Non-traditional credit evaluations are available for accepted degree-seeking UAA/KPC students. Documenting military or occupational training, taking local or national examinations, are some of the methods used. The specific processes are listed below.
Certified Experience Credit
This program allows crediting of certified, but not accredited, institution-sponsored learning. With documentation, the University may award elective credit or specific course credit.
1. National/State/Local Certificates: Persons who have met certain standards and/or passed certain tests may be awarded academic credit. Credit agreements are currently in effect for the following:
- Federal Aviation Administration
- Anchorage Police Department
- Alaska State Troopers
- Alaska Emergency Medical Services
- Federal Wildland Fire Management Training
- U.S. DOL: Apprenticeship/Training
- Certified Professional Secretary Exam
- Certified Professional Legal Secretary Exam
- Child Development Certificate
- National Occupational Competency Exam
- Apprenticeship Technologies
- U.S. Paramedic Licensure
- National Council Licensure Exam
2. Business or Industry Credit: Recommendations for business or industry credit equivalents are found in the American Council on Education’s National Guide. They cover courses or formal instruction offered by businesses, government agencies, labor unions, and professional or voluntary associations.
Local Credit By Examination
Accepted, degree- or certificate-seeking students may be awarded credit through locally developed comprehensive examinations on specific subjects. However, credit by examination is not available for all courses. Applications for and information on specific courses available through local credit by examination may be obtained from Student Services. There is a fee charged for local credit by exam.
General criteria for local credit by examination includes:
- Courses with numbers below 100 may not be taken through credit by exam.
- Only regular catalog courses may be challenged. Special topics courses, trial courses, independent study courses, and practicum courses may not be taken through credit by exam.
- When an appropriate exam exists, CLEP, DANTES, ACT-PEP, or other national examinations may be administered instead of a local examination.
- Determination of which courses may be taken through local credit by exam and construction of the examinations is at the discretion of the appropriate department.
- Local credit by exam is not awarded for a course that duplicates one for which credit has already been granted.
- Students are awarded credit and a grade of P (Pass) if they successfully pass the local exam. If the exam is not passed, the course is not recorded on the student’s transcript. Grades for courses taken through local credit by examination do not carry grade points used in calculating student GPAs.
- Credit awarded through local credit by examination is considered non-resident credit.
- There is no limit to the number of credits which may be acquired through the local credit by examination process.
- Students have one year from the date of application to take the local examination.
- Students may not request local credit-by-exam for an audited course until the following academic year.
Up to eight elective credits may be awarded to students who have completed one calendar year of active duty military service. In addition, credits may be granted for formal service schools and the primary MOS/Rating as recommended in the Guide to the Evaluation of Education Experiences in the Armed Services prepared by the American Council on Education.
No more than 15 semester credits may be applied toward an associate degree and no more than 30 semester credits may be applied toward a baccalaureate degree. Exceptions are granted only to students enrolled in the SOC programs.
The Service members Opportunity Colleges (SOCAD, SOCMAR, SCCOAST, and SOCNAV) program allows active-duty personnel to finish approved associate and baccalaureate degree programs without losing credits as they transfer during their military careers.
Eligibility for entrance to these programs requires three semester credits to be completed in residence at UAA for the associate program and six semester credits in residence at UAA for the baccalaureate program. These credits must be 100-level or above with grade(s) of C or higher. To graduate from these programs, the residency requirement is three semester credits for the two-year programs and 24 semester credits for the four-year program and an overall GPA of 2.0.
Contact Student Services at KRC or Enrollment Services at KBC regarding required documentation and forms.
National Credit by Examination
UAA awards credit for satisfactory performance on most national examinations. In most cases, passing scores and credits awarded for the following national exams are based on the most current American Council on Education recommendations or departmental approved scores.
A student desiring credit for a national exam must request that an official report of exam scores be sent to Enrollment Services at UAA. Credit may be received for more than one national exam.