Academic Advising and Learning Assistance
Academic advising is a vital part of your experience as a student at UAF. In fact, academic advising is so important UAF requires you to meet with your academic advisor at least once a semester before you can schedule your courses. Your academic advisor will assist you with the development of an educational plan encompassing your academic and career goals, requirements of your major and your semester-by-semester plan of study in order to make the best use of your credits. Students can also view their degree and major requirements through DegreeWorks, UAF's graduation positioning system, which is available at UAOnline at http://uaonline.alaska.edu. UAF students who are admitted into a major will be advised by a faculty or staff advisor from their department. Visit www.uaf.edu/advising/ for academic advisor contact information.
The Academic Advising Center in the Gruening Building assists general studies and pre-major students as well as students in majors who are exploring other baccalaureate or pre-professional degree programs. Certificate, associate, vocational and technical program students are advised at the Tanana Valley Campus Student Assistance and Advising Center in downtown Fairbanks. Native and rural Alaska students are encouraged to seek an academic advisor from Rural Student Services in the Brooks Building. Students based at community campuses outside of Fairbanks can contact their local student services staff for information on registration, deadlines and other policies unique to their campuses or regions.
Academic Advising Center staff and advisors offer guidance for general studies students (undecided and exploratory), pre-major, AHEAD students, non-degree students and students in transition from a declared major to another degree program. The center also serves as a clearinghouse for general university and degree information. Academic advisors also help students with information about non-traditional credit options like credit for prior learning and pre-professional academic programs like veterinary science, law, dentistry or pharmacy.
The Academic Advising Center, in cooperation with other departments, sponsors student success workshops on a wide variety of special topics including study skills, deciding on a major and overcoming math anxiety. Staff at the Academic Advising Center can provide academic support with reference materials, referrals, and study assistance to build and refresh knowledge in English, math, reading, science and writing. Staff can also help students discover their interests, abilities and aptitudes using software programs, inventories and other tools and assessments that provide guidance about careers and academic majors. These programs are available to students at no charge.
Contact the Academic Advising Center at 509 Gruening Building, 907-474-6396, toll free at 1-888-823-8780 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Specific information for students, including degree program worksheets, can be found on the web at www.uaf.edu/advising/.
The Tanana Valley Campus Student Assistance and Advising Center provides advising and support for students in A.A. and A.A.S. degree, certificate and specialized training programs to contribute to a successful learning experience and transition to a career. Staff at the center recognize the unique concerns of adult and returning students as well as traditional students entering college. Advisors can help with pre-admission advising, academic assessment and placement, financial aid information and applications, and assistance with choosing a major.
The center offers academic support through developmental courses, workshops, classroom presentations and one-on-one assistance to help conquer academic hurdles. In addition, the TVC Student Assistance Center staff provide personalized career advice based on job market information and a student's personal goals. Advisors can help students acquire job finding skills such as resume writing, interviewing and searching for jobs on the web. Staff at the center assure that students have a broad base of support as they plan the move from college to career.
For more information, contact Student Assistance, UAF Tanana Valley Campus Center, 604 Barnette Street, Fairbanks, Alaska 99701, call 907-455-2800, or visit online at www.tvc.uaf.edu/student/.
Rural Student Services is the vital link between the Fairbanks campus and rural Alaska communities. RSS provides comprehensive academic advising services with a focus on the freshman and sophomore years. Advisors at RSS recognize and are sensitive to the unique cultural components of Native and rural students at UAF. RSS advisors provide comprehensive advising and referrals to various support services on the Fairbanks campus. RSS advisors register students for classes, explain academic requirements and explore degree options. Other RSS services include assistance with admissions and financial aid, career advising and student advocacy.
RSS functions as a student center in the Brooks Building to provide an atmosphere where students can share Native cultural traditions on campus and attend a variety of Native student club activities. Students who are enrolled at UAF and are Alaska Native or come from a rural area are encouraged to use RSS as their home base.
UAF students from other countries face many situations that American students do not encounter. International students must comply with immigration regulations, adapt to a new and often strange culture and adjust to the American system of higher education. International student advisors serve as a liaison between the student and various U.S. immigration agencies. Advisors authorize documents for student visas, help students adjust to UAF and provide immigration and personal assistance. For more information, contact the Office of International Programs by calling 907-474-7677 or 907-474-7583, via e-mail at email@example.com, or online at www.uaf.edu/oip/.
The Student Support Services program provides students with opportunities for academic development, assists with college requirements, and serves to motivate students towards the successful completion of their degree program. The program is funded by a TRiO grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
Services include a drop-in tutoring center, instruction in mathematics skills, tutorial services, academic advising and mentoring, cultural and social engagement, a loan program for laptop computers and other media, and direct financial assistance to qualified participants.
All services are provided free of charge to eligible students. Our program is staffed with both professional and certified student tutors.
In order to receive SSS program services, a student must have academic need and meet one of the following criteria:
- be financially limited according to federal criteria,
- be a first-generation college student (meaning neither parent has earned a bachelor's degree), or
- have a documented physical or learning disability.
Participants must also be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, enrolled in at least 6 credit hours and intend to obtain a bachelor's degree.
Information about lab hours for all Fairbanks campus academic support resources as well as tutoring options is located on the Academic Advising Center website at www.uaf.edu/advising/student/resources/. Many of these resources are free of charge or cost a nominal fee.
- Accounting Lab
The Accounting Lab provides tutoring services to students enrolled in accounting courses. Located in 225I Bunnell Building, the lab is staffed by accounting graduate students and outstanding undergraduate students. Lab hours are assigned (but flexible) Monday through Friday. For more information, contact the Department of Accounting and Information Systems at 907-474-1945.
- Chemical Society Tutoring Lab
Located in 170 Natural Sciences Facility, students must reserve a time to receive tutoring assistance using the sign up sheet on the door. For more information contact the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at 907-474-5510.
- Developmental Education Math, English and Reading Labs
The Department of Developmental Education provides academic support labs in math, English and reading. These labs are located at each of the rural campuses, Tanana Valley Campus and on the Fairbanks campus. Labs provide tutoring and small group instruction for students taking developmental, academic or vocational math, reading and writing courses. Academic support labs supplement and support student learning as well as improve and expand student skills in these areas. For further information contact your local campus or the Department of Developmental Education at 907-474-1112.
- Foreign Language Laboratory
The language lab, located in 609 Gruening, provides assistance in French, Spanish, Japanese, German, Russian and Chinese. Computer programs, CDs, cassettes and spell-checkers are available for student use. Call the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at 907-474-7396 for lab hours.
- Math and Statistics Laboratory
This lab provides flexible-hour assistance to students enrolled in mathematics and statistics courses. The lab is coordinated by faculty, and services are provided by students. For more information, contact the math department at 907-474-7332.
- Supplemental Instruction
Supplemental instruction sessions are regularly scheduled, informal review sessions in which students compare notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools and predict test items. Students learn how to integrate course content and study skills while working together. SI is designed to reduce rates of attrition within historically difficult courses, improve student grades and increase graduation rates of students. Contact the Academic Advising Center at 907-474-6396 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Writing Center
The Writing Center is open Sunday through Friday for tutoring all enrolled students. The staff, composed of English graduate teaching assistants and outstanding undergraduate students, reviews student writing projects at any stage from planning to drafting and revising. Tutors are available to help students improve grammar and usage. For information, contact the Writing Center, 907-474-5314.