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College Lingo

A college student should know and understand the following terms:

Before you can register for courses you must be admitted into a program. This is done through your application to the college.

A meeting with a CPAC advisor to review your academic program, receive guidance in selecting classes, explore career options, and/or learn about transfer opportunities.

Articulation Agreement
This is, most often, an agreement between a community college and a four-year college regarding which courses will transfer.

Associate’s Degree
Students who successfully complete all the courses required of a two-year program can receive an Associate’s Degree.

Paying to sit in on a course, but not receiving any credit for it. The cost to audit credit courses is the same rate as listed under Tuition and Fees. To audit a course, obtain a Permission to Audit form at the Registrar’s Office.

Bachelor’s Degree
Students who successfully complete all the required course work for a four-year program receive a Bachelor’s Degree.

Co-op Program
Cooperative Education at NECC is an experiential course designed to provide training and work experience for students seeking to enter or re-enter a career field. Students gain practical experiences that are related to their academic program and/or career goals. Both Cooperative Education I and II are one-semester, three-credit academic courses, subject to the guidelines of the appropriate academic department and Career Planning.”

If a course has a co-requisite, it means that another specific class must be taken at the same time or prior to.

CRN – Course Number
The CRN is the four-digit course reference number assigned to each course at NECC (i.e. 1262). The course number is the combination of letters (designating department) and numbers (designating academic level) used to identify individual courses (i.e. ENG 101 – English Composition I).

Credit Hour
As a rule, the number or credit hours assigned to a course indicates the number of hours the class meets each week. For example, a three-credit course would meet for three hours a week (e.g., 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Monday and Wednesday). Lab classes, such as a Biology class, are the exception; they generally meet for longer periods of time allowing for a lecture period and a lab period.

Developmental Course
A college course with a number below 100 which is meant to prepare students for courses above the 100 level. These courses do not apply towards a NECC degree.

This is an opportunity to create and change a students class schedule. Students who want to drop or add a course must complete the required form(s) at the College before the drop/add deadline(s).

While students are required to take certain courses, they can choose, or “elect” to take others. These courses, which also apply towards graduation, are called “electives.” Don’t feel you have to limit your course selection to your major. Have fun and take other classes that you are interested in.

Stands for English as a Second Language.

Full Time Student
An undergraduate student taking 12 or more credits (4 classes).

A grade given at the discretion of the instructor. A student who receives an Incomplete, or “I”, typically has not finished the required course work, but is close enough that an instructor is willing to work out an arrangement with the student to finish the course work after the class ends. At most colleges, an incomplete automatically changes to an F if an instructor does not make a grade change.

Learning Community
A Learning Community is a combination of two or more classes offered in consecutive time blocks (for example, MWF 9 and 10), enrolling the same students, and taught by two or more teachers. The teachers prepare and teach the courses in collaboration, and they link the topics of the courses or even integrate completely the material covered in the original separate courses. Learning Communities benefit students by helping them make meaningful connections among the things they learn, and by making opportunities for closer relationships with faculty members and with fellow students.

Good Standing

This term relates to the status of a student who maintains an overall grade point average of 2.0 or higher. The student is said to be “in good standing.”

This stands for Grade Point Average.

A major is the academic area that a student has chosen to study in-depth. The following are examples of majors: Accounting, Education, English, Biology, Criminal Justice, etc. At NECC we consistently refer to “Programs of Study”, not to “majors”.

Matriculation just means that you take the time to formally apply to the College and declare the program of study from which you intend to graduate and receive your certificate/degree.

Sometimes students must take one course before they are allowed to take another. The first course is then considered a prerequisite. For example, CIS 101-Computers for Beginners might be a prerequisite for CTN 110.

Before the beginning of each semester, students must sign up, or register, for classes and pay fees.

The time and place a specific course meets.

A period of time in the academic year: a term in the Fall Session consists of 15 weeks, in the Summer Session, approximately 3-8 weeks.

A transcript is a copy of a student’s complete academic record. It lists all courses, grades, and credits.

Transferring Credits
Students who attend an accredited college (two-year or four-year) usually find that their credits will transfer to another college. It is, however, up to the student to initiate the process and up to the school the student is transferring to decide whether or not they will accept credits from another college. When credits are accepted, the individual courses from the other institution(s) are not listed on a NECC transcript. Only the total “number” of credits transferred are listed. If a student transfers to another institution after NECC, he/she will need to get transcripts from all institutions attended prior to NECC as well as NECC for evaluation at the next college.

Tuition is the amount that students must pay for academic instruction. It is based on a per credit cost. Lab classes include a lab fee, such as Computer Information Systems. These lab fees cover the cost of materials that students use in the labs.

Undergraduate Student
A student registered in a program leading to a Bachelor’s degree, an undergraduate diploma, Associate Degree or Certificate.

The act of officially leaving NECC. Students may drop individual courses without leaving the college