Important College Vocabulary
Academic Advisor — A member of the faculty who will help a student plan his or her program of study each semester.
Academic Calendar — A list of various dates of academic importance, including the opening and closing of classes, holidays, and vacations.
Academic Standing — A student's academic status. To be considered in "good" academic standing, a student must maintain a minimum grade-point average that increases with the number of credits completed. A student whose average falls below the minimum will be required to reduce his or her schedule (i.e. take fewer courses each semester) until that minimum is reached.
Banner ID# (or "N" number) — An eight-digit number (preceded by the letter N) assigned to each student at Nassau Community College. Students can use this number to enter the Banner system and conduct college business.
Catalog (or Bulletin) — The official publication of the College. It lists the faculty, programs, course descriptions, college regulations, and requirements for graduation. The catalog can be viewed on the College's homepage (www.ncc.edu).
Corequisite — A course that must be taken at the same time as another course.
Credit — A unit of study that is the equivalent of fifteen hours of classroom attendance. To earn an associate's degree at Nassau Community College, students must successfully complete approximately 64 credits. Students should speak with their advisor to determine the exact number of credits they need for their curriculum.
Curriculum — An approved program of study leading to an associate's degree.
Dean's Honor List — An honor conferred upon students in recognition of outstanding scholastic achievement. To qualify a student must have completed a minimum of twelve credits per semester and attained a 3.5 or higher semester average with no grades of withdrawal (W or UW), failure (F), unsatisfactory (U), or incomplete (INC). Part-time students are also eligible for the Dean's Honor List.
Distance Education - A teaching/learning experience in which the instructor and students are separated by physical distance and use a wide variety of media to communicate. Course content and instruction are delivered through the web using the learning management system Blackboard Learn 9.
Degree Requirements — The courses and grade-point average required for graduation from the College.
Drop/Add Period — A time (usually the first week of the semester) when students may make changes in their schedules.
Elective — A course that a student chooses to take in fulfillment of his or her degree requirements. Almost every curriculum has some electives.
Full-Time Student — A student who is enrolled for at least twelve credits (or the equivalent number of noncredit courses) a semester.
Grade Grievance Procedure — The process by which a student may appeal a final grade that he or she has received in a course.
Grade-Point Average (GPA) — A student's academic average.
Honors — A program of enriched classes in humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and other subjects. Honors classes are open to incoming freshmen who ranked in the top 20 percent of their high school class as well as currently enrolled students who have excelled academically at the College.
Humanities — A term that refers to courses offered by the following academic departments: Art, Communications, English, Foreign Languages, Library, Music, Philosophy, Reading/Basic Education, and Theatre/Dance.
Hybrid Courses - Academic courses that combine face-to-face instruction with online learning.
Immunization Requirement — A New York State law requiring students born after 1956 to furnish proof of immunization against measles, mumps, and rubella. Students who fail to provide such proof will be disenrolled from their classes.
Impounds — A "freeze" imposed on the records of students who are in arrears to the College or who have failed to comply with a College policy or regulation.
Incomplete (INC) — A grade assigned to a student when, at semester's end, certain course requirements have yet to be fulfilled. The Incomplete grade is assigned at the discretion of the instructor. To earn credit for the course and receive a final grade, students must complete and submit the missing work by the end of the following semester. An Incomplete changes to an F (failure) if the work is not completed by this deadline.
International Study Programs — Opportunities for students to earn college credit through courses and internships in other countries. International study opportunities are available through a number of academic departments, including Accounting/Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Foreign Languages, Hospitality Business, and Marketing/Retailing/Fashion.
Internships — A credit-bearing work experience available to students. The Art, Psychology, English, Accounting/ Business Administration, Hospitality Business, Communications, Criminal Justice, and Marketing/Retailing/Fashion Departments, among others, offer internship opportunities.
Intersession — A period (approximately four weeks) between the end of the fall semester and the beginning of the spring semester.
Learning Community — A cluster of thematically linked courses from different academic departments. Students who participate in a learning community enroll in an entire cluster, where they work together on projects and assignments that stress the relationships among the academic disciplines.
