“The decision to move the HPER department to the College of Health was made after much consultation between college leadership,” said Bonnie Nygard, CTC interim dean. “The success of our students is always our first and foremost concern. We believe this move helps connect students more closely to all health-related academic resources on campus.”
The primary reason for this move is one of mission alignment. The department’s Physical Education bachelor’s degree and minors complement programs currently offered by the College of Health, especially as COH places an increasing emphasis on preparing professionals to meet the health needs of Alaskans.
“We look forward to having students and faculty in the Department of Health, Physical Education & Recreation join us in the College of Health next fall,” said COH Dean William Hogan. “The college is the central hub for health education in the state, and we recognize the value of physical education to the health and well-being of Alaska’s individuals and communities.”
Most of this transition will take place behind the scenes and will not impact students directly. The registration process for classes will remain the same. Students can move forward with confidence knowing that department faculty will be transitioning with them. At this time, the physical location of the department and faculty offices will remain the same.
Current students should contact the HPER office at (907) 786-4083 or UAA_hper@uaa.alaska.edu with questions.