As much of the state faces harsh climate and thus travel conditions for much of the year, many residents of Alaska hoping to earn a bachelor’s degree may find an online program is the most practical for them. Though options are somewhat limited, the following schools provide students young and old with opportunities to earn a degree online.

University of Alaska – Southeast

  • Number of Online Bachelor’s Degrees: 7
  • Fields Offered: Business, Education, Social Work
  • Accreditor: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

The University of Alaska – Southeast (UAS) offers distance bachelor’s degree programs in accounting, elementary education, entrepreneurship, human resources management, interdisciplinary studies, marketing, and special education. Online courses are delivered through audio conference by phone or other audio connection primarily, though some courses are offered through Web conference, satellite, the course website or the Blackboard learning management system, or a combination of these methods. Online homework assignment deadlines will vary depending on the course instructor. Online courses at the University of Alaska – Southeast cost an additional fee not required of traditional courses at UAS.

University of Alaska – Fairbanks

  • Number of Online Bachelor’s Degrees: 5
  • Fields Offered: Business, Education, Social Work
  • Accreditor: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

The University of Alaska – Fairbanks offers online bachelor’s degree programs in child development and family studies, general education, elementary education, rural development, and rural social work. Course materials, including assignments, syllabi, and texts, are delivered through the UAF learning management system Blackboard Learn. Online course lectures may be delivered as audio or video. The online bachelor’s degree programs in child development and family studies and education are offered in collaboration with the College of Rural & Community Development.

University of Alaska – Anchorage

  • Number of Online Bachelor’s Degrees: 0
  • Fields Offered: 0
  • Accreditor: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

While the University of Alaska – Anchorage does not offer any online bachelor’s degree programs, undergraduate-level courses in areas including psychology, phlebotomy, pharmacy technology, nursing, supply chain management, and medical imaging sciences are available. UA – Anchorage also offers master’s degree programs online in arctic engineering, project management, public health practice, secondary education, social work, special education, and speech-language pathology. Online classes are offered through the Blackboard learning management system, and students take exams at designated testing locations. Online students order course materials like textbooks online through the UAA bookstore.

Higher Education in Alaska

The Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education (ACPE) offers educational planning tools and resources as well as postsecondary participation advocacy in Alaska. The commission also provides financial aid and statistical research on higher education in the state. Alaska is a part of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), which comprises 15 states working to improve access to higher education through student exchange programs, regional initiatives, and research and policy work. The WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) has worked with higher education institutions in Alaska to determine how distance education can help serve its remedial education needs. The University of Alaska has also benefitted from federal distance education regulations through the WCET, covering issues like student authentication, financial aid, and distance education state approval.

Alaska also contributes to the Internet Course Exchange (ICE), a support system for sharing distance-delivered courses among higher education institutions within WICHE states. The University of Alaska Anchorage was a founding member of the ICE. The institution is a part of the University of Alaska System, which was established in 1917 as the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines in Fairbanks. The system comprises three institutions ó UA Anchorage, UA Fairbanks, and UA Southeast ó and offers online bachelor’s degree programs and undergraduate courses in several areas through these schools.

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