Admissions & Records - Important Terms

Important Abbreviations and Terms

The following abreviations and terms are found in the College catalog, schedules, and other printed materials:

Abbreviation Definition
AA Associate of Arts Degree (2 year college degree)
A&R Admissions & Records Office
AS Associate of Science Degree (2 year college degree)
BA Bachelor of Arts Degree (4 year college degree)
BS Bachelor of Science Degree (4 year college degree)
CAN California Articulation Number
CSU California State University
EOPS Extended Opportunity Programs & Services
ESL English as a Second Language
FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aid
GE General Education
GPA Grade Point Average
IGETC Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum
LRC Learning Resources Center
SSS Student Support Services
TAA Transfer Admissions Agreement
TBA To Be Announced
UC University of California

Term Definition
Academic Probation Status of a student who has earned a GPA below 2.0 in all A-F graded units.
Academic Renewal A policy that allows a student who meets specific criteria to have disregarded a portion of previous COS substandard college work which is not reflective of the student's demonstrated ability.
Accreditation A system of voluntary, non-governmental self-regulation whereby an institution evaluates itself in accordance with standards of good practice and accepts the obligation to undergo periodic evaluation through self-study and professional peer review. COS is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Certificate Programs These are occupational and vocational programs requiring fewer units of course work to complete; they concentrate only on those courses that are essential to prepare the student for employment. Certificate programs typically take three to four semesters to complete.
Incomplete Grade "I" symbol on the student's record indicating incomplete academic work because of an unforeseeable emergency and/or justifiable reasons at the end of the term. Students must petition the instructor in order to receive this notation.
Lower Division Freshman or Sophomore level course work.
Matriculation A process which brings COS and a student into an agreement for the purpose of realizing the student's educational objectives.
Non-degree Applicable Certain courses which do not count towards the 60 unit requirement for an Associate Degree at COS.
Prerequisite Requirements students must meet prior to enrolling in a particular course.
Prerequisite Challenge A process to petition the requirements students must complete prior to enrolling in a particular course.
Probation A warning status that the proper academic or progress standard is not being met.
Progress Probation Status of a student who failed to complete at least 50% of the cumulative units for which the student was registered.
Registration Official process of enrolling in class and paying the required fees.
Resident For California Community College fee purposes, a resident is one who has established both physical presence and intent to make California his/her permanent home for one year and one day prior to the first day of the term for which he/she wishes to attend.
Semester The academic year from August to May is divided into two 17-week semesters. Students receive grades at the end of each semester.
Transcript A copy of a student's academic record at a specific high school or college.
Transfer Courses Classes which are accepted for credit at four-year colleges toward a Bachelor's degree. The course descriptions in the catalog and schedule specify whether a course is transferable to UC or CSU.
Transfer Admission Agreement Guaranteed admission agreements with participating unversities for eligible students.
Undergraduate College freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior.
Unit Amount of credit given to a class.
Withdrawal Process by which the student officially drops and class in a term. Failure to officially drop a class can result in a grade of "F" or "NC".