Glossary of College Terms 


Academic Dismissal Dismissal from the college due to unsatisfactory academic progress after having been reinstated after a one-year suspension.
Academic Grades Appeal Ability of student to dispute an assigned grade through an appeals process.
Academic Probation Student status upon not regaining satisfactory academic standing at the end of their next enrollment period after being placed on academic warning. Students must consult with and obtain approval of a counselor or academic advisor before they may register.
Academic Progress Maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in each enrollment period.
Academic Success Center Academic support as well as tutoring for reading, writing, mathematics, and science.
Academic Suspension Unsuccessful attempt  to attain a grade point average of 2.0 or better after being placed on academic probation. Student is academically suspended for one Fall or Spring Term. 
Academic Warning Academic standing when student does not have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 and no previous warning has been given.
Academic Year The academic year consists of the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms.
Back to Top  
Accreditation Recognition of standards that qualify graduates for admission to higher or more specialized institutions or for professional practice. HCC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS).
ADA – Americans with Disabilities Act The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, State and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation.
Adjustment Form Form completed by student to request changes to course schedule. Usually utilized when student has a hold that prevents changes in Webadvisor.
Administrative Drop Petition completed when there is a verified administrative error completed by college staff.
Admissions Checklist Checklist completed by Advising staff at Southshore that assists students with steps to take to become enrolled students.
Admissions, Registration, and Records Department on campus that handles all aspects of Admissions, Registration, and Records.
Advising Guide Guides used by advisors to assist students with education planning and degree requirements. Advising guides are available online.
Advisor/Advising Generalist Student Services staff that operates as a frontline customer service representative with regards to Admissions and Advising.
AP (Advanced Placement) College Board Advanced Placement program where students receiving scores of three, four, or five are awarded college credit.
Application Deadline Deadline date by which students have to apply to ensure starting classes at the beginning of the semester.
Back to Top   
Articulation Agreement Agreements with certain institutions that allow HCC to grant credit for non-credit coursework. Articulation agreements with other colleges and/or universities provides students with transfer opportunities upon completion of a degree at HCC.
Associate of Arts Degree designed primarily to meet the requirements for a student to transfer to the upper division level of a college or university to continue to work toward a bachelor's degree.
Associate of Science Degree designed primarily to prepare students for employment. Some credits may transfer to senior institutions.
ATC Short-term certificate that provides students with advanced training above the Associate of Science degree.
ATD College credit certificate, job preparatory program.
Attempt A try at taking a course that ends with a grade, or 'W' if the student did not drop the course during the add/drop period.
Audit Enrolling in a course for enrichment. No credit is awarded for the course.
BankMobile BankMobile provides Refund Management®, an industry-leading service that processes and disburses financial aid credit balances to students on behalf of college and university administrations.
Book Buy Back Program HCC Bookstores may buy back a textbook that is in good, resalable condition and required for the next semester. The buy back period is the first two weeks and last week of each semester.
Bright Futures Merit based scholarship awarded to eligible high school seniors. Student must apply for scholarship while still in high school.
Bursar Provides cashiering services to students, faculty, and staff on each campus.
Back to Top   
Career Resource Center Centers located on each campus staffed by professionals who assist with career exploration, skills assessment, and job searches.
CCC – College Credit Certificate College credit programs offered for those who seek to learn new skills or to refresh or upgrade their present skills.
Certificate of Eligibility Form from Veterans Affairs showing that a student is eligible for educational benefits.
CLEP College Level Exam Program in which students demonstrate knowledge and achievement through testing to earn college credit.
Commencement Graduation ceremony held in May that recognizes graduates. 
Completion Ratio Complete review of all courses taken in which a grade was issued.  Students must have completed at least 67% of courses attempted.
Computer Lab Labs on each campus that provide students with access to email, online courses, and computer assistance.
Computer Proficiency Students seeking the AA degree must show ability in computer usage. Students can take CGS 1000 or take a proficiency exam.
Connections Capstone Course Course in which AA degree seeking students have the opportunity to demonstrate specified student learning outcomes. 
Counseling Services Professional counselors that are available to help students with career decision-making, academic planning, and personal growth.
Course Selection Form Form used in Admissions and/or Advising for students to select courses. Usually used if a student is unable to register through Webadvisor.
Credit by Exam Credit earned by receiving a "C" or better on an appropriate HCC examination. Approval from an appropriate campus academic dean is needed to take an exam.
Credit hour A unit of measure assigned to courses or course equivalent learning.  One college credit is based on the learning expected from the equivalent of fifteen (15) fifty-minute periods of classroom instruction.
Cross-enrolled Students who are taking classes at HCC and another institution simultaneously.
Back to Top   
Dean’s List Recognition for students that have earned a 3.5 or higher term grade point average for 12 or more semester hours in the term of attendance.
Degree Audit Audit conducted by advisors to ensure that students have met all graduation requirements. The audit is sometimes used for Financial Aid purposes to determine what the student has left to complete a degree.
Developmental Studies Previously known as preparatory courses. 
