At CLC, you will hear a lot of academic terminology. Some may be familiar to you; others not. Here are some basics to get you started:
This is an academic program of 60 credits, mostly consisting of liberal arts and science courses. This program is designed to satisfy the first two years of a four-year, baccalaureate degree and is most commonly taken by students who plan to transfer from a two-year college to a four-year university.
This is an academic program of 60 or more credits in a career field meant to lead directly to a career. Typically, courses do not transfer to a four-year degree.
This is an academic program of 60 credits consisting mostly of liberal arts and science courses. This program is designed to satisfy the first two years of a four-year, baccalaureate degree and is most commonly taken by students who plan to transfer from a two-year college to a four-year university.
At CLC, academic advisors help students with less than 20 credits attempted/earned. The Academic Advising Office is the point of entry at CLC. Therefore, academic advisors frame a student’s educational career at CLC regarding their academic aspirations, their goals and their abilities.
Such as what is required to be a student in good standing. (Refer to the Academic Information and Regulations section of the current college catalog for details.)
CLC’s academic year consists of a 16-week fall semester, 16-week spring semester, three-week intersession and an eight-week summer session.
This is an academic program offered by a four-year college or university lasting four to five years, or approximately 120 credits, including general education, a major and electives leading to degrees like a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.).
This means you are prepared at the level of basic algebra. To demonstrate basic algebra readiness, you will need a high school transcript showing top 1/3 rank or a score of 17 or higher in the Math portion of the ACT, or an appropriate score on CLC’s Math Placement test. If you demonstrate basic algebra readiness, you are eligible for Math 102 (a developmental course). If you do not demonstrate basic algebra readiness, you may be eligible for Math 101 or 114 (for specific career programs). Certain scores on the ACT/SAT or CLC’s Math Placement Test can place students directly into a college-level math course. See the CLC catalog for more information.
A specific number of classes in a vocational or technical area to prepare for a job in a specific career.
Lists class meeting times, locations and prerequisites; accurate for the semester indicated. The schedule is available in paper copy or online, with the online version being the most accurate and up-to-date.
The national College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) offers credit by exam for subjects often taken during the first two college years. Many colleges accept CLEP credits.
Identifies the academic policies, student services information, programs of study (transfer and career) and course descriptions in effect for the year indicated. It is available as a paper copy or online. When you become a College of Lake County student, the catalog you are given represents your contract with the school.
The Counseling, Advising and Transfer Center encompasses the Academic Advising Office and the Counseling Office. Advising and counseling services are available through the center via one-on-one meetings, groups, workshops and classes. The center houses college and career directories, college transfer guides, printed and online career information, scholarship directories, admission applications and more. Visit the respective websites
College of Lake County counselors provide career and personal counseling services for all students and academic advising for designated student populations. They also teach Personal Development Seminar courses.
Full Time 12 or more credit hours during the fall/spring semesters; 6 or more credit hours in summer. Part time: 11 credit hours or less during the fall/spring semesters; 5 credit hours or less in summer
One credit represents one hour spent in the classroom per week. So a 3 credit hour class equals 3 hours spent in class per week, usually for 16 weeks. Courses generally range from 1-5 credits, with a full-time load of courses being anywhere from 12-18 credits per semester. Successful completion of each course will earn a student the designated number of credits. The term credit hour is interchangeable with hours, semester hours and credits.
Courses that prepare students for college-level courses in the transfer and career categories. They have a zero in the center (ex: ENG 108), they do not count toward your CLC GPA and they do not transfer to another college.
Courses that are not required in the basic core of your major, but are taken as additional credits that apply to your overall total of courses/credits necessary for graduation. See your advisor/counselor for assistance in selecting courses applicable to your degree.
Financial aid applications may ask questions about a student’s family’s earnings, savings and assets. These numbers help calculate the Expected Family Contribution, which is the amount the student’s family is expected to pay for college expenses.
A faculty member who assists the student with academic and strategic planning for certificate and degree completion as it pertains to a specific career program.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. Educational institutions must provide students with access to their education records, an opportunity to seek to have the records amended and some control over the disclosure of information from the records.
The need analysis form that must be completed by all students applying for federal and state student aid.
Money that can come from state and federal governments, schools, private organizations, foundations, associations and companies to help pay the costs of a college education or technical training. A financial aid package may consist of several types of aid, including grants, scholarships, loans, work-study and other aid. The student's financial need, availability of funds, school aid policies and the number of students who need financial assistance all influence the financial aid package.
To be officially registered in 12 or more credit/semester hours per term.
A program of courses in the arts and sciences that provides students with a broad educational experience. Courses typically are introductory in nature and provide students with fundamental skills and knowledge in mathematics, English/communication, fine arts, humanities and physical, life and social sciences. Transfer students often take these classes while attending a community college. Completion of a general education program is required for a baccalaureate degree.
The average of all grades received per term. GPA is figured out by calculating an average of grades, using 4 for an A, 3 for B, 2 for a C, 1 for a D and 0 for an F. A minimum GPA of a 2.0 is required to be awarded a degree or certificate.
The College of Lake County requires students who are pursuing an associate degree to complete an I/M requirement. One course used to fulfill a social science, humanities, fine arts or elective must be selected from the approved list in the catalog.
