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Why Should I Get Advising?

STUDENT OUTCOMES for Academic Advising (what will I learn?)

Academic Advisors

New and current students who plan to earn a degree or certificate at Kodiak College should seek academic advising.   Academic advising is critical to make sure you understand your program requirements and college policies and have a plan to complete your program.

Barbara Brown, Academic Counselor, can assist you with academic planning and deciding what program you would like to pursue.  She also provides advising for students admitted to the Associate of Arts, General Program and intake advising for the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program through UAA.  Please contact Barbara Brown at 907-486-1211 or

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Placement Tests

Placement tests are required to determine which classes you are qualified to take...

Placement testing is designed to give students and advisors information that will be useful for ensuring that students take the correct college courses. Kodiak College uses both cognitive assessments, which measure skills in reading, writing, and math, and non-cognitive assessments which measure student's ability to be a strategic learner. Most new students and some returning students will need to take a placement test before they register for classes. There are three placement tests to assess a student’s skills: ACCUPLACER (reading and writing), ALEKS (math), and LASSI (strategic learning).

Does every student have to take a placement test?

No and some students may only need a writing or a math placement test.  For example, students who place into college-level writing on the SAT or ACT do not need to take the Accuplacer. Students who have already completed college-level (100 level+) math and writing courses must submit official transcripts to be evaluated for course placement. Seek advising from Student Services if you are unsure if you need either the ACCUPLACER or the ALEKS.

Attention eLearners!

Students who are taking eLearning (formerly known as distance delivered) courses for the first time are strongly encouraged to take the Smarter Measure to help them decide if they are ready for this type of course delivery.  The Smarter Measure is free and measures life factors, personal attributes, learning styles, reading skills, technical knowledge, technical competency and typing skills.  Advising after the assessment is available. 

Take the SMARTER MEASURE (am I ready for eLearning?)

 Student Coaching

Student Coaches are available to all Kodiak College students.  Learn more about this program designed to connect you with someone on campus who can answer your questions about college.

STUDENT COACHING (who can help me succeed?)


The mission of Academic Advising at Kodiak College is to support student success by:

  • Recognizing the need for higher education that is personal and consistent with the values of each learner;
  • Providing an on-going, collaborative, nurturing, process in which students and educators develop trusting relationships and authentic connections;
  • Empowering learners by intentionally providing occasions to develop decision-making skills.