Jul 15, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Glossary and Definitions


Academic Advisor. The CCAC faculty or staff member(s) who will help students develop their educational plan and facilitate their registration each term. Academic Advising processes  

Academic Calendar. The calendar that tells when the academic terms begin and the dates for grades, withdrawal and other important academic deadlines. View Calendars

Academic Drive (S: Drive): CCAC network drive, Academic, used by instructors to distribute materials to students.  Academic Drive information

Academic Email: An email account provided to all CCAC students after creation of the NetID account. The academic email account is the formal means of communication from the college. A student’s email address will be netidusername@acd.ccac.edu. Accessing email

Academic Probation. A student who is on Academic Warning and has a term and cumulative grade point average less than 2.00 are placed on academic probation. Students on probation are limited to 10 credits per term. If students who are on probation do not make satifactory academic progress, they may be academically suspended. Academic Probation policy    

Academic Progress. The academic rules established by the college to ensure that students are making progress toward the completion of their educational goals. Academic policies  Appendix A Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy  

Academic Renewal. The process by which students may apply for forgiveness of D and F grades due to an absence of two years from credit study or because they have changed their program of study. The adjusted GPA will be used for determining academic standing to include suspension, probation, good standing, honors and dean’s list.  Academic Renewal policy  

Academic Suspension. A temporary dismissal from the college for two academic semesters of a student on academic probation whose GPA falls below acceptable levels (below 2.00) of academic progress. All summer sessions combined equal one semester. Academic Suspension policy and procedures    

Academic Warning. A student who earns a term grade point average less than 2.0 is placed on academic warning. Academic Probation policy   

Access to Student Records. The policy under which students are allowed to review their records according to college policy. Student access their records through Appendix G Access to Student Records  

Accommodate: Web based application where students can complete the intake form, upload documentation, schedule your intake appointment, review your accommodations, request your letters and communicate with Disability Services. Using Accommodate

Add &/or Drop. The process of changing schedules after students have completed their registration. For dates during which this can occur, refer to the Academic Calendar, Course Add policy (See dropping-a-class)

Administrative Withdrawal. The policy by which the college reserves the right to cancel students’ registrations for just cause, such as non-payment of tuition or disruptive behavior. Withdrawal policies  

Admissions Application. All students must complete the online official admissions application to begin the enrollment process. The application collects basic demographic and academic information on the applicant. Access the application and create an account

Admissions Process/Procedures. Steps followed by a new or readmitted student in order to enroll at CCAC as a credit student. These include completing an application, submitting transcripts, applying for financial aid, taking placement tests (if applicable) and meeting with an academic advisor. Admissions processes

Advanced Standing. College credits taken at an accredited college or university, or earned through CLEP, Dantes and AP exams. CCAC also awards advanced standing for specific CTC coursework based on articulation agreements. Transfer Credit and Prior Learning

Alpha-numeric codes. (See Course Number)

Appointment Central. The online portal allowing CCAC students to schedule an appointment for a variety of services such as placement testing, academic advising, Enrollment Express and other events. Accessing Appointment Central 

Articulation Agreements. Agreements between institutions (either a high school/area vocational school or future four-year school and CCAC) that allow for the awarding of CCAC credit for prior educational experiences or the transfer of CCAC credits to other schools. Transferring from CCAC to other institutions

Attendance. Attending class from the first day is critical to academic success. Note each faculty member can set additional attendance requirements contained the the course outline. CCAC Attendance policy  

Audit. The process of attending class on a no-academic credit basis. Students pay the same tuition whether they take the class for a grade or not. Audit process  

Blackboard. CCAC’s course management system used for Internet, hybrid and technology-supported courses. Blackboard is accessed through the Internet; therefore there is no software to install or download to the student’s computer. Technical requirements, Blackboard HelpCenter

Bookstore. CCAC’s five bookstores, located at each of the four campuses, provide textbooks and other instructional materials needed for classes. Bookstore locations  , Using the bookstores

Bookstore Charge Authorization. The policy which allows students with pending financial aid or a financial sponsor to obtain books and supplies from the campus bookstore. Bookstore charge procedure

Career & Technology Center (CTC). Secondary institutions that offer career and technical education programs.  CCAC accepts some credit from specific CTC’s. Students should see admissions counselor for additional information. Process to transfer from CTC