Distance Learning Course delivery that combines instructional technology with flexibility without regularly coming to campus.  Usually at least 80 percent of the instruction occurs in the absence of direct face-to-face instructional presence.
Drop Dropping a course through webadvisor or with an advisor before the posted deadline date to receive a refund for the course.
Drop in Advising Ability to meet with advising staff during normal office hours without the need of having an appointment.
Dual Enrollment In state courses which are granted simultaneous credit for both high school and college.
EAP Early Alert Program designed to assist students with needed resources for successful course completion eventually leading to graduation, transfer, or employment.
Early Admit A form of dual enrollment in which students register for 12 credit hours or more during their senior year of high school.
Equal Access/Equal Opportunity HCC's commitment to equitable treatment of all students and employees without regard to race, color, gender, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other bias that is or may prohibited by law.
Elective Courses taken that are not part of the core requirements for a major. Electives provide opportunity for students to explore various topics and/or complete core requirements for a major at a four year institution.
Back to Top   
Emergency Call Stations Stations posted on each campus that allow calls to be made to HCC emergency services.
Enrollment Guide Yearly guide posted to the college website that provides information regarding registration, financial aid, and veterans affairs, and other important details related to getting enrolled.
FAFSA Free application for Federal Student Aid.  This federal form is required for any student trying to secure financial aid to pay for college.
FERPA Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act that governs the confidentiality of student records.  HCC will release directory information unless the student submits a written request to the Admissions office that the directory information be withheld.
Final Academic Probation Probation status for students that do not achieve a term GPA of 2.0 after being placed on academic probation.
Financial Aid  Any scholarship, grant, loan, or employment (or combination thereof) designed to help students meet their college expenses.
Financial Aid Student Agreement & Acknowledgement Form Form used by Financial Aid department that student signs to show understanding of academic progress and how funds are utilized.
Florida Virtual Campus Online service that provides access to online student and library support services, and to serve as a statewide resource and clearinghouse. Services are provided by the State University System of Florida and the Florida College System.
FSR Former student returning.
FTIC Students who are enrolling in college for the first time
General Education Courses Courses taken that are designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and vision necessary to allow them to become valued participants in a complex and culturally diverse world.
Grade Point Average (GPA)  The average obtained by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of credits attempted. 
Back to Top   
Grade Forgiveness Courses in which a grade of "D" or "F" is earned may be repeated for credit, and only the most recent grade earned will be use to calculate the cumulative grade point average.
Graduation Completion of a certificate or degree program
Hawk Alert Free sign up text messaging service that provides alerts, emergency notifications, reminders, and financial aid deadline information to students, staff, and faculty.
Hawkcard Student ID and library card. Hawks Landing residents can also use the card for access to the pedestrian and vehicle gates. Campus Faculty/Staff parking lots and the parking garage at Ybor City are accessed using the Hawk Card.
Hawkmail365 The official email system used at the college.
Hawks Landing Student housing community located across the street from the Dale Mabry campus.
HCC Foundation Scholarships Scholarships offered by HCC with contributions coming from donors.
HCC Live HCC’s Information center that includes a call center, live chat, and an online knowledge base.
Honors Institute Institute designed to promote a rigorous academic program for exceptionally talented and motivated students while providing opportunities for leadership, thoughtful self-governance, and service to others.
Hybrid Courses Course delivery that incorporates an online component as part of the learning experience. Usually a 50/50 split between traditional seat time and technology activities.
IB (International Baccalaureate) A rigorous two-year, pre-university liberal arts program of study for highly motivated, academically oriented secondary students.
Institute for Corporate and Continuing Education HCC's training and business solutions provider that offers professional and personal growth programs.
Back to Top   
Late Registration Fee Late fee applied to a student's account when registering for 16-week classes on or after the first day of class. The fee also applied to students who re-register after being removed from classes for non-payment.
Late Start Classes Classes that begin after the initial start of the term. These courses are usually 6, 8, 10 or 12 weeks long. 
Learning Communities Groups of students sharing both similar academic interests and schedules.  Students and faculty work together to room a community.
Limited Access Programs Programs, generally Health Sciences,  that have certain admissions criteria and prerequisites to be completed before being admitted.
Learning Resource Centers (LRC) Campus libraries that provide materials to support the college's programs of study.
Matriculation To enroll into a college or university course.
Maximum Time - Financial Aid Federal law that limits the amount of the Federal Pell Grant that you can receive over your lifetime. See Financial Aid staff for more information.
MyHCC (Blackboard) Learning Management System and Online learning portal.
National Student Clearinghouse Company that HCC has contracted with to provide confirmation for student enrollment and degree verifications.
NetID Your NetID is your user ID for online resources at HCC
Non Degree Seeking Student who enroll in courses without the intention of seeking a degree. 
NSO – New Student Orientation Provides an overview of the student experience at HCC and is designed to help students make a successful transition into college academic work and life. Offered on campus and online.  Required prior to registering at HCC for the first time.
Back to Top   
Partial Payments The ability to make partial payments on tuition up until the payment deadline date.
Payment deadline Due date for tuition payments.
Pell Grant A form of Financial Aid that does not need to be repaid.
