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.
Accreditation
A voluntary process of institutional evaluation of educational quality and institutional effectiveness by peer professionals in order to support student success. Ohlone is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). More about Ohlone's Accreditation.
Add Authorization Code
A code provided to students by an instructor, thereby allowing students to add a class after the last day to add without an add authorization code. Students will log on to their WebAdvisor account and use the Add Authorization Code to enroll in the class. It is the student’s responsibility to enroll in the class using the Add Authorization Code issued by the instructor. Add deadlines for each semester are available in the Academic Calendar, available on the Admissions and Records website.
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.
ASSIST
Web site for all California community colleges, CSU, and UC articulation; CSU and UC transferability; and CSU GE Breadth and IGETC approvals. C-ID approval information is also available on ASSIST. ASSIST is open to the public and can be found at www.assist.org.
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), Associate in Science (AS), Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T), and Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) are associate 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 21 approved Associate Degrees for Transfer.
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.
California Code of Regulations:
The official compilation and publication of the regulations adopted, amended, or repealed by state agencies pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). Properly adopted regulations that have been filed with California’s Secretary of State have the force of law. Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations that specifically governs California Community Colleges.
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.
Clery Act
A federal law that requires colleges and universities in the United States to disclose campus security information including crime statistics for the campus and surrounding areas. The Clery Act was first enacted by Congress in 1990 and amended in 1992, 1998, 2000 and 2010.
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
Process when students remove (drop) or add a class or classes to their schedule. At Ohlone students add and drop classes online via their WebAdvisor account.
DSPS
Disabled Students Programs and Services. DSPS is designed to open doors to educational and occupational opportunities for students with physical or medical disabilities.
e-Cashier
A third party vendor that allows students to sign up for a monthly payment plan to pay for their classes
Elective
Any course not required for a major field or general education requirements.
ELI
English Language Institute. International students who are not yet proficient enough in English to gain direct admission to an Ohlone College degree program may wish to first join the Ohlone College English Language Institute (ELI). The ELI is a full-time, intensive English language program designed for non-native speakers of English who have or wish to obtain an F-1 Student Visa.
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.
FAFSA
Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Students can file a FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov beginning January 1 of each year for the Fall and Spring semesters of the upcoming academic year.
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. Ohlone has three GE Plans—Ohlone GE (Plan A), CSU GE (PlanB), and IGETC (Plan C).
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.
Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Campus Crime Statistics Act
See Clery Act.
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.
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.
Ombudsperson
An Ohlone office that assists students in garnering disputes (academic and otherwise), as well as administrative complaints. The Ombudsperson Office can direct students to the appropriate channels to be used in requesting a review of an action or decision.
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 21 Approved Associate Degrees for transfer.
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.
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.
Student Right-to-Know
Also known as SRTK. A federally-mandated public disclosure of a college’s Completion Rate and Transfer Rate. The intent of SRTK is to provide to the consumer a statistic of comparable effectiveness that they can use in the determination of college choice.
Student Success and Support Program
A program with the intent of increasing student access and success through the provision of core support services, including orientation, assessment and placement, counseling, advising, education planning services, and follow-up for at-risk students. The goal is to provide all students with the support services necessary to assist them in achieving their educational goal and declared course of study.
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.
Transfer Admission Agreement
Transfer students have an opportunity to secure a seat at a specific college or university prior to the regular admission application period through the Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) program. By signing a TAG agreement and meeting TAG requirements, admission to the chosen university is granted. See Ohlone’s Transfer Center for more information.
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 at 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, 2014-2015.]