Glossary of Terms

Below are some commonly used terms and definitions to help you succeed in the collegiate environment.
 
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Academic Mindset:

Four key beliefs which influence learner behavior and enable success:

  • I belong in this learning community.
  • I can change my abilities through effort.
  • I can succeed.
  • This work has value and purpose to my life.

Academic Status:

Freshman: A student who has completed less that 30 college-level credit hours.
Sophomore: A student who has successfully completed between 30 and 60 college-level credit hours.

ACT:

American College Testing. Scores used nationally for placement purposes if not older than five years. To learn more, go to ACT National.

ACT Residual:

American College Testing. Used internally for placement purposes if not older than five years. To learn more, go to ACT Residual.

ACCUPLACER:

Internal placement test. Scores used for placement purposes if not older than five years. To learn more, go to ACCUPLACER.

Add:

The process of adding a class to increase a student's academic course load.

Articulation Agreement or Degree Articulation:

A partnership between Columbia State and another institution stating that certain classes will be considered the same or equal between said institutions (includes high school to college agreements). To learn more, go to Articulation Agreements

Associate Degree (A.A. or A.S.):

The degree typically awarded by a community or junior college following the completion of a two-year program of study or approximately sixty or more credit hours. Most associate degrees provide a general education in math, English, science, etc., which taking care of your core requirements, so when you go to a four-year school you will only have two years of education left for your bachelor’s degree.

Associate of Arts (A.A.):

Associate degree with a focus on general studies (psychology, history, English, etc.) requiring six hours of a foreign language.

Associate of Science (A.S.):

Associate degree with a focus on the sciences (physics, biology, engineering, etc.)

Business Office:

This is where you will pay bills and fees. This office handles the financial affairs of the college. To learn more, go to Business Office.

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CAPP, Degree Evaluation or Degree Audit:

A checklist of the courses you have earned and the courses you still need to take in order to complete a degree or certificate. You can check this in myChargerNet and print for your records.

Catalog

Online book of all the programs and classes offered at your college, as well as academic and student policies. Go to the Catalog.

Certificate (may also be called Technical Certificate):

Shorter term, specific programs that provide you with a credential for a particular skill.

Course Registration Number (CRN):

The five-digit number assigned to every course that is used to register. EX: 80015 – ENGL 1010, 10342 - SPCH 1010 or 50128 - HIST 2020

Co-requisites or Co-req.:

Courses that must be taken together in the same term.

Course Load or Registration Status:

The number of credit hours in which a student is enrolled during a semester.

  • Full-time status = at least 12 credit hours
  • Three-quarter time status = at least 9-11 credit hours
  • Half-time status = at least 6-8 credit hours
  • Less than Half-time status = 1-5 credit hours

Course ID:

The three-letter or four-letter department code that appears before the course number, as in ENGL 1010 or SPCH 1010.

Course Number:

The three or four-digit number designation that appears after the department code and before the section code, as in ENGL 1010 or SPCH 1010.

Course Sequence:

Order in which you need to take your classes (first term, second term, etc.). Course sequence can be found in your program flier.

cPOS:

The course program of study consists of courses needed to complete a degree. Taking courses that do not apply to a student’s degree can cause problems with financial aid, delayed graduation and higher costs. To learn more, go to cPOS.

Credit Hour:

Each credit hour is the value assigned to a course. This value is often equal to the amount of time you will spend in class each week during a semester.

Curriculum (also Paradigm):

Usually refers to the set of knowledge and skills you should gain to fulfill your educational goals for a class, certificate or degree program. May also be referred to as courses required to earn a degree or certificate.

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Dean:

A leader at the college who is in charge of a specific division and manages other college faculty and/or staff.

Degree Evaluation or Degree Audit:

See also CAPP. A checklist of the courses you have earned and the courses you still need to take in order to complete a degree or certificate. You can check this in myChargerNet and print for your records.

Degree Requirements:

A list of exact courses, subject areas and credit hours needed to obtain a specific degree or certificate. To learn more, go to Programs of Study.

Developmental Courses:

See also Learning Support Courses.

Disbursement or Distribution:

When financial aid funds are given to students. To learn more, go to the Academic Calendar.

Drop:

The process of decreasing an academic course load. Students should ensure that this will not affect financial aid before dropping a class. To learn more, go to Dropping a Class.

Electives:

College-level courses in which a student may enroll, depending upon his or her interests and needs. When choosing electives, students should consult an advisor.

FAFSA:

Free Application for Federal Student Aid. To learn more, go to FAFSA.

Fees:

Fees are charged in addition to tuition to cover specific costs such as technology or specialized course fees, including internet courses or classes that require special materials or instruction (example: Engineering, Nursing, etc.). To learn more, go to Tuition & Fees.

First-semester Freshman:

A student in their first semester who has earned less than 12 hours.

Freshman:

A student who has completed less than 30 credit hours.

Full-time Student:

A student enrolled in 12 or more credit hours during a semester.

General Education Requirements:

Specific courses that will provide all degree-seeking students with a broad knowledge in a variety of disciplines.

Grade Point Average (GPA):

Indicates a student's academic progress and status on a 4.0 scale

Grant:

See scholarship.

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Learning Support Courses:

Classes (math, reading or writing) required based on placement scores that are taken in your first terms college-level classes. To learn more, go to Learning Support.

