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Academic Advisor: A post-secondary counselor that provides guidance to students in designing an academic program and s
Academic Probation: If a student on academic warning fails to earn the minimum semester GPA for the credit hours earned
Academic Progress: All colleges require students to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) to remain i
Academic Standing: A student's academic marks that determine whether they are meeting the standards prescribed for cont
Academic Suspension: If a student on academic probation fails to earn the minimum semester GPA for the credit hours earne
Academic Warning: A student whose semester grade point average (GPA) falls below the minimum described above will be p
Academic Year: The period of formal instruction at a postsecondary institution, usually September through June.
Accreditation: A status awarded by a professional body with an interest in maintaining standards for its members. F
ACT and SAT: These letters are acronyms for the American College Test and the Scholastic Aptitude Test. Both test
Add-Drop: The period of time at the beginning of each term when schedules can be adjusted without penalty. The
Administrative Class Withdrawals: Instructors may administratively withdraw students with a grade of 'WA' when the student has missed
Advisor: Your academic advisor will help you choose the correct courses, review the course requirements in th
Alumni: People who have graduated from the college. At Greenville Tech, that means everyone with a degree, c
Application-Acceptance-Admission: The process by which a prospective student submits the required forms and credentials to his/her cho
Apprenticeship: A hands-on training process whereby students learn a skilled trade. Takes place over an agreed upon
Aptitude Test: A test designed to measure a person's ability to learn and the likelihood of his or her success in f
ARC: Admissions and Registration Center
Articulation: the process of comparing the content of courses that are transferred between postsecondary instituti
Assistantship: A form of financial aid usually offered to graduate students which requires part-time services in te
Associate Degree: The Associate Degree is granted upon completion of a program of at least two, but less than four yea
Associate in Applied Science (AAS): The Associate in Applied Science (AAS), or career degree, gives you technical skills for entry-level
Audit: A student who does not want to receive credit in a course may, with approval of the instructor, audi
Award Letter: The notification of financial aid award. The award letter lists the types and amounts of financial a
Baccalaureate: Latin term for a bachelor's degree.
Bachelors Degree: This is the undergraduate degree offered by four-year colleges and universities. The Bachelor of Art
Bookstore: College bookstores generally stock all the books and other materials required in all the courses off
Bridge Programs: Bridge Programs offer students an additional path for transferring to certain four-year colleges or
Bursary: A financial award given to students, based mainly on need, although academic grades may also be cons
Business Office: The Business Office is responsible for all financial transactions of the college.
CampusCruiser: CampusCruiser is a unique Web-based campus community groupware designed specifically for educational
Career: A job for which one is trained and in which it is possible to advance during one's working life.
Career Degree (AAS): The Associate in Applied Science (AAS), or career degree, gives you technical skills for entry-level
Catalog: College catalogs provide all types of information parents and students need to know about a school.
Certificate: A document affirming or acknowledging one's completion of an educational course or program.
Chair: The person who acts as the administrative head of a department or unit at a university (e.g., the Ch
Clinical Education: Supervised, hands-on experience in a program related setting. Most commonly found in science and hea
Co-requisite Courses: Courses that are taken during the same semester. Most co-requisites are recommended; however, some m
College: An institution of higher learning granting diplomas and degrees. Also refers to divisions within a u
College and Career Academy: Greenville Tech's College and Career Academy serves the needs of students, Career Development Facili
College Catalogue: An official publication providing information about an institution's program offerings, curriculum,
Concurrent Programs: Two simultaneous programs being studied at the same time, resulting in two credentials; for example,
Conditional Acceptance-Admission: Acceptance letter offering a place in a university or college program to an academically qualified s
Continuing Education: Continuing education is education intended for adult learners, especially those beyond traditional u
COOP Education: Cooperative Education enhances the student's learning experience by integrating classroom lessons wi
Cooperative or Co-op Program: An education program that combines academic learning with practical work experience, through alterna
Core Course: A course addressing the main components of a program, generally as a requisite for graduation.
