Glossary

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Academic Counselor - Each career community has counselors to assist a student in planning and developing their personal and academic goals. 
 
Academic Probation - A student’s grade point average is low enough that he or she is in danger of being dismissed from school. A student on probation is required to see his or her academic counselor for consultation and approval of course selection prior to registration.
 
Academic Program - The academic area recorded on a student’s transcript, diploma and/or certificate. Formerly known as a “major”.
 
Academic Credit Assessment Information Center (A.C.A.I.C.) - Provides information about non-traditional ways to receive Sinclair credit; includes agreements with various institutions, college equivalency examinations, and evaluation of prior learning by portfolio, CLEP, PONSI, and DANTES.
 
Accreditation - Local, state, or national recognition of educational competence. Certain minimum competency standards have been met or exceeded to meet requirements for accreditation. Can apply to a particular degree program or approval of a college covering all curriculum areas. (Accreditation North Central).
 
Adding a Course - After a student has completed their initial registration for a semester they may make adjustments to their schedule by enrolling in additional courses. A student must use an Add/Drop/Withdraw form to perform this transaction.
 
Articulation Agreements - Agreements with local universities to identify those courses that will transfer. Also refers to agreements with high schools where college credit may be given for selected course work taken in high school. Other articulation agreements exist with companies or agencies; these credits may only apply to specific degree programs.
 
Associate Degree - A two-year degree in either a career area or transfer program (Associate of Arts, Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Science).
 
Associate of Individualized Study (A.I.S.) - A degree for students who wish to design an interdisciplinary degree program using the liberal arts or combining liberal arts with technical areas of study.
 
Associate of Technical Study (A.T.S.) - An alternative for a student whose technical degree goals cannot be accomplished through existing degree program. Students can combine two or more technical areas.
 
Audit - A course taken for non-credit. The student registers for course(s) during late registration and pays the regular tuition. The student is not required to do homework or take tests, and does not earn a grade for the course. A course is usually taken as an “audit” either for review or enrichment.
 


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Bachelor’s Degree - A degree awarded by a four-year institution; also called a baccalaureate degree.
 
Browser - A software package that allows the user to view or “browse” the Internet.  Major browsers in use today are Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari.
 
Bursar - The office responsible for the collection of tuition and fees, also known as Cashier.
 


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C


Cashier - See Bursar.
 
Career Community - Groups of students with similar academic program interests to foster exploration and connection with the career and academic goals of a student. Sinclair has 6 career communities: Business & IT; Creative Arts; Health Sciences; Liberal Arts & Social Sciences (LASS); Public Safety & Justice and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
 
Career Degree Programs An associate (A.A.S.) - degree that prepares a student to enter a particular job/vocational area.
 
Certificate of Completion - Usually a one-year program of study. It provides training in a particular career area by developing essential skills.
 
Change of Academic Program - Changing from one principal field of specialization to another; for example, from accounting to mechanical technology. See Academic Program.
 
Chairperson - A teaching faculty member who has the responsibility for managing an academic department.
 
College Without Walls (C.W.W.) - A program in which a self-directed student may learn/study outside of the traditional classroom utilizing learning contracts.
 
COMPASS (Computer Adaptive Placement Assessment and Support System) - The test used for academic assessment of English, mathematics, and reading.
 
Community College - The community college offers transfer and technical associate degree programs, certificate programs, and continuing education opportunities through a system of diverse resources and delivery alternatives accessible to the citizens of Montgomery County and the larger learning community.
 
Cooperative Education - A student may combine classroom instruction with a part-time job related to the student’s area of study.
 
Course Enhancement - A web-based component to a face-to-face course that generally includes a course syllabus, instructor profile, and other course materials.
 
Course Equivalency - Courses transferred from another college or university must be evaluated to determine how they equate to Sinclair’s courses. Once an academic counselor has ascertained how the transfer course equates to Sinclair’s course they will give the transfer course the equivalent Sinclair department name and course number. This will be set in the computer.
 
Course Schedule Planner - An online system that contains the courses and times offered for the current semester.
 
Credit for Lifelong Learning (C.L.L.P.) - A portfolio development program offering credit for prior learning from experience.
 
Credit Hour - The number of hours per week a student attends a given class; 3 credit hours mean a student attends a particular course 3 hours per week. If the course is passed, the 3 credit hours may apply toward graduation. Tuition at Sinclair is also charged per credit hour.
 
Curriculum - The total program of courses required for a specific academic objective.
 


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DANTES - The Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support. Specific subject tests, geared toward Service members and Veterans, administered prior to acceptance at Sinclair.
 
Dean - Title given to the administrator who directs an academic division at the college.
 
Dean’s List - A designation which recognizes high scholastic achievement during a particular term. Students with 6 or more credit hours with a grade point average of 3.4 with no grade below a “C”, and in good academic standing.
 
Degree Audit - Students may request a degree audit for some programs from an academic counselor in order to determine how many classes have been completed for a specific major. This may also be done over the in-touch kiosks located around campus.
 
Department - An academic subdivision of the college in which instructional content is taught in a particular subject area.
 
Developmental Courses - Review courses in reading, mathematics, sciences, and English to help a student prepare for college level course work.
 
Distance Learning - Courses offered through alternative means of instruction and delivery, i.e., video, audio, print, television, Internet, etc.
 
