quality education, and is working to fulfill its mission.

The current accreditation has a focus on “Mission Fulfillment and Sustainability.” See our Mission Statement Below:

UAS Mission - Student learning enhanced by faculty scholarship, undergraduate research and creative activities, community engagement, and the cultures and environment of Southeast Alaska.

The process of becoming and staying accredited is explained in much more detail in the Accreditation Handbook. You are welcome to download a PDF copy of the NWCCU Accreditation Handbook.
Download the Accreditation Handbook.

Feel free to make comments on what you are doing to prepare for Accreditation!!

Thanks for subscribing and reading the FLC. Have a great weekend!

April 2019 – Accreditation

A year ago this seemed so far away, but here we are in April and Accreditation is upon us.

As a reminder, UAS is scheduled for a site visit by a team of evaluators from Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) on April 24-26, 2019.

The University of Alaska southeast has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) since 1983. This accreditation includes the Juneau, Ketchikan, and Sitka campuses.

As a Faculty member, you should know how your course aligns with Student Learning Outcomes that are found on the Provost’s site. Here is a link to those Student Learning Outcomes.

Because this accreditation is focused on “Mission Fulfillment and Sustainability” you will also want to know the UAS Mission. See the picture below:

UAS Mission - Student learning enhanced by faculty scholarship, undergraduate research and creative activities, community engagement, and the cultures and environment of Southeast Alaska,

Thanks for subscribing to the FLC. Have a great weekend!

A Little Something for April 1st

Yes, Monday is April 1st and that means April Fools!!

Last year at Oakland Elementary School in Royal Oak, Michigan, 4th grade teacher Joe Dombrowski gave his students a spelling test, which surprisingly, was not a test of the words they had studied. Watch the video as they self-correct the 10 words on this April Fools test!

Have you ever pranked your students? If so, let us know by leaving a comment.

Did you know that April is National Humor Month?

Keeping a students attention can sometimes be difficult, but humor can help! Critical and creative thinking in the classroom can be enhanced when students open their minds and use their imaginations. “Humor is about allowing oneself to be intellectually playful with ideas. ” (Tamblyn 2003) Just be aware that the humor should be directly related to the course content.

Here are some tips from the “Institute of Progressive Education and Learning” for adding fun to your class:

  • Avoid telling jokes/stories that you don’t know well.
  • Don’t laugh at your own jokes/stories (especially before you tell them).
  • Avoid starters like “This is a joke” or “I’m not very good at telling jokes, but …”
  • Remember that the punch line is at the end, not somewhere else in the telling.
  • Use positive humor instead of negative humor.
  • Know your audience and their sensitivities. Not knowing them, you may be offensive and not even aware of it.
  • Personalize or localize jokes/stories when possible.

Have a great weekend and a fun April Fools Day on Monday!!

March 2019 Sitka Newsletter

Here is the March edition of the Sitka Newsletter! Click on the picture or the download button below to open it!

Students studying and socializing in the school lobby

Creating Accessible Word Documents

It is very important to have an accessible classroom, and that includes your documents. Are your Word documents currently accessible to all students?

Below is a video (less than 5 minutes) to help you see what it takes to make your Word documents accessible.

John F. Kennedy said “The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.” This is very true when making your classroom accessible. Trying to do it at the beginning of a semester, and only when you find out you have a disabled student, will lead to a lot of unwanted stress. It is best to start right away and give yourself time to repair inaccessible items.

Thank you for subscribing to the Faculty Learning Corner! Have a great weekend!