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List of definitions for college lingo
Professor: Has an earned doctorate and seven years of college teaching experience or equivalent professional experience; this status is often granted to the President, Academic Dean, and Division Directors; exceptional merit as described in criteria stated below.
Adjunct Professor: Just like the "professor" term mentioned above, a visiting professor with a Master’s or PhD. However, a visiting professor is usually someone not normally associated with the college. He or she may only be there for a Block Class, one semester or one academic year, and is usually also doing research or other work.
Associate Professor: Has an earned doctorate or earned Master’s degree with six years of college teaching experience or equivalent professional experience.
Assistant Professor: Has an earned doctorate or earned Master’s degree with three years of college teaching experience or equivalent professional experience.
Instructor: Has an earned Master’s degree or Bachelors degree and progress in a graduate program with extensive professional experience.
Faculty: The faculty, or a faculty member, is generally anyone who teaches at the college.
Office Hours: Professors usually have office hours on a regular basis throughout the semester. Students are encouraged to stop in or make an appointment to meet with professors. The professors will work with you to schedule a different time that works for both of you. Take advantage of the office hours, as much as possible! It can be a great opportunity to get feedback on your papers or other assignments, and you will also get to know your professors much better.
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ABHE — Association for Biblical Higher Education with whom Allegheny Wesleyan College is accredited
Academic Honesty — It is regretted that instances of cheating occasionally occur at Allegheny Wesleyan College. Irregularities or dishonesty during examinations and plagiarism in written reports should be promptly referred to the Academic Dean. (Refer to “Cheating Policy”)
Accreditation — Allegheny Wesleyan College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education, formerly the Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges located in Orlando, Florida.
Ad Building — Short for Administration Building, where you’ll find the Receptionist Office, Financial Aid Office, Registrar’s Office, Business Office, President’s Office and Academic Dean’s Office
Associate’s Degree — a two-year program
Baccalaureate service — refers to the Sunday service before Commencement honoring potential graduates
Bachelor’s degree — academic degree after completing 4-5 years of required class work; also more commonly known as an undergrad degree
Block Class — usually offered between semesters (in January)
Business Office — located in Administration Building where students can cash checks and pay money toward their school bills
Catalog — information on all academic programs, including each major and its specific requirements
Cheating Policy — See Academics
Course — another term for class or curriculum
Credit — represents one (1) hour of class per week a semester (if a class shows 2 or 3 credits, then the class will be meeting either 2 or 3 days a week per semester)
DC — Short for discipline committee
Discipline Committee — This committee shall be composed of the Dean of Students (chairperson), the Dean of Men, the Dean of Women, and one staff member. They are responsible for promoting student welfare and suggesting programs and activities to the President to assist the student in his/her total development. This committee also recommends policies in matters of student life and handles certain individual discipline cases.
Dean of Students — Administrator who oversees student affairs, assisted by the Dean of Men
Dean’s List — students who carry 12 hours or more obtain a 3.80 grade point average or above for the semester will be given special recognition and placed on the Dean’s List
Degree — an academic rank presented to the student by the college after completing required courses
Directed Independent Studies (DIS) — courses approved by the Academic Dean for upperclassmen who are unable to finish required courses for graduation as listed on the academic class schedule
Dorm Devotions — time of Bible study and prayer in room 2 days a week
FAFSA — Free Application for Federal Student Aid
FERPA — Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
Financial Aid Office — information center for students with questions about available financial aid (visit AWC’s Virtual Financial Aid Office)
GPA — grade point average; equals sum of quality points divided by sum of hours attempted. Each grade earned carries a numeric value known as a quality point. Quality points per hour for each grade are as follows:
A 95-100 4.0
A - 92-94 3.7
B+ 89-91 3.3
B 86-88 3.0
B- 83-85 2.7
C+ 80-82 2.3
C 77-79 2.0
C- 74-76 1.7
D+ 71-73 1.3
D 68-70 1.0
D- 60-67 0.7
F Below 59 0.0
Honors List — students who carry 12 hours or more and maintain a semester grade point average of 3.50 to 3.79 will receive due recognition and will be placed on the Honors List.
ID Card — serves as a library card for Ann Sexton Hall, the campus library.
Probation — students having a cumulative grade point average below 2.0 will be placed on academic probation for the following semester. The probation procedure is as follows: 1) the student is limited to 22 hours of employment per week; 2) the student will not be permitted to hold office in student organizations.
Records Office — As the name implies, the Records Office holds your academic records. If you have any questions about credits, courses or any other academic information, the Records Office is the place to go.
Registrar — one who keeps the records of enrollment and academic standing
Resident Counselor — those who serve as assistants to the resident supervisor; residence halls typically have one per floor
Resident Supervisor — person who oversees each residence hall
Sabbatical — this is a "leave of absence" intended to provide an opportunity for faculty members to grow professionally through study, research, travel, and writing. Full-time members of the faculty who have provided their services to Allegheny Wesleyan College for seven years are eligible for consideration for a sabbatical leave. These leaves are not automatic and are granted on the basis of the value of the sabbatical work to the college and its ability to support the program financially. It is on the basis of a one-semester leave of absence with full pay or a two-semester leave of absence with half pay.
Semester — division of an academic year; time during which a college has classes
Society — student-run groups designed to encourage campus and community service as well as spiritual, social, intellectual and athletic development; each society has a Greek name, mascot, motto and verse.
Stafford Loan — is a student loan offered to eligible students enrolled in accredited American institutions of higher education to help finance their education. The terms of the loans are described in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (with subsequent amendments), which guarantees repayment to the lender if a student defaults
Syllabus — a summary outline of a course of study, examination requirements, and class assignments. The professor will give these to the student at the beginning of each semester.
Undergrad — term for four-five years of class work; degree conferred after completed course work