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Glossary of College Terms

Ability to Benefit (ATB)
Students who do not have a high school diploma or GED who apply for federal financial aid must achieve passing scores on a basic skills examination to establish their ability to benefit from educational programs.


Academic Renewal (Without Course Repetition)
Process whereby students can petition to have “D” or “F” grades eliminated from GPA, if not reflective of demonstrated academic ability. Students must have completed at least 20 subsequent units immediately after the substandard grade(s) with no grade below a “C”. Petitions available at Admissions Office. See also: Course Repetition to Improve Grade Point Average.


Add Code
Number assigned by instructor permitting student to be added to a closed (full) course.


Advanced Placement (AP)
Students who score 4 or 5 on Advanced Placement (AP) exams may receive college credit for designated courses. See catalog for list of designated courses. Student must file AP report in Admissions Office.


A course that is recommended prior to enrollment in another course. Although not enforced, advisories are useful as an indication of the desired level of proficiency needed to successfully complete the course.


Agreement between community college and 4-year college in which 4-year college agrees to accept certain community college courses as equivalent to their own.


Evaluation process designed to gather information about individual students to assist in appropriate course placement.


Associate in Arts/Science Degree (A.A./A.S.)
An Associate in Arts (AA) or Associate in Science (AS) degree may be earned at a community college upon completion of 60 units with GPA of 2.0 or better, including major requirements, general education requirements, and college competencies.


Bachelor of Arts/Science Degree (B.A./B.S.)
Degree earned at a 4-year college. Requires successful completion of a minimum of 120 specified units of college-level work. The first two years of lower division coursework can be completed at a community college. A bachelor's degree normally takes four or more years of full-time study to complete.


California State University -see CSU


Catalog, College
Official annual publication that describes courses, programs, services, policies, requirements, and procedures at a college. For sale in College Bookstore and available online.


Certificate of Achievement
A “job skills” certificate earned at a community college upon completion of specific courses within a particular vocational, technical, or business major. Satisfaction of competencies are also required.


Community College
Two-year post-secondary (after high school) educational institution that provides courses towards an Associate Degree, transfer to a 4-yearcollege, certain technical, occupational, and semi-professional certificates, as well as opportunities for self-development and continuing education.


College “exit” requirements in reading, writing, math, and computer literacy. Required for all Associate Degrees and Certificates of Achievement. Satisfied by course with a minimum grade of "C" or exam.


Concurrent Enrollment (High School)
Option available to selected high school students, allowing enrollment in college classes in addition to enrollment in high school classes.


Concurrent Enrollment/Cross Registration (UC Berkeley & CSUEB )
Option available to community college students, who meet eligibility criteria, allowing enrollment in university classes in addition to enrollment in community college classes.


Process in which student and counselor discuss college options, decide on best route to achieve educational goal, and plan courses.


Course Number
Identification number for course, such as PSYCH-011 or MATH-034.


Course Repetition to Improve Grade Point Average
Process whereby student can petition to repeat a course not designated as repeatable in catalog, in order to improve a D, F, or NP grade. Courses may be repeated two times, and possibly three for extenuating circumstances. To repeat a course in which a C grade was received requires approval from the Dean. Petitions available at Admissions Office. See also: Academic Renewal Without Course Repetition.


Credit/No Credit Grading (CR/NC)
Now called Passing/No Pass Grading.


Cross Registration/Concurrent Enrollment (CSUEB & UC Berkeley )
Option available to community college students, who meet eligibility criteria, allowing enrollment in university classes in addition to enrollment in community college classes.


CSU (California State University)
California State University system includes 23 campuses statewide. Closest CSU campuses to LMC are East Bay, San Francisco, Maritime, San Jose, Sonoma, Stanislaus, and Sacramento.


Degree Applicable (DA)
Course units apply to Associate Degree. See designation in college catalog.


Dismissal, Academic
Three consecutive semesters of Academic Probation, unless most recent semester GPA is 2.0 or higher. See also: Probation, Academic.


Dismissal, Progress
Three consecutive semesters of Progress Probation, unless most recent semester W’s, I’s, and/or NC’s are under 50% of units enrolled. See also: Probation, Progress.


To discontinue, withdraw, or be removed from a class. The student is responsible for withdrawing from classes, either online via WebAdvisor or by submitting a “Student Drop Request” form in the Admissions Office or the Brentwood Center before the stated deadline. Instructors may drop students who have missed the first class meeting or have had extended absences. See also: Withdraw.


Education Plan
Form listing courses in which student will enroll, based on assessment, goals, requirements, and recommendations by a counselor.


Educational Goal
Objective of an education at LMC, such as to earn Associate Degree, Certificate of Achievement, or to complete requirements to transfer to a 4 year college.


Non-required course a student may choose to take. Units may apply to degree.


"English as a Second Language” courses in writing, reading, grammar, and conversation are offered at LMC for non-native speakers of English who are already partly bilingual.


Computerized career information system available to students in the Career Center.


Faculty Advisor
Instructor in specific major who can assist student in developing an educational plan for courses in that major and answer questions about jobs in the field.