Cost of Attendance: A total amount of attending the college including tuition and fees, room and board, books, supplies,
Counselor: Counselors assist with career exploration, personal development, academic challenges and short-term
Course Numbers: All courses are identified by numbers usually containing 3 digits, for example Freshman English migh
Courseload: The number of courses taken or credits earned within a period of study (semester, term, quarter, etc
Courseware: The media, either text, computer program, or CD-ROM that contains the instructional content of the c
Credit: A measure of academic progress granted for each course completed; most academic programs require stu
Credit Hours: Courses taken in college are usually measured in terms of credit hours. To earn one credit hour, a s
Current Student: A student currently enrolled this semester at Greenville Technical College
Curriculum: A curriculum is a program of courses approved for a particular degree or certificate. To earn a degr
Dean: The head of a division, faculty, college, or school of a university
Deans List: A category of students in a college or university who achieve high grades during their stay in an ac
Deferment: An approved temporary postponement of acceptance to a university or college program, based on certai
Degree: A designation awarded upon completion of a four-year college or university program at one of three l
Degree Plan: A degree plan, curriculum or program plan, is a list of courses and requirements needed for a degree
Degree Requirements: Those requirements prescribed by institutions for completion of a program of study are generally ter
Degrees: Degrees are rewards for the successful completion of a prescribed program of study. There are three
Department: A department is the basic organizational unit in a higher education institution, and is responsible
Developmental Courses: Classes numbered below 100 level. These classes are not considered in determining a student's SAP st
Diploma: A document bearing record of graduation from an educational institution.
Distance Education: An education program whereby students may complete all or part of the program in a geographical loca
Division: A division could be several different things: an administrative unit of an institution, usually cons
Do Not Purge: The 'Do Not Purge' is a payment plan with a single payoff date. It is called the 'Do Not Purge' plan
Doctorate Degree: The highest university degree granted, usually after completion of a master's degree.
Double Major: Allows a student to specialize and concentrate on two main areas of study, instead of only one major
Drop: When you drop a course, there is no record on your transcript and there is no charge for the course.
Drop-Add: Once a student is registered in classes for a semester, they may begin to drop and add courses accor
Early Admission: Acceptance into a postsecondary institution before completion of Secondary school or acceptance befo
Early Decision: A system in which applicants apply earlier than the posted deadline, and, if accepted, withdraw all
EFC (Expected Family Contribution): A formula established by the U. S. Congress calculates the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) or wha
Elective: A course that it not requisitely required for a program but counts toward it, and can be chosen free
Electives: Credit courses of choice which may be taken for credit toward a degree or certificate in any curricu
Enroll-Register: This is the procedure by which students choose classes each semester. It also includes the assessmen
Entrepreneurship: The undertaking of a business or enterprise with the chance of profit or loss. This is a common spec
Exchange (Program): An agreement between institutions that permits students to move from one institution to another for
Expected Family Contribution: The amount of money a student and his or her family can contribute toward college costs. The student
Experiential Learning: Knowledge and skills gained from life experience for which credit may be awarded under certain circu
Expulsion: Permanent separation of the college and student.
Extra-Curricular Activities: These are non-classroom activities that can contribute to a well-rounded education. They can include
Faculty: Twofold in meaning: refers to the professors and researchers employed by a university or to the teac
FAFSA: (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) The form to apply for financial aid from the U.S. federal
Fees: Fees are additional charges not included in the tuition. Fees may be charged to cover the cost of ma
Field Placement: A period of related work experience during a program, usually as a block of time or on a weekly basi
Final Exams (Finals): These exams are usually given during the last week of classes each semester. The type of final admin
Financial Aid: Financial Aid is made available from grants, scholarships, loans, South Carolina lottery tuition ass
Financial Aid Package: Refers to the grants, loans and work-study that students may receive to help them go to school.
Financial Need: The amount that a student's expected family contribution falls short of meeting his or her monetary
Fraternities: A men's student organization formed for social and/or philanthropic purposes found on many universit
Full Course: A course taken over two semesters as opposed to a Half Course (course taken over one semester).
Full-Time Enrollment-Part-Time Enrollment: A full-time student is enrolled in 12 or more credit hours in a semester (full-time status for a sum
Full-time student: A full-time student is defined as a student taking at least 60 per cent of a full course load.
Grade Point Average (GPA): A student's grade point average is the equivalent of his or her average for curriculum course work.
Graduate: A person who has been awarded an academic degree after successfully completing a degree or diploma p
Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT): Test taken as an admission requirement for postgraduate business and management programs.
Graduate Program: A program leading towards a master's or doctorate degree.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE): A test many students must take as an admission requirement for graduate school in fields other than
Graduate Student: A student in a post-baccalaureate program, working towards a master's or doctorate degree.
Grant: A monetary award given to a student to help pay college expenses. Grants are usually not repaid by t
Half Course: A course spanning over one semester as opposed to a Full Course (course taken over two semesters).