Career Planning. The availability of a career counselor at each campus to help students select major programs and careers. Connect with a Counselor

Cares Team. The CARES Team (Coordinated Assistance, Resources, Extra Support) is a campus wide team of staff, faculty and administrators who are responsible for developing intervention strategies, providing resources and assessing and/or responding to students who have presented a need or concern academically, behaviorally, emotionally or socially. Contact Cares Team

CCAC Central. CCAC Central e-Services is an online product where students can search, plan and register for credit classes, and view grades, transfer credits, progress and unofficial transcripts . Access CCAC Central

CCAC Go!: College’s official mobile app that provides students with access to academic and financial related information along with student support services, events, academic email, Blackboard, campus maps, and news. Using CCAC Go!

CCAC Self-Service/Student Planning: CCAC Self-Service/Student Planning: CCAC Self-Service/Student Planning is a web-based application where students can review their Financial Aid information, plan, search and register for credit classes, view grades, transfer credit and unofficial transcripts and access our Online Student Account Center. Using Self-Service

Certificate. CCAC offers a number of certificate programs, requiring less than 60 credits, aimed at preparing students for a specific career. Understanding Academic Programs  ​  

Changing a Grade. The procedure to have a grade change includes several steps. If a student receives a grade he/she believes to be incorrect, the student should check first with his/her instructor. The deadline to dispute a grade is the eighth (8th) week of the next major term (fall/spring). Grade change process  

Changing a Major Program. Students must see an advisor and file a change of major program form at the Registration and Advisement office. About program requirements  

Class or Course Load. The number of courses and credits for which students are registered. Understanding courses and credits  

Class Schedule. The listing the credit courses available at each campus and center. The schedule is also available electronically. Accessing schedules

CLEP (College Level Examination Program). The national tests students can take to determine if they should receive advanced standing credits in a number of disciplines. Transfer Credit and Prior Learning

Co-curricular Activities. Activities at CCAC that are designed to compliment the classroom experience, these can include clubs/organizations, speakers, events and service activities. View events and discover organizations

Code of Behavioral Conduct. (See Student Code of Behavioral and Academic Conduct)

Collaborative Programs. CCAC has entered into Collaborative Programs with Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Students who apply and meet the admissions requirements of both institutions will be jointly admitted to both institutions and will take coursework at both institutions leading to both an associate degree and then a bachelor’s degree. View IUP agreement

Commencement. A graduation ceremony where students celebrate their earning of a degree or certificate, typically held in May at the end of the academic year (see Graduation).

Cooperative Education. On-the-job experiences arranged by the college in a number of programs to give students work experience before graduation. Cooperative education experiences   

Corequisite. A course that must be completed at the same time as another course. Understanding Courses and Credit Hours  

Counseling Services. The personal counseling, transfer counseling and career counseling services CCAC offers ensure that students are well-informed and well-guided as they make decisions about academics, careers and more. Counseling services   Contact a Counselor

Course Number. How CCAC courses are identified. Each course receives a six digit code—the first three digits are alphabetic, the second set of three are numeric. Understanding Courses and Credit Hours  

Course Outline. CCAC uses the term Course Outline to refer to a Syllabus given to students on the first day of class with all the requirements of the course, this is a contract between the faculty and student. This is based on the official Master Course Syllabus  and also includes the instructor’s schedule for course content and expecations for attendance and grading. Academic Rules & Regulations  

Credit. At CCAC, a credit is equivalent to 15 hours of instruction or one hour per week over a 16-week period. A three-credit class would be equivalent to 45 hours, a four-credit class to 60 hours and so on. Hours are prorated for shorter sessions. These hours do not include final examination. Understanding Courses and Credit Hours  

Credit by Examination. If a student has experience he/she believes equivalent to a CCAC course, the student may petition to receive credit by examination rather than enrolling in the course. There is a fee for this examination. Procedures for Credit by Examination   

Credits (Earned & Attempted). Credits earned are those classes that students receive an A through F grade; credits attempted are all classes in which they have enrolled, even though the student may have I, X or W on their transcript.

CTC. (See Career & Technology Center.)

