Jargon Made Easy

3-Peat (Petition to repeat class 3 times): A student submits a form to the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs (VCAA) in order to request to take a class for the third time.

AA: Associate of Arts

AAS: Associate of Applied Science

AS: Associate of Science

AGS: Associate of General Studies

ASAP: The Associate Accelerated Program provides Ivy Tech students with the opportunity to earn a degree and begin a career in one year or transfer credits to a four-year college to continue an education.

Abbreviations galore — SL, HM, TC, CC, PS: Abbreviations seen in front of room numbers on your schedule for Ivy Tech Northeast. They stand for Student Life Center (SL), Harshman Hall (HM), Technology Center (TC), Coliseum Campus (CC), and Public Safety Academy: Ivy Tech South Campus (PS).

Academic Advising Center: The office on campus where students with 14-or-fewer college-level credits receive advising about choosing classes and setting an academic plan.

Academic advisor: A faculty member or professional advisor assigned to help you make an academic plan, choose a major, or answer other questions about college.

Academic probation: A warning to a student that his or her academic progress is unsatisfactory and that she or he must improve.

Accreditation: An endorsement given to educational institutions or academic degree programs by an organization that reviews qualifications.

Admissions: The office on campus where people who are not yet enrolled can get answers to all their questions about Ivy Tech—from campus life to academic programs, and more.

Anthony Commons: The commons area located on the west end of the building in Coliseum Campus that also houses Wrap N Roll and Kelty’s Kafe.

Articulation agreement: An agreement between two institutions that allows credits from one institution to be accepted by the second institution.

Associate degree: A two-year degree from a college or university.

Audit: To attend a class without receiving academic credit or grade; or taking required testing; registration occurs after the class has met enrollment requirements, if space is available.

Bachelor’s degree: A four-year degree from a college, university, or professional school.

Blackboard: The online classroom environment website.

Blue Bamboo: Eatery at Student Life Center on the North Campus.

Bursar: The office on campus that takes payments.

C#/Student ID#: A unique numerical identifier assigned by Ivy Tech to each individual student to serve as an ID for the length of time as a student.

CDL: Commercial Driver’s License

CNA: Certified Nursing Aide

CNC: Computer Numerical Control  is the automation of machine tools that are operated by precisely programmed commands encoded on a storage medium.

CRN: Course Registration Number

Café Verde: The quiet study space in the center of Coliseum Campus.

Campus Connect: The online system students use to register for classes and check things like email, grades, bills, Financial Aid status, college announcements, calendars, just to name a few.

Co-requisites: A class that must be taken with another specific class.

Commencement: Graduation ceremony

Completion Rate: The number of credit hours successfully completed divided by the total number of credit hours attempted.

Course Number: The number your college or university uses to classify a course. You usually need this number in order to register for a class.

Cost of Attendance: An estimate of the total cost to attend as a full-time student. This estimate factors in tuition, books, miscellaneous expenses, travel, room and board.

Course numbers: Numbers assigned to specific classes.

Credit hour: Credit given for attending one lecture hour of class each week for 16 weeks or equivalent. Most college classes are three credit hours, meaning their total meeting time for a week is three hours.

Curriculum: All courses required for a particular degree as listed in the catalog.

Degree: A certificate of completion of a course of study. A diploma is issued in recognition of the accomplishment.

Degree plan: A specific list of required courses and electives to be completed for a degree.

Dependent student: A student who does not meet any of the criteria for an independent student.

Distance education: Allows a student to take a course or a degree online at the time and place most convenient for the student.

Drop: Un-enrolling from a course prior to the deadline, which may result in some method of a refund to self-pay students.

Drop/Add: The process for dropping or adding classes within a specified period of time. Dropping a course may change one’s status from full-time to part-time status. Be aware of the deadline for exercising the drop/add option.

Dual Credit: High school students enrolled in high school and college courses for credit simultaneously, which leads to earlier college completion and/or transfer options.