Loan:

To learn more, go to Loans.

M-T-W-R-F-S-U:

Days of the week: M = Monday, T = Tuesday, W = Wednesday, R = Thursday, F = Friday, S = Saturday, U = Sunday

Navigate:

An online student tool for students to schedule advising and tutoring appointments, reserve computer labs, find a study buddy, review enrollment and graduation checklists, review student account holds, and more. To learn more, go to Navigate.

PELL (Federal PELL Grant):

Federal money awarded to a qualifying student that does not have to be paid back. To learn more, go to PELL Grant.

Placement Tests:

Results of the ACT, SAT, ACCUPLACER exam test are used to play students at the appropriate entry level with respect to reading, writing and mathematical skills. The score are good for five years. To learn more, go to Testing Services.

Pre-requisite(s) or Pre-req.:

Course(s) you must complete before taking another course. You will not be able to register for a more advanced course unless the pre-requisite is complete.

Program Director:

A director who oversees a specific program of study.

Program of Study:

This is commonly referred to as your major. It is the focused area of your studies, such as business or history. This is what your degree or technical certificate will be in when you graduate. To learn more, go to Academic Programs.

PVT, PVT username and password:

PVT is the name of the "private" domain used at Columbia State. Your username is assigned upon acceptance to the college. This the username and password that you will use to access all of your Columbia State applications such as myChargerNet, email and Online Campus.

Quality Hours:

Credits earned which affect the student's grade point average.

Quality Points:

The number of quality hours (for a course) multiplied by the numerical value of the grade earned (A = 4.0 points, B = 3.0 points, etc.). The total number of quality points divided by the total number of quality hours equals a student's cumulative grade point average.

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R - S

Refund:

To learn more, go to Refunds.

SAT:

Scholastic Aptitude Test. Scores used for placement purposes if not older than five years. To learn more, go to SAT.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeal:

When a student has a Maximum Timeframe Violation by attempting more than 150% of the hours required for graduation without receiving a degree or working on a second degree and have exceeded 150% of the hours required for graduation, the form must be submitted along with a written statement explaining why the violation has occurred. To learn more, go to SAP Reviews and Appeals.

SAP MAXHRS Appeal:

When a student has attempted more than 150% of the hours required for graduation without receiving a degree or working on a second degree and have exceeded more that 150% of the hours required for graduation without receiving a degree or working on a second degree and have exceeded 150% of the hours required for graduation. The form must be signed by a college official and a degree evaluation must be attached. To learn more, go to SAP Reviews and Appeals.

Student Aid Report (SAR):

Student Aid Report

Scholarship:

Free money for your college costs. Generally given to specific groups of students based on achievement, volunteer work, need, or other characteristics (ethnicity, hometown or county, program of study, athletics, etc.). For more information, go to Scholarships

Section Code:

The 1-3 letters that appear after the Course ID and course number in the schedule that denotes the location of a course, as in ENGL 1010 C01, SPCH 1010 L01 or BUS 120 C91. (Example: C=Columbia Campus, L=Lawrence Campus, F=Williamson Campus, M=Lewisburg, W=Clifton)

Semester:

Period of instruction generally 15 weeks in length. Columbia State offers fall, spring and summer semesters.

Sophomore:

A student who has successfully completed at least 30 hours but has not yet completed their degree or certificate.

Syllabus:

An overview of a particular class. May include key assignments, due dates, course description and learning goals, etc.

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Term:

Period of time in which classes are offered. Columbia State offers 15 week, 10 week, 7 week and 5 week terms.

TNeCampus previously known as RODP (Regents Online Degree Program):

Collaboration between the Tennessee Board of Regents colleges of applied technology, community colleges, and universities to offer certain courses online. To learn more, go to TneCampus.

TN Lottery (HOPE):

Scholarship awarded to Tennessee residents that have met a high-level academic criteria; students may attend a community college or university. To learn more, go to TN Lottery (HOPE).

Tennessee Promise:

A last-dollar scholarship, meaning the Tennessee Promise will cover tuition and fees not covered by the Pell Grant, the HOPE scholarship, or TSAA funds. Students may use the scholarship at any of the state’s community colleges, TCATs, or other eligible institutions offering an associate degree or certificate program. To learn more, go to Tennessee Promise

Tennessee Reconnect:

A last-dollar scholarship for any qualifying adult in Tennessee to attend or reenter college tuition free. To learn more, go to Tennessee Reconnect.

Transcripts:

Written record of a student's academic performance. Students may obtain an unofficial transcript from his/her myChargerNet account. An official transcript can be requested online or by submitting a Transcript Request Form to the Office of Records. To learn more, go to Transcripts.

Transfer:

An academic program designed primarily to enable students to enter the third year of a baccalaureate program at a four-year college or university. To learn more, go to Transfer Information.

Tuition:

The charges assessed for each credit hour in which a student may register. To learn more, go to Tuition and Fees.

Vice President of Academic Affairs:

One of the chief administrators at a college; manages all academic programs and academic strategies.

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Withdrawal:

The process of dropping out of a course, program of study or leaving the college. Students that properly withdraw will receive a “W”; this does not affect the GPA. Students who do not follow the proper withdrawal procedures may receive a grade of "F"; this does negatively affect the GPA and may negatively affect financial aid and scholarships.

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