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Forest sciences program earns reaccreditation

Submitted by Doreen Fitzgerald
Phone: (907) 474-5042

02/01/07

Fairbanks, Alaska--The Society of American Foresters recently renewed the accreditation of the forest sciences program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The society is the scientific and educational organization representing the forestry profession in the United States. Forest sciences is one option for UAF students seeking bachelor's degrees in natural resource management. The course of study prepares them to work as professional foresters.

"Having been an SAF member since 1973, I am particularly pleased with our reaccreditation. The SAF confirmed that we have a strong forestry program," said UAF Chancellor Steve Jones.

The recognition comes after an extensive program review in 2006. During the review, the program was evaluated based on the society's standards for objectives, curriculum, faculty, students, administration, parent-institution support, and physical resources and facilities. The UAF program was first accredited in 1996. The renewed accreditation is valid through 2016.

"I'm pleased that the SAF has acknowledged the value of our forestry program," said Carol Lewis, dean of the School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences, which administers the forest sciences department. "Forest sciences at UAF fills a unique niche in circumpolar forestry education."

The SAF grants accreditation only to specific educational curricula that lead to a first professional degree in forestry at the bachelor's or master's level. The society's accreditation process is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Founded in 1900 by Gifford Pinchot, the SAF aims to advance the science, education, technology and practice of forestry, enhance member competency and professional excellence, and promote the continued health and sustainable use of forest ecosystems and resources. SAF members include natural resource professionals in public and private settings, researchers, CEOs, administrators, educators and students.

UAF is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and has been continuously accredited as an institution since 1934. UAF has specialized accreditation in more than a dozen programs including journalism, music, education and computer science.

CONTACT: Doreen Fitzgerald, SNRAS public information officer, at (907) 474-5042 or via e-mail at fndlf2@uaf.edu.

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