Accreditation- Various professional agencies appoint teams of evaluators who periodically study programs and services to ensure that they meet standards of quality and are relevant to the College’s purpose.
Advisor- A person who assists you in the selection of courses for your chosen field of study and is usually a faculty member.
Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S) Two-year technical program that prepares you for the job market.
Associate of Arts (A.A) A two-year Arts and Sciences program that concentrates on humanities and social sciences for those planning to continue in a bachelor’s degree curriculum in a senior college.
Associate of Science (A.S.) A two year Arts and Science program that concentrates on mathematics and science for those planning to continue in a bachelor’s degree curriculum usually in a four-year college.
Audit- A course for which you pay tuition and fees, but do not receive credit. Notify your instructor when you begin class.
Catalog- The official College publication available from the Admissions Office on CD-ROM that contains almost everything you need to know about Johnston Community College. Students can purchase a printed copy in the Campus Bookstore.
Certificate Program- A curriculum generally requiring one year or less of course work.
Contact hours- The actual number of hours in class per week, per course.
Counselor- A person who provides you with personal, academic, vocational, or career counseling.
Credit hours- Every class is worth a value called a credit hour. Every degree, diploma, or certificate program requires you to take a certain number of credit hours.
Curriculum- The program of courses required to receive a degree, diploma, or certificate in your chosen area of study.
Criteria- Pre-determined guidelines that identify requirements for demonstrating competence in a designated skill.
Developmental courses- A series of courses in Math, Reading, and English that provide preparation, remediation, and academic guidance if you do not meet the entrance requirements for the curriculum of your choice.
Discipline- A specific field of study, such as English, Biology, Math, Economics, Electronics, etc.
Drop/Add- This term refers to adjusting your schedule by dropping and/or adding courses. The Drop/Add period is limited and is indicated on the calendar.
Electives- A course which is not specifically named in your curriculum but is required for graduation. Check with your academic advisor before choosing an elective.
Financial Aid- Monies available to eligible students in the form of grants, scholarships, and work study funding. The monies come through federal and state government or private donations.
Full-time students- A student who is taking at least 12 credit hours. A student who is registered for 11 credit hours or fewer in one semester is a part-time student.
Grade point average (GPA) The average of your grades for all classes taken at Johnston Community College. It is calculated by adding all earned quality points and dividing by the number of credit hours taken. Please see GPA calculator on Advising Website.
Placement tests- Standardized tests in Math, Reading, and English which are used to place students in appropriate courses in these academic disciplines.
Plagiarism- Using ideas or words of another as your own without crediting the source. Plagiarism is a violation of academic integrity.
Prerequisites- Preliminary skills, knowledge or courses which are required before enrollment in a particular course. Requirements are listed in the course description section of the catalog.
Rubric- A term used for a rating sheet based on pre-determined criteria for success at demonstrating a designated skill.
Special credit student- A student who is taking one or more curriculum credit courses, but who is not enrolled in a specific curriculum.
Student activity fee- The fee you pay fall and spring semester that supports club activities, school-wide events.
Student Government Association (SGA) The student organization that promotes the interests of students through a variety of events and sponsorships. All students who pay an activity fee are members of SGA.
Syllabus- A document provided by instructors in every course. It contains information about course requirements, attendance, textbooks, grading, and learning objectives.
Transcript- A printed record of every course you’ve taken at JCC and the grades you’ve received. Transcripts may be obtained from the Student Affairs Office.
WD Students drops the course without a grade penalty.
WF Students are dropped by faculty due to violation of the attendance policy with grade penalty.