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Academic Renewal
A student may petition to have college grades of D or F excluded from grade point average calculations if that work is not reflective of the student's present level of performance. However to ensure a true and complete academic record, their permanent academic record will show all of the student's course work, including excluded classes.

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Appeals
When a decision is rendered, on an application or petition, not in the favor of a student, the student provides additional documentation to the deciding party to receive a review for a favorable decision.

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Articulation Agreement
A written contract between two schools in which course equivalencies are agreed to by both schools. For example, on www.assist.org you can find coures-to-course agreements (articulation agreements) between California Community Colleges and the CSU and UC system.

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ASSIST
A Web site that has articulation information between the community colleges and specific campuses of the University of California and California State Universities. You can also look up CSU and UC transferable courses for any California Community College on this website. Anyone transferring to a UC or CSU should explore the assist website: www.assist.org

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Associate Degree (AA, AS, . . .)
A degree granted by community colleges to students who complete a specified program of study, usually totaling 60 semester units. Associate degrees are awarded in arts and science and are sometimes called two-year degrees, in contrast to the four-year, or bachelor's degree, awarded by a university.

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Bachelors Degree (Baccalaureate)
A level of education marked by the completion of the equivalent of four or more years of full-time education (at least 124 semester units or 180 quarter units). Baccalaureate degrees are offered by the CSU, UC, and many private colleges and universities. Baccalaureate level also refers to courses that meet requirements for the baccalaureate degree, also called a four-year or bachelor’s degree

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Catalog
The dictionary, Yellow pages, and travel guide all rolled into one, which focuses on a specific campus. The information contained in the catalog covers policies and procedures for academic and non-academic affairs.

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CCC
This is the abbreviation for "California Community College". They are institutions of higher education that award associate (two-year) degrees and vocational certificates, and that offer classes that can be transferred to a four-year college or university and applied toward a baccalaureate degree.

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College
A collection of departments and or majors connected together usually by an academic discipline or theme.

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Competitive Admissions
As a result of impaction, when the University or a Major reaches full capacity, they will increase the requirements for admission (impaction criteria) in order to control the growth of the university. For example, an impacted program/major at a university may increase their minimum grade point average for admissions to the major.

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CSU
This is the abbreviation for " California State University". Examples of CSU schools are San Francisco State, San Jose State, etc. It is one of two systems of state-funded higher education in California that grant baccalaureate and higher degrees. The other is the University of California system.

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CSUMentor
This website contains information about all 23 CSU campuses. Also, it is the application website for the CSU system. Students may apply to the CSU system online by going to www.csumentor.edu.

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Department
A specific unit that usually focuses on one specific field of academics, e.g. psychology or history.

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Electives
Courses that are not used to meet specific major, general education, or graduation requirements, but can be used to complete the total units required for a degree.

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Freshman

Refers to the first year of study for an associate or bachelor’s degree. Students who have completed 1-29 semester units (1-44 quarter units) are considered freshmen.

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General Education
A broad group of courses to include a wide variety of subjects outside a specific major; also known as survey courses

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GPA (Grade Point Average)
A grading scale that ascribes point value to letter grades based on the number of units called grade points. A GPA is determined by the following formula: Total grade points for all coursework / total graded units attempted = GPA.

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IGETC (Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum)
A specific pattern of courses that completes lower division General Education requirements after transferring from a California Community College for most CSU and most U.C. Schools and Colleges, and some private colleges/universities. Check with a counselor as to whether this GE pattern is applicable to your major.

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IGETC Certification
All areas of IGETC must be completed in order to get certification. Certification happens after the student has been offered and accepted admissions to a university. Meeting with a counselor for pre-certification is required to obtain IGETC Certification.

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Impacted Major/Impacted Campus
There is more demand (more students) than there is room for students to be admitted to the University or within the specific major. Since there is such high demand for the spots in an impacted major, minimum admission requirements for that major may be raised. For example, an impacted major/program may require a higher grade point average.

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Interdisciplinary Major
A specific course of study usually grouped around a central theme that requires coursework from many different departments.

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Junior
Refers to the third year of study for a bachelor’s degree. Students who have completed 60-89 semester units are considered juniors.

