College Terminology

ACADEMIC DISQUALIFICATION - The involuntary removal of a student from his/her/their academic program for unsatisfactory performance following academic probation.

ACADEMIC PROBATION - Occurs when a student's cumulative GPA is below warning threshold as determined by credit.

ACADEMIC STATUS - Determined by regulations governing good standing, warning, probation, and disqualification.

ACADEMIC WARNING - Occurs when a student's cumulative NSC GPA is below 2.0 but above warning threshold as determined by credit.

ADMISSION - Formal application and acceptance in a degree program.

ADVISOR, ADVISEE - The advisor is assigned by the college to assist each student in planning the proper academic program. The student is called the advisor's advisee.

AUDIT - To take a course without earning credit or grade.

CORE CURRICULUM - Group of classes in different subject areas that are required of all students obtaining a degree

CO-REQUISITE - A course that must be taken simultaneously with another course.

COURSE FEES - Special course fees are indicated with the course.

CREDIT - Described in semester hours, a credit is defined as three hours of work per week for one semester. Usually this work is made up of one period in class plus two hours of preparation for lecture-seminar classes, or three hours of laboratory classes.

CREDIT LOAD - The total credits for which a student is registered in any registration period.

CURRICULUM - A structured set of learning objectives.

DEPARTMENT - An academic unit of a college.

EXTRACURRICULAR - Those activities that are part of student life, but are not part of the regular course of study, such as debate, dramatics and athletics.

GPA - Grade Point Average.

GOOD STANDING - A 2.0 in any given semester as well as a cumulative 2.0 on all college work. Students must be in good academic standing to be eligible to receive financial aid.

A 4.00
A- 3.70
B+ 3.30
B 3.00
B- 2.70
C+ 2.30
C 2.00
C- 1.70
D+ 1.30
D 1.00
D- 0.70
F 0.00

GRADE POINTS - Grades are evaluated in terms of quality points. For each credit of a letter grade completed, the following grade points are earned:
In order to graduate, students must have an average of two grade points for each credit attempted for regular letter grade, including all courses that are failed or repeated.

INCOMPLETE - The "I" symbol is a mark that is given when a student has been performing satisfactory work, but for a reason beyond the student's control, has been unable to complete the required work for the course. Incomplete grades revert to grades of "F" if not made up within one regular semester.

MAJOR - Primary subject or field of study.

MINOR - Secondary subject or field of study.

NON-DEGREE STUDENT - Special student status for students not seeking a degree. Registration is limited to 15 undergraduate credits per semester. Non-degree students are not eligible for financial aid.

NON-RESIDENT TUITION - Non-resident students pay tuition in addition to per-credit fees.

NOT REPORTED (NR) - The symbol "NR" is assigned when an instructor does not indicate a grade for a student in a course. "NR" must be resolved by the end of the next regular semester, or it will revert to an "F".

PRE-REQUISITE - The preliminary requirement that must be met before a certain course may be taken.

REGISTRATION - Enrolling in classes.

REGULAR STUDENT - A degree-seeking student who is officially admitted to the college.

REQUIRED SUBJECTS - The subjects that are prescribed for the completion of a particular program.

RESIDENT ALIEN - A student attending the college as a permanent immigrant who has not attained U.S. citizenship.

RESIDENT CREDIT - Credit earned for regular classes conducted on campus, as well as correspondence classes, continuing education classes, and other distance education courses offered through Nevada State College.

SCHEDULE, CLASS - The semester list of courses offered, including the name of the teachers, the days, hours, and location of classes.

SCHEDULE, STUDENT - A listing of the courses the student takes each semester.

SEMESTER - 75 instructional days.

SPECIAL FEES - Additional fees, such as lab fees, required.

SUSPENSION (Disciplinary) - The involuntary separation of a student from the college for unsatisfactory conduct.

TRANSCRIPT - A certified copy of the student's permanent academic record on file in the Office of the Registrar. The transcript lists each course the student has taken and the final grade received.

UNDERGRADUATE - A student who has not yet obtained a bachelor's degree.

WITHDRAWAL - The act of officially leaving the college. A student may also drop individual courses without withdrawing from the college. Consult the schedule of classes for specific dates in which the dropping of classes is allowed. Students who drop classes between the seventh day of classes and after 60 percent of the course instruction has occurred receive grades of "W" on their transcripts. Complete withdrawal from the college results in "W" grades if the student is passing classes at the time of complete withdrawal.