About CRCD

The College of Rural and Community Development (CRCD) geographically serves nearly two-thirds of the state, representing more than 160 primarily Alaska Native communities. The college is also the center for support and development of distance delivery of education throughout the university. The main office is located in the Brooks Building on the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) campus.

Our Mission

The College of Rural and Community Development provides academic and vocational education and outreach that promote workforce preparation, economic development, life-long learning, and community development with an emphasis on Alaska Natives, and underserved communities.

Our Vision

The College of Rural and Community Development, an engaged institution, is positioned to respond to students and partners in developing the economic and social well-being of Alaska Native communities and beyond.

Core Values

  • Student-Centered - Place-Based
  • Cultural Responsibility - Culturally Relevant
  • Living our Indigenous Cultures & Languages
  • Career Pathways - Technical Education
  • Partnerships

Core Purpose

Education for Sustainable, Healthy, Culturally-Enriched Communities


CRCD Over The Years

  • 1972 - First Rural Community College – Kuskokwim Campus
  • 1973 - Alaska Native Human Resources Development Program
  • 1975 - Northwest Community College
  • 1977 - College of Rural Education and Extension - CREE
  • 1980 - Chukchi Community College
  • 1982 - Rural Alaska Honors Institute
  • 1982 - Chukchi Community College Reopened
  • 1988 - College of Rural Alaska (CRA)
    • Chukchi, Northwest, Kuskokwim, Bristol Bay, Interior- Aleutians, CDE, Dept. of Rural Development, Social Work, Psychology, Human Services, Rural Education, Tanana Valley Campus, CES
  • 2004 - Name change from College of Rural Alaska to College»of Rural and Community Development
  • 2007 - Cooperative Extension Service moves to Provost's office
  • 2010 - The Alaska Native Studies program transferred to the College of Rural and Community Development, joining the Department of Alaska Native and Rural Development.
  • 2012 - Center for Distance Education changed to UAF e-Learning and Distance Education.» Moved to the Chancellor's office.