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Academic Probation

This occurs when a student has attempted at least 12-semester units, and their GPA falls below a 2.0 in all units taken at the college

Add/ Drop Period

The time frame when students can add or drop courses without consequences or incomplete marks on their transcript

Articulation

The process of transitioning a student's work from one educational institution to another

Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS) Degree

A two-year general studies degree that can provide students with skills to become more marketable in the workforce

Associate of Arts and Science Transfer (AA/AS-T) Degree

A guaranteed pathway for transfer into the California State University (CSU) system. The transfer degree is composed of 60 units, including general education, major prep, and electives

Associated Student Organization (ASO)

El Camino College's student government that acts as a liaison for students and the community college. Elected representatives use their leadership skills to stay informed on current issues and commit to improving the quality of education and increasing student involvement on campus.

ASSIST

An online student-transfer information system that shows how course credits earned at a public California Community College can be applied when transferring to a four-year California university

Asynchronous 

Having the ability to log on whenever you'd like to complete your course work. This type of class does not have a specific log-in time for lecture.

Audit

"Auditing" a course gives students the chance to learn the material without receiving academic credit

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Bachelor's degree (Baccalaureate)

A degree awarded by a four-year college in a particular field of study

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CANVAS

ECC's Learning Management System used to deliver content and assess your learning on an online platform. It is a self-contained system where your instructors can post their course materials, assignments, and announcements 

CCCApply

A website that provides an online admissions application to California Community Colleges

Certificate of Accomplishment

A program that requires the completion of courses in a particular field. This degree is not recorded on a student's transcript.

Certificate of Achievement

A program that requires the completion of courses in a specific field, and unlike degree programs, courses outside the field are not generally required. A Certificate of Achievement is also recorded on a student's transcript

Certificate of Competence

A minimum of 12 Computer Information Systems units must be completed at El Camino College, with a grade point average of 3.0 (B) for the required 30-31 units is necessary

Class Schedule

A college publication that lists all courses offered during a semester. Including class meeting times, instructors assigned to a class, class location, credit hours, and important registration information

Cohort

A group of students working through a curriculum at the same time

College Catalog

A publication that describes a college's academic programs, course requirements, and support services

Commencement

A formal graduation ceremony

Corequisites

Courses that a student needs to take simultaneously with another class

Credits

A unit that is used to show that you have completed and passed the courses needed for a degree. Each credit is equal to 1 hr. of lecture time per week

Cross Enrollment

This refers to a student enrolled at two academic institutions simultaneously

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Distance Education

Distance education at ECC provides flexibility to your learning and studying. Unlike traditional, campus-based classes, distance education is a form of learning where you are not always physically present at school

Dual Enrollment

Current high school students taking college classes to get a head start on their educational and career goals 

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E

ECC Connect

ECC Connect is a system designed to provide a central location for students, instructors, counselors, and other support staff to connect and communicate

Electives

Classes students choose to fulfill a general education requirement or because they're interested in a topic outside of their major's core courses

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Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

An application for federal, Cal Grant and campus-based financial aid

Federal Workstudy

The workstudy program helps college students pay for day-to-day expenses and tuition with part-time jobs

Final exam

A test that is given at the end of a term that usually includes subject matter from the entire class.

Financial Aid

Money students may be eligible to receive to help pay for college tuition or expenses

First-generation college student

A student who is the first in their family to go to college

Flexible

An online class, with some live, synchronous class meetings or required proctored testing. Meets irregularly

Full- time Student

A student enrolled in at least 12 units or more during the Fall or Spring semester

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General Education Courses

A curriculum that creates the foundation of a bachelor's degree. It generally includes lower-level courses in English, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences.

Grade point average (GPA)

Represents the average of a student's final grades in all of their courses. An "A" counts as 4; a "B" as 3; a "C" as 2; a "D" as 1; an "F" as 0. Each student has two GPAs: one for the semester and one for all the college-level coursework they have taken.