Postsecondary Educational Readiness Test (PERT) Computerized College Placement Test
Petition for Late Drop Process in which students with extenuating circumstances can request to be dropped from course(s) after the published drop date.
Petition for Late Withdrawal Process in which students with extenuating circumstances can request to be withdrawn from course(s) after the published withdrawal date.
Prerequisite A requirement, typically, a course that must be met before taking a more advanced course.
Proficiency Exams Exam taken to show computer ability. No college credit given for test. See Advising to determine if CGS 1000 is needed for your program.
Program code Pre-determined codes that students select as their program of study while attending HCC.
PSAV – Post Secondary Adult Vocational Non-college credit job preparatory program.
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) Student club that recognizes and encourages scholarship among two-year college students and provides opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership service, and fellowship programming.
Back to Top   
Remediation/Tutoring Opportunities for students to receive additional assistance in learning various subject matters.
Residency Requirement used to assess registration fees in public community colleges and universities.
Rubric A guide that lists specific requirements or guidelines that will be used for grading.
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states, Latin America and other approved international sites that award associate, baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees
SAP – Standards of Academic Progress Requirements that must be met each semester to receive Financial Aid to include grade point average of 2.0, completion of 67% of credit hours attempted and degree completion within the 150% timeframe (i.e. an associate degree of 60 credit hours must be completed within 90 credit hours).
SAP – Student Assistance Program Resources available online, in person, or telephonically that include mental health concerns, budgeting, daycare resources, and other work/life related topics.
Scholarship Money that is given by the college, organization, or donor to help pay for the cost of a student's education.
Senior Citizen Fee Waiver Tuition waiver provided to Florida residents age 60 and over on a space available basis with registration taking place on the first day of class.
Service Learning A teaching method that places a focus on learning through doing and thinking.  Students perform a service in the community while earning credit.
Services for Students with Disabilities Service offered at each campus that provides reasonable accommodations to ensure access to all academic programs, campus organizations, services, and activities, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.
SGA – Student Government Association Association that provides opportunities for students to actively participate in programs and policy-making at HCC. 
Back to Top   
Smoke-free Campus Tobacco use is prohibited on all HCC properties, including owned and leased buildings, student housing, outdoor areas, parking lots and garages, courtyards, entrance and exit ways and college vehicles. This policy includes all types of tobacco and tobacco-like products including electronic cigarettes.
State Employee Fee Waiver Form completed by State Employees' supervisor and agency director that allows State Employees to take up to six-credit hours each semester on a "space-available" basis. Lab fees and other 'user' fees are the responsibility of the student.
Student Academic Grievance Established guidelines that provide the student a way to dispute the process in which a grade was determined. See catalog and student handbook for guidelines.
Student Code of Conduct Set of policies established by HCC that requires respect, integrity, and civility in all college-related activities by all members of the student community.  Refer to the college catalog and the student handbook for specific policies.
Student Handbook Academic planner that also outlines the academic calendar, student and support services, college policies and procedures, rights and responsibilities, public safety and student activities.
Student Loan (Subsidized/Unsubsidized) Money borrowed from the Department of Education for college tuition. Can either be interest bearing (unsubsidized) or non interest bearing (subsidized).
Student Rights and Responsibilities A published document located on the HCC website and the HCC planner that outlines student well being and responsibilities while on campus.
Student Support Services Program (TRIO) A program funded by the US Department of Education and the State of Florida designed to provide assistance to people having academic potential lacking adequate information or school preparation to enter, continue or resume programs of secondary and post-secondary education.
Sustainability An initiative by HCC to become responsible environmentally, economically and socially in an effort to promote the health and well being on future generations.
Syllabus An agreement between student and instructor which outlines expectations, course requirements, objectives and deadlines.
Test Center Center located on each campus that administers a wide range of testing services. 
TIPS  Tuition installment plan offered through Nelnet.
Transcript Academic record of student's courses.
Transfer Credit Credit awarded to students from post secondary institutions.
Transient  Students attending other colleges or universities who wish to take courses at HCC to fulfill degree requirements at their home institutions.
Tuition A fee charged to students for instruction at a college or university.
Back to Top   
VA Certifying Official  Individual at campuses who processes certifications for military students to use educational benefits.
Veteran’s Affairs Office designed to serve active duty service members, reservists, Veterans and dependents eligible for benefits at HCC.
Von App Veterans On-Line Application used to apply for military benefits.
Webadvisor System program which allows students to search and register for classes, view grades, and access educational records.
Web Enhanced course Course in which up to 49 percent of the instructional delivery is through the use of technology
Wings Support program for students seeking an AS degree and some certificate programs that provides partial tuition, funds for textbooks and some childcare assistance.
Winter Intercession Courses offered at the Ybor campus during Winter Break. Courses are counted towards the Spring semester.
Withdrawal Withdrawing from a course through webadvisor or with an advisor after the posted deadline date. There are no refunds for a withdrawal. Student will receive a "W" on their transcript.
ZimRide A private, voluntary network available to HCC faculty, staff, and students that promotes ridesharing.
Back to Top