Liberal Arts — A curriculum that consists of courses from a variety of academic departments and disciplines, including English, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities.
LINCC (Language Immersion at NCC) — A program of English instruction available to students requiring study at basic or intermediate levels.
Luna – The NCC student literary magazine. Luna contains a variety of student work, including poetry, short fiction, short plays, and photography.
Matriculated Student — A student who has been formally accepted into a degree or certificate program.
Multidisciplinary Courses - Courses that explore the influence and relationships of ideas from different academic disciplines. Examples of multidisciplinary courses are MDC 101: The Making of the Modern Mind and MDS 101: Connecting the Sciences - A Macroscopic Approach.
MyNCC Banner - The College's student information and registration system. MyNCC Banner allows students to view their academic and financial records, register for classes, and make changes in their schedule.
NCC 101: The College Experience — A course designed to help new students adjust to college. The seminar, which carries one general elective credit, is offered in the fall and spring semesters as well as during the summer.
Noncredit Courses — Courses that are designed to help students improve specific academic skills (e.g. speaking, reading, writing, mathematics), increase their general knowledge of certain academic subjects (e.g. music and physics), and be better prepared for credit classes in these areas. While these courses do not carry college credit, they do count toward the number of class hours required to be a full-time student.
Nonmatriculated Student — A student who has not been accepted as a degree candidate but who is permitted to take classes at the College. Nonmatriculated students may take no more than eleven credits each semester.
Office Hours — A time that faculty are available in their offices to meet with students. Full-time faculty hold office hours each week.
Part-time student — A student who is registered for 1-11 credits (or the equivalent number of hours) a semester.
PIN Code—A six-digit number that students create to gain access to the MyNCC Banner system (the College's student information and registration system).
Placement Tests — Exams administered to students prior to their first semester at the College. Placement Tests indicate students' proficiency in English, Reading, and Mathematics.
Prerequisite — A course that must be successfully completed in preparation for another, usually more advanced class.
Probation — An academic limitation placed upon students with unsatisfactory grades.
Remedial Courses — Noncredit classes designed to help students improve specific academic skills (e.g. reading, writing, and mathematics) and be better prepared for credit courses. Students required to take a remedial course (or courses) must do so during their first semester at the College.
Schedule (or Program) — The courses that a student is taking during a given semester.
Semester — A term of the school year, approximately fifteen weeks. At Nassau Community College, the fall semester begins in early September and ends in December; the spring semester begins in January and ends in May.
Social Sciences — A term that refers to classes offered by the following departments: Economics/Finance, History/ Political Science/Geography, Psychology, and Sociology/Anthropology/Social Work.
Student Code of Conduct — Guidelines for student behavior on and off the campus. The code can be found in the college catalog.
Study Skills Workshops — A series of workshops intended to help students improve their listening, note-taking, and test-taking skills. Study skills workshops are sponsored by the Department of Student Personnel Services and are offered every semester.
Summer Sessions — A term of study during which students may earn college credits. There are three summer sessions at Nassau Community College.
Suspension — A disciplinary action taken by the College against a student for violations of the Code of Conduct.
Syllabus - A document that lists a course's requirements (readings, exams, due dates for projects, etc.) as well as the professor's name, telephone number, email address, and office hours. Most faculty distribute their syllabus (also known as a course outline) at the first or second class meeting.
Telecourses — Academic courses that combine the viewing of television programs, radio broadcasts, and audio/visual resource with independent assignments and learning activities. Telecourses are part of NCC's Distance Education offerings.
Transcript — A list of the courses a student has taken at the College and the grades he or she has received in them. Students can view their transcripts and other academic records on the Banner system.
Vignette – The official student newspaper, written and edited by NCC students.
Winterim— A three-week term of study scheduled during the intersession.
Withdrawal (W) — A grade assigned to a student when he or she (a) is removed from a course by the instructor (usually for excessive absences); or (b) elects not to complete a course. To withdraw officially, a student must file a Drop/Add form, signed by the instructor, with the Registrar's Office. For more information about the College's Withdrawal policy, see the Catalog, located on the College's homepage.