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 A.S. 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
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).
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 are taken at the same time during the same academic session.
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
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.
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.
Official record of a student’s academic standing, including
biographical and test data.