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Partner news: Alaska Pacific University achieves record enrollment of Alaska Native and American Indian students for Fall 2018 semester

October 22, 2018




Building on the strategic partnership with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Alaska Pacific University (APU) achieved record enrollment of Alaska Native and American Indian students for its Fall 2018 semester. Fifty-seven first-time students who identified as Alaska Native or American Indian enrolled in classes, equating to 28.28 percent of APU’s total fall 2018 new student enrollment.

“This year’s enrollment numbers reflect a concerted effort by APU to develop a relevant campus community reflective of our vision and mission as an organization,” said Hilton Hallock, APU Provost.

Many of the newly enrolled students are taking advantage of APU’s Alaska Native Executive Leadership Program (ANELP), a graduate certificate designed to meet the specific needs of Alaska Native organizations and professionals. It provides future executives with the foundational knowledge to excel in today’s competitive business climate and the know-how to apply a holistic perspective when identifying areas for improvement and strategies for change.

Dr. Robert Onders, APU President, said of the achievements, “APU strives to cultivate a multicultural community where people love to learn. To see APU’s student body reflect this core value reinforces our commitment to honor Alaska’s indigenous heritage and provide a culturally responsive educational experience.”

This fall, students at APU can also study in four new educational programs in the areas of nursing, community health and rural management and redesigned programs in counseling psychology. Each of these innovative programs provide training and infrastructure to support education and workforce development for rural Alaska.

“From the beginning of the association between ANTHC and APU, we saw the future benefits for Alaska’s workforce and the opportunity for advancements in Alaska Native health. We strive to find progressive ways to improve not only our physical health, but our behavioral, environmental and, in this case, educational needs,” said Andy Teuber, ANTHC Chairman and President. “I am encouraged by the increased enrollment of first-time students who identify as Alaska Native or American Indian and the promise they hold for our state.”

Related: Alaska Pacific University scholarship program for Alaska Tribal Health System employees


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