Glossary

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A

Academic Probation
Status of a student who fails to maintain an overall grade point average of 2.0 or higher.
Accreditation
The process by which a private, non-governmental body evaluates an educational institution or program of study and formally recognizes it as having met certain predetermined criteria or standards. The process involves initial and periodic self-study and evaluation by peers. Accreditation implies stimulation toward quality improvement beyond the minimum standards specified by the accrediting body. The essential purpose of the accreditation process is to provide a professional judgement as to the quality of the educational institution or program offered and to encourage continual improvement thereof.
Add
Change in registration to add a course after completion of initial registration in a semester.
Advanced Standing
Status of a student who submits a record of acceptable college credit from another university or college.
Articulation Agreement
An agreement between a community college and a four-year college regarding which courses will transfer from one school to the other.
Associate Degree
A lower division undergraduate degree normally representing about two years (60 semester or 90 quarter units) of college study or its equivalent in depth and quality of learning experience.
Audit
To take a course without credit or grade. A course which has been audited may not be applied toward a degree or certificate.

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Bachelor's Degree
An undergraduate degree normally representing about four years (120 semester or 180 quarter units) of college study, or its equivalent in depth and quality of learning experience.
Blended Class
Class delivered primarily over the Internet but with regularly required face-to-face meetings (ie: labs, etc.)
Bona Fide Resident
An independent person who has continuous physical presence in the state of Nevada for a minimum of 12 consecutive months, who has no ties to any other state, and who has the intent to permanently reside in the state of Nevada. For a dependent person, the family, spouse or legal guardian must have continuous physical presence in Nevada as described above.

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Canvas
WNC's online learning management system.
Certificate or Certificate of Achievement
An award made for satisfactory completion of a certain level of skill in an occupational curriculum.
Certification and Licensing Preparation
One of a variety of non-degree academic programs designed to prepare students for external certification or licensing exams.
Core
Courses essential for each degree, program or certificate.
Corequisite
A requirement that must be met along with a particular course. Two or more courses that must be taken in the same term.
Course Numbering
All courses in the WNC catalog are assigned a number (i.e. ENG 101). How courses are numbered determines how the course will transfer to most four year colleges and universities. See the course transferability guidelines for more information.
Credit
See unit. The numerical value received for completing a course.
Credit Hour
See unit hour.

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D

Date of Matriculation
The date of the first day of instruction in the semester or term of initial enrollment.
Degree
An academic title that signifies completion of a course of study.
Developmental Course
A college preparatory course with a number below 100; does not apply toward a WNC degree.
Distance Education
Educational opportunities delivered outside of a traditional classroom setting using a variety of technologies (ie: interactive video, Internet, etc.)
Drop
Change in registration to eliminate a course after completion of initial registration in a semester.

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E

Elective
While students are required to take certain courses to fulfill their stated academic program, they can also choose, or "elect" to take others. These courses, which also apply towards graduation, are called "electives." Students do not have to limit course selection to their major. They may also enroll in classes that interest them .
Emphasis
The subject or field of study in which the student intends to specialize. Applies to those fields of study leading to a degree or certificate.

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Family
Natural or legal adoptive parent(s) of a dependent person, or if one parent has legal custody of a dependent person, that parent.
Flex Class
Academic course that has an established meeting time and location, while at the same time it is broadcast live and recorded for viewing online.

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G

General Education
A group of classes in different subject areas that are required for a degree or certificate of achievement. These classes are distinct from a major or emphasis and are intended to insure that all graduates posses a common core of college-level skills and knowledge.
General Education Course
A course that fulfills a general education requirement.
General Elective Course
A course that does not meet a program, major, emphasis or core requirement, but can be used to satisfy the total number of credits required to obtain a degree or certificate of achievement.
Good Standing
Status of a student who maintains an overall grade point average of 2.0 or higher.
GPA (Grade Point Average)
Number determined by dividing the sum of grade points earned by the number of credit hours attempted.
Grading System: Grade
A course that is taught on the standard letter/grade point grading system. More Information
Grading System: Non-Credit
A course that is offered for no credits and will not apply to a WNC degree or transfer to another college or educational institution. More Information
Grading System: Pass/Fail
A course that is taught on a Pass/Fail basis only. More Information

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Lecture Capture
A form of technology used to broadcast and record a class for live or viewing later.

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Major or Emphasis
The primary subject or field of study in which the student intends to specialize. Applies to those fields of study leading to a degree or certificate of achievement.
Major or Emphasis Course
A course that fulfills a requirement towards the student's chosen major or emphasis.
Mediasite
The software that the college uses to broadcast and record lecture capture classes
Minor
A secondary subject of field of study in which the student intends to specialize. Offered only for baccalaureate degree programs.
Minor Course
A course that fulfills a requirement toward a minor for a baccalaureate degree.

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myWNC
The college's online class registration and student information system.

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N

Non-transferable Course
A course that is acceptable for certain WNC degree and certificate programs but will not be accepted at the University of Nevada, Reno or the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The course may be transferable to other colleges; the receiving institution makes the decision. These courses are indicated with a non-transferable course attribute in the myWNC course catalog.

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Occupational Course
A course that teaches a particular body of information and/or skill training to prepare for a job.
Open Entry, Open Exit (OEOE)
Courses that involve individualized instruction that students may enroll in and complete at designated times during the semester.

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Parallel Course
A WNC course that is the same as one taught at a university or four-year college.
Prerequisite
The preliminary requirement which must be met before a certain course may be taken.
Probation
A period during which a student whose academic performance is not satisfactory is allowed an opportunity to improve and bring performance up to an acceptable level.
Program
A systematic, usually sequential, grouping of courses forming a considerable part or all of the requirements for a degree or credential.
Program Elective
A course that fulfills a listed program elective requirement in a student's emphasis or major.

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R

Registration
Before the beginning of each semester, students must sign up, or register, for classes and pay fees. Class registration is completed using myWNC (my.wnc.edu)
Repeating Courses
A student has the right to repeat any course and have only the highest grade counted as part of his/her total grade point average. Students will not receive duplicate credit for repeated courses unless the course is approved to be repeated.
Resident
A student who has been determined to be a bona fide resident and who is not assessed out of state tuition.

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Semester
WNC operates on a semester schedule. The school year is divided into two equal semesters (fall and spring), and there is an additional, shorter summer term. The fall semester usually begins late in August and the spring semester usually begins in January.
Special Topics
Courses designated as special topic courses are courses that can be taught on a variety of topics, which can differ for each class. The course topic will not appear on a transcript.
Specialization
A defined set of courses within certain academic degree programs or emphases that students may select, to provide a more specific focus.

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Transcript
The permanent academic record of a student, listing each course taken and final grade received.
Transfer Programs
A program of study similar to a degree program that does not carry a degree, but is designed to facilitate the transfer of credits to another school's degree program.
Transferable Course
A WNC course that will be accepted at a four-year college or university as comparable or equivalent to a course offered there. Some WNC courses may be transferable to some schools but not to others. The receiving institution makes the decision.
Tuition
A charge assessed against out-of-state students in addition to registration fees or other fees assessed against all students.

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Unit
Formerly referred to as a credit, the numerical value received for completing a course.
Unit Hour
40-45 hours of student involvement (class time plus outside assignments) for each college unit taken.

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Web Education
Classes delivered over the Internet that may require one or more scheduled meetings, either online or face-to-face.
Web Enhanced Class
Regular face-to-face class that uses an Internet component to expand the course experience.
Withdrawal
The act of officially leaving WNC. Students may drop individual courses without leaving the college.


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