Early College: Focused high school dual credit in a degree program that allows students to earn high school and college credit simultaneously leading to earlier college completion and/or transfer options. Student and academic supports are provided for students in their high school, so they can reach college and career readiness.

Elective: A course chosen from a specified list to meet a requirement, such as Statewide Elective, Transfer Cluster Elective, or Transfer General Education Core elective; alternately, a course chosen due to student interest, which may not meet a requirement.

Express Enrollment Center: The office in Student Life Center on the North Campus that will help with everything from enrollment needs to financial aid issues.

FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid found at https://fafsa.ed.gov/FAFSA/app/fafsa ; must be completed within stipulated time frames to be considered for financial aid or scholarships.

FSA ID: Federal Student Aid identification, which is comprised of a username and password and can be used to login to certain Federal Student Aid websites, such as the FAFSA.

Fees: Course-related costs to attend college.

Final exams: Exams given at the end of a semester, generally over all of the material in the course. The final exam plan is often described in the initial class syllabus.

Financial Aid: Money you receive for your college tuition or expenses that you may or may not have to pay back.

Follett’s: The College’s bookstore (aka New Edition Bookstore) located on the lower level of Harshman Hall on the North Campus.

Full-time student: A student who enrolls in at least 12 credit hours of courses per semester.

General education: Classes including English, math, science, communication, social sciences, and other courses required to obtain an associate degree.

GPA: Grade point average; the average of a student’s class grades, generally based on a 4.0 scale.

Graduation Rate: The percentage (or average number) of first-time, full-time students graduating with a degree within 150% of the timeframe to receive a credential [2-year degree in 3 years, 1-year program in 1.5 years].

Grant (Pell): Financial assistance that does not require repayment, as long as the student has met attendance requirements.

HireIvy: Career Development office’s online job and internship board.

Hybrid class: A name used to describe a course using the traditional face-to-face delivery and other components of learning, such as online assignments, lectures, and activities.

ICAP: Ivy Career Advancement Programs (ICAP) is a partnership program with area high schools focused on helping youth struggling to graduate or on track to graduate and want to take the next step in their education or job training. ICAP provides an alternative path for youth to continue their education in a college setting and earn a high school diploma and college credits. Upon completion, students may continue in a degree program, transfer to a different college, or enter the workplace.

Independent student: One of the following- at least 24 years old, married, a graduate or professional student, a veteran, a member of the armed forces, an orphan, a ward of the court, or someone with legal dependents other than a spouse, an emancipated minor or someone who is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Intent to graduate: Declaring or applying for a date you intend to graduate from college.

International Students: Students who are non-immigrant aliens allowed to enter the U.S. for a specific purpose and for a limited period of time. Many receive an F-1 student visa and enter the U.S. in F-1 status to pursue a full course of study toward a degree at an academic institution. International students may also seek an M-1 student visa if they are entering to pursue a course of study at a vocational or non-academic institution. There are many other visa classifications that may or may not permit enrollment at a post-secondary institution.

  • F-1 Student: An F-1 student is a nonimmigrant who is pursuing a “full course of study” to achieve a specific educational or professional objective, at an academic institution in the United States that has been designated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to offer courses of study to such students, and has been enrolled in SEVIS (the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System). The F-1 category is created by section 101(a)(15)(F) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), and regulated by DHS regulations at 8 C.F.R. 214.2(f).
  • J-1 Status: Non-immigrant status conferred on exchange visitors participating in DOS approved exchange visitor programs who meet the requirements outlined in 8 CFR 214.2(j)(1).
  • ARO: Alternate Responsible Officer: A person designated by a Department of State authorized exchange visitor sponsor to support the Responsible Office and maintain SEVIS data.
  • DSO: Designated School Official: The person at each campus who the Federal law and regulations require to update and maintain the SEVIS records of non-immigrant students in F and M visa categories.

Internet-based classes: Classes taken through the Internet instead of in a traditional classroom.