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Hybrid Class

A course that is partially online — meaning there are some on-campus meetings. Hybrid Courses use ECC's Learning Management System, CANVAS, to deliver content, and to assess your learning. For hybrid classes, look for the class footnote in the Schedule of Classes for on-campus meeting dates and times

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In Progress (IP)

The "IP" symbol shall be used only in those courses, which extend beyond the average end of an academic term. It indicates that work is "in progress," but that assignment of an evaluative symbol (grade) must await its completion

Incomplete (I)

A student may receive a notation of "I" (Incomplete) and a default grade when a student did not complete their academic work for unforeseeable, emergency, and justifiable reasons

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Live Online (Synchronous)

An Online class, with no on-campus requirement, but requires some regular, live, synchronous, scheduled online class sessions

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Major

The area of study that you choose to focus on in college

Meta Major

Meta-majors are groups of related majors with similar requirements, outcomes, or methodologies

Midterm Exam

A test that is generally taken mid-way through a term to assess a student's knowledge of course material

Military Withdrawal (MW)

Military Withdrawal occurs when a student who is a member of an active or reserve United States military service receives orders compelling a withdrawal from courses

MyECC

A student portal where you can review your schedule, check the status of your financial aid, pay for classes, check your placement test scores, and much more in the MyECC student portal

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N

New Student Orientation

A session that provides students with a general overview of El Camino College, its academic programs, facilities, and support services

Non-credit ESL classes

Non-credit ESL courses are free of charge and designed to help non-native speakers develop their ability to understand, speak, read, and write English

Non-resident

A student who is not an official California resident

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Office-hours

Time set aside by professors for students to visit them and ask anything related to the course they teach.

Offsite

A class held face-to-face at a location other than the El Camino College campus

Online Class (Asynchronous)

Courses completed entirely online — meaning there are no on-campus meetings or regularly scheduled online sessions. Online Courses use ECC's Learning Management System, CANVAS, to deliver content, and to assess your learning.

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Part-time Student

A student enrolled in less than 12 units during the Fall or Spring semester

Pass / No Pass (P / NP)

An option for students to choose a grade of Pass or No Pass instead of a letter grade (A, B, C, D, F) by the fourth week of a 16-week class or when 25 percent of a class has passed

Placement Survey

English and Mathematics Placement Survey is located on the MyECC student portal. Placement will be based on your high school GPA and coursework.

Prerequisite

A class that a student is required to take before another class to demonstrate readiness.

Progress Probation 

This occurs when a student has attempted at least 12 units, and the percentage of all units attempted reaches or exceeds 50 percent of all grades at the college. Grades used to calculate attempted units include: "W", "I", "NP", "NC" and all letter grades.

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Registration

The process of enrolling in specific courses

Reported Delayed (RD)

The registrar is the only person who can assign an "RD" symbol. It is used when there is a grade delay due to circumstances beyond a student's control.

Recommended preparation

Aa course that a student is advised to take but not required to take in conjunction with, or before, a specific class or program. 

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Schedule Builder

An online tool designed for students to explore and build an ideal class schedule. Please keep in mind that schedule Builder does not enroll you in classes, you must officially register via MyECC.

Semester

16-week academic terms.

Syllabus

Detailed information about a course, the grading system, policies, assignments, and test dates

Synchronous (Live Online)

 An online class that requires you to log in at a specific time for lecture.

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T

Title IX

Title IX is a section of US law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in education

Transcript

The academic record of a student's college course work

Transfer Student

College students who transfer from one college to another

Tuition

A fee that is paid for instruction at a college or university

Tutoring

Additional learning assistance provided to students on an individual or group basis

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Undergraduate

A college student who has not earned a bachelor's degree

University

A university is an institution of higher education that awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

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Withdrawal (W)

A Withdrawal is notated on a transcript when a student drops a class by a published withdraw date. A "W" is not used in calculating grade point average, but excessive "W's" shall be used as factors in course repetition and probation and dismissal procedures. The instructor may also drop a student if the student has excessive absences. 

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