Glossary

Academic Calendar
A calendar of important dates for each term, including add and drop deadlines. The Academic Calendar is available in the Catalog, in each term’s printed Class Schedule, and on the Admissions and Records website.
Academic Renewal
A means whereby a student may petition to have previous college work (grades and credits) excluded from current grade point average, if that work is over three years old and is not reflective of the student’s present level of ability or performance.
Academic Year
The regular terms of instruction—not including Summer term—are Fall and Spring semesters.
Advanced Placement
A national testing program whereby high school students may earn college credit by examination.
Advisory
A course that students are recommended to take before registering in another course, but are not required to do so. Students are encouraged to take an Advisory course before registering for another course as the information in the first course will help them succeed in the second course. For example, ENGL-120A, Survey of American Literature: Beginning to 1865, has an Advisory of ENGL-101A, Reading and Written Composition.
Articulation
An agreement where one university agrees to accept a community college course in lieu of a course at the university. Ohlone’s articulation agreements with the CSU and UC campuses are available online at www.assist.org.
ASOC
Associated Students of Ohlone College. All Ohlone College students are members of ASOC and are represented by an elected and appointed student government called the ASOC Council.
Associate Degree
A degree awarded upon completion of a prescribed program of study in a major field and General Education courses at Ohlone College. The Associate in Arts (AA) and Associate in Science (AS) are degrees that may be earned at Ohlone College.
Associate Degree Applicable Courses
Courses are degree applicable unless identified in the College Catalog and printed Class Schedule with the notation “Not applicable to associate degree”. Only degree applicable courses are included in calculation of the grade point average and can be applied towards degree, certificate, and General Education requirements.
Associate Degree for Transfer
Senate Bill 1440 (SB1440) was signed by Governor Schwarzenegger in September 2010. SB1440 guarantees admission to California State University (CSU) system for any California community college student who completes an "associate degree for transfer," a newly established variation of the associate degrees traditionally offered at a California community college. Ohlone currently has four approved associate degrees for transfer—Communication Studies, Mathematics, Psychology, and Sociology.
Audit
An enrollment status in a class where no units or grades are awarded.
Baccalaureate
Refers to the bachelor’s degree usually achieved after four years of undergraduate college study. Ohlone College offers the first two years of baccalaureate work in many fields of study.
Certificate of Accomplishment
Indicates completion of a specific occupational program of study and training of less than 18 units, usually in one year.
Certificate of Achievement
Indicates completion of a focused occupational program of study and training of 18 or more units.
C-ID
A statewide numbering system independent from the course numbers assigned by local California community colleges. A C-ID number next to a course signals that participating California colleges and universities have determined that courses offered by other California community colleges are comparable in content and scope to courses offered on their own campuses, regardless of their unique titles or local course number. For example, Ohlone's MATH-101A has a C-ID number of MATH 210; this information appears in the course listing in the Catalog, and the printed Class Schedule, and WebAdvisor.
Class Load
The number of units a student takes in any given term. A full-time class load is twelve or more units during Fall and Spring semesters and six units during Summer term. A standard class load is fifteen units.
Clear Standing
Indicates that a student’s grade point average in the previous semester and cumulative grade point average are C (2.0) or better.
Continuing Student
A student who was enrolled at Ohlone College during the most recent previous semester, not including Summer term.
Corequisite
A course that must be taken during the same term as another course. Students need to take both courses during the same semester a information is shared between the courses and students will have better chance of succeeding. For example, students who register for GEOL-102L, Oceanography Laboratory, also need to register for GEOL-102, Introduction to Oceanography, during the same semester.
Course Identification Numbering System
See C-ID.
Credit
A completed unit of study recorded on the student's official college record.
Credit by Examination
A means of awarding college credit by assessing knowledge achieved elsewhere.
CSU
The California State University System. Of the twenty-three California State University campuses, the two closest to Ohlone College are Cal State East Bay and San José State University.
Curriculum (plural, curricula)
Often called discipline, it includes all of the courses of study offered by Ohlone College. It may also refer to a particular course of study (major) and the courses in that area.
Dismissal
A status caused by low academic or progress performance. A dismissed student may not continue at Ohlone College without approval for reinstatement. See the Catalog section on Academic Regulations for more information.
District
The area served by Ohlone College is the Ohlone Community College District. The District is the governing entity of the College.
Drop/Add
Revision of program of courses when students want to drop, change, or add a course or courses.
DSPS
Disabled Students Programs and Services. DSPS is designed to open doors to educational and occupational opportunities for students with physical or medical disabilities.
Education Plan
Individualized plan to guide students in completing educational goals and/or degree requirements.
Elective
Any course not required for a major field or general education requirements.
ELI
English Language Institute. A program for students who wish to study English full-time.
Enrollment
Official recorded placement of a student in a class.
EOPS
Extended Opportunity Programs and Services. EOPS provides special support services, financial assistance, and educational programs to assist students who have experienced economic, educational, or social disadvantage.
FERPA
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. Federal regulation which protects the privacy of a student’s academic records.
Former student
A student who has attended Ohlone College at some time but did not enroll during the most recent previous semester.
Full time student
A student taking twelve or more units in the Fall or Spring semesters. During Summer term, six units is considered full-time.
General Education Certification
Transferable courses certified by Ohlone College as meeting General Education requirements at campuses of the California State University or University of California.
