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Academic Probation (AP) Restriction
An academic probation restriction occurs when a student's academic standing drops below a 2.0 Cumulative GPA. At DCCCD, this restriction prevents a student from registering online. To enroll, you must first contact your advisor.
In high school, this person is called a counselor. The college advisor is a staff or faculty member at the college who helps students set educational goals and select courses to meet those goals.
Adding an additional course to a class schedule.
The process of being admitted to college. A person wishing to enroll must complete an application, be accepted and receive acknowledgement of acceptance from the college’s Admissions Office before registering for classes.
Adult Basic Education (ABE)
Remedial education for adult learners which includes courses in basic reading, writing, speaking and math.
Submitting a request to be accepted to enroll in a college.
The opportunity to enroll in a college course without receiving academic credit. Audit students are required to meet all the course requirements expected of the other students taking the course.
Career Pathway (formerly called Tech-Prep)
An educational process where colleges and public high school districts cooperatively develop and implement a planned sequence of courses to prepare students for technologically advanced careers. Career Pathway students earn college credit while in high school and advance to college programs after graduation.
Career and Technical Courses
Courses that lead to a certificate or Associate in Applied Sciences Degree in a technical or occupational program. These courses are designed to aid the student in developing entry-level skills to be used in the job market. Consult an advisor regarding transferability if you plan to attend a four-year institution.
The official listing of a college’s practices and the policies and procedures enforced by the college. It includes a list of courses students can take, programs students can select from and degrees students can earn. Catalogs also may include general information about the college, such as important dates and enrollment requirements.
A listing of all the courses offered during a semester, which includes dates, times, the section numbers, room numbers and instructor's names.
College-Based Distance Learning Class
A course offering that includes both instructional contact hours delivered at a distance and college-based instructional requirements.
Requires a student to have successfully completed two years of high school algebra and have an appropriate assessment test score – a standard which is higher than the state's TSI standard – or successfully complete Developmental Mathematics 0099 or Developmental Mathematics 0093 with a grade of "C" or better.
Common Course Numbers
Since Fall 1995, the Common Course Number is used for the same course by a number of colleges throughout Texas to help students identify how a course will transfer. However, the lack of a Common Course Number does not necessarily mean a course will not transfer.
(a) Enrollment by the same student in two different colleges of DCCCD at the same time; (b) Enrollment by a high school student in one of the colleges of DCCCD while still enrolled in high school; (c) Enrollment in both a college of DCCCD and another college or university at the same time; (d) Enrollment in both credit and continuing education courses at the same time.
Core of Fall 2010
The 42 prescribed hours of a degree plan that a student must successfully complete in order to receive an Associate in Arts or Associate in Sciences degree.
Co-requisite or Concurrent
A course requirement that must be met simultaneously with another course.
The number of hours or courses in which a student is enrolled in any given semester.
The numerical value assigned to a course (See "credit hours/semester hours below").
Credit hours or semester hours
The number of credits awarded for successfully completing a course(s). This number is determined by the type of class and the number of hours it meets per week. Check the Catalog or the current Class Schedule at www.dcccd.edu/Sch/Pages/default.aspx for the value of any course you wish to take.
Dallas County Community College District is a body of seven individually accredited colleges – Brookhaven (BHC), Cedar Valley (CVC), Eastfield (EFC), El Centro (ECC), Mountain View (MVC), North Lake (NLC), and Richland (RLC).
Developmental Studies Courses
Courses that develop prerequisite skills in reading, writing and mathematics. Because of the nature of these courses, the credit earned will not count toward graduation requirements and may not be transferred to colleges/universities outside the colleges of DCCCD.
Courses that provide instruction through a variety of technology-based formats.
Dropping a course
Students are generally permitted to drop courses from their class schedules. However, colleges allow different lengths of time for students to drop classes. The college's catalog or class schedule should note the correct procedures and dates. It is the student's responsibility to drop a course by the date published. Since the Fall 2004 semester, students may have to pay a higher rate tuition for the third or subsequent time they attempt a course. Students should take care in dropping a course as any future retake of that course may result in a higher tuition.
Credit earned for both high school and college when concurrently enrolled high school students take courses at DCCCD colleges.
A website that functions as the Online Classroom feature of courses taught at DCCCD. Courses offered online are sometimes referred to as "eCampus" courses. Students in classroom-based courses may also use eCampus to submit assignments, complete homework/tests and check their grades.
eConnect is a DCCCD web application that allows you to plan your schedule, search for classes, register/drop and pay for your credit classes, buy books, order transcripts, view your grades and access your personal/financial information online. You must meet certain eligibility criteria to register online. All students are eligible to search or pay for credit classes and access their personal/financial information using eConnect.
Courses that do not count toward a major but are required for most college degrees. Consult with an advisor before deciding upon electives.
