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Glossary of Terms


Academic Year –
The fall, spring and summer terms of overlapping years. For example, 2013-1 (Fall 2012), 2013-2 (Spring 2013) and 2013-3 (Summer 2013) comprise the 2012-13 academic year. This differs slightly from the reporting year.

Advanced & Professional (A&P) – A program area with courses designed to provide the first two years of course work leading to an advanced or professional degree (bachelors, first professional, masters, etc.). It includes both the general education and specialized lower-division courses necessary to complete a transfer degree program. It does not include college preparatory or non-credit courses.

Advanced Technical Certificate (ATC) – A program of instruction consisting of at least 9, but less than 45, credit hours of college-level courses. Students in these programs must have already received an associate in science degree and be seeking an advanced specialized program of study to supplement their associate degree.

Applied Technology Diploma (ATD) – A course of study that is part of an associate in applied science (A.A.S.) or associate in science (A.S.) degree, is less than 60 credit hours, is approximately 50% of the technical component (non-general education) and leads to employment in a specific occupation. These programs may consist of either vocational credit or college credit.

Apprenticeship – A vocational program of three to five years in length registered with an approved registration agency in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations. In this program, a student will receive both classroom and on-the-job training and will be eligible to take the journeyman exam upon completion of the program.

Associate in Applied Science (AAS) – A program of instruction consisting of college-level courses to prepare a student for entry into employment. The degree is awarded when a student completes at least 60 hours of college credit as well as specified performance requirements. The program may include courses that will not typically apply to a baccalaureate program. This allows for general education courses designed to more closely tie to the occupational area.

Associate in Arts (AA) – A program of instruction consisting of courses offered to freshmen and sophomores in baccalaureate programs. This degree will transfer to the State University System and is awarded when a student completes 60 hours of college credit as well as specified performance requirements.

Associate in Science (AS) – A program of instruction consisting of college-level courses to prepare a student for entry into employment. The degree is awarded when a student completes at least 60 hours of college credit as well as attainment of specified performance requirements. Generally, courses taken are more likely to be transferable in the A.S. program than in the A.A.S.

College Preparatory ("Prep") Courses providing instruction for the development of college-entry competencies in reading, writing, mathematical reasoning and logical thinking and English as a second language (ESOL).

Completer – A student who receives a degree, diploma, certificate or other formal award.

Continuing Workforce Education – Courses that are designed for the purpose of upgrading skills of persons who are currently employed or who have been previously employed in an occupational field. This should not include courses that are organized as a unit of a preparatory program of studies. (Formerly known as Supplemental Vocational.)

Credit Course – A course in which college credit is awarded that can be applied toward a degree.

Credit Hour Equivalent (CHE) – Non-credit courses (Postsecondary Adult Vocational, Supplemental, Apprenticeship, and Recreation and Leisure) are measured in terms of CHE. Thirty contact hours of classroom time = 1 CHE.

Dual Enrollment – A course in which the credits or college credit equivalents earned by a secondary (high school) student are applicable to both secondary and postsecondary programs.

Duplicated Headcount – A headcount measure by which students may be counted in more than one category. All categories totaled will add up to more than 100% of the unduplicated headcount.

End-of-term Enrollment – Headcount at the end of a given term.

Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) – A program that operates for the purpose of furthering the education and training requirements of current teachers, substitutes and paraprofessionals. It also applies to programs designed to transition those with a bachelor's degree into the teaching profession.

Express Term – The first or last eight weeks of the fall or spring terms. Typically referred to as Express ‘A’ (first eight weeks) or Express ‘B’ (last eight weeks).

First-time-in-college (FTIC) – A student enrolled in a course in an instructional area that leads to a degree or certificate who is attending a college for the first time with no credit toward a degree or formal award from any other postsecondary institution.

Full-time – A student who is registered for 12 or more credit hours in an academic term.

Full-time Equivalent (FTE) – A standardized measure of enrollment that converts a part-time students to full-time students based on their enrollment status or the number of credit hours in which they are enrolled.  For more information on how this is calculated, please go here.

Information Classification Structure (ICS) – A classification system used by the state to assign courses to clusters, programs and funding categories.

Lifelong Learning (LLL) – Non-credit instruction of a community service nature other than recreational and leisure time.

Non-credit Course – A course that does not award college credit to be applied toward a degree.

Opening Enrollment – Credit and college preparatory headcount at the end of the Drop & Add period for a given term.

Part-time – A student who is registered for fewer than 12 credit hours in an academic term.

Postsecondary Adult Vocational (PSAV) – Vocational education for persons who have completed or left high school. Participation in these programs shall not earn credit toward an associate or higher degree.

Postsecondary Vocational (PSV) – Vocational education for persons who have completed or left high school and who are enrolled in organized programs of study for which credit is given toward an associate degree. Such programs shall include certificate programs which award credit that can be applied toward an associate degree.

Returning Students – Students enrolled for the current major term who were also enrolled in a prior term at the College.

Reporting Year – The summer, fall and spring terms of overlapping years. For example, 2012-3 (Summer 2012), 2013-1 (Fall 2012) and 2013-2 (Spring 2013) terms comprise the 2012-13 reporting year. This is time frame used by the Florida College System for official reporting purposes. It is also used by the Palm Beach State College Office of Institutional Research & Effectiveness for most internal reporting purposes.

Student Semester Hour (SSH) – Credit courses (Advanced & Professional, Postsecondary Vocational and College Preparatory) are measured in terms of SSH. One credit hour = 1 SSH.

Supplemental Vocational – See Continuing Workforce Education.

Transfer Students – Students whose last college attendance was at any other regionally accredited college or university, regardless of the amount of time spent in attendance or credit earned.

Twelve-week Term – The last twelve weeks of the fall or spring terms.

Unduplicated Headcount – A headcount measure by which students are placed in one category and are counted one time. All categories totaled will equal exactly 100% of the grand total.

Vocational Certificate – A program of study designed to prepare students for entry into an occupation. This type of program does not award a degree.

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