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Welcome to the Center for Alaska Education Policy Research (CAEPR) website. CAEPR is a center within the Institute of Social and Economic Research that was created with seed funding from the University of Alaska Foundation.


CAEPR activities include:

  1. Working with an advisory board representing a broad range of stakeholders and policy makers to identify and address the most important educational policy issues facing Alaska.
  2. Conducting and disseminating research on key education policy issues. Much of this work will be in collaboration with researchers around the state, as well as from outside Alaska, including those at Education Northwest and the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado.
  3. Analyzing and summarizing education policy initiatives at the local, state and national level
  4. Building research capacity throughout Alaska through mini-grant funding, proposal development assistance and methodology consultations around education policy research.
  5. Doing "rapid response" research in response to time-sensitive requests from federal, state and local policymakers.
  6. Sponsoring undergraduate researchers to assist with research projects through the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship at UAA, as well as through the First Alaskans Institute summer internship program.


What's New at CAEPR?

Lunchtime Talk: Post-growth societies, education systems, and differentiation

Reinhold Sackmann, Dr. rer.pol. habil., is Full Professor for Sociology, Dynamic Analysis of Social Structure, at the University of Halle-Wittenberg. His fields of research are life course analysis, sociology of education and coping with demographic change.

He’ll talk about how after accelerated population growth in the last two centuries, in a number of European and East Asian countries there are signs of a stagnant, sometimes shrinking population that is getting older and more heterogeneous. What are the effects of this new situation? Is there scope to modify effects of these new trends? Dr. Sackmann conducted a longitudinal data analysis of German school systems from 1995-2010, which shows that demographic change has had a profound effect on the institutional system of the education system, which for a long time was seen as a path dependent system that could not be transformed by political reforms.

When: Friday, April 11, 12 to 1 p.m.
Where: ISER conference room, fifth floor, Diplomacy Building



Lunchtime Talk: Navigating at a double crossroads: The role of subsistence in the wellbeing of Dena'ina Athabascan youth

Jennifer Shaw, PhD (Case Western Reserve, 2013) is a Senior Researcher at Southcentral Foundation in Anchorage, where she conducts research on youth suicide prevention, healthcare decision-making, and the development of culturally grounded health services. Her research interests are in medical anthropology, social determinants of health, and cross-cultural childhood and adolescence.

She will talk about the role of subsistence in the well-being of Dena’ina Athabascan youths growing up in Southwestern Alaska. How do subsistence and other cultural activities fit into the lives and aspirations of contemporary Dena’ina youths living in rural Alaska? What factors impede or facilitate their ability to achieve these aspirations in the transition to adulthood? Dr. Shaw conducted an ethnographic case study with 19 youths in one Dena’ina village, which showed that despite concerns about Alaska Native youths’ commitment to culture, this group deeply identifies with their tradition and aspires to continue these activities into adulthood, despite significant obstacles in their paths.

When: Friday, April 18, 12 to 1 p.m.
Where: ISER conference room, fifth floor, Diplomacy Building



CAEPR announces two new publications:

CAEPR has a Twitter account! Follow us at: UAA_CAEPR. We will use this account mostly to share information on research of interest to the Alaska education policy community from other sources, such as the National Education Policy Center, Education Week, federal agencies like the Institute of Education Sciences and other research sources. We will continue to share CAEPR publications and news via email and our website as well as on Twitter.



If you have suggestions for research or resources,
please contact us at CAEPR@uaa.alaska.edu or 907-786-5413.


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