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Academic Courses
Are those courses, which carry transfer credit toward a bachelor's degree as well as meeting requirements for an associate degree. Examples: English 101 College Writing, Math 121 College Algebra, Ps) 105 Introduction to Psy & HIST 101 Western Civilization.

Academic Suspension
A student on Academic Probation may be placed on Academic Suspension of he/she fails to maintain or achieve the minimum cumulative GPA required. A student placed on suspension will be dismissed from the college for a specified time period-usually one semester. Specific requirements may be placed on the student's re-entry into the college.

Academic Year
A school year consisting of a fall, spring and summer term

Formal recognition of an educational institution that maintains standards qualifying its graduates for further study or for professional practice. CNM is accredited to grant certificates and associate degrees by The Higher Learning Commission; individual programs are accredited or approved by professional organizations.

Reading, Sentence Skills (English), and Math exams used to determine appropriate course placement for students.

Achievement Coach
Staff in each of the academic divisions who assist and guide students toward achieving their educational goals by identifying resources and services that support students.

The process of applying and being accepted by CNM (as opposed to registering for a particular course).

Academic Advisor
A CNM staff member who provides program information and checklists, handles credit transfer issues, assists students with setting academic goals and provides referrals to other departments.

Articulation Agreement
A list of community College courses which are equivalent to corresponding courses at four-year colleges. In other words, transfer school, such as UNM or NMSU, has agreed, in writing, that these courses will fulfill many or all of the lower- division requirements for a bachelor's degree.

Arts and Science Courses
Courses that support degree and certificate programs in the arts and science areas and are generally transferable to other degree-granting institutions as freshman and sophomore electives or requirements. At CNM, arts and sciences courses are numbered 101 and above with the following subject codes: ANTH, ART, ASTR, 810, CHEM, COMM, CST, ECON, ENG, FREN, GEOG, GNHN, HIST, HUM, JOUR, MATH, MUS, NUTR, PHil, PHYS, PSCI, PSY, RlGN, SOC, SPAN, THEA

Associate Degree
The Associate Degree is granted upon completion of a program of at least two, but less than four years of college work. Associates of Arts & Associate of Science degrees are conferred upon students who successful complete programs designed for transfer to a four-year college or university. The Associate Degree requires completion of a minimum of 60 hours, & with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 (a "C" average).

Associate of Applied Science
This degree is conferred upon students who successfully complete a program designed to lead the individual directly into employment in a specific career. The Applied Science degree has the same requirements as those stated above for the Associate Degree.

A grade option/grade that reflects a student’s enrollment in a course but does not carry course credit or count for enrollment verification, cannot be used to meet pre- or co requisite requirement, and does not reflect competency in a course.

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Bachelor's Degree
This is the undergraduate degree offered by four-year colleges & universities. The Bachelor of Arts degree requires that a portion of the student's studies be dedicated to the arts-literature, language, music, etc. The Bachelor of Science degree requires that a portion of the studies be in the sciences-chemistry, biology, math, etc. The minimum credit hr requirement for a Bachelor's Degree is 120 hours.

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College catalogs provide all types of information parents & students need to know about a school. It lists, for example: the institution's history & philosophy, policies & procedures, its accreditation status, courses of study, degrees & certificates offered, physical facilities, admission & enrollment procedures, financial aid, description of courses, etc.

Awarded upon completion of a prescribed series of courses. A certificate indicates skill competency in many technical and career areas.

Community College
A postsecondary institution like CNM which offers adult education, college preparation and courses/programs (certificates and degrees) in technical and occupational fields of study as well as for transfer to four year schools.

An area of emphasis or specialty within a program of study (major),

A course, which must be taken in combination with a specific course. Often a lab is the co-requisite for a lecture: CHEM 121/1211, for example. A student who drops one of the pair of co-requisite courses must drop the other as well.

Course Fe e (Program Fee)
A charge for materials, equipment and supplies for a course, listed in the Schedule of Classes and the CNM catalog

Course Load: see definition

A standard measure of the amount of instructional time required to successfully complete a course. (For example, Eng 101, College Writing, is a 3 credit Hour course, which means that it will meet 3 hours each week. For the length of each class session & lab hours, if any, be sure to check with your advisor or a faculty member regarding specific courses).

Credit/No Credit
Students may elect to take general education courses for credit/no credit (CR/NC) but it is not an option for General Honors or most career and technical courses. All developmental courses are graded on a CR/NC basis.

CRN Number
Course Reference Number, assigned to each course in the schedule of classes & used in registering,

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Developmental Courses
Courses numbered below 101, to prepare students to enter arts and sciences or career and technical programs.

Distance Learning
Course sections offered via the Internet, videotape, correspondence or television or in an electronic classroom. These sections cover the same material and carry the same credit as their in-class counterparts. Separate fees are charged. For details see the Schedule of Classes.

