What is an Academic Advisor?
A designated professional staff person to assist you with matters pertaining to your courses, program, or academic questions. An advisor must sign your registration form each semester, if you register in person. Log onto your account on My.CommNet.edu to find your assigned advisor.
Academic Calendar
Generally considered to be from September to June. Specifically, it includes all the important dates that students need to know: first and last day of classes, campus closed dates, registration dates, exam dates, etc.
What is Academic Probation and Suspension?
Sanctions imposed on students for failure to perform satisfactorily in an academic program.
What is Academic Suspension?
A form of academic discipline taken when a student’s grades fall below the minimum required for her/him to return for the next semester. See college catalog for specific regulations.
What does Accreditation Mean?
Accreditation ensures that the College and its programs meet nationally recognized standards of excellence. MxCC is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
What is the Activity Fee for?
To support Student Activities, clubs, the game room, co-curricular programs and student publications, all students pay an activity fee, which is currently set at $5 for part-time students and $10 per semester for full-time students.
What are Adds and Drops?
A phrase used to identify the process for making changes in your course schedule for the current or upcoming semester. This process is handled through the Records Office during the first full week of school. Check for specifics in the Records Office.
What is Administration?
Denotes those persons directly responsible for the policies and procedures of the institution, i.e., President, Deans, and some Directors.
What are Articulation Agreements?
Joint agreements between institutions of higher education regarding transfer admission requirements and evaluation of transfer credit. An agreement guarantees that courses taken at one of the participating institutions will be accepted by the other.
What is an Associate in Arts Degree?
A planned program of college study that includes a required foreign language and all courses designated as liberal arts (generally referred to as a two-year program of study).
What is an Associate in Science Degree?
A planned program of college study that, generally, does not include a foreign language. This program may contain less required credit in liberal arts courses, and generally is referred to as a two-year program of study.
What is an Audit Course?
A student auditing a course registers for a credit course but does not receive academic credit for it, does not take exams and does not receive a grade. Students have no requirements in the course. A student enrolled for audit cannot change to credit. Courses listed as “audit” on a transcript cannot be used to satisfy degree or program requirements.
What is a Bachelor Degree?
A planned program of college study that is generally twice as much credit as an Associate, and is usually referred to as a four-year program.
What is a Certificate Program?
A planned group of courses (with fewer requirements than a college degree program) which represents a selected body of knowledge.
What is CLEP?
An acronym for College Level Examination Program, a nationally recognized program through which students take comprehensive exams to earn college credit. See college catalog for specifics.
What is Commencement?
A formal ceremony (“graduation”) recognizing completion of study and requirements for a degree or certificate.
What is Continuing Education/Workplace Development?
Both credit and non-credit courses that are taught on campus as well as at Old Saybrook and the Meriden Center that are offered through the Continuing Education/Workforce Development division of the College. Courses are designed to provide personal enrichment, education, skill building and upgrading as well as career and personal development. The Certified Nurse Aide, Pharmacy Technician, Veterinarian Assistant and Personal Trainer certificate programs are examples of the broad array of offerings.
What is a Continuing Student?
A student who was enrolled in at least one credit course during the previous semester.
What are Core Courses?
A prescribed set of courses required for all students seeking a degree. Check college catalog for specifics.
What is a Course Schedule?
A listing of courses offered in a given semester.
What are Credit Hours or Semester Hours?
The number of instructional hours spent in class per week; e.g., 3 credit/semester hours = 3 hours of class time spent in class per week for the whole semester.
What is Credit by Exam?
College credit earned by passing a comprehensive examination in place of attending a course.
What is Credit Evaluation
The determination of how courses from other colleges will be given credit at the college you are attending.
What are Credit-Free Courses?
For personal growth, interest, or job needs that do not offer college credit.
What is Cumulative Grade Point Average?
The cumulative grade point average is an historic and numerical index of all coursework completed at MxCC. Grades earned at other institutions are not included in the calculation of the cumulative GPA. (Click here for information on how to determine your own GPA.)
