|2004-2005 UAF Catalog|
Undergraduate Transfer Credits and Course Placement
On the basis of test scores, you may be required to take developmental English and/or mathematics. These courses are designed to help you achieve competencies necessary to succeed in college-level courses. Generally, you will be placed in developmental English if your enhanced ACT (EACT) English score is below 17 (or SAT verbal score is below 440).
Mathematics course placement will vary according to the type of degree you are planning to pursue and the corresponding math course(s) needed (see the requirements for your degree program for more detail). Enhanced ACT (EACT), SAT, COMPASS or ASSET test scores and your previous mathematical background are used to determine your math placement. Minimum test scores for placement into math courses are listed in the table below.
It is best to consult with your advisor or faculty in the English or math department(s) if you have questions regarding the appropriate course placement.
For scores below the values given above, please consult with the developmental math department.
You may enroll in the level of a language at which you are competent, based on your prior experience. There is no foreign language placement test. If there are any questions about the appropriate level, you should contact the foreign languages department.
Credit accepted at UAF that has been earned from other regionally accredited institutions, through military educational experiences or credit accepted by special approval is considered transfer credit. Where possible, transfer credit is equated with UAF courses. The following regulations apply to transfer of credit:
In order to serve students who transfer among the three institutions that make up the University of Alaska system, UAF, UAA and UAS have identified fully transferable general education requirements for their baccalaureate degrees. These include:
Credit for course work successfully completed at one UA institution toward general education requirements at that institution shall transfer toward fulfillment of the same categories at all other University of Alaska institutions. This applies even if there is no directly matching course work at the institution to which the student transfers.
If you are a transfer student from either UAA or UAS who has completed all general education requirements prior to transferring to UAF, you will have completed all requirements for the UAF baccalaureate core. If you are a transfer student who has not completed all general education requirements, courses taken to complete those requirements at UAA or UAS will meet UAF baccalaureate core requirements according to the current table of substitutions for intra-UA transfers. (You may obtain a copy of the current table from the admissions offices at UAF, UAA or UAS.) When you apply, you should notify the Office of Admissions that you have completed the general education requirements at UAA or UAS.
Completion of the 35-credit lower division requirements (100- and 200-level courses) of the UAF baccalaureate core will meet the general education requirements at the University of Alaska Anchorage and the University of Alaska Southeast.
Find more information online at www.uaf.edu/admissions/transfer/.
For information about transferring credit from non-University of Alaska institutions, please view the table of substitutions for non-University of Alaska institutions.
There are several ways that you can earn college credit by receiving a passing score on an exam. For any of the credit by exam options, grades are not computed in your GPA. Credit by exam is not considered UAF residence credit and is not considered as part of the semester course load for classification as a full-time student. You will only be awarded credit by exam if you’re currently enrolled or if you were previously enrolled at UAF as a degree student. The credit by exam options are briefly outlined below. For more information contact the UAF testing services office, 207B Gruening, 907-474-5277, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.uaf.edu/testing/.
Visit the Testing Services Office in 207B Gruening to obtain credit by exam forms, or call (907) 474-5277 for more information on challenging a course.
Individuals learn a great deal outside the walls of educational institutions. Certificate, associate or bachelor’s degree students may have up to 25 percent of total program requirements granted for prior learning.
Credentials for admitted degree students who are currently enrolled are reviewed by faculty from participating departments who determine if this process is appropriate and make recommendations for awarding prior learning credit. Review is made based on equivalency to courses listed in this catalog. Credit received for prior learning doesn’t effect your GPA and is not considered residence credit.
The university will award transfer credit for specified national and state authorizations, certificates, credentials and/or examinations (see Transfer of Credit), which do not need credit for prior learning review. For further information or assistance, contact the Academic Advising Center, 509 Gruening Building, (907) 474-6396.
The Independent Learning Program, administered by the Center for Distance Education and Independent Learning, offers an alternative for people who seek a college education but cannot attend classes. The unique advantage of independent learning is its flexibility. You select your own hours of study and work at your own pace in surroundings you choose. Independent learning offers the freedom to structure a personal academic schedule and continue educational progress, even when personal circumstances make it impossible to attend scheduled classes.
For UAF students, UAF independent learning courses count as residence credit. When you enroll in an independent learning course during the regular semester enrollment period and complete the course during the same semester, the course may be used in determining full-time/part-time status and eligibility for financial aid and scholastic action. The grade will average in your semester and cumulative grade point averages.
When you enroll in an independent learning course at other times of the year, the credit and grade will not impact the credit load or semester grade point average for any other semester enrollments but will be counted in your cumulative totals. It’s important to realize that enrollment in these year-based courses does not count toward your current semester credit load, and therefore, is not included in determining your full-time or part-time student status. Your student status (full- or part-time) can affect things like financial aid or athletics eligibility.
An Independent Learning Program catalog detailing policies regarding enrollment, transfer, withdrawal, extension, reinstatement, fees, materials and course descriptions is available online. For more information contact the Center for Distance Education and Independent Learning, 3352 College Road, Suite A, (800) 277-8060; (907) 474-5353; fax (907) 474-5402; e-mail: email@example.com or online http://distance.uaf.edu.
As a coordinating entity, the Center for Distance Education and Independent Learning also engages in other distance delivery opportunities for students. Nearly 800 courses and programs are available through the use of instructional technology and collaborative delivery of programs among UA units. Alternative methods of instruction are increasing to meet the needs of students for whom regular campus-based programs are inconvenient. Students may register at their nearest campus, even if the course originates from another campus unit within the university system. Opportunities for students who prefer distance courses can be found at the University of Alaska Distributed Education Gateway on the web at http://distance.alaska.edu/.