Hold: A hold is placed on a student's academic record when an outstanding obligation, monetary or material
Honors: The Greenville Tech Honors Program is designed to enhance the Greenville Tech experience for bright,
Honors Program: An extension of a bachelor's degree, including more prerequisite classes, more challenging coursewor
Humanities: Human related programs usually offered within a Faculty of Arts (e.g., history, languages and litera
Humanities Courses: Humanities courses are classes that cover subjects such as literature, philosophy, language, and the
Hybrid classes: A hybrid course is one that combines online learning (accessible from the Web) and face-to-face inst
Incomplete: An instructor may assign an incomplete (a grade of 'I') to a student. It will be assigned only when
Independent Study: A course of study designed by a student and a sponsoring faculty member or teacher. The student work
Intelligence Quotient (IQ): A test that calculates a person's purported mental capacity. IQ tests have become increasingly contr
Interdisciplinary (Curriculum): Study of all aspects of a particular field (e.g., chemistry, engineering) rather than complete speci
International Baccalaureate (IB): An international standardization of high school academics. A number of countries participate in the
International Student: An applicant who is requesting a student visa (F-1) or transferring from another college under a stu
Internship: A concentrated period of degree-related, industrial or business placement, for which the participant
Job Placement Programs: These programs help student's find jobs in their field of academic study or vocational study.
Joint Degree: Pursuit of two degrees (e.g., business and law) at the same time; students achieving joint degrees f
Jump Start-College in High School: Jump Start classes are college classes you can take while you're still in high school. Getting a jum
Junior-Community College: A Junior/Community College is a two-year institution of higher education. Course offerings generally
Law School Admissions Test (LSAT): Test taken as an admission requirement for a Law degree program.
Learning Disabilities: encompasses a wide variety of learning difficulties for students. In general, a learning disability
Learning Style: The channels through which a person best understands and retains knowledge. All individuals learn be
Lecture: Large introductory classes that are primarily one-way methods of communication of prepared materials
Letter Grades-Grade Point Averages (GPA): Most colleges use both letter grades and GPA's in determining students' grades. Grades at most colle
Liberal Arts: Non-technical work conducted in the humanities and social and natural sciences.
Loan: Loans are borrowed money that must be repaid.
Loan Counseling: Counseling session provides information about how to manage your student loans, both during and afte
Lottery: Lottery Tuition Assistance (LTA) is available for eligible full-time students (12 or more credit hou
Major: The primary academic focus or subject(s) pursued within a degree program; often combined with genera
Major-Minor: A major is a student's chosen field of study. It usually requires the successful completion of a spe
Master Promissory Note: The legal, binding document that must be signed by the student borrower prior to loan funds being di
Masters Degree: A degree granted upon completion of a second level college or university degree program (after a bac
Matriculation: Qualifying by examination or otherwise for admission to a college or university.
Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT): Test taken as an admission requirement for a Medical degree program (M.D).
Midterm Exams (Midterms): During the middle of each semester, instructors may give mid-term exams that test students on the ma
Minor: A secondary academic focus pursued as a supplement or accent to a major program.
New Student: A student who has never been a student at Greenville Technical College before.
Non-Credit Courses: These are classes or courses that do not meet the requirements for a certificate or a degree at a gi
Official Transcript: According to the guidelines set by the American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Off
Online Classes: Online classes meet via computer, through an online learning management system, like WebCT. Online s
Orientation: Online Orientation is a valuable resource that provides a variety of information that will help you
Oversubscribed: A term used to describe programs or classes for which more qualified applications are submitted than
Part-Time Student: Defined as a student taking between 59 and 20 per cent of a full course load. A student with a perma
Pell Grant: This is a need-based grant that students do not have to pay back.
Placement Test: A test used to determine a student's level in a particular skill area.
Placement Testing: Placement tests ensure that you get started in the right classes for your academic background and yo
Postsecondary: Relating to the education of individuals after completion of secondary school requirements.
Practicum: A concentrated period of program related, practical work experience.
Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test (PSAT): A practice test for the SAT. This is usually taken in grade 10 or 11 and it gives students an idea o
Prerequisite: Course required as preparation for entry into a more advanced academic course or program.
Prerequisite Courses: This is a condition or requirement that must be met before enrolling in a course. To satisfy a prere
Presidents List: A category of students in a college or university who achieve high grades during their stay in an ac
Priority Dates: Priority Dates are the dates by which you need to have your file completed in order to get financial
Private Institution: An institution that relies primarily on non-governmental sources of financial support.
Private-Public Institutions: Private and public institutions differ primarily in terms of their source of financial support. Publ
Public Institution: An institution that receives the majority of funding through the government.
