Where possible, transfer credit is equated with KPC/UAA courses by matching the content, level of instruction, course activities and student outcomes. Only coursework that clearly and demonstrably satisfies the intent of a UAA General Education Requirement or college or major requirement can be accepted as a substitute. When this is not possible, evaluators may grant discipline-specific elective credit at the appropriate level. KPC/UAA reserves the right to reject transfer credit or to require an examination before credit is allowed.
An evaluation of transfer credit occurs only after an applicant has applied for admission to a degree program.
Transfer credit equivalents vary among semester, unit and quarter universities. Courses that differ from equivalent KPC/UAA courses by less than one credit are equated to UAA courses and meet UAA course requirements without requiring a petition. To complete credit requirements where transfer course credits differ from UAA credits by more than 1 credit, students can either take another UAA class or request an academic petition from the academic advisor.
Criteria for Acceptance of Transfer Credit:
1. Transfer credits from United States institutions are accepted only if those institutions are accredited by one of the following regional accrediting associations:
- Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges
- North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
- Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges
2. Only undergraduate college-level (100 to 499) courses completed with grades equal to C or higher are considered for transfer.
3. Credits transferred for application to graduate certificates or degrees are subject to additional requirements noted in chapter 12.
4. Students who plan to transfer credits from outside the United States must provide an official statement of educational equivalence from World Education Services. Please visit www.uaa.alaska.edu/records/tce/international.cfm for additional information.
5. Transfer credits are not included in the student’s UAA grade point average (GPA) computation, except to determine eligibility for graduation with honors and financial aid.
6. Challenge examinations, credit by examinations and credit awarded for massive open online courses (MOOCs) posted on another university’s transcript will not be considered for transfer credit (see National Credit by Examination in Chapter 8).
7. Courses from the University of Alaska Fairbanks or the University of Alaska Southeast are transferred to UAA based on applicability toward degree requirements. They are considered non-resident credits.
8. Credits from institutions that are not accredited by one of the regional associations listed above are only accepted under special arrangements that may be initiated upon student request. UAA academic departments determine unaccredited course equivalency (such as English Department for English courses). Students wishing to pursue such transfers must clearly establish equivalency to UAA courses using evidence obtained from course descriptions, syllabi, texts, assignments, examinations and direct communication between the departmental faculty at UAA and at the originating institution.