Drop & Add
Students are generally permitted to drop courses from their class schedules and/or add other courses. Colleges allow varying lengths of time for students to add & drop classes. The college catalog or class schedule should note the correct procedures. Students usually need written approval from designated college officials to initiate dropping or adding a class.

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A program credit requirement that allows the student to choose from a list of approved courses or disciplines.

The procedure by which students choose classes each semester. It also includes the assessment & collection of fees.

Extra-Curricular Activities
These are non-classroom activities that can contribute to a well-rounded education. They can include such activities as clubs, student government, recreational & social organizations & events.

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The faculty is composed of all persons who teach classes for colleges.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The almost universal application for financial aid, including loans, grants, college work study, & other federal & state programs. It is often required before a student can be considered for scholarship also.

Fees are additional charges not included in the tuition. Fees may be charged to cover cost of materials & equipment needed in certain courses, & may be assessed for student event, programs, & publications.

Financial Aid
Aid is made available from grants, scholarships, loans, & part-time employment from federal, state, institutional, & private sources. Awards from these programs may be combined in an "award package" to meet the cost of education. The types & amounts of aid awarded are determined by financial need, available funds, student classification, academic performance, & sometimes the timelines of application.

Full-Time Enrollment/Part-Time Enrollment
A full-time student enrolled in 12 or more credit hours in a semester (full-time status for a Summer term is 12 credit hr at CNM and 6 credit hr at UNM). A part-time student is enrolled in less than 12 credit hours in a semester (less than 6 in a Summer term at UNM).

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General Education Development diploma: may be considered equivalent to high school diploma.

Grade Point Average (GPA)
An educational standard computed by multiplying the number of credit hours of a course by the points assigned to the course grade, then dividing by the total number of hours. Point values are: A=4, 8=3, C=2, D=1, F=O.

Official confirmation of the completion of a certificate or degree program. Graduation is dependent on the approved completion of all program and institutional graduation requirements and is approved by the Office of the Registrar.

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Letter Grades/Grade Point Average (GPA)
Most colleges use both letter grades & GPAs in determining student' grades. Grades at most colleges are figured using the following method: As are worth 4 points, Bs are worth 3 points, Cs are worth 2 points. Os are worth I point & Fs are worth 0 points. To figure out a GPA, simply multiply the number of hours a course is worth by the number of points for the letter grade, then add up the totals for each course & divide by the number of credit hours. The result is the grade point average.

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A specific program of studies consisting of a specific group of courses designed to provide intensive education or training in a specialized area and leading to a certificate and/or associate degree.

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Non-Degree Student
A student who has not yet chosen a major or who does not wish to earn a certificate or degree.

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Occupational Courses
Are those courses designed to prepare students for entry-level jobs. Examples: BA 113 Intro to Business, CIS 130, Microsoft Windows, CJ 101 Criminal Law, & CP 235 Java Programming I.

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A schedule of fewer than 12 credit hours per term.

A specific requirement that must be successfully completed before a student may enroll in a course.

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R in Schedule of Classes
Thursday in the Schedule of Classes and online registration system.

The process of signing up for courses, including paying tuition and fees (as opposed to applying for admission to CNM).

Registration Fee
A processing fee assessed to each student for the term in which he/she is registering for classes.

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Schedule of Classes
An online list of classes to be offered in the upcoming term, including CRN, day/time and location, with information about admission, payments and registration.

A student who has completed 30 or more credits at CNM.

A syllabus is a summary or outline distributed by an instructor that states the main topic to be discussed in the course. It usually includes deadlines for assignments, class policies, & grade standards.

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Term / Semester
A portion of an academic year. CNM has three terms a year: fall (beginning in August or September), spring (January) and summer (May). The fall and spring terms last 16 weeks, the summer term lasts 12 weeks.

Topics Course
A course that is not part of CNM's regular course offerings and may change each term. Topics courses compliment CNM's regular course offerings in a subject area or program. They may emphasize subject matter or content introduced in other courses, content at a more advanced level, or content that is not covered in other CNM courses.

Traditional Grade
Letter grade (A,B,C,O or F) used in calculating the grade point average and recommended for courses in the major and for courses to be transferred to another institution. For details on grade options see p. 33 in the catalog.

An official educational record of a student's enrollment at a college, showing courses attempted and completed grades and grade point average, and graduation.

Transfer Credit
Credits for courses taken at another institution and counted toward a certificate or degree.

A charge for courses based on course type, credit hours, and the student's instate tuition classification.

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An approved exemption from a course because the competencies and/or learning objectives of the course have already been attained due to prior training, educational or work experience.

Withdrawing from a Course
Students may withdraw from courses during a semester, but there are established procedures for doing so. The catalog and/or Class schedule generally specifies the procedures.

Dropping all courses and ceasing to be a CNM student.

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