College 101: The Language of Higher Education
Prerequisite, Subsidized loans, Credit, it seems as though Institutions of Higher Education speak a different language. Here is a breakdown of some key words or phrases that will better help you understand higher education and the environment.
- Fall (End of August–Mid December)
Spring (January–Mid May)
- Our Fall and Spring semesters are 16 weeks (15 weeks of classes, one week of finals). Within each semester classes are also offered in 1st 8 week, 2nd 8 week, 12 week and 5 week sessions.
- Summer (End of May–August)
- The summer semester is 10 weeks, with 10 week classes, 8 week classes, and 5 week classes.
Financial Aid Terms:
- Money to aid a student in pursuit of his/her education. If a student attends and passes all of his/her classes, grants are not required to be repaid.
- Money that students borrow that is required to be paid back with interested.
- Money given to a student, because of merit, need, etc., to pursue his/her studies
- Associates of Arts and Science
- prepare a student to transfer to a 4-year school for a bachelor's degree
- Associates of Applied Science
- prepare a student for the workforce
- Career Studies Certificate
- Short certificate programs to aid in the workplace advancement
- an outline of the subjects and goals of the class, often includes assignment due dates
- a student is taken out of a class, no longer attends class and receives a grade of W on their transcript-which does not impact their GPA
- Course Subject
- The subject the course falls under, noted by three letters ex: HUM=Humanities, MTH=Mathematics
- Course Number
- The level and number assigned to the course, 3 numbers, ex: ENG 111=English Composition
Academic Course Terms:
- A qualification or class that must be completed before enrolling in the specific class.
Ex: BIO 142 has a prerequisite of BIO 141
- 1 credit hour equals one hour in class. Classes are typically 3 credits, with some 1 credit, 2 credit and 4 credit classes.
- Developmental Class
- Foundation classes in English and Math which are designed to prepare a student for college level coursework
- Gen Eds
- A selection of courses, designed to help the student develop more well-rounded knowledge and meet the Core Competencies and/or General Education requirements at a four year institution. The following topics make up LFCC's General Education curriculum: Communication, Humanities/Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Personal Development, Natural Sciences and Mathematics.