All instructors must be approved by UAS for students to receive UAS credit. UAS approval is not necessary for high school credit since this is regulated by the secondary school for whom you are employed. To become an approved instructor, you need to do foloow the new instructor approval process established in the UAS Tech Prep Policies and Procedures webpage.
UAS will send custom registration forms to each instructor. However, if you need extras or a replacement, you can download a blank, fillable form in Adobe Acrobat PDF form here: UA Statewide Tech Prep Registration Form
UAS Grading Policy
Grading System: The grade point average (GPA) is a weighted numerical average of the grades a student has earned while taking courses at UAS. To compute the GPA, the total number of credits a student has taken is divided into the total number of grade points a student has earned. Grade points are calculated by multiplying the number of grade points awarded, according to the chart below, by the number of credits attempted for the course. The sum of the grade points is then divided by the total number of credits. Only letter grades are weighted. Grades of I, DF, W, P, AU and CR do not carry grade points and do not affect the GPA (Source, 2013 UAS Catalog of Study, 58).
Letter grades are weighted as follows:
A = 4.0 C = 2.0
A– = 3.7 C– = 1.7
B+= 3.3 D+= 1.3
B = 3.0 D = 1.0
B– = 2.7 D– = 0.7
C+= 2.3 F = 0
(Source: 2013 UAS Catalog of Study, 59)
Once registered, Tech Prep Students are unable to withdraw or drop UAS Tech-Prep courses. However, the instructor is allowed to issue a "No Basis" (NB grade in lieu of a drop or withdrawl.A "No Basis for Grade" (NB) indicates that student has not attended or has stopped attending early in the semester without officially withdrawing and there is insufficient student progress and/or attendance for evaluation. No credit is given, nor is NB calculated in the GPA. This is a permanent grade and may not be used to substitute for the Incomplete. Grades of NB cannot be changed to letter grades or incomplete (Source: 2013 UAS Catalog of Study, 59). Important: When issuing a NB grade, please indicate the last date of attendance (the approximate day the student desired to drop or withdraw is appropriate) on the grade sheet submitted to the UAS Registrar.
At the end of each semester, every instructor is required to submit a completed grade sheet to the following:
- Email a pdf copy to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mail the original grade roster to:
University of Alaska Southeast
ATTN: Kimberly Szczatko
11120 Glacier Hwy
Juneau, Alaska 99801
Rigor & Pacing of Courses
Rigor refers to the material covered by the instructor and of which the student is accountable for learning. All courses taught by UAS Tech Prep Instructors as dual credit through a secondary school are required to have the same rigor as a university course taught on-campus. However, instructors have more flexibility concerning pacing. Pacing is the speed in which material is delivered. Since a UAS College Credit is based-upon a 13-week semester and a high school is typically based upon a traditional 18-week semester, the pacing is already slower for high school students. However, it may may make sense fr some courses of particular intensity to be delivers over two high school semesters instead of one. In these cases, please work with your high school curriculum director or designee to determine if this is possible and UAS will work to accommodate an extended schedule for the course, if necessary.
When designing your course, please make sure that your course meets the UAS minimum instruction hour requirements per credit hour. When computing hours, you 1 hour of instruction = 1 clock hour, not a 50 or 55 minute period. Therefore, make sure that your course accounts for clock hours and not period hours.
As of 2013, the credit/clockhour minimums for 1 credit hour are:
- Lecture Courses Require 750 minutes (12.5 clock hours) of instruction per credit hour
- Lab Courses require 1500 minutes (25 clock hours) per credit hour
To assist teachers with converting courses, the tables below have been created to determine how many class periods are needed to meet the minimum clock hour requirements depending if your school uses a 50 minute or 55 minute per period class schedule. You may also use the clock calculation above, if you wish. The tables below are rounded to the nearest quarter hour for simplicity.
|Minimum School Periods to Credit Hour Conversion Table - Lecture Method|
|Minutes per Period|
|15 periods||30 periods||45 periods||60 periods||75 periods||90 periods|
|55 minutes||14 periods||28 periods||42 periods||55 periods||69 periods||83 periods|
|75 minutes 1 Hour, 15 minutes)||10 Periods||20 periods||30 periods||40 periods||50 periods||60 periods|
|90 minutes (1 Hour, 30 Minutes)||8.5 periods||16.75 periods||25 periods||33.5 periods||41.75 periods||50 periods|
|105 minutes (1 Hour, 45 minutes)||7.5 periods||14.5 periods||21.5 periods||28.75 periods||35.75 periods||42.85 periods|
|120 minutes (2 Hour)||6.25 periods||12.5 periods||18.75 periods||25 periods||31.25 periods||37.5 periods|
|Minimum School Periods to Credit Hour Conversion Table - Lab Method|
|Minutes per Period|
|30 Periods||60 Periods||90 Periods||120 Periods||150 Periods||180 Periods|
|55 minutes||28 Periods||55 Periods||82 Periods||110 Periods||137 Periods||164 Periods|
|75 minutes||20 periods||40 periods||60 periods||80 periods||100 periods||120 periods|
|90 minutes||16.75 periods||13.5 periods||50 periods||66.75 periods||83.5 periods||100 periods|
|105 minutes||14.5 periods||28.75 periods||43 periods||57.25 periods||71.5 periods||85.75 periods|
|120 minutes||12.5 periods||25 periods||37.5 periods||50 periods||62.5 periods||75 periods|
When calculating the number of periods needed to satisfy the minimum clock hour requirement, you must know the UAS Requirement for the Lecture/Lab breakdown. This breakdown is noted in the UAS Catalog of Study in the Course descriptions. In each course description, there is a parenthetical notation of the lecture/lab breakdown usually annotated like this: 3 Credits (2+1). The first number is the number of lecture units needed to satisfy the time requirement for the number of course credits. The second number is the number of lab units needed to satisfy the clock hour requirement the course. One unit of credit is always 750 minutes of instruction, regardless of lecture of lab. Therefore, you can determine the number of clock hours needed for a mixed lecture/lab course using this equation: (lecture units + Lab Units)*750/60 = Total Clock hours for the course. Likewise, you determine the lecture/lab course composition using the following equation Lecture Units/(Lecture Units + Lab Units) = % of course that must be lecture. The remaining % must be lab.
Here are some examples of how to use the tables above to compute the number of periods necessary to meet minimum clock hour requirements for each course.
CIOS S105 Computer Literacy
3 Credits (3+0)
In this example, (3+0) means that there are three hours of lecture and 0 hours of lab. In this example, you simply look at the "Minimum School Periods to Credit Hour Conversion Table - Lecture Method" table and use the minimum number of periods per day. This means that you would need 45 periods to meet clock hour minimums if your class uses 50 minute periods. If your school uses 45 minute periods, you would need 42 periods dedicated to the class.
HS S119 Emergency Medical Technician I
6 Credits (6+2)
In this example, (6+2) means that there are 6 lecture units and 2 lab unit clock hour requirements. For the instructor, this means that the 6/8ths of the units (75%) must be lecture and that 2/8ths (25%) of the course must be lab. To determine clock-cours for this course, we use the equation: (lecture units + Lab Units)*750/60 = Total Clock hours. In action that would equate to (6+2)*750/60 or 8*750/60 or 100 clock hours with 75 hours of lecture and 25 hours of lab. When possible, the number of clock hours required will be published in the UAS Menu of Courses Available for Tech-Prep.