AA-DTA – Associate in Arts–Direct Transfer
AAA – Associate in Applied Arts
AAA-PTS – Associate in Applied
Arts–Professional Technical Studies
AAS – Associate in Applied Science.
AAS-PTS – Associate in Applied
Science–Professional Technical Studies
AB-DTA – Associate in Business–Direct
Academic – Pertaining to a liberal arts
program of study, as opposed to a professional or technical
program. Term used with degree, program, or course.
Academic calendar – A two-year calendar
indicating quarter start and end dates, holidays to be
observed by GRCC campuses, and other non–class days.
Academic certificate – Awarded for
recognition of accomplishment in an academic program.
Academic standards – College policy that
requires students to maintain a minimum grade point average
AD – Associate Development Degree
Adding or dropping classes (courses) –
Making changes to your schedule by enrolling in additional
courses or withdrawing from courses.
Admission – Permission to enroll in
Advising – The process of determining
with an advisor which courses you need to meet your
Advisor – The
faculty member, administrator, or Educational Planning
Center staff person who helps you in the advising process.
AM-DTA – Associate in Math
Education–Direct Transfer Agreement
A-PP – Associate Pre–Professional
Application – The process of applying
for admission to the college or to a specific program of
study; also the form you fill out to apply.
Articulation agreement – An agreement
between the college and certain high schools or other
colleges by which specific courses taken at one institution
are allowed for automatic credit at the other institution.
AS-Opt 1 – Associate in Science degree
AS-Opt 2 – Associate in Science degree
AS-T – Associate of Science–Transfer
Associate Development – A degree
designed for students to plan their educational program with
self-direction and development without specific requirements
in subject areas.
Associate in Applied Arts – A degree
designed for students in professional technical programs,
generally in business and business–related fields.
Associate in Applied Science – A degree
designed for students in professional technical programs,
generally in health sciences, technical, and trades
Associate in Arts – Liberal arts degree
fulfilling the general requirements taken by college
freshmen and sophomores. Students must complete 90 quarter
credits in courses numbered 100 or above and meet specific
Associate in Biology Education – A
degree for students pursuing a career as a secondary biology
Associate in Business – A degree for
students pursuing a career in the field of business.
Associate in Chemistry Education – A
degree for students pursuing a career as a secondary
Associate in General Science Education –
A degree for students pursuing a career as a secondary
Associate in Math Education – A degree
for students pursuing careers as secondary math or science
Associate in Physics Education – A
degree for students pursuing careers as secondary physics
Associate in Science – A liberal arts
degree offering two options, intended for students
transferring in the field of science to a four-year
Associate in Science–Transfer (Option 1) –
A degree for students interested in Biology,
Environmental Science, Chemistry, Geology, and Earth
Associate in Science–Transfer (Option 2) –
A degree for students interested in Engineering,
Engineering Technology, Computer Science, Physics, and
Associate Pre–Professional – A degree
designed for students who need specific requirements that
will enhance their program of study at a transfer
Associate Professional Technical – A
degree designed for students who need flexibility to create
a “customized” program in a professional or technical area.
Audit – Taking a class for information
only and not for credit or a grade.
Bachelor’s or Baccalaureate – A degree
awarded by four-year colleges and universities to students
who have completed a specified course of study.
Catalog – The official document
containing course descriptions, degree requirements,
policies and procedures, information about student services,
and general information about the college.
Certificate of Completion – Awarded in
some professional and technical programs. These certificates
usually do not include courses outside the major subject.
Certificate of Proficiency – Awarded for
the successful completion of a specific short-term program
of study in a professional/technical field where course work
is 44 credits or less, and generally does not include
“Related Instruction” requirements.
Class schedule – A publication which
lists course offerings and registration information for a
College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) –
Knowledge in specific areas gained through informal
learning that is assessed by examination for traditional
COMPASS – A computerized assessment for
course placement of enrolling students that identifies a
student’s skill levels in math, reading, and writing. This
is not a test that can be passed or failed. One’s “score” on
each section of the assessment (reading, writing, and math)
simply indicates the appropriate starting point for each
Concurrent enrollment – Enrollment in
two or more linked classes.
Continuing Education – Courses, seminars
or workshops, usually non-credit, that do not apply to
degrees but are taken for personal enrichment, professional
development, or general knowledge.
