Academic and Career Advising

Glossary of Transfer Terminology

Accreditation
SLCC is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and/or the U.S. Department of Education. For more information about accreditation visit www.chea.org/default.asp?link=11  the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

AP (Advanced Placement)
The AP program provides motivated high school students the opportunity to take college-level courses during high school. Students who achieve scores of 3, 4 or 5 on an AP exam may earn up to 10 college credits.  SLCC recognizes AP credit only for those freshman-level areas which apply to the graduation requirements of the specific major and the established general education requirements for graduation from the chosen program.  See the Enrollment Services web site or SLCC General Catalog for the SLCC AP Credit Award

Articulation
The agreement between colleges and universities that courses have essentially the same goals; similar content, rigor, standards, names; common course numbers where possible; and equal amount of credits for transfer.  Schools review standards of skills and content to assure that students who complete the coursework are prepared to successfully complete upper-division coursework.  Articulation handouts are available from SLCC academic advisors.

Bachelor Degree
A diploma awarded to a student upon successful completion of the 4-year degree requirements.  Typically a bachelor degree requires about 122 credits comprised of General Education, lower division, upper division, major, allied hours and elective requirements.

Catalog
The SLCC General Catalog provides program information, graduation checklists, general education information, course descriptions and administrative information to assist students.

Challenge Exams
Students who feel that their experience or previous knowledge would enable them to successfully challenge (test out of) a course offered at SLCC  may apply to take a challenge examination.  Challenge examinations may be taken at any time during the semester at $50 per class, payable prior to taking the exam.  Challenge exams are not available in all classes. Some colleges and universities may not accept as transfer credit a course in which a passing (P) grade has been earned on a challenge exam.  For information contact the SLCC Assessment Center, (801) 957-4964.

CLEP (College Level Examination Program)
CLEP is a national program of examination to evaluate and confirm the academic achievement of individuals who have reached a college level of education through either traditional or non-traditional means of study.  SLCC awards college credit only for certain CLEP exams.  The CLEP test is given by appointment only.  Contact the SLCC Assessment Center (801) 957-4572.

Credit Hours
Credit hours indicate the time spent in the classroom per week. A lecture class that meets for 'one-hour' (50 minutes), three times a week is worth 3 semester credits.   Laboratory credits may be calculated as two hours attendance per week for 1 semester credit.  Satisfactory completion of the course is credited on the transcript with a grade and number of earned credit hours. 
A so-called "one-hour" lecture class has a duration of 50 minutes. A lecture class that meets for a total of 3×50 minutes each week for one semester is worth "3 semester hours" of credit. A lecture class that meets for a total of 5×50 minutes each week for one semester is worth "5 semester hours" of credit.

Developmental Courses
Pre-college level courses designed to improve basic skills for academic success such as reading, writing, and math below 1000-level. 

General Education
General Education courses focus on communication, creativity, and critical thinking along with the substance of the course's information, an appreciation of the esthetics of the area of study and its connection to the larger social web. We become truly educated through making connections of such varied information with the different methods of organizing human experience that are practiced by different disciplines.

GPA (Grade Point Average)
The GPA is calculated by dividing the total number of quality points (grade points) earned by the number of hours attempted for which grades of A, B, C, D, E were earned and then rounded off to two decimal places.  Each semester the GPA for that semester and the cumulative GPA are indicated on the transcript.  For more information see the SLCC General Catalog under 'Grades and Reports'.

IB (International Baccalaureate) Examination Credit
Students who achieve scores of 5, 6 or 7 on Higher Level International Baccalaureate (IB) Examinations may be awarded up to eight semester hours of credit in each Higher Level exam or 30 semester hours of credit for the completion of the IB Diploma.  For more information about IB credit call (801) 957-4738.

Letter of Completion
Students who complete all of the general education requirements outlined for an AA or AS degree program (without completing the whole degree program) at SLCC will be considered as having completed the general education requirements at any Utah State Higher Education institutions.  A Letter of General Education Completion provides verification to a receiving institution that the student has satisfied the lower division general education requirements for all Utah public colleges and universities.  To request a certification that you have met the Letter of Completion requirements, please visit www.slcc.edu/graduation/docs/locpdf.pdf or contact SLCC Enrollment Services (801) 957-4035.

Lower Division
Courses numbered 1000 and 2000  that are typically taught during the freshman and sophomore years.

Major/Pre-Major
A major is a specific area of study focusing on one defined discipline which includes a related set of academic courses.  Pre-major courses are preparatory courses required as a foundation for upper-division work in a major. 

Minor
Part of a degree program in a defined discipline including a related set of academic courses usually including lower and upper division course requirements. Its requirements are distinct from the major and require fewer hours.

Prerequisite
A course or requirement that is to be completed prior to the next one.  Many catalogs list requirements alphabetically by number, rarely is this an indication of the order of courses to be taken.  Prerequisites indicate the curriculum building blocks to get to the advanced courses. Some departments will block registrations if prerequisites have not been met.  Students who bypass prerequisites may jeopardize their learning. Faculty will not go back to cover material that was to be taken in a previous class. 

Repeat Courses
A student may repeat a course in which a low grade has been received.  Upon completion of the repeat a 'Repeated Course Form' must be completed at SLCC Enrollment Services. The original grade remains on the transcript, but is marked as a repeat and removed from the GPA calculation.  Some 4-year majors have a specific limit on how many times a course can be repeated.  Some colleges/universities use the second repeated course grade even if the first grade was higher when considering transfer of courses and GPA.

Restricted Major
A major with strict entrance requirements or is in very high demand. Restricted majors usually require an additional application beyond the regular admissions application. Restricted majors may have required pre-major courses, GPA, outside activities and deadlines.

Semester
A term which includes 15 weeks each for fall and spring. SLCC's summer term is a "semester' condensed into 11 or fewer weeks. Departments may opt to offer condensed semesters offering 15 weeks of curriculum at a more rapid pace. 

Transcript
A copy of a student's permanent academic record.  "Official" copies are required for transcript evaluation and transfer of credits. "Unofficial" copies may be used for advising while the official evaluation is pending.

Transfer Student
A transfer student to a 4-year institution typically has 30 transferable credits and a minimum GPA of 2.0. Students who transfer with less than 30 credits will be required to submit high school information as part of the admissions process.

University Center
SLCC's University Center, in coordination with 4-year institutions, offers a limited number of bachelor degrees on campus at SLCC that may be completed in the evening.  For more information call (801) 957-4734.

Upper Division
Courses numbered 3000 and higher, typically taught during junior and senior years. SLCC does not offer upper division courses.