So in my googling of athletics in Alaska, I found this:
[Alaska Southeast] did have an intercollegiate sports program that was shut down along with Sheldon Jackson College and Alaska Pacific University in 1990. Even though the focus of a school is its education, former Director of Activities at UAS Tish Griffin said students need activities like basketball. When the three smaller Alaska colleges (UAS, APU and Sheldon Jackson) all shut down their sports programs in 1990, it had a huge effect on the UAS campus. The following year, all three years saw a drop in enrollment. "There was an impact," Griffin said. "I saw the most impact on student life. What was missing was the school spirit, the common athletic event that united the campus. You have to have a way for the students to recreate. Activities give them a fuller life, and they're much more rounded. And it also helps them buy into the campus."