Instruction & Curricula
UAF is an open-admissions university, offering courses for academic credit that may lead to certificate, associate, baccalaureate, master and doctoral degrees as well as developmental, continuing education and noncredit courses. The nature of instruction will vary for each faculty member, depending upon workload distribution and the particular mission of the unit. Instruction includes actual contact in classroom, correspondence or electronic delivery methods, laboratory or field and preparatory activities, such as preparing for lectures, setting up demonstrations, and preparing for laboratory experiments, as well as individual/independent study, tutorial sessions, evaluations, correcting papers, and determining grades. Other aspects of teaching and instruction extend to undergraduate and graduate academic advising and counseling, training graduate students and serving on their graduate committees, particularly as their major advisor, curriculum development, and academic recruiting and retention activities.
The philosophy and rationale of the UAF approach to general education are contained in “The Baccalaureate Experience: Core Curriculum Requirements.” The core curriculum was designed to reflect intellectual experiences the faculty deemed essential for all baccalaureate students: conduct of intellectual inquiry, advanced literacy in language and mathematics, the nature and use of science, studies in history, language and culture and humanistic expressions.
The faculty is responsible for the development, delivery, assessment and revision of courses and programs. Course and program revisions are made through formal processes outlined in UAF Faculty Senate and UA Board of Regents policies. These review processes include consideration by departments or divisions, colleges or schools, the Faculty Senate or its relevant committees, and the UAF and UA administration. UAF, the Graduate School and individual departments and colleges and schools have policies regarding the mentoring of graduate students. All faculty members are encouraged to become familiar with these processes as appropriate for their program.