In 1971 the University of Alaska established a “rural education center” in Kotzebue. By 1978, the University of Alaska, Board of Regents had established Chukchi Community College, which operated until 1987, when the newly named Chukchi Campus became a branch of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF).
UAF Chukchi Campus Advisory Council
The UAF Chukchi Advisory Council has thirteen (13) members. It is composed of leaders or representatives from the following:
- Maniilaq Association
- City of Kotzebue
- NANA Corporation
- Northwest Arctic Borough
- Northwest Arctic Borough School District
- Northwest Iñupiat Housing Authority
- Kikiktagruk Iñupiat Corporation
- Native Village of Kotzebue
- Alaska Technical Center
- National Park Service
- Regional Village Representative
- UAF Adult Student Representative
- UAF High School Student Representative
UAF Chukchi students have three options to choose from for taking classes:
Face-to-Face Campus Courses
Some courses are held on-site at the Chukchi Campus. these courses are designed for students who are able to attend classes at the campus location in Kotzebue, Alaska.
Distance Education Courses
Distance education courses are conducted through audio-conference. Additionally, some courses utilize the Internet, E-mail, Blackboard and/or Elluminate Live.
Independent Learning Courses
The Center for Distance Education offers courses that are correspondence courses and are either paper-based or web-based and can be taken either on a semester or year-long session.
UAF Chukchi Campus is a charter member of the Northwest Arctic Workforce Development and Education Consortium.