Curriculum. The name given to a number of courses representing a program of study or the offerings of department of discipline. Understanding Academic Programs  

Dean’s List. The list of students who have high academic achievement. This list is prepared each term. Academic Rules & Regulations  

Dean of Academic Affairs (Academic Dean). Deans, Associate Deans, and Assistant Academic Deans  of Academic Affairs are responsible for specific disciplines and programs College-wide.  Directory of Academic Deans

Dean of Students. Dean of Students ensure that appropriate resources and opportunities exist to support our students’ success. The Deans work with a wide variety of student services to provide opportunities for student learning and development, in academic courses and through extra-curricular activities. The Deans of Students work in conjunction with our college faculty to provide a supportive, learner-centered environment. Contact Deans of Students

Dean, Online. (See Online Dean.)

Degree. CCAC offers Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Science (AS) and Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees. Understanding Academic Programs  ​  

Degree Audit. (See my_progress)

Developmental Studies courses. CCAC offers courses in English, mathematics and reading to help students develop the skills necessary to succeed in the college classroom. Developmental education courses  

Diploma. CCAC offers a number of diploma programs, requiring less than 16 credits, aimed at preparing students for a specific career. Understanding Academic Programs   

Discipline or Department Elective. A course offered within a specific discipline (for example, Business or Psychology) which students can elect to take in their major program. These are noted in the program in the catalog.  Understanding Academic Programs      

Discover: Web-based application where prospective students can inquiry about program offerings and apply to the College by completing an Admissions Application. Applying with Discover

Drop &/or Add. The process of changing a schedule after students have completed their registration. (See Add &/or Drop.)

Dropping a Class. In order to drop a class and not receive a grade in it, students must contact the Registration and Advising office and process a drop transaction within the specific drop period.  Adjustment of tuition and fee charges for dropped class(es) will be in accordance with the college drop refund policy. Drop Refund policy

Dual Enrollment. With the permission of the student’s parent/guardian and school district, a high school junior or senior, or home-school equivalent may request to take CCAC coursework.. Dual enrollment process and policy

e-billing. Billing of tuition and fees to student accounts is an automated, electronic process driven by registration transactions.  Notification of eBill statements are issued to the student’s official CCAC academic email, and eBill statements are made available electronically through the Online Student Account Center. Connect with Student Accounts

e-portfolio. (See Portfolio)

eRefund. The fastest, safest and most convenient way to receive your refunds is through direct deposit to your bank account.  All students are encouraged to enroll in direct deposit upon their enrollment at CCAC. Online Student Account Center

Educational Plan. A student’s Academic Advisor will help him/her develop a plan to facilitate educational objectives through classes at CCAC. Academic planning resources    

Electives. College level courses listed in a degree program that are not specified by title. Elements of a Program    

Enrollment Express. Students can attend any campus and receive assistance on any and all of the steps of the enrollment process.

Extracurricular Activities. Activities at CCAC that are outside of the classroom and can be found at their website: engage.ccac.edu. These can include clubs/organizations, sports, intramurals, community service and leadership opportunities.  View events and discover organizations

FAFSA. (see Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

Fees. The college collects fees in addition to tuition. These cover extraordinary costs associated with education. Among others, these include a laboratory fee, technology fee and student service fee. Tuition & Cost Rates 

FERPA. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 allow students access to their own school records and sets guidelines for the protection of the student recordFERPA guidelines     

Final Examination. Each class taken will have a final examination. This may or may not include a review of the entire term’s work. At the end of each semester, there is a week-long final exams period. Classes shorter than 13 weeks will administer the final exam during the last class period. Academic calendar

Financial Aid. Financial Aid is intended to aid students in reaching their educational goals. Financial aid at CCAC is available in the form of grants and scholarships, Direct subsidized loans, Direct unsubsidized loans, Direct Parent Plus loans and private alternative loans. Financial aid also includes work-study employment. Financial Aid Guidelines , Financial Aid processes, Financial Aid FAQs

Flat Rate Tuition. Tuition charged for students registering for 12 to 18 credits in the fall or spring semester.  No flat rate is available during the summer. Tuition rates

Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (known as the FAFSA) is a form that can be prepared annually by current and prospective college students in the United States to determine their eligibility for student financial aid (including the Pell Grant, Federal student loans and Federal Work-Study). (See Financial Aid ) Apply online

General Elective. Any college level credit CCAC course may satisfy this requirement. Students should select all courses in consultation with an Academic Advisor.

