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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.

Semester Terms:

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:

Grants
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.
Loans
Money that students borrow that is required to be paid back with interested.
Scholarship
Money given to a student, because of merit, need, etc., to pursue his/her studies

Degree Terms:

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

Course terms:

Syllabus
an outline of the subjects and goals of the class, often includes assignment due dates
Withdrawal
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:

Prerequisite
A qualification or class that must be completed before enrolling in the specific class.

Ex: BIO 142 has a prerequisite of BIO 141

Credit
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.
 

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