Common Academic Words
abstract: 1) Summary of journal article, 2) portion of a thesis project.
accreditation: Regional recognition that an educational institution maintains an association's standards. The United States has six regional accreditation associations. FPU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
appeals: Formal written request by a student for permission to deviate from university policy.
auditing: Attending and participating in a class without receiving credit for the course. Audit fees apply.
baccalaureate: Applicable to a bachelor's degree.
blended or hybrid course: Blends online and face-to-face delivery. A substantial portion of the content is delivered online, typically uses online discussions and has a reduced number of face-to-face meetings. Also referred to as reduced seat time.
block registration: Registration for a group of courses.
CampusCruiser: University Web portal, used to access university email, courses, calendars, schedules, educational planning, registration, etc.
certificate: Recognition given for completion of an educational program of less than four years university work.
check-in: Final step of undergraduate registration process occurring at the beginning of each semester.
co-requisite: A course which must be taken in the same semester as a given course.
commencement: Ceremony celebrating anticipated completion of degrees.
concentration: A sequence of courses within a major designed to accommodate specific interests of students and meeting requirements of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
continuing education: Credit-bearing courses designed for lifelong learning and enhancement of professional effectiveness, not applicable toward a degree.
credential: Formal recognition of completion of requirements of an external agency.
degree: Title bestowed as official recognition for the completion of a curriculum.
degree completion: Accelerated programs and courses designed to give working adults the opportunity to complete a bachelor's degree.
diploma: Official document attesting to completion of a formal educational program.
educational plan: Individualized plan to guide students in completing degree requirements.
emphasis: A sequence of courses within a major designed to accommodate specific interests of students.
externship: A required period of supervised, advanced practice done off campus or away from one’s affiliated institution.
general education: A program of education designed to help the student discover the relatedness of knowledge and acquire a core of information, attitudes and skills basic to formal college education and continuing education through life.
graduation: Formal recognition of completion of degree requirements by the posting of the degree to the official academic record.
internship: Any official or formal program to provide practical experience for beginners in an occupation or profession on or off campus; synonymous with practicum.
major: Student's field of primary academic emphasis.
minor: A sequence of related courses that provides a student with limited competency in the designated field of study.
matriculation: The first registration following admission as a classified student.
Moodle: Online instructional tool.
non-baccalaureate: Not applicable to a bachelor's degree, e.g. preparatory courses, continuing education.
nonmatriculating: Describes a student who does not intend to seek a degree.
online course: A course where most or all of the content is delivered online and typically has no face-to-face meetings.
petitions: Formal written request by a student for permission to deviate from university policy.
practicum: Any official or formal program to provide practical experience for beginners in an occupation or profession; synonymous with internship.
prerequisite: A course that must be completed before a given course.
regalia: Cap, gown & tassel worn at commencement.
section: An offering of a course at a specific time, in a specific place, with a specific instructor.
semester: The undergraduate and graduate academic year is divided into three semesters: fall, spring and summer. The degree completion academic year is divided into two semesters: fall and spring.
session: A portion of a semester.
topics courses: Occasional or experimental courses designed to meet student interests and needs. They are not regularly scheduled.
undergraduate: Post-secondary student who has not received a bachelor's degree. Usually refers to traditional undergraduate students, rather than degree completion students.
web-enhanced course: Course that uses web-based technology to facilitate what is essentially a face-to-face course. May use a course management system or Web pages to post the syllabus and assignments.