Internship: A job in a student’s field of study; may be required in some academic programs and may include salary and college credit.

Ivy Tech Alert system: Emergency text alert system so students can find out first when there’s an emergency on campus at IvyTech.edu/alert.

Ivy Tech email address: Campus connect username + @ivytech.edu = email address

Ivy Tower Plaza: The outdoor commons area between Harshman Hall and Student Life Center.

Kelty’s Kafe: Weekly lunch cafes provided by Hospitality Administration students at Coliseum Campus Anthony Commons.

Loans: Financial assistance that must be repaid (often times with interest).

Major: Your primary area of study. Your college major is the field you plan to get a job in after you graduate

(for example: business, linguistics, anthropology,

psychology, etc.).

Matriculation: A process that brings the college and student who enrolls for credit into an agreement designed to achieve the student’s educational goal.

Mid-term: The halfway point in a semester or course.

Non-resident: A student who isn’t an official resident of Indiana. Out-of-state tuition applies.

Online classes: Courses you take by computer instead of in a traditional classroom.

Part-time student: A student who enrolls in 11 credit hours or less (this definition can vary based upon source of funding). In financial aid terms, three-quarter time is 9–11 credit hours per semester, part-time is 6–8 credit hours per semester, and less than part-time is 1–5 credit hours per semester.

Prerequisite: A course that must be taken prior to enrollment in another course (For example, Astronomy 100 may be a prerequisite for Astronomy 200).

PSA: Public Safety Academy: Ivy Tech South Campus

Registrar: A college office that directs registration, maintains student transcripts, and performs other duties as assigned. When faculty submit final grades, the registrar’s office posts them to your transcript. The registrar issues students’ transcripts and evaluates incoming credits.

Registration: Enrollment in classes.

Resident: A student who lives in Indiana. Tuition is more expensive for non-residents.

SAP: Satisfactory Academic Progress — To remain in good academic standing at the College and retain eligibility for Title IV financial aid, students must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA), complete the courses in which they enroll, and complete their program of study within a reasonable period of time. You can get specific information on every SAP status and its definition at IvyTech.edu/financial-aid.

Scholarship: A form of financial aid you do not have to repay if all academic performance requirements are met. Students must apply for scholarship on Campus Connect under My Ivy Tech. Some may require written essays along with the application in order to be considered.

Semester: The length of time a class lasts. There are three semesters: Fall starts mid-August and ends mid-December. Spring starts mid-January and ends mid-May. Summer is eight weeks, from June to August.

Summer session: A summer term of approximately eight weeks.

Syllabus: An outline of the subjects in a course of study or teaching.

TC: Technical Certificate; an Ivy Tech credential of approximately 30 credits offered by many programs of study

TRIO: A comprehensive student support services program available to first-generation students, low-income students, and students with disabilities. Free to students; funded by a grant from the Federal Department of Education.

TSAP (Transfer Single Articulation Pathways): By completing a TSAP degree program, you will be eligible to transfer to a public four-year institution in the state of Indiana in junior status.

Three-quarter time: 9–11 credit hours

Transcript: A student’s official college record showing courses taken, grades received, class standing, and graduation information. Transcripts may be obtained from the Bursar’s office.

Tuition: Costs for courses, not including certain fees.

Undeclared/undecided: A term used to describe the state of not yet having chosen a major field of study; the opposite of having declared a major.

VA student: A student who is attending college with veteran benefits, bills, or grants.

Web registration: Registration through Campus Connect for classes.

Weekday abbreviations: M = Monday, T, W, R = Thursday, F, S = Sat

Withdrawal: The period of time in which a student may withdraw from a course by filing a change of enrollment form through the Express Enrollment Center. Records indicate a “W” rather than a grade when the withdrawal process is completed. Withdrawal deadlines are located on the College Calendar.

Work-study program: A federal financial aid program that allows students to work on campus.

Wrap ’N Roll: Eatery at Coliseum Campus Anthony Commons.


Updated 07.07.16