Glossary of Terms
The Advanced Technology Certificate is a program of instruction
consisting of at least nine (9) credit hours but less than forty-five
(45) credit hours of college-level courses. The certificate is awarded
to students who have already received an Associate in Science or
Associate in Applied Science or related undergraduate degree and
who are seeking an advanced specialized program of study to supplement
their degree. Offered as college credit.
A career-credential that consists of a course of study that is
part of an A.S. or A.A.S. degree, is less than 60 hours, and leads
to employment. Guaranteed statewide articulation into the AS within
3 years of completion of the ATD and upon presentation of an official
transcript. Offered as college credit.
(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.
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.
Career and technical education programs designed to allow students
to immediately pursue careers which require a college degree at
the technician or paraprofessional level.
A statewide test of computation and communication skills for sophomores
who are completing an AA or AS degree and seeking admission to
upper-level programs. Students must obtain passing scores before
they will be awarded the AA 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 credit program of study designed to provide the basic
professional courses of an occupation.
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.
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
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.
Traditionally classes are three credit hours.
A report that identifies the student's primary program of study,
list the program requirements and summarizes the progress toward
Students who have been admitted to a degree awarding program (AA,
AS or A.A.S.) or a college credit technical certificate program.
Courses in addition to the general education requirement. In most
cases, the course should relate to the student's major. Consult
your counselor or adviser for more information.
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
Core of courses designed to develop skills, attitudes and understanding
in broad discipline areas: social sciences, humanities, natural
sciences, mathematics and communication.
Florida law which requires a minimum number of semester hours
in math and English for all AA students or other students planning
to enter the upper division at a state university.
A numerical value assigned to each grade for the purpose of computing
grade point average (GPA). See the section on grading for more
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.
Students wishing to earn college credit for self-enrichment, teacher
certification or transfer to another college.
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.
Programs that have special selection and admission criteria and
procedures, which may be obtained from the program office as listed
in this catalog.
A combination of televised or computer delivered lessons, readings
in a study guide and text book, 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.