A Tale of Two Centers


  • Douglas K. Barry University of Alaska, Anchorage
  • Donald F. Behrend University of Alaska, Anchorage


Higher Education, Community Relationships, Globalization


In this article, we describe a set of experiences involving the University of Alaska, Anchorage (UAA). These experiences involve a larger effort to articulate the aims of the institution in ways that help it, the larger community, and the state better understand their emerging places in a changing world. These experiences have also caused us to focus greater portions of our university's mission on the development of Alaska's economy through international business and trade. Some of these experiences, as well as perhaps our model for assisting Alaska's private sector in the "globalization" process, may have implications for other U.S. universities.