2005-2006 UAF Catalog
Undergraduate Course Placement and Transfer Credits
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 here, 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. UAF is a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) network. For additional information about the SOC program, contact the Office of Admissions. Where possible, transfer credit is equated with UAF courses.
The following regulations apply to transfer of credit:
Transferring Credits within the UA System
Credit for course work toward general education requirements successfully completed at one UA institution fulfills the same categories at all other 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 haven't 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. When you apply, 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 meets the general education requirements at the UAA and UAS.
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.
• English--Only students with appropriate test scores may receive local advanced placement credit in English. If you are a student with an English ACT score of 29 or higher or a verbal SAT score of 650 or higher, you may receive credit for ENGL 111X upon completion of ENGL 211X or 213X with a C grade or better.
• Foreign Language/Alaska Native Language--After completing the course in which you were placed (above 101) and earning a B grade or higher, you may ask to receive credit for the two immediately preceding prerequisite courses, if any. However, credit cannot be awarded for such courses if university credit has already been granted (e.g., through College Board Advanced Placement national tests or credit transfer from another college). Credit will not be awarded for special topics courses, individual study courses, literature or culture courses, conversation courses, or any course taught in English.
• Mathematics--If you are placed in an advanced math course and you complete MATH 201X, 202X or 302 at UAF with a C grade or better, you may also receive credit for any prerequisite calculus course(s).
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 here. For more information contact the UAF Office of Testing Services, 207B Gruening, 907-474-5277, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.uaf.edu/testing/.
• CLEP (College Level Examination Program)--CLEP is a national testing program that awards college credit for some introductory courses. The exams cost $75 each (costs subject to change) and are administered daily. To register for a CLEP exam or for more information, contact UAF testing services at (907) 474-5277.
The following criteria apply to CLEP exams:
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 based on equivalency to courses listed in this catalog. Credit received for prior learning doesn't affect 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 Transferring Credits, page 30) that 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 to determine full-time/part-time status and eligibility for financial aid and scholastic action. The grade will average in your semester and cumulative GPAs.
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 GPA 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
The Center for Distance Education and Independent Learning also provides 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.
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