General Equivalency Diploma (GED). The diploma awarded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to those individuals who did not graduate from high school, yet successfully complete a standardized test. Students can receive a GED after completing 30 credits of college work. GED certification process    

General Studies. If students have completed 60 credits and have completed the distribution requirements for the associate degree, they may graduate in general studies. More about General Studies

Good Standing. Students are in good standing at the college if they maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or higher.

Grade Point Average (GPA). The grade point average is calculated each term and then accumulated over the student’s enrollment at the college. It is based on a 4.00 scale, with an A counted as 4 grade points, a B 3 grade points, etc. GPA calculation process    

Grades. Grades indicate students’ success in each course. Students receive a grade noting their midterm progress as well as a final grade in each course. Students access their grades via CCAC Self-Service. Grades Explanation , Accessing grades

Graduation. In the student’s last term he/she needs to complete an online application for graduation so the academic record can be evaluated to determine if the student has met all of the requirements for their program.  Procedures for graduationGraduation policy    

Graduation Checksheet. (See my progress)

Grants. Type of financial aid awarded based on financial need. The most common grants are awarded by state and federal agencies. Federal Pell GrantFinancial Aid Guidelines , Financial Aid processes

HEOA (Higher Education Opportunity Act): HEOA was signed into law on August 14, 2008 and deals with unauthorized file sharing on campus networks for combating the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials on the college’s network. HEOA policy

High School or Homeschool Transcript. Applicants to the college are required to submit a high school or homeschool transcript. Applicants must contact their high school or a homeschool evaluator to authorize the sending of the transcript.

Honors Programs. The Honors Program exists to unite outstanding students and faculty in the pursuit and advancement of academic excellence. For students, CCAC Honors promotes participation in a program of scholastic rigor, service to the college and community, opportunities to attend regional and national Honors conferences and activities to develop leadership skills. Students must apply to the honors program for consideration. Joining the Honors Program 

Horizontal Change. Students may change from one section of a course to another section during the registration or drop/add period. Registration procedures

Incomplete. A student has not completed all the required work in a course within the scheduled term. It is the instructor’s option to give an incomplete. The student needs to meet with the instructor and agree on the exact work to be completed and a schedule to complete the work. Work must be completed no later than eight weeks into the next semester. If a “Change of Grade Authorization” is not received, the I grade will automatically be converted to the grade earned or to an F grade. Incomplete grade process     

Independent Study. Independent study experiences are planned by students and their instructors before registration and must be approved by the appropriate academic dean. View Policy     

Information Security Policy. Establishes the college’s commitment and requirement to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of Institutional Data as well as any Information Systems that store, process, or transmit Institutional Data. View Policy

Institutional GPA. Grade point average calculated each term, including only college level courses. Developmental course grade points excluded. Students need to maintain an Institutional GPA of at least 2.0 to graduate. Grades/GPA  

Joint Admissions. CCAC has entered into joint admissions programs with with multiple other colleges and universities. Students who apply and meet the admissions requirements of both institutions will be jointly admitted to both institutions and may take coursework and participate in student life at both institutions. View articulation agreements

Learning Commons. Learning Commons is a free drop-in service that is available to assist students with reading and writing support. Accessing Learning Commons.

Limited Enrollment. Admission to the college does not constitute admission to a limited enrollment program. Some programs are limited in enrollment due to clinical sites, employment opportunities, accreditation requirements and other factors. Students may need to complete certain requirements to be eligible to apply to a limited enrollment program. Explore limited enrollment programs

LinkedIn Learning: Free online service to all current CCAC students that provides video courses taught by industry experts in software, creativity, planning, organization, business skills, and much more. Access LinkedIn Learning

Loans. Type of financial aid which can be either subsidized or unsubsidized that must be repaid, either six months after graduating or once the student ceases to be enrolled at least half-time. Alternative loans have lender-specific repayment terms.  Understanding loansFinancial Aid Guidelines , Financial Aid processes 

Major Program. All students at the college select a major program, whether or not they intend to complete all the requirements of that program. These major programs are detailed in the college catalog and should be selected in consultation with an academic advisor. About academic programs  

