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In Coastal Alaska, 2 Visions for the Future of Higher Education

 

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A new nonprofit, two-year liberal arts program called Outer Coast is set to open in Sitka, Alaska, with a focus on creating a close-knit community, inspiring student service, and disrupting the Western canon. The program aims to offer a unique educational experience, emphasizing small-group seminars and intimate learning opportunities. It operates out of the former campus of Sheldon Jackson, a religious boarding school and college, and is seeking to put back what was taken from Alaska Native people. Outer Coast’s model is intended to allow students to earn an associate degree and then transfer to a four-year institution to earn a bachelor’s degree. The program is placing particular emphasis on reaching Alaskan students, especially Alaska Native Indigenous students and rural Alaskans. The University of Alaska…

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