A course which is shorter in length than the regular semester during which the course is scheduled. The starting and ending dates of the course fall within the starting and ending dates of the semester.
A course with beginning and ending dates that are different from the regular semester. This is also referred to as "flex-entry" or "short semester." Consult the online Class Schedule for further information.
A person who has not attended a DCCCD college in the past academic year.
A student who is enrolled in at least 12 credit hours during a fall/spring semester or for 6 credit hours during a summer session. The student may be enrolled in one or more colleges of DCCCD, as long as the total number of hours meets the full-time requirement.
A GPA of 2.0 or higher.
Grade Point Average.
Indefinite Academic Dismissal (IDIS)
Term used when a student is dismissed from DCCCD for at least one year due to low GPA.
The number of hours a student spends each week in a laboratory learning experience outside the classroom.
The number of hours a student spends each week in a classroom learning experience.
The subject or field of study in which the student plans to specialize. For example, one "majors" in Accounting, Automotive Technology, Business, etc.
Mathematics Pathway Models
Basic academic skills and developmental coursework/interventions that prepare students for academic/workforce training programs and careers.
NCBO (Non-Course Based Option)
Non-semester-length developmental education interventions.
Non-Degree Credit Course
A course which may not be counted toward a degree or certificate. The term includes developmental education, pre-collegiate and general continuing education courses.
All course content is delivered through computers and multimedia. These courses use eCampus and may include CD's and audio/streaming video. No on-campus testing or activities are required (previously called INET).
Online / Campus
Class content includes 51 percent or higher on-campus activities. These courses use components of computer instruction, multimedia activities and classroom time. On-campus classroom time is required.
Online / Classroom
Class content is delivered through an even distribution of 50 percent online activities and 50 percent classroom activities. These courses use components of computer instruction, multimedia activities and classroom time. On-campus classroom time is required.
Most of the class content is delivered through computers and multimedia. These courses use eCampus and may include CD's and audio/streaming video. On-campus testing, orientation and/or other activities may be required (previously called Classroom partial, Blended, and/or Hybrid classes).
Online / video-based
Class content delivered through a combination of interactive online computer activities using eCampus and video programs. On-Campus testing and/or activities may be required (previously called TVP or Streamed).
A student who is enrolled in fewer than 12 credit hours during a semester or fewer than 6 credit hours in a summer session. The student may be enrolled in one or more colleges of DCCCD as long as the total number of hours meets the part-time requirement.
A grade of "A," "B," "C," "D" or "F."
See "Prerequisite (Recommended)."
Courses that provide students with further instructions or additional information essential to student success. Students are not prevented from registering for courses that have a recommended prerequisite.
A requirement that must be met before registering for a specified course.
A warning to a student whose academic work or individual behavior is unsatisfactory. Students on probation may be suspended if their scholastic performance does not improve in future semesters.
Program of Study
A list of the classes a student needs to take to earn a specific certification or degree.
The official process of adding courses for a specific semester. Check the college's Class Schedule for registration dates.
A randomly assigned number associated with a specific registration.
The term designating the time divisions of a school year (FA=fall semester, SP=spring semester) and summer semesters (S1=summer I and S2=summer II).
A course offered in response to local industry need but is not included in the specific degree/certificate plan as listed in the official college catalog.
A guide identifying the specific requirements for a particular course. Students usually receive a syllabus for a course from the instructor at the beginning of each semester or summer term.
Technical or Occupational courses
Courses that are designed to aid the student in developing skills to be used in the job market. Consult an advisor regarding transferability if you plan to attend a four-year institution.
Courses that are designated to transfer to other colleges and universities. Students need to consult with their advisor or check on the transfer college’s web site about the transferability of specific courses. Because a course will transfer does not mean it will apply toward a specific major or degree at a four-year college or university.
An official listing of a student's academic record which includes courses completed and grades earned. It can be obtained through the Admissions/Registrar's Office.
Texas Success Initiative. An assessment that determines college readiness in reading, writing and mathematics.
The act of ending enrollment in all classes for a specific semester. A student withdrawing must go through a formal procedure. See your college’s Academic Calendar or class schedule for the "Last Day to Withdraw." Effective Fall 2004, students may have to pay a higher rate of tuition for the third or more times they attempt a course. It is the student's responsibility to officially withdraw by the appropriate date. Any future retake of that course may result in a higher tuition rate.
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Difference Between High School and College
Success Coach Resources
Financial Aid Tips for College
For the Student
What's the difference between high school and college?
Timeline for Students
FAQs for Students
Glossary of College Terms
Registering for Classes
Choosing a Major
Financial Aid Tips
Tips for the Classroom
Reading the Syllabus
Preparing for Your Lecture Class
Getting Ready for Final Exams
For the Parent or Guardian
How Parents Can Help Their Student Transition Into College
Timeline for Parents
FAQs for Parents