Department of Alaska Native Studies & Rural Development

Fairbanks office:

3rd floor Brooks Building

PO Box 756500

Fairbanks, AK 99775


Phone: (907) 474-6528

Toll free: 1-888-574-6528

Fax: (907) 474-6325


Anchorage office:

2221 E. Northern Lights Blvd. Room 200

Anchorage, AK 99508


Phone: (907) 279-2700

Toll free: 1-800-770-9531

Fax: (907) 279-2716

Hours: M-F 8AM-5PM

(Non-Rural Development Courses)

Some UAF departments also enable you to earn credit in their discipline through Credit for Prior Learning (CPL). One Rural Development student was successful in earning 24 credits using this CPL process. As a B.A. degree student, you can earn up to 25% of your total degree requirements (i.e., up to 30 credits) through this method. You must follow the established UAF procedures for earning CPL credit. Faculty in participating departments review portfolios of your work or other documentation to determine if credit is warranted, and credit is awarded for work linked to specific catalog courses. Note that Credit for Prior Learning is not considered UAF residence credit, and it will not be applied in determining your grade point average.

Before you begin the CPL process discuss your ideas with your faculty advisor. Review the UAF catalog and compare your knowledge, experiences, and skills with those required for specific courses. Then briefly sketch out where your learning experiences might be suitable for college credit and consider how you will document them. Review this with your advisor (and RD academic program head, if necessary).

See more details in the Student Guide, Pg. 8