Learning the Lingo

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.
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.
Sanctions imposed on students for failure to perform satisfactorily in an academic program.
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.
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.
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 $10 for part-time students and $20 per semester for full-time students.
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 Enrollment Services Office during the first full week of school. Check for specifics in the Enrollment Services Office.
Denotes those persons directly responsible for the policies and procedures of the institution, i.e., President, Deans, and some Directors.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
A planned group of courses (with fewer requirements than a college degree program) which represents a selected body of knowledge.
An acronym for College Level Examination Program, a nationally recognized program through which students take comprehensive exams to earn college credit. See clep.collegeboard.org for specifics.
A formal ceremony (“graduation”) recognizing completion of study and requirements for a degree or certificate.
Both credit and non-credit courses that are taught on campus 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, Emergency Medical Technician, Pharmacy Technician, Veterinarian Assistant and Personal Trainer certificate programs are examples of the broad array of offerings.
A student who was enrolled in at least one credit course during the previous semester.
A prescribed set of courses required for all students seeking a degree. Check college catalog for specifics.
A listing of courses offered in a given semester.
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.
College credit earned by passing a comprehensive examination in place of attending a course.
The determination of how courses from other colleges will be given credit at the college you are attending.
Courses for personal growth, interest, or job needs that do not offer college credit.
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.)
A set pattern of required courses that lead to a degree in a specified program.
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.
A designation of honor for exemplary academic achievement each semester. To make this list, students must achieve a grade point average of 3.4 or higher for all courses taken during the semester at the completion of 12 or more credits. A course withdrawal or Incomplete shall make the student ineligible for Dean’s List recognition that semester.
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.
Courses designed to enhance students’ skills to the level needed for success in subsequent college work.
Courses that are chosen from a specific list required by a major or program.
Any courses used to fulfill unspecified requirements for graduation.
Elementary denotes entry-level course work and intermediate level courses require certain level of course/skill competency.
English as a Second Language. Students are recommended for ESL training according to their placement scores.
Professors and lecturers who teach courses. For more information, click here.
An acronym for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (www.fafsa.ed.gov). Students who want to be considered for financial aid must fill out this form.
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.
Enrollment for 12 or more semester hours in any given semester.
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.
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 Learn more here.
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. See graduation checklists here.
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
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 Enrollment Services Office by April 15 to be considered for graduation. There is no fee to apply for graduation.
Financial assistance through federal and state programs that do not have to be repaid.
A liberal arts curriculum designed to challenge a specific group of students who have been accepted to the program. Learn more here.
Courses in art, communications, English, languages, music, and philosophy.
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.
A consecutive, three-week session of three-credit classes offered between the fall and spring semesters.
Signifies that the course has a library-research requirement.
Courses in humanities, math, science and social science are included in this category.
Financial assistance that must be repaid.
A specific discipline a student undertakes while in college; e.g., Business, Human Services, Fine Arts, etc.
A term describing students who are 25 years or older and have been out of school for several years.
This denotes enrollment in fewer than 12 credit hours in any given semester.
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.
Claiming the work of someone else as your own. The act of using another person’s words or ideas without giving credit to that person. -Mirriam Webster.
A form of academic discipline taken when a student does not meet certain academic standards. (For specifics, refer to the college catalog.)
Refers to skills and/or content competency in relation to a particular subject.
A course or the subject/skills needed prior to enrolling in a specific course, e.g., English 101 is required before taking English 215.
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).
Any former student who has been absent from the college for more than two years.
Maintains records relating to registration, grades, and your enrollment/status as a student.
The process of officially enrolling in courses after appropriate academic advising and payment of tuition and fees. Click here to download the registration form.
An acronym for Student Aid Report, a federal form indicating a student’s eligibility for financial aid.
An acronym for the Scholastic Aptitude Test, a pre-college assessment exam, usually taken in high school.
A listing of courses offered in a given semester. Your schedule reflects each course you are registered for.
Financial awards given on a competitive basis. Visit Scholarships
Courses in biology, chemistry, environmental science, and physical science.
A process used to evaluate a set of criteria for entrance into a specialized program; e.g., Human Services, OD&D and Radiologic Technology, and Veterinary Technology.
Periods of academic instruction into which an academic year is divided. MxCC has fall and spring semesters, a winter session and summer sessions.
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.
A recommended course progression within a degree or certificate program. Following this arrangement ensures timely completion of the academic program.
Courses in anthropology, economics, history, political science, psychology, social science, and sociology.
The particular competency area within a given discipline; e.g., Business – Accounting.
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.
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.
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 Academic Success Center and Student Activities Office. The ID card, along with your student U-Pass will allow free bus and rail transportation in CT.
An information document provided by the instructor, generally containing a course description, class attendance and grading policies, reading assignments, due dates, test dates, etc.
An abbreviation, commonly found in the course schedule, for the phrase “to be announced.”
An official academic record of a student’s grades and accumulated credits.
The process of student movement from one academic institution to another. Click here for more information.
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.
The process of removing a course from one’s schedule after the Add/Drop period. Form can be found here.
A need-based, financial aid program in which students work, on or off campus, as part of their financial aid package.