• Early college placement testing: Outcomes and impacts of the Early ACCUPLACER partnership

      DeFeo, Dayna Jean (Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2017-03-31)
      The Early ACCUPLACER Program was administered in partnership between the University of Alaska (UAA) and Anchorage School District (ASD) between 2006 and 2013. Using the UAA placement test (ACCUPLACER) as an instructional tool, the program intended to help students understand the differences between high school graduation requirements and college-level coursework. Test scores were used to advise students to take more rigorous high school curricula so they would be better prepared for the academic expectations of the college environment. In its seven years of operation, the program served thousands of ASD students. This report reviews Early ACCUPLACER test scores and subsequent academic performance for high school juniors and seniors who tested in the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 academic years. The data show that, at the time of testing, many of those high school students’ test scores would place them into developmental classes in college. This analysis was unable to examine high school transcripts to see whether or not students heeded advice to take additional and more rigorous high school courses; however, by following the participants who subsequently attended college in the UA system1, the data show: • Students who participated in the program did not exhibit substantively higher college placement test scores than other incoming students who did not receive the intervention. • Most students who participated in the program performed better on the test at the time of college matriculation than when they took it in high school, but the increases in performance, on average, were not large enough to change their recommended course placements. For approximately a quarter of students, test performance decreased between high school and college. • Upon matriculation, more students needed developmental coursework in math than in English or reading. • Upon attending college, between two-thirds and three-quarters of the Early ACCUPLACER program participants performed well enough in their first year to meet eligibility requirements for federal financial aid. • Persistence rates for Early ACCUPLACER participants were slightly higher than the overall UAA rates; however they were similar to other recent high school graduates, who tend to have higher persistence rates than nontraditional-aged students. The data suggest that the program did not significantly impact the college readiness or later college performance for its participants who later attended UA. However, the data and literature suggest opportunities to use high school-college partnerships as part of a robust outreach agenda. Recommendations include evaluating the relationship between high school course-taking behavior and college readiness, and broadening the definition of “college readiness” to include other attributes known to promote success.
    • Episode 1: And so it begins

      Dannenberg, David; University of Alaska Anchorage Academic Innovations and eLearning; DeHass, David (University of Alaska Anchorage Academic Innovations and eLearning, 2015-10-22)
      The good folks at KRUA 88.1 made the mistake of actually letting us on the air unsupervised for a real broadcast. With little preparation and an unimaginable lack of training we hit the Anchorage airways at 4pm. Without apology we had no focus or script to work from. The show went loose and fast, but we think folks enjoyed it. We had a number of callers saying how much they loved the show, and only one complaint. Well, it actually wasn’t a complaint as much as it was a request to bring the show before us back on the air. LOL. Joining the show today was Keith Berggren, UAA’s eLearning: Distance Student Services Coordinator. Keith talked about the services available to UAA’s distance students. From distance test proctoring to orientation to Blackboard tutorials the Distance Student Services office is here to help. Josh the Intern also stopped by. He enlightened us with talk about YouTube vloggers and did a little monologue from a class of his. Rumor has it that he was the best part of the show. Tune in next week and thanks for listening.
    • Project Management Estimating Tool

      Swanson, Brian Kent (University of Alaska Anchorage, 2017-05-01)
      This project developed a user-friendly spreadsheet cost estimating tool for Public Buildings Service (PBS) project manager use in small construction and leasing projects. It helps users provide their own conceptual and budgetary level estimates for over 50 common tenant improvement tasks in federally owned and leased buildings in Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Idaho. The Project Management Estimating Tool (PMET) will enable project managers to provide many simple estimates in minutes that currently require multiple days using cost estimator resources. PBS leaders consistently receive complaints from customer agencies regarding the long time PBS takes to provide estimates, and often regarding estimate inaccuracy. The PMET addresses both timeliness and accuracy of small, recurring project estimates, freeing cost estimators to focus on timeliness and accuracy of more complex estimates. The PMET incorporates a statistical risk methodology to increase estimate accuracy. Each estimating item contains a dataset combination of commercial estimating guide values and actual bid values from recent federal contracts. Based on user-provided answers to seven risk factor questions, the tool tailors estimates to the risks. The improved accuracy of PBS estimates from this tool will also build the estimating skills and confidence of project managers, another PBS goal toward project management maturity.
    • Research, Creative Works, and Commercialization at UAA FY15 through FY16 YTD.

      University of Alaska Anchorage (University of Alaska Anchorage, 2016-04-01)
      The UAA Research and Commercialization trend is upward. UAA is experiencing significant growth in research, creative works, and commercialization. We are pursuing a strategic approach to fostering, supporting, and expanding faculty and student research efforts and commercialization by creating a climate of innovation and collaboration.
    • Stabilizing College Funding Through Development of a Centralized Robust Online Learning Environment

      University of Alaska Anchorage Academic Innovations and eLearning (University of Alaska Anchorage, 2015-06-03)
    • TKR16: CAFE

      Dannenberg, David; DeHass, David (University of Alaska Anchorage, 2016-02-10)
      Yo nerds, We did our first live show stream, via Periscope. If you want to watch, you can watch the replay. We will try to keep these up as we move forward with the show. Libby Roderick,Libby Rodderick Associate Director of the UAA Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence, was our guest. CAFE has a number of great programs designed to help faculty discover, design, and implement new ways of teaching. Be sure to visit their website, or better yet register for one of their workshops. It Happened in Texas, iHiT, brought real news stories to light. Judge says get married or go to jail (TX) Chuckles made false statement Fugitive found in “elaborate tunnel system” beneath trailer Keep those ear holes listening,
    • TKR17: Tech Training at UAA

      Dannenberg, David; DeHass, David (University of Alaska Anchorage, 2016-02-16)
      Yo Nerds,Faculty-eLearning-Luncheon-Feb-2016 On today’s show we talked about technology training resources at UAA. There are a number of events coming up that you can take advantage of and we have done you the great honor of listing them below. UAA Faculty eLearning Luncheon (Friday, Feb 19) Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) workshop (Friday, Feb 19) Alaska Society for Technology in Education (Feb 20-23) Foe those looking for always available just-in-time training, we have: Atomic Learning (login with UAA id/password) Lynda.com (Need a Anchorage library card) The Boss brought us another edition of It Happened in Texas (iHiT): Man Falls Into Hole While Walking to Buy Lottery Ticket (TX) Man urinates in Wal-Mart as he puts trout in pants Florida man charged with throwing alligator into Wendy’s Intern Josh was working on Periscope. There are two links due to The Boss’s phone getting a call in the middle of the show. Part one Part two Keep those ear holes listening.