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Pathways Initiative Glossary

AACC

American Association of Community Colleges

Acceleration models

Course that is compressed into a shorter time frame. Example: NCBO or a 8 week course that would traditionally be a 16 week course.

Co-requisite models

A developmental course that is taken concurrently with an academic credit course. Example: English and College Algebra or AIM.

Degree/Certificate Pathways

Faculty designed maps of courses and sequences that best prepare students for successful completion of their educational and career goals. All courses in the sequence focus on teaching course SLOs and allowing students to practice the skills necessary to complete their education successfully.

Developmental Education

Developmental education is a field of practice and research within higher education with a theoretical foundation in developmental psychology and learning theory. It promotes the cognitive and effective growth of all postsecondary learners, at all levels of the learning continuum.

Duplicated Enrollment

The number of courses for which students enroll. For example, if a particular student enrolls in three courses, he/she is counted three times for enrollment purposes.

Fall-to-Fall Persistence

A student who is part of a defined cohort beginning in a fall term, persists to the following spring term, and is still enrolled in the following fall term, i.e. one year later.

Fall-to-Spring Persistence

A student who is part of a defined cohort beginning in a fall term and is still enrolled in the following spring term.

Gateway Course

The first college-level courses in various academic disciplines that are the gateway to success in subsequent courses leading to a credential. Ex: Math 1314, Engl 1301, Biol 1306, Hist 1301, Psyc 2301

I Connect Center

The first center is located at South Campus in the old Business Office. It is dedicated to Intentional Connections students to help them navigate the college. It is staffed by Intentional Connections faculty and ambassadors who are IC students that have gone on and established themselves in the college programs.

Intentional Connections

Program dedicated to establishing intentional sound grounding for students that score at the ABE level. Students are enrolled in learning communities, have faculty advisors, mentors, career assessment, allowed to explore several careers and provided intense support to establish themselves as students.

Learning Communities

A cohort enrollment of students in connected courses that allow for collaborative learning and fosters the habits of mind and skill that lead to a more productive learning environment. Faculty of each course in the cohort share the responsibility to student learning and engage in cross course instruction (learning activities).

Mapping

The sequence of courses selected by faculty for students to take to complete their degree/certificate.

Pathways Initiative

San Jac is one of 30 Community Colleges across the Nation chosen to be part of an effort to develop clear and defined maps to an Associate’s degree, field of study, or certificate.

Percent Retention

Total students earning grades of A to F divided by total students enrolled on Census Date. Ws are included in the denominator

Percent Success or Percent       A to C

Total students earning grades of A to C divided by total students enrolled on Census Date. Ws are included in the denominator.

Percent Withdrawn

Total students withdrawing from a course divided by total students enrolled on Census Date.

Program

SACSCOC term for a Degree or Certificate.

Program Learning Outcomes

The knowledge or skills that are expected that a graduate of that program will understand or be able to perform.  These learning outcomes are assessed in program related classes.

Retention/Completion

The completion of a course with a grade of A to F

SACSCOC

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is our accrediting agency.

Student Learning Outcomes

Knowledge or skills that are expected that a student in a course will understand or be able to perform.  These learning outcomes are assessed during that course.

Student Success

Can be defined in many ways
*Passing grade (A-C) in a class
*Knowledge attainment that promotes successfully progression from a lower level course to a higher level course.  
*Retention - Remaining in a college program between semesters (returning Fall to Fall)
*Attainment of desired degree or certificate
*Successful transfer to a University or attainment of desired job

Student Support Areas

Non-teaching departments of the College that are critical to the successful completion of students.

Unduplicated Headcount

The number of unique students enrolled at a campus or college-wide.