Math Café. Math Café is a free drop-in service that is available to assist students with all things math-related. Accessing Math Cafe

Medical Withdrawal. If a student has a health problem that makes it necessary for him/her to drop out of school, the student can apply for a medical withdrawal.  Adjustment of tuition and fees will be in accordance with the college drop refund policy and follow the stated dates in the academic calendar. Medical withdrawal process    

Midterm Grades. Midterm grades are issued for the 16- and 14-week terms after the eighth week of the 16-week term. This grade does not appear on the transcript and is intended to help students assess their progress in each course. Grades  

Military Call to Active Duty. An M grade is posted to the student transcript when a student has been approved for withdrawal due to a Military Call to Active Duty. (see Appendix L ) Military and Veterans Service policies

MyCCAC: Internal portal that grants easy access to all academic and financial related information, quick links student services, news, academic calendar, and much more. Access MyCCAC

My Progress. A review of student transcript provided by an Academic Advisor listing the requirements for graduation for academic programs and tracks students’ progress towards meeting the degree requirement. Academic advising , Link to My Progress

Navigate: Navigate system links CCAC’s students, faculty, advisors and staff collaboratively helping students “navigate” their way through college starting with registration, schedule and meet with advisors and staff, locate college resources and other tasks that lead to graduation. Using Navigate

NetID (Network Identification). A personal, unique identifier assigned to students. Each student has a unique username and is responsible for managing the password for this account that provides access to computers and numerous electronic systems for learning, communications, and financial and academic records. Students can set up their NetID username and password, which provides access to computers on the college network, CCAC self-service, academic email, Blackboard, and other college services. Creating A NetID

Nondiscrimination Policy. CCAC policy that prohibits discrimination and harassment against any individual based upon race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry or place of birth, sex, gender identity or expression, perceived gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, use of a service animal due to disability, marital status, familial status, genetic information, veteran status, age, or other classification protected by applicable law in all services, educational programs and activities. View policiesOnline reporting link

Online Dean. Online service designed to provide opportunities for students to communicate with any of the deans of student, ask questions and receive responses via email. Contact the Online Dean

Online Learning. Online learning refers to the delivery of classroom instruction using nontraditional formats and methods. It allows a student to develop a class schedule that fits one’s life and is an alternative for those who need additional flexibility due to job and family responsibilities. Online Learning options ,Online technical requirementsOnline programs 

Online Student Account Center  Students can view their details account information, manage their student account, make payments, setup a tuition payment plan, and more.   Access Online Center

Online Tutoring Brainfuse is an online live tutoring service which is available 24/7 at no-cost to CCAC students, who are unable to take advantage of our in-house tutoring services.  Accessing tutoring

Open Admissions. CCAC has open admissions, which means that it does not require entrance examinations. The college does require that students take placement tests (if applicable) to make sure students begin their studies where they are most likely to succeed.

Open House. Event held at college campuses that enable a prospective student to meet with CCAC representatives, tour the facility, and attend workshops. Upcoming events

Orientation. The on-boarding process for all new students; the on-boarding process consists of a virtual and on-campus program. Orientation dates and events

Outstanding Balance. Unpaid tuition, fees, parking tickets, fines and balances will prevent students from registering or receiving any other college services until resolving the balance.

PA TRAC. PA TRAC creates a seamless transfer and articulation process for students who earn degrees in specific programs and who transfer to PASSHE–Pennsylvania System of Higher Education institutions. CCAC’s programs in Biology, Business, Chemistry, Early Education and Child Development, Physics and Psychology are part of this agreement. In addition to the PASSHE institutions, Carlow University, Lackawanna College, Neumann University and St. Francis University are participating in these agreements. PA TRAC processes About PA TRAC

Panopto Lecture Capture: Tool for instructors to create recordings of classroom lectures including audio, video and screen content and share them with students online and in Blackboard. Using Panopto

Part-time Student. A part-time student is registered for less than 12 college credits for a term.