The first year of college, also called lower-division, achieved by completing up to 30 degree-applicable units.


Full-time Student
Student enrolled in 12 units or more.


General Education
Courses in a wide variety of subjects; designed to meet the need for broad knowledge. Required for Associate Degree and transfer.


Good Standing
Indicates that student’s grade point average is 2.0 (“C”) or higher.


Grade Point Average (GPA)
Average grade earned, calculated by dividing grade points by units attempted.


Honors Status
Recognition received when 12 or more letter-graded units have been completed in one semester with a 3.0 or better GPA.


Hours by Arrangement
Hours required in addition to the regular class meeting time, often in a lab. Arranged on individual basis.


IGETC (Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum)
Program of courses designed to meet transfer requirements in General Education for either CSU or UC systems.


Incomplete (I)
Grade received if student has not completed a course because of illness or other sufficient reason. All coursework must be completed within one year.


The third year of college, also called upper-division, achieved by completing 60 transferable units and transferring to a four-year college or university.


Lower Division
First two years, freshman and sophomore, of 4-year college program of study. May be completed at community college level.


Principal field of academic specialization, such as Computer Science, Music, or Psychology.


Statewide program in community colleges designed to assist students in establishing a clear educational goal and to provide information and services to help student achieve that goal.


Non-Degree Applicable (NDA)
Course units do not apply towards Associate Degree. See course designation in college catalog.


Course does not transfer to 4-year colleges.


Online Class
A class that is conducted completely online using the Internet. Students work from their home or office, or at the LMC computer labs or library.


Partially Online Class
A class in which a part of the class is conducted online while also meeting regularly in a classroom at the College. A partially online course is also sometimes referred to as a web enhanced or hybrid course.


Part-time Student
Student enrolled in less than 12 units.


Passing/No Pass Grading (P/NP)
Selected courses offer P/NP grades instead of letter grades. P is equal to an “A”, “B”, or “C” grade. NP is equal to a “D” or “F” grade. Not computed into GPA. See also: “Student Choice.”


A course or other requirement that must be met prior to enrollment in a given course.


Probation, Academic
Status indicating that 12 or more cumulative units have been completed and grade point average is below 2.0 (“C”).


Probation, Progress
Status indicating that 12 cumulative units have been attempted but fewer than 50% have been completed.


Process repeated each semester whereby students enroll in specific classes, including selection of days and hours. Enrollment fees are paid at this time.


Not all courses may be repeated once they have been completed with a grade of “C” or better. If a course is repeatable, it will be stated in the course description. If no statement is made, the course may be repeated one time only, if the first grade was sub-standard .A student may petition to repeat a course for unusual circumstances.


Schedule of Courses
Booklet published prior to each semester listing all classes offered that semester, including meeting dates, times, locations, and instructors’ names.


Section Number
Four-digit number after course number, such as BIOSC-010LS-7298. Refers to days and time course meets.


Term of instruction, approximately 18 weeks in length. Two semesters make up an academic year—fall and spring.


The fourth year of college, also called upper-division, achieved only at a four-year college or university.


The second year of college, also called lower-division, achieved by completing 30 to 59 degree-applicable units.


Student choice (SC)
Student option to choose Passing/No Pass (P/NP) in lieu of letter grade in selected courses. Petition must be filed no later than end of fifth week, or within first 30% of course for summer session and short-term courses. After deadline, grading choice may not be reversed. Discuss first with counselor. (formerly Credit/No Credit) See also: Passing/No Pass Grading.


Summer Session
Short-term session in June and July in which semester-length courses are offered in an intensive period, usually 6 weeks.


See Transfer Admission Guarantee.


Official record of all courses attempted and completed and grades received.


Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG)
An agreement that guarantees admission as a transfer student to a specific major as a junior, if you complete specified requirements at LMC. TAA’s are available with several California universities.


Transferable Course
Course accepted for credit at 4-year college. Shown in catalog and schedule of classes as “Transfer: UC, CSU.”


Free assistance available for students who wish to strengthen their academic skills in a specific course.


UC (University of California)
University of California system includes ten campuses statewide. Closest UC campuses to LMC are Berkeley, Davis, and Santa Cruz.


Unit (of Credit)
A measure of how much credit may be earned for any given course. Generally, the number of units is equal to the number of hours the class meets per week; e.g., a 3-unit class meets 3 hours per week.


University of California - see UC


Upper Division
Courses at junior and senior level at 4-year college. Not offered or accepted for transfer credit at community college level.


Wait List
Computerized process for students to attempt to be added to a closed (full) course. Sign up through Web Advisor registration. Students on a wait list will be notified via email if space becomes available. Students should attend the first class to determine if students on Wait List will be permitted to enroll.


Process of discontinuing a course before completion. Students may withdraw from a class one of three ways: online via Web Advisor, the telephone registration system, or by submitting a “Student Drop Request” form in the Admissions Office or the Brentwood Center before the stated deadline. Failure to withdraw officially may result in an “F” grade on transcript. See also: Drop.