What is Curriculum?
A set pattern of required courses that lead to a degree in a specified program.
What are “D” (Diversity) Courses?
Designation for courses designed to foster understanding, open-mindedness, and the valuing of others through an appreciation of human differences. Students must have completed one “D” course by the time they have completed 60 credits.
What is the Dean's List?
A designation for high academic achievement each semester. To make this list, students must achieve a grade point average of more than 3.7 for all courses taken during the semester?
What is a Degree Seeking Student?
A student who has completed the college admissions process and who has been accepted into a degree or certificate program. Acceptance into a degree or certificate program indicates that a student has a specific academic goal.
What are Developmental Courses?
Courses designed to enhance students’ skills to the level needed for success in subsequent college work.
What are Directed Electives?
Courses that are chosen from a specific list required by a major or program.
What are Electives?
Any courses used to fulfill unspecified requirements for graduation.
What are Elementary/Intermediate Levels?
Elementary denotes entry-level course work and intermediate level courses require certain level of course/skill competency.
What is ESL?
English as a Second Language. Students are placed into courses according to their placement scores.
What is the Faculty?
Professors and lecturers who teach courses. For more information, click here.
What is FAFSA?
An acronym for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (www.fasfa.ed.gov). MxCC students who want to be considered for financial aid must fill out this form.
What is Freshman Seminar?
An introductory lecture series/discussion course for new students with an emphasis on developing learning strategies and critical thinking skills in preparation for more rigorous college study.
What is Full-time?
Enrollment for 12 or more semester hours in any given semester.
What is GPA (Grade Point Average)
A numerical average indicating how well a student has done in college-level courses. At MxCC, this average is based on a four-point scale ranging from 0.0 (F) to 4.0 (A) and is computed by dividing total quality points earned by the total credits attempted. GPA is often used as one indicator of eligibility for further study. Click here for information on how to determine your own GPA.
What are General Education Requirements?
Courses in the humanities, mathematics, social sciences, and natural sciences that comprise about 1/3 of any academic curriculum. Core courses are intended to provide a broad foundation in the liberal arts
What is the Graduation Checklist?
It is a required document for graduation and is prepared with an advisor/counselor and accounts for all of the courses and grades earned at MxCC and credits transferred to MxCC. Visit the Commencement site.
What are Graduation Honors?
Recognition given at commencement for earning Cumulative GPAs of:
3.4 to 3.69 – Honors
3.7 to 3.89 – High Honors
3.9 to 4.0 – Highest Honors
What is Graduation?
Matriculation into, and completion of all requirements in, an associate degree or certificate program with a minimum of 2.0 cumulative GPA. Commencement is held Spring Semester each academic year. A graduation checklist must be submitted to the Records Office by April 15 to be considered for graduation. There is no fee to apply for graduation.
What is a Grant?
Financial assistance through federal and state programs that do not have to be repaid.
What is the Honors Program?
A liberal arts curriculum designed to challenge a specific group of students who have been accepted to the program.
What are Humanities?
>Courses in art, communications, English, languages, music, and philosophy.
What does Incomplete mean?
A temporary grade assigned at the end of a semester by a faculty member when coursework is missing, and the student agrees to complete the work by a specified date.
What is Intersession?
A consecutive, three-week session of three-credit classes offered between the fall and spring semesters.
What is an “L” Designation?
Signifies that the course has a library-research requirement.
What are the Liberal Arts?
Courses in humanities, math, science and social science are included in this category.
What is a Loan?
Financial assistance that must be repaid.
What is a Major?
A specific discipline a student undertakes while in college; e.g., Business, Human Services, Fine Arts, etc.
What is Non-traditional?
A term describing students who are 25 years or older and have been out of school for several years.
What is Part-time?
This denotes enrollment in fewer than 12 credit hours in any given semester.
What is Placement Testing?
Refers to the Basic Skills Assessment which assesses a student’s ability in English and math. Based upon these scores students are placed in the appropriate English and math courses. Students who do not initially seek a degree or certificate but who register for a course that would result in the accumulation of 12 or more credits must also take the placement test.