General Education Requirements
Required courses satisfying the breadth requirements of a liberal education expected of students who receive an associate degree.
GPA
Grade Point Average. The GPA is computed in the following manner. Students receive a certain number of points for each grade. Per unit an A grade is worth 4 points, a B worth 3, a C worth 2, D worth 1, and an F worth 0. The total number of points accumulated is then divided by the number of course units taken for a letter grade. The result is the grade point average. Pass (P), No Pass (NP), Withdraw (W), Military Withdraw (MW), or Incomplete (I) grades are not computed in the grade point average. Current GPA is for the most recent semester. Cumulative GPA is for all college work to date. Only associate degree applicable courses are included in calculation of the GPA
Grant
Financial Aid funds that do not need to be repaid.
Learning Community
A group of 2-5 classes linked together with a common theme and a common group of students.
Major
Area or field of concentration for occupational certificate or associate degree.
Matriculation
aka Student Success and Support Program - A process that brings a college and a student who enrolls for credit to agreement for the purpose of realizing the student’s educational objective. On the college’s part, the agreement includes providing an admission process; an orientation to college programs, services, and procedures; pre enrollment placement and counseling for course selection; a suitable curriculum; continuous follow up of student progress; and a program of institutional research and evaluation.
Non-resident
A person who has not lived continuously in California for one full year and a day prior to enrollment and therefore does not meet residency requirements.
Orientation
A program for new students to learn about the programs and services available to Ohlone students.
Part time student
Any student enrolled for less than twelve units of coursework in a Fall or Spring semester.
Peer Mentors
Ohlone students who help in recruiting and College relations.
Petition
A request, usually written on a standard form, to adjust a study list or curriculum to fit an individual situation and/or request exception to a policy or regulation.
Placement Test
A standardized test that may be used for placement of students in English and mathematics courses and skills prerequisite levels.
Prerequisite
A course that needs to be successfully completed with a grade C or better before a student can register for another course. The prerequisite course contains knowledge and skills that will enable the student to be more prepared for the next course. For example, students must complete MATH-188, Pre-Calculus, with a grade C or better before being able to register for MATH-101A, Calculus.
Probation
An indication that performance is below standard because of academic or progress deficiencies; a trial period in which a student is permitted to redeem failing grades or deficient units.
Quarter
A subdivision of the academic year consisting of four terms (fall, winter, spring, and summer quarters). To convert semester units to quarter units, multiply by 3/2. To convert quarter units to semester units, multiply by 2/3.
Registration
The process of signing up for classes each term.
Resident
A person who has resided in California for one full year and a day prior to enrollment and who meets other residency requirements.
SB1440
Senate Bill 1440 was signed by Governor Schwarzenegger in September 2010. SB1440 guarantees admission to a California State University (CSU) campus for any community college student who completes an "associate degree for transfer," a newly established variable of the associate degrees traditionally offered at a California community college. Ohlone currently has four approved associate degrees for transfer—Communication Studies, Mathematics, Psychology, and Sociology.
Selected Topics
Courses that are designed to offer instruction in topics of current concern in any of the instructional disciplines. The topics selected will be related to existing subject fields, but not necessarily offered within the regular catalog courses. Selected Topics courses are not UC or CSU transferable.
Semester
A subdivision of the academic year into two sessions, usually fall and spring, each lasting approximately sixteen weeks. To convert semester units to quarter units, multiply by 3/2. To convert quarter units to semester units, multiply by 2/3.
Skills Prerequisite
A recommended condition for enrollment in a course or major. Skills prerequisites usually consist of a previous reading, writing, mathematics, or critical thinking course, or placement score that indicates(s) a chance for successful achievement by the student enrolling in the course.
Special Projects
Courses designed for students who wish to undertake an individual study or to comlete research related to a particular field.
Special Student
A K-12 student who attends Ohlone before graduating from high school.
Student Education Plan
Individualized plan to guide students in completing educational goals and/or degree requirements. Students should see an Ohlone counselor for assistance in creating a Student Education Plan.
Student Help
Students working at on campus jobs funded by Ohlone College are considered Student Help.
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
The knowledge, skills, and abilities that students will have attained as a result of completing a course or program successfully.
TBA
To Be Announced (TBA) is noted in the Class Schedule when the instructor, room, or time of a course is not yet known.
Title 5
The education component of the California Code of Regulations, which all public educational institutions (K-12, community colleges, CSUs and UCs) must follow.
Transcript
Official copy of a student’s academic record (courses and grades).
Transfer
Receiving credit at a CSU, UC, or private university for coursework completed at Ohlone.
Unit
Courses are assigned a unit value based on one unit of credit for every hour of lecture or 3 hours of laboratory time per week by the student. A student’s progress at Ohlone is determined in part by the number of units completed.
UC
University of California. There are ten University of California campuses; the closest UC campus to Ohlone is UC Berkeley.
Waitlisting
A process where students can “wait in line” electronically for a full class. Students are notified via email once they are added into a class via the waitlist, and can monitor their status on the waitlist via their WebAdvisor account.
WebAdvisor
Web registration system for students to add and drop classes, pay fees, and check grades. WebAdvisor is available for free online https://webadvisor.ohlone.edu.
Work Experience Education
A program of college credit for work experience combined with college study.
Work Study
A program of federal aid that provides funds for student jobs on campus.

[From the Ohlone College Catalog, 2013-2014.]