A Message from Interim Dean Hoanca:

Interim Dean Bogdan HoancaInterim Dean Bogdan Hoanca

Welcome to the College of Business and Public Policy (CBPP) at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Our mission is to prepare students for leadership at the frontiers of a changing world. We help diverse and growing communities in Alaska and elsewhere meet their challenges by delivering the highest quality in business and public policy education, research, and professional assistance.

We are proud to be the largest higher education business school in Alaska, holding the prestigious AACSB accreditation. According to AACSB, in 2016 only 5% of business schools and colleges worldwide demonstrated the standards of quality education required for AACSB accreditation. On average, we graduate 300-400 students each year, including those with four-year business degrees, two-year associate degrees, discipline specific certificates, and graduate degrees.

As Alaska’s economy is currently facing a challenging and uncertain future, professionals with strong business skills are needed more than ever to help the state navigate the ups and downs of the economic cycles. Our students learn that challenges and uncertainty are not problems, but opportunities to drive change and to have a positive influence in the community. Our alumni hold leadership positions in private businesses, Alaska Native organizations, and nonprofit and governmental entities.

To achieve our goals of preparing future leaders for Alaska, we have fostered a learning environment supportive of student success, built around engagement, impact and innovation. Our classes are small and taught by faculty who focus on engaged learning and hands-on experiences for students. Our faculty provide students with the personal attention and the time not typically available at large, big-name institutions, focused more on mass production of degrees than on personalized learning.

Almost as diverse as the Alaskan population, our student body includes both traditional and non-traditional learners. Many are first generation college students. Some work full time and take part time courses, while others do not work and go to school full time. To meet these diverse needs, we offer most courses at multiple times during the weekday (including evenings), or on the weekends. Some students take advantage of our faculty resources to conduct cutting-edge undergraduate research. Professional opportunities through clubs, internships, and international experiences are also available to students.

What all our students have in common is a desire to learn, a focus on practical business issues and a goal to build a better future for Alaska, together. We invite you to be part of this better future: as a student, as a member of our alumni network, as a community partner, as a donor, or as a combination of these. Our motto says it best: Your future, our mission!

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Interim Dean Bogdan Hoanca