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
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
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
years of college work at Florida Community College 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 A.A. or A.S. degree and seeking
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 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
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
Students who have been admitted to a degree awarding program
(A.A., A.S. or A.A.S.) or a college credit technical certificate
Courses in addition to the general education requirement. In
most cases, the course should relate to the student’s major.
Consult your counselor or advisor for more information.
Policy that allows a student to repeat a course in an attempt
to improve the grade. Course may be repeated no more than two
The grade used in calculating GPA will be the last assigned grade,
although all attempts will appear on the transcript.
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 A.A. 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
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 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.