Accreditation

Institutional Accreditation

The University of Alaska Anchorage has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) since 1974. This single accreditation status applies to all UAA campuses, including Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula College, Kodiak College, Matanuska-Susitna College and Prince William Sound College.

Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the NWCCU indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one that has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the NWCCU is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding an institution’s accreditation status by the NWCCU should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. For more information, see the Office of Academic Affairs website or call (907) 786-1054.

Individuals may also contact:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Ave. N.E., Suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052
Phone: (425) 558-4224

Program Accreditation

When available, individual academic programs often seek verification that their program of study and student outcomes meet national standards established by independent associations or governmental agencies. That verification is documented as a program accreditation. Students who complete an accredited curriculum enjoy additional confidence that experts in that field have evaluated the program and testified to its quality. Program accreditation may also enable students to more easily obtain professional certifications or registration.

The following programs have approval and/or accreditation from agencies external to UAA.

Art

Degrees:Bachelor of Arts in Art; Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art
Accrediting Agency:National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)

Automotive and Diesel Technology

Degrees:Undergraduate Certificate in Automotive Technology; Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology with options in general automotive and General Motors ASEP; Undergraduate Certificate in Diesel Power Technology; Associate of Applied Science in Diesel Power Technology
Accrediting Agency:National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)

Aviation Maintenance Technology

Degrees:Undergraduate Certificate in Aviation Maintenance Technology, Airframe; Undergraduate Certificate in Aviation Maintenance Technology, Powerplant; Associate of Applied Science in Aviation Maintenance Technology
Accrediting Agency:Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved 14 CFR Part 147 Aviation Maintenance Technician School

Business Administration

Degrees:Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting, Economics, Finance, Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Management, Management Information Systems, and Marketing; Bachelor of Arts in Economics; Master of Business Administration in General Management; Master of Science in Global Supply Chain Management
Accrediting Agency:Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)

Civil Engineering

Degrees:Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
Accrediting Agency:Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc.

Clinical-Community Psychology

Degrees:Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical-Community Psychology (jointly offered with the University of Alaska Fairbanks)
Accrediting Agency:American Psychological Association (APA)

Computer Science

Degrees:Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Accrediting Agency:Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc.

Computer Systems Engineering

Degrees:Bachelor of Science in Computer Systems Engineering
Accrediting Agency:Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc.

Construction Management

Degrees:Associate of Applied Science in Construction Management; Bachelor of Science in Construction Management
Accrediting Agency:American Council for Construction Education (ACCE)

Culinary Arts

Degrees:Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts
Accrediting Agency:Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF)

Dental Assisting

Degrees:Undergraduate Certificate in Dental Assisting
Accrediting Agency:Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (CODA)

Dental Hygiene

Degrees:Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene
Accrediting Agency:Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (CODA)

Dietetic Internship

Degrees:Graduate Certificate in Dietetic Internship
Accrediting Agency:Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)

Dietetics

Degrees:Bachelor of Science in Dietetics
Accrediting Agency:Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)

Education

Degrees:Bachelors of Arts in Early Childhood and in Elementary Education; Minor in Early Childhood Special Education; Post-Baccalaureate Certificates in Early Childhood and Elementary Education; Graduate Certificates in Special Education (K-12) and in Educational Leadership (K-12): Principal; Master in Arts in Teaching; Masters of Education in Early Childhood Special Education, Special Education (K-12), and in Educational Leadership (K-12)
Accrediting Agency:National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

All education certification and endorsement programs are approved by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development and are based on CAEP specialty program association (SPA) standards.

Electrical Engineering

Degrees:Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
Accrediting Agency:Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc.

Fire and Emergency Services Technology

Degrees:Associate of Applied Science in Fire and Emergency Services Technology
Accrediting Agency:United States Fire Administration (USFA) recognition

Geomatics

Degrees:Bachelor of Science in Geomatics
Accrediting Agency:Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc.

Human Services

Degrees:Associate of Applied Science in Human Services; Bachelor of Human Services in Human Services
Accrediting Agency:Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE)

Journalism and Public Communications

Degrees:Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Communications
Accrediting Agency:Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC)

Legal Studies

Degrees:Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies; Minor in Legal Studies; Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies; Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Paralegal Studies; Undergraduate Certificate in Legal Nurse Consultant Paralegal
Accrediting Agency:Approved by the American Bar Association (ABA)

The American Bar Association approves paralegal programs. Accreditation is reserved for law schools.

Mechanical Engineering

Degrees:Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Accrediting Agency:Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc.

Medical Assisting

Degrees:Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting
Accrediting Agency:Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB)

Medical Laboratory Science

Degrees:Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science
Accrediting Agency:National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)

Medical  Laboratory Technology

Degrees:Associate of Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technology
Accrediting Agency:National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)

Music

Degrees:Bachelor of Arts in Music; Bachelor of Music in Music
Accrediting Agency:National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)

Nursing

Degrees:Associate of Applied Science in Nursing; Bachelor of Science in Nursing Science; Master of Science in Nursing Science; Graduate Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner; Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education; Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Accrediting Agency:Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN); Approved by Alaska Board of Nursing
Degrees:Doctor of Nursing Practice in Nursing Science
Accrediting Agency:Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE); Approved by Alaska Board of Nursing

Paramedical Technology

Degrees:Associate of Applied Science in Paramedical Technology
Accrediting Agency:Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP)

Pharmacy

Degrees:Pharmacy Doctorate (offered by Creighton University with collaboration of UAA)
Accrediting Agency:Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) (through Creighton University)
Degrees:Pharmacy Doctorate (offered by Idaho State University with collaboration of UAA)
Accrediting Agency:Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) (through Idaho State University)

Physical Therapist Assistant

Degrees:Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant
Accrediting Agency:Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)

Physician Assistant (MEDEX)

Degrees:Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, Physician Assistant Track
Accrediting Agency:Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) (through the University of Washington)

Students in the MEDEX Northwest Anchorage Bachelor's Program have the option of getting a bachelor's degree through UAA or UW.

Process Technology

Degrees:Associate of Applied Science in Process Technology
Accrediting Agency:North American Process Technology Alliance (NAPTA) endorsement

Professional Piloting 

Degrees:Associate of Applied Science in Professional Piloting; Bachelor of Science in Aviation Technology, professional piloting emphasis
Accrediting Agency:Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved 14 CFR Part 141 Pilot School

Project Management

Degrees:Master of Science in Project Management
Accrediting Agency:Global Accreditation Center for Project Management

Public Health Practice

Degrees:Master of Public Health in Public Health Practice
Accrediting Agency:Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)

Social Work

Degrees:Bachelor of Social Work in Social Work; Master of Social Work in Social Work
Accrediting Agency:Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

WWAMI School of Medical Education

Degrees:Doctor of Medicine (offered by University of Washington School of Medicine by agreement with the states of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho)
Accrediting Agency:Liaison Committee on Medical Education (through the University of Washington School of Medicine by the WWAMI agreement)