Understanding College TerminologyCollege has a language all its own, and in order to be a successful student, you’ll need to learn the lingo.
Here are some basics to get you started:
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All colleges require students to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) to remain in school. Any student not maintaining the required GPA will be placed on probation. Students on academic probation are limited to 7 credits in the fall and spring semesters, and 4 credits in the winter and summer semesters. Students who would like to request permission to appeal this credit limit must meet with an academic advisor.
Students on academic probation may be placed on academic suspension if they fail to maintain or achieve the minimum GPA required. A student placed on suspension will be dismissed from the college for one full year. There is no appeal for academic suspension. When that year is over, students will be able to return to CCBC on academic probation, but will need to meet with an academic advisor before they can register for classes.
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Billable hours are granted for developmental classes (classes below college level). Billable hours work the same way as credit hours for financial aid, and when determining student standing (full- or part-time), but will not grant college credit on a transcript.
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Non-Credit / Developmental Courses
CCBC also offers many non-credit courses through the School of Continuing Education. Through Continuing Education students can gain job skills, explore new areas of interests, develop potential or enrich life experiences through cultural and/or recreational studies.
Prior Learning Assessment
Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) provides college students with the potential to earn credit for college level learning acquired outside of a traditional academic environment. Examples include portfolio assessment, departmental exams, CLEP exams, DSST exams, Advanced Placement (AP) exams, International Baccalaureate, and military experience.
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CCBC also offers Common Course Outlines. Like a syllabus, a common course outline shows the information taught in the course, but no specific assignments or due dates.