Divisions - An academic unit of study at Sinclair each headed by a Dean. These include Business & Public Services; Health Sciences; Liberal Arts, Communication & Social Sciences; and Science, Mathematics & Engineering. 
 
Drop/Add/Withdraw Slip - The form used to perform registration transactions after the student has registered for a term.
 


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Experience Based Education (E.B.E.) - Experience Based Education offers a broad range of experiential opportunities for students: Cooperative Education; prior learning evaluation through the Academic Credit Assessment Information Center, Credit for Lifelong Learning, College Without Walls; the Associate of Individualized Study degree; the Associate of Technical Study degree, and SERVICE - LEARNING.
 
Early Childhood Education Centers (E.C.E.C.) - Early Childhood Education Centers, provide childcare services for faculty, staff, students, and community.
 
eLearn - Sinclair’s Learning Management System (LMS) designed to provide an online space for students to interact with their instructors and with other students.
 
Elective - A course that is accepted toward a degree to satisfy degree requirements.

 


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FACTS - A payment plan so students can pay for classes in smaller segments verses one large payment.

FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA is available on October 1 every year.

Fresh Start Policy - A one-time only option of having a grade point average re-calculated.
 


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G.E.D. - General Education Diploma is a nationally recognized high school equivalency diploma awarded for successfully completing the GED test.
 
G.P.A. - Grade Point Average is obtained by dividing the total number of points assigned to the letter grades a student has earned by the total number of credit hours the student has attempted in a given period.
 


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Hold - An encumbrance placed on a record because the student owes fees or has books or equipment which belong to the college. A hold prevents further registration and issuance of transcripts.
 


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Independent Study - Is a formalized approach to learning outside the classroom setting. Student must receive departmental permission for the assignment of a professor.
 
InTouch Kiosks - It is a computer terminal placed at several sites across campus where visitors and students may find both academic and personal information.
 


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L.R.C. - The Learning Resources Center, more commonly known as the library.
 


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my.sinclair - online student portal where students can access their Sinclair email, view news & upcoming events, look at available courses, and make an appointment with Academic Advising.
 


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Non-credit - An educational experience chosen by the student that does not award academic credit.
 


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Off-Campus Sites - Off-campus sites are located in Montgomery County and surrounding areas where Sinclair students can take classes.
 
Ombudsman - This person assists students and faculty with the resolution of problems to support retention and to foster respect across the campus community. This person addresses legitimate concerns regarding customer service issues, communication disconnects, or the inability to access students services in a timely manner.


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P.A.C. - The Physical Activities Center that provides swimming, bowling, racquetball, aerobic and self-defense, weight room, saunas and a multipurpose field house in addition to other sports and facilities.
 
P.A.C.E. - The Program for Adult College Education offering a full-time course of study to complete an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts or an Associate of Science in Business Administration.
 
P.I.N. - The Personal Identification Number is the month and day of the student’s birth used to access telephone registration and InTouch Kiosk records. A zero must be entered before single digit months and birthdays.
 
Placement Testing (see also COMPASS) - An assessment of the student’s skills in English, mathematics and reading. The exam is used to determine course level placement for degree and certificate seeking students.
 
Portal - A site featuring a suite of commonly used services, serving as a starting point and frequent gateway to the Web (Web portal) or a niche topic (vertical portal).
 
Priority Guarantee Date - May 1 is the annual FAFSA completion deadline established by Sinclair. Apply by May 1 each year for the best chance of receiving a financial aid award for the next academic year. After priority dates, there may be less available from state aid and scholarships. 
 
Prerequisite - A course or requirement that must be completed before a student can register for a more demanding or advanced course.
 
Proficiency Exams - Available to earn college credit for subjects in which the student already has extensive knowledge. These include CLEP, DANTES and PONSI. See also Academic Credit Assessment Information Center (A.C.A.I.C.)
 


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Registration - The period before each term begins when the student initially signs up for their courses.
 
Residency for Graduation Purposes - The last 30 hours of credit must be completed at Sinclair before a degree is awarded.
 


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SAP - Satisfactory Academic Progress. Federal regulations require students receiving federal student financial aid to maintain satisfactory academic progress toward the completion of a federal aid eligible program.

Section of a Course - The course section represents the time the course is being offered as well as the location.
 
Semester - The academic year at Sinclair is divided into 3 terms known as Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.
 
Sequence - A continuous series of courses to be taken in a specific order.
 
Sinclair Guarantee - This is a policy guaranteeing the transfer of credit for graduates earning the Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science degree at Sinclair Community College, and guaranteeing job competency for graduates earning the Associate of Applied Science degree.
 


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Tartan Card - Sinclair Photo ID card that can be used to pay for books, supplies, meals, snacks, photocopies, and the PAC services.
 
T.B.A. - A course offered by independent study. Students must contact the appropriate department for the time and location.
 
Telephone Registration (TReg) - A registration system that allows students to register by phone.
 
Transcript - The official written record of a student’s course registrations and grades received.
 
Tutor - A service free of charge to the Sinclair student that provides academic assistance and support outside the traditional classroom.
 


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University Parallel - These are degree programs designed to transfer to four-year colleges and universities toward a baccalaureate degree.
 

 


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