Frequently asked questions

COLD stands for Co-curricular, Opportunities for Leadership Development and this program allows students to develop and enhance leadership skills while participating in campus life at UAF. Completion of the COLD Certificate allows students to graduate with Leadership Honors (Levels 1 &2) or Leadership Distinction (Levels 1 - 3). 

  • Complete Enrollment Form and Complete Level I requirements.
  • After completing Level I you should work on Level II of the program.
  • After completing Level II students will be able to Graudate with Leadership Honors and can also being Level III requirements
  • Once Level III has been completed students can Graduate with Leadership Distinction
  • Students develop life-long leadership skills that will help them in the workplace and global environment.
  • Allows students to be recognized for leadership experiences and involvement at UAF.
  • Co-curricular activities and leadership skills are documented, which can enhance a transcript and resume.

Yes, students can work on different levels of the certificate at the same time. However, a student must meet all requirements of the previous level before becoming eligible to earn a subsequent certificate.

Students can use leadership experiences that have taken place while attending the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

It's FREE to participate in the COLD program! Occasional leadership opportunities do require registration fees, but these are rare.

The COLD Certificate Program can take a different amounts of time depending on the students involvement. For instance level one can be completed in one semester. However, the program is meant to build leadership skills, which take a little longer for the other levels.

No, the community service component does not have to be completed through the SLI office. If a student chooses to do their community service outside of UAF programming, it must be signed off for verification.

We've designed the program to encompass many types of events. The learning outcomes are meant to be interpreted through the type of leader you want to be and the types of activities you're involved in. 

For example, for "Healthy Behaviors" I could reflect on running a 10k, attending a suicide prevention training, or going to a lecture on stress relief. 

What does NOT count is anything you had to do for a class. No class mandated service work or class projects. We're looking for co-curricular learning opportunities.