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2000-2001 Catalog

Glossary of Terms

Associate In Arts (A.A.)
(Also known as the university parallel or transfer program.) Designed for students who plan to complete their freshman and sophomore years of college work at FCCJ and then transfer as juniors to four-year colleges or universities.

Associate In Science (A.S.)

Career education programs designed to allow students to immediately pursue careers which require a college degree at the technician or paraprofessional level. Several degrees transfer to a university.

Associate In Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Career and technical education programs designed to allow students to immediately pursue careers which require a college degree at the technician or paraprofessional level.

CLAST (College Level Academic Skills Test)

A statewide test of computation and communication skills for sophomores who are completing an A.A. or A.S. degree and seeking admission to upper-level programs. Students must obtain passing scores before they will be awarded the A.A. degree. For detailed information, contact the assessment and certification office on your campus. (Under certain circumstances exemptions may be granted for parts of the CLAST. See your counselor to find out if you qualify).

College Preparatory Studies

Courses designed to enhance student skills in reading, writing and/or computation in order to prepare them more thoroughly for success in college level courses.

Continuing Workforce Education

Courses and programs designed to provide skills and knowledge to students pursuing short-term career enhancement goals.


Courses which may be taken either at the same time or before another course.

Credit Hour

(Also called semester hour.) Unit of measure for college credit course work. Except for laboratory, music and studio art courses, a credit hour typically corresponds to 50 minutes of class instruction per week for one semester. Most classes are three credit hours. Instructional time varies for classes not lasting for a full semester.

Degree Seeking Students

Students who have been admitted to a degree awarding program (A.A. or A.S.) or a College credit technical certificate program.


Courses in excess of the general education requirement. In most cases, the course should relate to the student’s major. Consult your counselor or adviser for more information.

Forgiveness Policy

Policy that allows a student to repeat a course in an attempt to improve the grade. The grade used in calculating GPA will be the last assigned grade, although all attempts will appear on the transcript.

General Education Requirements (GER)

Core of courses designed to develop skills, attitudes and understanding in broad discipline areas: social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, mathematics and communication.

Gordon Rule

Florida law which requires a minimum number of semester hours in math and English for all A.A. students or other students planning to enter the upper division at a state university.

Grade Points

A numerical value assigned to each grade for the purpose of computing grade point average (GPA). See the section on grading for more information.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

A measure of the student’s scholastic standing obtained by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of credit hours attempted.

Non-Degree Seeking Students

Students wishing to earn college credit for self-enrichment, teacher certification or transfer to another college.

Post-Secondary Adult Vocational (PSAV)

Career training programs for students planning to enter vocational and technical career fields which do not require a degree.


Courses that are required for entrance into a particular program or required before a student may take a particular course.

Semester Hour

See "credit hour."

College Credit Certificate

College credit program of study designed to provide the basic professional courses of an occupation.

Distance Learning Telecourse and On-line courses

A combination of televised or computer delivered lessons, readings in a study guide and textbook, faculty interaction and testing that is an alternative to traditional, campus-based instruction.


Official record of a student’s academic standing, including biographical and test data.

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