What is Plagiarism?
Claiming the work of someone else as your own.<
What is Probation?
A form of academic discipline taken when a student does not meet certain academic standards. (For specifics, refer to the college catalog.)
What is Proficiency?
Refers to skills and/or content competency in relation to a particular subject.
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What is a Prerequisite?
A course or the subject/skills needed prior to enrolling in a specific course, e.g., English 101 is required before taking English 215.
What are Quality Points
Numerical value of a letter grade: A=4.0; A-=3.7; B+=3.3; B=3.0; B-=2.7; C+=2.3; C=2.0; C-=1.7; D+=1.3; D=1.0; D-=0.7; F=0.0; to ascertain the quality points for a course, you multiply the number of semester hours of the course times the grade value earned in the course (e.g., Biology 100 is 3 semester hours and with a grade of B+ it would be 3 x 3.3 = 9.9 quality points).
What is a Readmit Student?
Any student who has taken courses at the college, but was not enrolled during the previous semester.
What does a Registrar do?
Maintains records relating to registration, grades, and your enrollment/status as a student.
What is Registration?
The process of officially enrolling in courses after appropriate academic advising and payment of tuition and fees. Click here to download the registration form.
What is SAR?
An acronym for Student Aid Report, a federal form indicating a student’s eligibility for financial aid.
What is the SAT?
An acronym for the Scholastic Aptitude Test, a pre-college assessment exam, usually taken in high school.
What is a Schedule
A listing of courses offered in a given semester. Your schedule reflects each course you registered for.
What are Scholarships?
Financial awards given on a competitive basis. Visit Scholarships
What are the Sciences?
Courses in biology, chemistry, environmental science, and physical science.
What is Selective Admissions?
A process used to evaluate a set of criteria for entrance into a specialized program; e.g., Human Services, OD&D and Radiologic Technology.
What is a Semester?
Periods of academic instruction into which an academic year is divided. MxCC has fall and spring semesters, a winter session and two summer sessions.
What are Semester Hours?
The number of instructional hours spent in class per week; e.g., 3 semester hours = 3 hours of class time spent in class per week for the whole semester.
What is Sequence?
A recommended course progression within a degree or certificate program. Following this arrangement ensures timely completion of the academic program.
What are Social Sciences?
Courses in anthropology, economics, history, political science, psychology, social science, and sociology.
What is Specialization?
The particular competency area within a given discipline; e.g., Business – Accounting.
What is the Student Handbook?
Is a crucial part of the MxCC website designed to inform students of the College’s various services, policies, and programs. The handbook — and the entire website — was created to help students succeed at MxCC and meet their degree, transfer or professional goals.
What is a Student ID Number?
Your personal ID number that gives access to My.Commnet.Edu email, Blackboard, campus computers and wifi, and other online services. To learn more, watch this short video.
What is a Student Photo ID card?
Each MxCC student needs to obtain and carry their student photo identification (ID) card, which also serves as a library card. Students may also use their ID card to borrow resources from the College Learning Center and Student Activities Office.
What is a Syllabus?
An information document provided by the instructor, generally containing a course description, class attendance policy, reading assignments, due dates, test dates, etc.
What is TBA?
An abbreviation, commonly found in the course schedule, for the phrase “to be announced.”
What is a Transcript?
An official academic record of a student’s grades and accumulated credits.
What is a Transfer?
The process of student movement from one academic institution to another. Click here for more information.
What is a Waiver?
A process whereby a required course can be substituted for another course. Visit the College Enrollment Guide and Course Listing Catalog for details.
Inclusion in this annual national publication is awarded to students nominated by the faculty and staff on the basis of academic records, extracurricular involvement, and leadership potential.
What is a Withdrawal?
The process of removing a course from one’s schedule after the Add/Drop period.
What is Work Study?
A need-based, financial aid program in which students work, on or off campus, as part of their financial aid package.