Academic Advising
Glossary of Terms


Official recognition that a college, university, or trade school has met the standards of a regional or national association

Advanced Placement

College credits earned prior to enrollment at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana through certain examinations, such as those administered by the College Entrance Examination Board.


An agreement between a two-year and four-year college within the same state that allows a two-year college student automatic admission to a four-year college if she/he completes required courses.

Associates Degree

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Award Letter

A document issued to a student financial aid recipient that indicates the type, amount and disbursement dates of the funds awarded for various financial aid programs.

Academic Standards of Progress

Financial aid recipients must maintain a minimum grade point average and complete a specified number of credits each term to remain in good standing academically.


This term refers to the short period of time at the beginning of any semester or session when students can add an open class without the instructor’s approval.



Training programs that combine on-the-job training and course work.


Students who audit a class attend class meetings but do not receive credit or a grade for the course.

Basic Skills Course

Course that teaches basic skills needed to succeed in college courses.  These skills are often in the general areas of math, writing, and reading.


The name of the College’s administrative computing system. The system stores and retrieves student information, grades, financial aid data, and many other types of information. Students may access grade information through Self-Service Banner on Campus Connect.


Contains information about the policies and services at Ivy Tech Community College.  It includes information on all degree and certificate programs, course requirements and descriptions, and student resources.

CLEP (College Level Examination Program)

General and subject exams covering material taught in college courses.  Credit for courses may be granted to students who achieve specific scores on exams.


Name of the computerized test used to assess a student’s initial competencies in reading, writing, English and math.  Scores are used during the advising process to place into appropriate level course work.


A course required to be taken at the same time as another course.

Course Load

Number of credit hours a student carries in a semester.

Course Registration Number (CRN)

This number in the Schedule of Classes is used to identify a particular class section in a particular subject.  The CRN must be listed on the registration form next to the class title.

Credit Hour

One credit equals 16 class hours for a lecture courses.  In a traditionally delivered semester length course, one credit hour is equal to one hour of lecture per week. Thus, a typical 3-credit lecture course consists of 48 class hours of classroom instruction.

Distance Education

College credit courses offered through technologies that include Internet discussion groups, email, on-line conferences, and other Web-based instructional strategies.


Procedure student uses at specific times to remove a course from his/her class schedule without penalty.

Dual Enrollment

Enrollment by a high school student in one or more courses that count for credit in both high school and college.

Demonstrated Need

The difference between the family contribution as established on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and the total cost of attending college.

Expected Family Contribution

The amount a family can reasonably be expected to pay for one year of college.


Courses that are in addition to the core requirements of a program; based on a list specified by the selected program. Electives must have a course number of 100 or higher to count toward graduation.


A financial charge for courses and services.

Finals Week

Time at the end of the semester when classes do not meet and final tests are given.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA)

The need analysis form produced by the U.S. Department of Education that is required for students seeking aid by nearly all colleges and universities.

Full-Time Student

Students are considered full time if they are registered for twelve or more credit hours in a semester.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

The average grade earned by a student, figured by dividing the grade points earned by the number of credits attempted.

Graduation Application

The application a student must file in the Registrar’s Office to be awarded a degree.


Funds which do not require repayment, awarded for college expenses to qualified students in financial need.


Courses focusing on human culture, including philosophy, foreign language, religion, and literature.


 A blocking order placed on a student account when a student owes fees, does not return materials, is missing materials from an application,

Inactive Student

Student who has not been enrolled in credit courses at Ivy Tech within the 24 months prior to the beginning of the upcoming term.

International Student

A student who has entered the United States on a nonimmigrant visa, most often an individual on a student visa.  Immigrants, refugees, and U.S. citizens who do not speak English as a native language are not classified as international students at Ivy Tech.

Liberal Arts

A course of study that includes humanities, social science, natural sciences, mathematics, foreign languages , and fine arts.


Area of concentration in a particular field of study.

Part-time Student

A student who is registered for fewer than twelve credit hours in a semester or fewer than six credits in the summer sessions.


Course which must be satisfactorily completed before a higher-level related course can be taken.


Status given to students who fail to maintain satisfactory academic progress.


The process of selecting classes, processing selections through the Registration and Records Office or online, and paying tuition and fees.

Student Aid Report (SAR)

Form sent to families in response to submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) indicating the Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

Schedule of Classes

An online and a printed listing of classes offered anytime during the fall, spring and summer terms.


An academic time period for which classes meet. Fall and spring semesters are approximately 16 weeks each.

Student Government Association (SGA)

Various projects, endeavors, contests, programs, and functions of an extracurricular nature engaged in by students


Status given to students in which they are not permitted to attend college for a specific period of time.


A student’s official academic record of courses.

Transfer Student

Student who attended a college or university before coming to Ivy Tech.

Withdraw (“W” Grade)


A federally funded program in which students take campus jobs as part of their financial aid package.  To participated in a work-study program, students must complete the FAFSA.