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Academic Terminology

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:

A

A.A./Associate in Arts degree

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.

A.A.S./Associate in Applied Science degree

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.

A.S./Associate in Science 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.

Academic Advisor

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.

Academic Performance Standards

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.)

Academic Year

CLC’s academic year consists of a 16-week fall semester, 16-week spring semester, three-week intersession and an eight-week summer session.

B

Bachelor’s degree/Baccalaureate degree

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.).

Basic Algebra Readiness

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.

C

Certificate

A specific number of classes in a vocational or technical area to prepare for a job in a specific career.

Class Schedule

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.

CLEP

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.

College Catalog

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.

Counseling, Advising and Transfer Center

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

Counselor

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.

Course load

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

Credit Hour

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.

D

Developmental Courses

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.

E

Electives

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.

Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

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.

F

Faculty Advisor

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.

FERPA

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.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The need analysis form that must be completed by all students applying for federal and state student aid.

Financial 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.

Full Time

To be officially registered in 12 or more credit/semester hours per term.

G

General Education courses

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.

GPA (grade point average)

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.

I

Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI)

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.

Installment Payment Plan

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.

International/Multicultural (I/M) Education Requirement

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.

Intersession

The term designation for classes offered during the three weeks between the spring semester and summer session.

L

Language Proficiency

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.

M

Major

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.)

Minor

The secondary field of study chosen by a college student.

myCLC

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.

P

Part Time

To be registered in 11 credit hours or less during the fall/spring semesters; 5 credit hours or less during summer session.

Prerequisite

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.

R

Registration

The official procedure in which you sign up for classes and pay tuition and fees.

S

Scholarship

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.

Semester

The term designation for a class. The fall and spring semesters at CLC last 16 weeks and the summer session lasts eight weeks.

Student ID Card

Picture identification card for CLC students, which they can use at the library, bookstore, Box Office and at various CLC events.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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.

Syllabus

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.

T

Transcript

An academic record that lists the courses taken, grades received and credits or credit hours received.

Transfer

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.)

Tuition

The amount that schools charge for instruction and for the use of certain school facilities such as libraries.

W

Withdrawing/Dropping Classes

Dropping or withdrawing from a class.