College of Lake County offers an Installment Payment Plan as a convenient budget plan to pay your tuition and fees. This is not a loan program. There are no interest or finance charges assessed and there is no credit check. The cost to budget your interest-free monthly payment plan is a $25 per semester nonrefundable enrollment fee.
The term designation for classes offered during the three weeks between the spring semester and summer session.
This means you are prepared at the level of college English. To demonstrate language proficiency you will need a high school transcript showing top 1/3 rank or a score of 17 or higher in the reading and English portions of the ACT, or an appropriate score on CLC's Academic Proficiency test. If you demonstrate proficiency you are eligible for English 121 and most college level courses. Depending on your level of preparation, you may need developmental courses in Language (English 108 or 109), and if so, you should take these courses early. See the CLC catalog for more information on language proficiency.
A specialized field of study that you choose to pursue in seeking a degree. (Majors can be changed throughout your educational career, though doing so may require additional course work. See your advisor for more information.)
The secondary field of study chosen by a college student.
myCLC is the main web page containing links where you can search for classes, enroll (add or drop classes), pay your bill, view your schedule or transcript, view your grades, plan which course to take in future terms and many other activities. It displays your schedule for the current term, your account summary and contact information we have on file for you.
To be registered in 11 credit hours or less during the fall/spring semesters; 5 credit hours or less during summer session.
A specific requirement or course that must be successfully completed before enrolling in another class. English 121 is a prerequisite for English 122, for example. Prerequisites will be listed as part of the course description.
The official procedure in which you sign up for classes and pay tuition and fees.
A financial aid award to help pay for college. It does not have to be repaid and is generally based on skill, ability, talent and/or achievement.
The term designation for a class. The fall and spring semesters at CLC last 16 weeks and the summer session lasts eight weeks.
Picture identification card for CLC students, which they can use at the library, bookstore, Box Office and at various CLC events.
Like other colleges and universities, CLC has policies that govern student rights and responsibilities. Details concerning student rights and responsibilities can be found in the Student Development section of the current college catalog.
The course work outline given to students by the instructor that lists the content of the course based on assignments, homework, quizzes, mid-terms, term projects, class participation and the final examination. You will receive a syllabus for each credit course by the end of the first week of classes in which you are enrolled each term.
An academic record that lists the courses taken, grades received and credits or credit hours received.
Refers to the process of continuing your education at another institution. A transfer requires following all admission’s procedures mandated by the institution you intend to attend after CLC. (See your academic advisor for details on transferring.)
The amount that schools charge for instruction and for the use of certain school facilities such as libraries.
Dropping or withdrawing from a class.
“I rediscovered my love of chemistry at CLC. My professor was such a great teacher and passionate about chemistry that it was easy to go to class and learn.”
“CLC offers so much more than cost savings. I’ve received an excellent education that’s a good stepping stone to my goal of becoming a marriage counselor.”
“CLC is such a welcoming environment for international students. Within my first year here, I was helping other international students as a student ambassador.”
“CLC has absolutely played a role in changing my educational and career goals. I had space to explore different fields and talk to many knowledgeable people about careers and opportunities.”
“I loved my education courses. The professors bring a lot of experiences into their classrooms, and everything we learn builds from class to class.”
“I have enjoyed all the instructors in the horticulture department, especially their expertise and practical work experiences. All the classes that I have taken are pertinent to my career choice.”
“Even if money hadn’t been an issue for me, I think CLC still would have been the right decision for me because of the wonderful things that I took with me from the college.”
“Really get to know your professors; they are the ones who will write you a letter of recommendation in a few years, so keep in touch with them.”
“The business expertise and management advice from my small business advisor has been extremely helpful from our first meeting and to this day. He has helped me create a clear vision for the future of my company and a detailed action plan to execute it.”
“College is the best decision I ever made. As a senior at Zion-Benton High School, I received a scholarship to CLC. I thought, “This is an opportunity.””
“The entire Illinois SBDC International Trade Center staff is an invaluable resource – always available, honest and thorough. If there is a subject outside their realm, they have a network of referrals who are experienced in that field.”
“I traveled to Peru for a two-week trip with five other CLC students as part of CLC’s first service-learning trip abroad. We were able to do good and experienced Peru’s breath-taking eco-systems.”
“The Truck Driver Training course built my confidence and really prepared me well for a successful career in this field.”
“I chose CLC’s Small Business Development Center for guidance and help meeting people who have already gone through the process of starting a business. They are a great team of experts to have on my side.”
“I became the first community college student accepted as an intern at a newsroom in Erie, Penn., thanks to my experiences on The CLC Chronicle and working with Professor Kupetz. That first internship opened many doors for me.”
“I am currently working part-time as a paralegal while enrolled as a full-time student in Roosevelt University’s Paralegal Studies program. If I had not received the education I had from CLC, I would not have the part-time job.”
“CLC was great preparation for transfer to a four-year school. I got comfortable with my abilities, and I was confident when I transferred to NIU. At CLC, I was also able to explore different courses and my interests.”
“There is something about CLC’s environment and the professors that makes your experience very enjoyable and helps you to do well academically.”
“The course prepared me for a veterinary assistant job and the externship was a great part of the reason I felt prepared.”
“CLC is a melting pot; a microcosm of America. The students come from so many different backgrounds and contexts, that you learn almost as much from your classmates as you do from your courses.”
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