Indicator A: Percent of Alaska Native graduates of ASD who qualify for Alaska Performance Scholarship (APS)
Indicator B: Percent of Alaska Native graduates enrolling in the UA system
Indicator C: Percent of Alaska Native graduates enrolling in technical training – data to be collected
Well-paying jobs are competitive and, in Alaska, the highest wages typically require a college education. In the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development occupational projections for 2012-2022, jobs requiring an Associate degree, Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, or a doctoral/professional degree are projected to pay wages of at least $20,000 more than jobs requiring only a high school diploma. The department’s “top jobs” list is composed of jobs that pay well and are expected to have openings, and includes many which do not require a college education, but do demand post-secondary training. One way or another, students will need to look beyond a high school diploma to take advantage of the best employment opportunities.
The Alaska Performance Scholarship (APS) is awarded to eligible high school students that qualify — meeting the grade point average (GPA) and SAT or ACT score requirements, and fulfilling certain course requirements. Awards are given at three tiers, and in two tracks — a college track and a career/technical track.
The University of Alaska (UA) system is Alaska’s statewide network of public institutions of higher education. While we do not have data on where all Alaska Native and American Indian students graduating from the ASD attend college, data on ASD graduates’ enrollment in the UA system is available.
Outcome 6 Indicator A
Alaska performance scholarships
During the 2014-2015 school year, 18.2 percent of eligible Native students in the ASD qualified for the career/technical track and 12.1 percent qualified for the collegiate track. In the same period, 37.5 percent of all other eligible students qualified for the career/technical track and 30.0 percent qualified for the collegiate track.
Outcome 6 Indicator B
Enrolled in UA system
During the 2013-2014 school year, 26.6 percent of AN/AI graduates of the Anchorage School District (ASD) and 33.3 percent of all other ASD graduates enrolled in the UA system the following year.