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Lower Division
A term used to describe courses that are usually taught the freshman or sophomore year of college and are general in content. California community colleges can only teach lower division courses.

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Lower Division Major Preparation
Lower division courses that are required as foundation information for upper division coursework. These courses are often comprised from a variety of departments. For example, engineering students are required to complete lower division courses in physics, chemistry, and math.

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Major
The subject area in which a student pursuing a college degree develops greatest depth of knowledge.

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Master’s Degree
A degree beyond the bachelor’s, also called a graduate degree. Master of Arts or Master of Science degrees are most common, but there are also professional master’s degrees, such as the Master of Fine Arts or the Master of Business Administration (MBA).

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Minor
Additional coursework in a specific discipline other than the declared major, usually related to the major, but not always.

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Mixed Records
A student that has attended a university or baccalaureate granting college and a community college.

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Quarter System
The division of the academic year into four equal parts usually lasting 10 weeks each. Three constitute an academic year, with summer school considered an optional "quarter".

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Re-entry Student
An older, returning student. U.C. campuses provide programs and support services to assist all aspects of the a re-entry student's experience.

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Repetition
Repeating a course where a "D", "F", or "No Credit" (NC) was earned. A Withdraw ("W") is not considered a repetition.

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School
A school is a separate academic unit within a University.

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Selection Criteria
When a college/university cannot admit all the eligible applicants, it applies standards beyond minimum eligibility.

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Semester System
The division of the academic year into two equal parts usually lasting about 18 weeks each. Summer is optional.

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Senior
Refers to the final year of study for a baccalaureate degree. Students who have completed 90 or more semester units are considered seniors.

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Sophomore
Refers to the second year of study for a bachelor’s degree. Sophomore level is usually attained by completing 30-59 semester units.

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Subject Credit
When completing a course after the maximum units allowable for transfer, a student can earn credit for completion of the specific subject, yet receive no additional units or credits.

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Supplemental Application
In addition to the University application, an additional application to the major department may be required. This is likely implemented at institutions where the major is popular or the institution is impacted. For example, nursing programs at the CSU require supplemental applications.

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TAG (Transfer Admission Guarantee)
A program that assists students at participating community colleges in transferring to certain CSU and U.C. campuses, and a few private colleges/universities.

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TAP (Transfer Alliance Program)
A program that requires a rigorous honors/scholars program at a community college for transfer as a junior into certain U.C. campuses.

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TCA (Transferable Course Agreement)
A document published by the University of California for every California Community College that determines the transferability of all courses from that community college. A list can be found at www.assist.org

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Transferable Coursework/Units
At CCSF, courses numbered from 1-799 (except remedial courses) will transfer to CSU. For information regarding transferable courses to UC, refer to the ASSIST website at www.assist.org or check in the CCSF Catalog.

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Transferable GPA
This is the GPA that is calculated using the transferable courses, and is the GPA that is used for admission criteria at 4-year institutions. The general formula for calculating a transferable GPA is: Total transferable grade points divided by total transferable units. See a counselor for any assistance in calculating your transferable grade point average.

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U.C.
The abbreviation for the "University of California". Examples of UC schools are UC Berkeley and UC Los Angeles. One of two systems of state-funded higher education in California that grant baccalaureate and higher degrees. The other is the California State University (CSU) system.

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Undergraduate (undergrad)
An enrolled student who has not completed a baccalaureate degree; a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior .

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Unit Ceiling
A maximum number of units allowed for completion of a Bachelors Degree.

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Unit Credit
A measure of credit earned for course completion. A unit is based on the number of hours of instruction per week required in the classroom and/or lab or in independent study. A course earning three semester units will usually meet three hours a week. One quarter-unit is equal to 2/3 of one semester unit. Satisfactory completion of a course usually yields unit credit. Often referred to as 'units' or 'credits'.

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Upper Division
A category of study at the undergraduate level that is more narrow in focus than lower division study. These courses are taught in the third and fourth (junior and senior) years, and encompass most of the major. These courses are not offered by community colleges.

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WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges)
The accrediting agency for all junior colleges and senior colleges in California, Hawaii, and western territories.

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Well-rounded Students
Students who, in addition to their major, have completed a broad array of courses in different areas of study, have paid or volunteer work experience, and is involved in extra-curricular activites.

 

 

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