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Glossary of College Terms

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Academic Probation: Students are placed on academic probation anytime their GPA drops below 2.0.

Academic Dismissal: Students are placed on academic dismissal when their GPA drops below 2.0 for three sequential   semesters.

Adding: The process of enrolling in classes.

Articulation: Agreement between two different colleges/schools as to course equivalencies.

Assessment: Test of student skills in math, English, and reading for proficiency, competency, or course placement purposes.

Associate's Degree (A.A. or A.S.): Two-year college degree awarded for successful completion of specific requirements including major, general education, and elective course work.

Bachelor's Degree (B.A. or B.S. or A.B.): Four-year college/university degree awarded for successful completion of specific requirements including major, general election, and elective course work.

Bluebook: Examination notebook, which may be required for essay exams. Bluebooks are available at the Bookstore.

College Catalog: A reference book published bi-annually which includes: LAVC policies; procedures; campus resources; educational programs and requirements; and course descriptions.

Competency: LAVC graduation requirements showing proficiency in English, reading, and math.

Co-requisite: Course which should be taken with another course, as recommended.

Counseling: Professional assistance with academic planning, career exploration, and personal issues.

Credits/Units: Term of measurement used to describe the number of units of credit the college awards upon   completion of a certain class.

CSU General Education/Certification Plan: List of general education requirements for transfer to the California State Universities. CSU Certification is granted by LAVC to indicate completion of all lower-division general education requirements. The CSU G.E. Plan also satisfies general education requirements for an Associate's Degree provided the student completes an American Institutions course from area D, and Health 11 and 1 unit of Kinesiology from area E.

Dropping: Process of discontinuing enrollment in a class by using the internet or by going in person to Admissions and Records.

Educational Goal: The academic objective that a student plans to achieve at LAVC and beyond.

Electives: Courses of personal interest to the student which is not a general education or major requirement, but could be used toward the 60-unit graduation requirement or the transferable unit minimum.

Full-Time Study: Course load of 12 or more units per semester (6 units per winter/summer session).

General Education: Portion of the graduation requirements which include completion of courses in several areas: Natural Sciences; Social and Behavioral Sciences; Arts/Humanities; Language and Rationality; Health and Physical Education.

Grade: Value placed on course achievement given on a four-point scale where A= 4 grade points, B = 3 grade points, C = 2 grade points, D = 1 grade point, and F = 0.

Hold: An administrative block to the registration process usually due to a non-payment of fees.

IGETC: Inter-segmental General Education Transfer Curriculum or a list of the general education requirements for transfer to the University of California and/or California State University systems. IGETC Certification is granted by LAVC to indicate completion of all lower-division general education requirements. The IGETC Plan also satisfies general education requirements for an Associate's Degree provided the student completes a course in American History or Government, Health 11 and 1 unit of Kinesiology.

Major: Specific area of study in which a student completes the required coursework to achieve a degree in that subject.

Part-Time Study: Class load of less than 12 units per semester.

Plagiarism: Literary theft, to take ideas or writings from someone else and present them as your own.

Prerequisite: Prior knowledge or course to be completed before registering for certain courses.

Progress Probation: Students are placed on Progress Probation when they withdraw from mote than 50% of their course work for the semester.

Progress Dismissal: Students are placed on Progress Dismissal when they withdraw from more than 50% of their course work for three sequential semesters.

Registration: Process of becoming officially enrolled in classes by using the telephone system, internet, or in-person registration and paying fees.

Scantron Sheet: Examination form used in some classes for multiple-choice tests. Scantrons are available in the LAVC bookstore.

Schedule of Classes: Current listing of class offerings published each semester giving the days, times, locations, and instructors for each class.

Section Number: Four digit number identifying each specific course.

Semester: 15 to 18-week period of class work (3 unit class = 48-52 hours of instruction).

Student Educational Plan(SEP): A personalized academic plan indicating courses need to achieve your academic goals.

Student Success and Support Program (SSSP): A process of orientation, assessment, and counseling/student educational planning, and follow-up for all new college students in order to help them succeed in their educational goals.

Syllabus: An instructor's description and outline of a class, assignments, and required text(s).

Staff: A generic term indicating that a faculty member has yet to be assigned to a particular class.

T.B.A.: A term indicating that a course meets at a time "to be arranged" according to course requirements.

Transcript: A copy of a student's official record of courses attempted/ completed and their grades.

Transferable: Lower-division courses for which credits are accepted by four-year colleges or universities. (CSU) indicates acceptance by the California State University and (UC) indicates acceptance by the University of California as listed in the under course descriptions in the college catalog.

Unit: Term of measurement used to describe amount of credit the college awards upon completion of a class.

Withdrawal: A permanent "W" will be issued when you drop a class between the date designated in the Schedule of Classes as, Last Day to Drop without receiving a "W" and the final deadline to Drop with a "W".