Password. (See Strong Password)

Past Due Accounts  A student account is considered past due if an amount remains unpaid after a tuition payment deadline or tuition payment plan installment due date.  Late payment fees are assessed, restrictions may prevent future registration/receipt of grades/transcripts.  Account balances may be referred to the college’s pre-collection billing servicer or collection agency assignment. Unpaid account policies

Per-credit Tuition Rate. Tuition charged to students registering 1 to 11 credits or registering for more than 18 credits in a fall or spring semester.  All summer courses are charged at the per credit rate. Current tuition rates

Placement Tests. The college provides placement testing in English, reading and mathematics skills to help students and academic advisors determine if students need help developing the skills necessary to be successful at CCAC. Apply for placement test

Portfolio (for Prior Learning Assessment) (PLA). College Credit Fast Track helps current and prospective students earn college credit at one of Pennsylvania’s Community Colleges based on prior work or life experience. Through an online state-wide website, CCAC students and applicants can create and submit an e-portfolio, which enables the student to document and compile prior learning for evaluation of credit. PLA process , Fast Track submission process 

Prerequisite. Course or skill set a student is required to have before registering for another course. Course Selection  

Program Areas. Academic programs are categorized into subject areas. Explore CCAC Programs

Program Requirements. These are listed under the student’s major programs in the college catalog and are the requirements needed to graduate in that program. Program Requirements  

Quality Point Average (QPA). (See Grade Point Average (GPA).)

Refunds. In the event a student’s financial aid and/or payments are in excess of tuition and fee charges, a refund will be issued.  (Also see eRefund) Refunds procedures

Registration. The process of enrolling in college classes. Currently registered students are able to use “priority registration” for the next term before registration opens to the public. The effective dates for registration are posted on each campus. Students may register at any campus of the college, no matter which campus they want to attend. Most students can register online. Registration processes

Repeating Classes. Students can repeat a course once to earn a higher grade. A third and final attempt requires permission of an Academic Advisor or Counselor and will be permitted only under compelling circumstances and with the student’s written acknowledgment of and agreement to the consequences of not successfully completing the course on the third attempt. Course repeat policy    

Remote Placement Testing. Placement testing available to CCAC applicants who live remotely. Apply for placement test

Removal of Grades From GPA Calculation. Students may apply for forgiveness of D or F grades due to an absence of two years from credit study or because they have changed their program of study. The adjusted GPA will be used for determining academic standing to include suspension, probation, good standing, honors and dean’s list.  Academic renewal policy   

Residency (domicile*). CCAC is sponsored by Allegheny County and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Students must prove residency to determine appropriate tuition rates.

* Domicile shall mean a person’s true, fixed and permanent home, to which a person intends to return. A residence established for the purpose of attending an educational institution or qualifying for resident status for tuition purposes shall not of itself constitute domicile. The residency of a dependent student (as defined by the IRS) is determined by the parent’s domicile. (See Appendix F Student Residency Classification  for more information.)

Reverse Transfer. Within four years after transferring from CCAC to another college, a student can apply back to CCAC for graduation. Students must have completed at least 15 college-level classes at CCAC and maintained an Institutional GPA of 2.0 or higher to qualify for reverse transfer. View policy  

Roadmap to Your Destination. Roadmap is a clear pathway to graduation, detailing the steps to completion in logical sequence and directing students to engage in specific tasks at key times. About Roadmap

Satisfactory Academic Progress. Eligibility for financial aid can be affected by failure to maintain satisfactory academic progress. Process and policy   

Scholarships. Type of financial aid typically awarded to students who meet specific criteria. Scholarship options, Understanding scholarships

School Code. Unique codes are assigned by the Department of Education for schools participating in the Title IV federal student aid programs. Students can enter these codes on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to indicate which postsecondary schools they want to receive their financial application results. CCAC’s federal school code for the FAFSA is 003231-00. (See Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

Second Associate Degree. If students wish to earn a second associate degree, they must complete at least 21 additional credits at CCAC and complete all the requirements of the second program. View policy   

Section. The time, place and instructor of each course are noted by use of a section number. (See Course Number)

Self-Service. (See ccac-self-service)

Semester. CCAC is on a semester calendar, with a fall and spring term, each comprised of 15 weeks of instruction and an additional week for final exams for a total of 16 weeks (online, courses at college centers & evening courses are usually 13 weeks instruction plus a final exams week). Summer sessions vary in length. View Calendars