Co–op fee – An extra charge, in addition
to tuition, required for certain courses to cover lab
supplies, equipment, computer use, etc.
Cooperative education – A program
combining a specific program of study with related
employment that allows college credit to be given for the
Core classes or requirements – Specific
courses required by or applicable to a certain degree. See
General Education Requirements.
Course – A single subject of study taken
for one quarter or other specified period of time. Sometimes
referred to as a class.
Course abbreviation – A shortened
version of the name of a department; for example, ENGL for
Course number – The number used with the
course abbreviation to refer to a specific course; for
example, “ENGL 110.”
Course title – The descriptive name of a
specific course; for example, “College Writing” is the
course title for ENGL 110.
Credit or credit hour –
The unit of measurement for the amount of work and/or time
required for a course. A five-credit class will usually meet
five hours a week. Also known as quarter hour.
Credit by exam – An alternative method
by which you may complete credits to earn a particular
degree or certificate.
Credit load – See Load.
Curriculum – A set of courses
constituting an area of specialization.
Degree – Awarded for the successful
completion of a specific program of study.
Degree audit – Online service available
on the college Web site to assist students in evaluating
courses toward their degree or certificate goals.
Department – A specific area of study in
which the college offers classes. Also, the group of faculty
who teach that subject.
Distribution – Each degree requires
completion of course work in specific learning areas: arts
and humanities, science and mathematics, and social and
behavioral sciences. These requirements provide students
with a broad exposure to the humanities and sciences. To
fulfill the requirements, students may choose from a wide
variety of subject fields within each learning area.
Diploma – Awarded for successful
completion of high school.
Disability Support Services
(DSS) – A college service that offers support to
qualified students with documented disabilities.
Division – A group of related
Drop a course –
Withdrawal from a course by the deadline published in the
quarterly class schedule.
DSS – See Disability
Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) – The
Direct Transfer Agreement assures the transfer of credit,
but not automatic admission (since each institution has
separate admission criteria which are based on grades, test
scores and other considerations) to a college or university
with which Green River has such an agreement. Essentially,
transfer agreements ensure that a student who completes an
Associate of Arts degree at a community college will have
satisfied all or most of the basic (i.e. general education
or core) requirements at the various four-year institutions.
Educational Planner (EP) – See
Elective – A course you choose to take
which is not a core or required course for your particular
Emphasis – Concentrated study in a
specialized area within a professional/technical or academic
program of study.
Entry Codes – Instructor permission
codes that allow a student entry into a particular course or
ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) –
A program designed specifically for those needing
to further develop their English reading, writing, and
Financial aid – Monetary assistance made
available to students, based on financial need, from various
government and private sources.
Former student – A student who has not
registered for one or more quarters (excluding summer
quarter) and returns to continue his or her studies.
Full–time student –
A student who is enrolled for 12 or more credits.
General Educational Development (GED) –
A program for adults who have not graduated from high school
and want to earn a certificate of
high school equivalency.
General Education Requirements
(GER) – A range of courses distributed across
various academic areas, required for the AS-T and other
degrees, in order to develop breadth of knowledge outside
the major field. Sometimes referred to as distribution
requirements or core requirements.
Grade – A rating or evaluation of your
achievement for a class or assignment.
Grade points – The number obtained by
multiplying the numerical value of the grade you receive for
a course by the number of credit hours earned in that
course. For example, if you earn a 3.3 grade in a 5–credit
course you earn 16.5 grade points for that course.
Grade point average (GPA) – The number
obtained by dividing total grade points earned by total
credit hours attempted in a quarter. Your cumulative grade
point average is obtained by dividing total grade points on
your record by total hours you have attempted.
Graduation evaluation – The official
process of determining which of the courses you have
completed apply to the degree or certificate you are
planning to earn and which courses you still need to take
for that degree or certificate.
GUR – General Undergraduate
Requirements. See GER.
ICRC – Inter-College Relations
Independent study – A course of study on
a topic of interest to a student, designed with the help of
an instructor and supervised by an instructor, and
undertaken with departmental approval.
Instructional day – The day on which
instruction begins or ends for a particular quarter. Not
necessarily the same as the first or last day a particular
class meets for the quarter.
Instructional quarter – The period of
time running from the first instructional day through the
last instructional day of a quarter.
