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More and more people have been graduating from the University of Alaska Anchorage in the past decade. Do they stay in Alaska? What kinds of jobs do they have? How much do they earn? A new analysis by ISER researchers Alexandra Hill, Gunnar Knapp, and Blake Steenhoven looks at those questions. They found that most graduates stay in Alaska at least five years after they graduate, they work throughout the economy, and by five years after they graduate their average earnings double. Around one-quarter of graduates do leave within a few years, but it looks as if they are no more likely than other Alaskans to leave the state. ISER researchers did this work in cooperation with UAA's Office of Institutional Research and the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Download the report, UAA Graduates: How Many Stay and Work in Alaska? (PDF, 2.7MB) by Alexandra Hill, Gunnar Knapp, and Blake Steenhoven. If you have questions, get in touch with Gunnar Knapp at 907-786-7717 (email@example.com) or Alexandra Hill at 907-786-5436 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Over the past 20 years, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) studies have linked a variety of health and social problems among adult Americans to neglect or abuse they experienced as children. Patrick Sidmore is a planner with the Alaska Mental Health Board, and he has been a leader in analyzing ACE data for Alaska. At ISER he talks about the results of a 2013 survey documenting adverse childhood experiences among adult Alaskans, and the health, social, and economic consequences that can be traced to those experiences. Mr. Sidmore holds degrees in economics and management, as well as social work.
Research Matters No. 85: Trends in Age, Gender, and Ethnicity Among Children in Foster Care in Alaska
Close to 1% of those 21 or younger in Alaska were in foster care in recent years—about twice the average of 0.5% among all those the same age nationwide. That's one of the findings of a new report by ISER researchers Diwakar Vadapalli, Virgene Hanna, and Jessica Passini, examining trends in the age, gender, and ethnicity of children and teenagers in Alaska's foster care system from 2006 through 2013. They also found that younger children make up an increasing share of those in Alaska's foster care system; that girls are somewhat more likely than boys to be in foster care; and that Alaska Native children account for about 60% of all those in foster care. Download the report, Trends in Age, Gender, and Ethnicity Among Children in Foster Care in Alaska, by Diwakar Vadapalli, Virgene Hanna, and Jessica Passini. If you have questions, get in touch with Diwakar Vadapalli at 907-786-5422 or email@example.com.
Dr. Heather E. Hudson, professor of communications policy at ISER, will chair a workshop providing current information on broadband plans and policy issues for rural Alaska, with panels on technology projects and opportunities in microwave, optical fiber, wireless, and satellite; and policy issues such as state initiatives, federal programs, and U.S. Arctic Council proposals. When: Monday, December 15, 2014 @ 1:00 pm to 4:45 pm Where: Diplomacy Building 301, 4500 Diplomacy Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508 Registration: The registration fee is $75. Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alaska-rural-broadband-workshop-tickets-14434551131. If you are outside Anchorage and wish to participate by teleconference, please contact Prof. Heather Hudson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ecosystem services is the term often used to describe goods and services we get from ecosystems—like salmon habitat or clean air. These things are valuable, but they aren’t usually bought or sold in the marketplace. Ecosystem service valuation assigns a dollar value to them. David Batker, executive director of Earth Economics, talks about the tools being used to identify and value ecosystem services. Such valuation can help policymakers as they make decisions about resource management and sustainable economic development.
A new report by Mouhcine Guettabi, Rosyland Frazier, and Gunnar Knapp of ISER analyzes the results of a survey of Alaska employers about what health-care benefits they offer employees. The Alaska Department of Labor conducted the survey, which covered businesses, local governments, and school districts statewide. The Alaska Health Care Commission contracted with the department and ISER for the work. The report finds, among other things, that two-thirds of Alaska businesses don't provide health-insurance, and the reason they cite most often is no surprise: it's too expensive. And although about a third of employees at Alaska firms work part-time or seasonally, very few of them carry employer-based insurance. Of those employees carrying insurance through their employers, 95% are full-time workers and only 5% are part-time or seasonal. Download the report, Alaska Employer Health-Care Benefits: A Survey of Alaska Employers (pdf, 1.9MB), by Mouhcine Guettabi, Rosyland Frazier, and Gunnar Knapp. A summary, Snapshot of Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance in Alaska (pdf, 669.9KB), by the same authors, is also available. If you have questions, get in touch with Mouhcine Guettabi at email@example.com or 907-786-5496.