Strong Passwords. A password that is reasonably difficult to guess in a short period of time either through human guessing or the use of specialized software. Typically contains both length and complexity. Password criteria

Student Code of Behavioral and Academic Conduct. Policies and procedures outlining the standards of conduct students are expected to follow both academically and behaviorally as well as the process in which students can expect CCAC will follow when policies are violated.  These policies reflect values of CCAC including integrity, social justice, diversity, respect, community, and responsibility. Student Conduct policy - Appendix    

Student Financial Responsibility Agreement  This agreement outlines the financial terms and conditions associated with registration.  Students are required to electronically accept agreement to the SFRA prior to registering each semester. Agreement

Syllabi/Syllabus. CCAC maintains a Master Course Syllabus for every credit class that includes the course description, learning outcoms and major topics to be covered. The master syllabus should be presented to transfer admissions to confirm that the course will transfer to another college. Courses/ Master Syllabi  For the more details Syllabus/Course Outline that is available for every course section, see Course Outline.

Third Party. The term used to describe a student’s sponsor who has committed to pay all or part of tuition and fees, through a third-party agreement. This may refer to an employer or other funding agency. Process and form

Transcript. A student’s grade record is available in official and unofficial formats. When grades are changed, completed or old grades are removed from GPA calculation and these transactions are noted on the official transcript. Unofficial transcript request process, Official transcript request process

Transfer Credits. If a student has taken courses at another accredited college and wishes to have them count toward his/her degree at CCAC, he/she should request that a transcript be forwarded to CCAC from the other college and request evaluation. These transferred credits will appear on the CCAC transcript. Only A, B and C grades are transferred. The grades earned elsewhere will not calculate into a student’s CCAC GPA. Some limited admission/limited enrollment programs may take these grades into consideration when students are applying to them. Advanced Standing/Transfer Credit , Credit Transfer Process and Steps

Transfer Student. A student who plans to continue his or her education after CCAC. Transfer students should meet early in their CCAC career with a counselor at their campus to develop a program of study using transferable courses. Transfer Services   Transfer programs  Contact a counselor 

Transferable Course. Course that another college or university will accept toward a student’s program of study at the college or university.  Transfer Services   Transfer programs  Contact a counselor 

Tuition. During the fall and spring terms, tuition is a per credit rate or flat tuition rate. Billing is at the per credit rate for summer sessions.  Current tuition ratesTuition and Fees Calculator  

Tuition Payment Deadline. Published date to achieve the following: pay in full, secure financial aid or a third party sponsorship to cover balance, or use military and veteran funding. Due dates calendar 

Tuition Payment Plan  A tuition payment plan is available each term.  Payment Plan process 

Tutoring. Free tutoring service, which offers one-on-one, 50-minute tutoring sessions in multiple disciplines. Accessing Tutoring

UserName. A name that uniquely identifies someone on a computer system. Each student has a unique username and is responsible for managing the password for this account that provides access to computers and numerous electronic systems for learning, communications, and financial and academic records.

Vertical Change. Students will be tested early in English, mathematics and reading classes to determine if they are appropriately enrolled. If the test results indicate a change is necessary the instructor will direct the student on how to make the change.

Waitlist. You may add yourself to a waitlist for most course sections if the section is full. You can elect to waitlist for a section when attempting to register online via Self-Service or with an academic advisor. Waitlist procedures

Warning. (see Academic Warning)

Withdrawal. In order not to receive a grade in a class or classes, students must officially withdraw within the specific withdrawal period.  When this is done a W grade appears as the final grade on the student transcript with no refund of tuition and fees associated with the withdrawal process. Students who stop attending without officially notifying Registration will receive a grade in the class or classes. Withdrawal policies    

Workforce Development . CCAC’s Workforce Development provides training in the region’s changing and emerging industries. Programs are designed around the skills and knowledge that students need for employment and employers need for their workers to have to remain competitive. About Workforce Development

Work-Study. Students may qualify for a work-study award as part of the financial aid package. Students are able to earn a wage while working in a college office or approved off-campus location. 

Zoom. Zoom is the college’s cloud-based video conferencing tool that provides instructors and students a way to meet online synchronously via a laptop, personal computer, or cell phone with or without using video. Using Zoom