Purge: The 'purge' is the date that registered students with any balance due will be deleted from all class
Qualifying Exam: An examination sometimes administered to students working towards their doctoral degree after comple
Quarter: Period of study that is one-quarter of the academic year.
RAP Appeal: Students who fail to meet the minimum GPA requirements have the option of submitting an appeal.
Re-admit Student: A student who has attended Greenville Tech in the past, but has not been enrolled for the past three
Reasonable Academic Progress (RAP): the South Carolina Lottery Tuition Assistance has its own academic progress standards called Reasona
Refunds: Greenville Technical College will refund a portion of tuition paid by students who withdraw from cou
Register-Enroll: This is the procedure by which students choose classes each semester. It also includes the assessmen
Registrar: The person responsible for records of enrollment and academic achievement at an institution.
Registrar: The registrar of an institution is responsible for the maintenance of all academic records and may i
Registration: Method through which students select courses to be taken during a quarter, semester or trimester.
Residence: Accommodation located on campus where students usually live in shared or private rooms.
Rolling Admissions: A policy with no set deadline for application submission.
SAP Appeal: Students who fail to meet the standards of satisfactory academic progress as defined in the college
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP): SAP is required by all programs except South Carolina Lottery Tuition Assistance to ensure that stud
Schedule of Classes: Colleges prepare a Class Schedule for each semester during the previous semester. With the help of a
Scholarship: Gifts of money to students for the purpose of helping them finance their education. Although scholar
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT): A standardized test that assesses a student's math and English abilities. Many colleges and universi
Semester: A period of time, usually about fifteen weeks, during which a post-secondary school is in session. I
Seminar: A small group meeting or class based on the exchange of information and discussions on a specialized
Sororities: A women's student organization formed for social and/or philanthropic purposes found on many univers
Special Education: Special instruction for students with educational or physical disabilities; tailored to each student
Stafford Loan: Loans that are subsidized by the federal government that students do not have to begin paying back u
Student Aid: Student financial assistance.
Student Aid Report (SAR): A report produced by the U.S. Department of Education and sent to students who have applied for fina
Student Aid Report (SAR): A Student Aid Report (SAR) is a document received after the FAFSA is processed. The SAR will list al
Student Identification Card (ID): A student I.D. is usually required in college. It is similar to a driver's license and generally inc
Student Loan: Money that student's borrow from a bank, lending institution on behalf of the government. The govern
Suspension: A temporary separation of the college and student under specified conditions.
Syllabus: A detailed program or outline of a course of study prepared by the instructor. A syllabus will often
Teleclasses: Through cameras and microphones set up in a teleclassroom, teleclasses allow a student on any of Gre
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): An English language proficiency examination usually required of college and university applicants wh
Thesis: A dissertation embodying results of original research and substantiating a specific view. Usually su
Transcript: The transcript is a permanent academic record. It may show courses taken, grades received, academic
Transfer Agreements: Greenville Tech has transfer agreements with area colleges and universities to help you transfer. If
Transfer Degree (AA-AS): Transfer degrees are designed for students who want to complete their first two years of college wor
Transfer of Credits: Some students attend more than one institution during their college career. When they move or transf
Transferable Courses: If a course is marked in the course listing with an asterisk (*), the course appears on the Commissi
Transient Visiting Student: Any student who is enrolled at a college other than Greenville Tech who would like to take classes a
Tuition: Tuition is the amount paid for each credit hour of enrollment. Tuition does not include the cost of
Tuition Fees: Money paid toward the cost of courses to be taken during a school year.
Tuition Payment Plan: A method of payment offered by colleges, banks, insurance companies and financial management organiz
Tutorial: A discussion group involving a small number of students, divided between a large lecture class. The
Tutors: A tutor is a person, generally another student, who has completed and/or demonstrated proficiency in
Undergraduate: A student at a four-year college or university who has not yet completed a Bachelor's degree.
University Transfer: The Associate in Arts and the Associate in Science degrees at Greenville Tech enable students to com
Verification: Verification is a process required by federal regulations, used to validate the accuracy of informat
WebAdvisor: Area of Campus Cruiser that allows students to register, check grades and see unofficial transcripts
WebCT: WebCT is a Web-based set of Course Tools designed to deliver online learning.
Withdrawal: A cancellation of registration in a course by a student within the specific withdrawal period as ind
Withdrawal: Students may withdraw from courses during a semester. This action becomes valid after the add/drop p
Work-Study Program: A program where payments are earned by students in financial need who work on campus or off campus t

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