International student – A student who is
a citizen of another country and is in the U.S. on a
Item number – The unique number assigned
to a particular section of a particular course being offered
during a quarter. To be used when registering for that
Kiosk – See
Student Information Kiosk.
Load – The total
number of credit hours you enroll in for a quarter.
Major – The subject area in which you
choose to specialize.
Major Related Program (MRP) – A degree
designed for students planning to transfer directly into a
specific major at a baccalaureate institution.
Non-resident student – A student who has
not lived in the State of Washington for at least one year
before the initial quarter of study. See also
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
– The regional association through which Green
River Community College is accredited.
Online services – A location on the
college Web site that allows access to admissions,
registration and records activity.
Orientation – A program that introduces
new students to the college environment, explains various
procedures, and describes available resources.
Part–time student – A student registered
for fewer than 12 credits. See also
Personal Identification Number (PIN) – A
randomly assigned six-digit number required for a student to
access their records on the Web. Students may change their
PIN number online (through Online Services).
Phi Theta Kappa – The international
honor society for two–year colleges. Its purpose is to
recognize and encourage scholarship among students attending
Planning Guides – Worksheets students
can use to assist them in their degree planning process.
Pre–professional program – A program
designed to fulfill part of the requirements leading to
study in a professional program or school.
Prerequisite – A requirement that must
be met before you enroll in a particular course, usually a
test score or completion of another course.
Probation – A disciplinary status
placing specific conditions upon continued attendance at the
college. Please see Student Handbook.
Professional Technical –
A program of study intended to prepare you for employment in
a certain field rather than for transfer to a four–year
college or university. Used to describe a degree, program,
or course. Also referred to as vocational.
Program of study – A group of courses
leading to a particular degree or certificate.
Quarter – The designation for a school
term, lasting approximately 11 weeks.
Quarter hour – See
Registration – The process of selecting,
enrolling in, and paying for courses.
Related instruction – A range of courses
distributed across various areas, required for a
professional/technical degree in order to develop breadth of
knowledge outside the major field.
Residence requirement – Credits required
by a college in order to fulfill degree requirements, which
cannot be transferred in from another institution. At GRCC,
25 of the final 45 credits must be taken in residence.
Resident student –
A student who has lived in the State of Washington for at
least one year immediately prior to the first day of
instruction for a quarter.
Returning student – A student enrolling
during consecutive quarters.
SCANS – U.S. Department of Labor
Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills.
Schedule – The classes for which you are
enrolled or the days and times you are attending classes and
labs. May also refer to all the course sections offered by
the college during a quarter.
Schedule Planner – An online service on
the college Web site that assists with class time
Section – A specific class with its own
unique days, hours, location and instructor. A number of
sections of a certain course may be offered during a
quarter, with different days, times, locations and
Special Topics – A course offering on a
special topic of interest to students.
Student Identification Number – A unique
number assigned to a student for tracking, data entry,
identification, transcripts, and for conducting other
Kiosk – Computer terminals located in the
registration area and in the Holman Library.
Student Learning Outcomes – The
knowledge, skills, abilities or attitudes that students have
attained by the end of any set of college
experiences—courses, programs, degrees and certificates or
encounters with college services. Articulates the major
goals of each experience, requires higher-level thinking
skills and usually results in a product that can be
Study Day – The day preceding the finals
testing schedule to be used for study, reading, individual
meetings with faculty, study groups or other activities that
will better prepare the student for their final course
assessments. Study day applies to day classes only and night
classes will meet during their normal time period.
Technology Fee – A quarterly fee charged
to students to support computer-based resources and services
available to all students in the Holman Library and the open
lab in the Technology building.
TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign
Language—a compulsory test for students wanting to study in
U.S. colleges and universities.
Transcript – Your permanent record of
courses taken, credits earned, grades achieved, and
degree(s) awarded at an educational institution.
Transcript evaluation – An official
determination as to which courses taken at another college
will be allowed for credit at GRCC. Also, the determination
by a four-year college as to which of your GRCC courses will
be allowed for credit at that institution.
Transfer credits – Credits earned at one
college that are accepted toward a degree at another
Transfer degree – A degree intended to
parallel the first two years of a bachelor’s degree program.
Tuition – The amount of money charged by
the college for the courses in which you enroll; set each
year by the state legislature.
Vocational – See
Withdrawal from the college – Officially
dropping all courses for which you are enrolled for a
particular quarter. See Drop a Course.