College Lingo

  • Adjunct faculty
    Visiting or part-time instructors.
  • Associate degree
    The degree received after completing a two-year program.
  • Audit
    To take a course without credit.
  • Baccalaureate or bachelor's degree
    The degree received after completing a four-year program.
  • Blackboard
    An e-learning program used in all Carroll's classroom and Distance Education courses.  Blackboard provides access to many classroom related activities including email, course documents and related Web sites.
  • Certificate
    A credential awarded by a college or university to recognize the completion of curriculum other than one leading to a degree or diploma.
  • Closed sections
    A section or course that has been filled completely.
  • Commencement
    The graduation ceremonies held at the end of a semester.
  • Course numbering
    Typically, the course number represents the level of the course: 100's freshman level, 200's sophomore level, 300's junior level, 400's senior level and 500's graduate level.
  • FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aide
    A form that may be used by students applying for federal and other types of financial aid. Forms are available in the Financial Aid Office.
  • Major
    A subject or career field that serves as the focus of study in a degree program.
  • Minor
    A secondary concentration in a specific subject or career field.
  • Orientation
    A vital part of the college experience with activities designed to help new students adjust and familiarize themselves with the college.
  • Prerequisites
    Courses that must taken prior to enrolling in an advanced course.
  • Probation
    A notation posed to a student's transcripts for any fall and spring term in which the cumulative GPA falls below levels.
  • Syllabus
    A course outline of the topics and assignments expected to be covered.
  • Transcript
    A record of all courses taken, credits earned and graded received.
  • Transfer
    Acceptance by a new college of the credits earned in a previous college.
  • Tuition
    The expense charged for academic instruction.

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