Special Academic Programs
Standards of Academic Progress
Prior Learning Assessment
Glossary of Terms
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Glossary of Terms
An official record of a student’s academic history including biographical data, degrees, certificates, diplomas or honors received, and grade point average.
Advanced Technical Certificate (ATC)
The Advanced Technical 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.
Applied Technology Diploma (ATD)
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.
Associate in Arts (A.A.) Also known as the university parallel or transfer program.
Designed for students who plan to complete their freshman and sophomore years of college work at Florida State College and then transfer as juniors to four–year colleges or universities.
Associate in Science (A.S.)
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.
Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)
Career and technical education programs designed to allow students to immediately pursue careers which require a college degree at the technician or paraprofessional level.
Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.)
An upper level degree for students who have earned an Associate degree or higher and wish to further their education.
College Preparatory Studies
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 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.
Degree Audit (DA)
A report that identifies the student’s primary program of study, lists the program requirements and summarizes the progress toward graduation.
Degree Seeking Students
Students who have been admitted to a degree awarding program (B.S., B.S.N., B.A.S., A.A., A.S. or A.A.S.) or a college credit technical certificate program.
Distance Learning Courses
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 times. The grade used in calculating GPA will be the last assigned grade, although all attempts will appear on the transcript.
General Education Requirements (GER)
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 inclusion of writing requirements and computational skills in certain courses.
A numerical value assigned to each grade for the purpose of computing grade point average (GPA). See the section on grading for more information.
Grade Point Average (GPA)
A measure of the student’s scholastic standing obtained by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of credit hours attempted.
Non–Degree Seeking Students
Students wishing to earn college credit for self–enrichment, teacher certification or transfer to another college.
Courses that are required for entrance into a particular program or required before a student may take a particular course.
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
All students receiving Title IV financial aid funds must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in order to receive Title IV funds.
Programs that have special selection and admission criteria and procedures, which may be obtained from the program office as listed in this catalog.
Standards of Academic Progress (SOAP)
The purpose of SOAP is to clearly communicate to students the College’s minimum expectations of academic progress. The student’s academic standing will be indicated as one of the following: satisfactory, academic warning, academic probation or suspension.
College credit program of study designed to provide the basic professional courses of an occupation.
Official record of a student’s academic standing, including biographical and test data.