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Definition of Terms

AA/AS General Education Requirement Courses which satisfy general education requirements for the Associate Degree.

Ability to Benefit (ATB) Students who do not have a high school diploma or GED who apply for federal financial aid must achieve passing scores on a basic skills examination to estab- lish their ability to benefit from educational pro- grams.

Academic Renewal A process to have previous substandard college work (grades and credits) excluded from computation of the cumulative grade point average.

Academic Year Fall and Spring semesters.

Add Officially enrolling in a course.

Advisory on Recommended Preparation A condition of enrollment that is advised, but not required, to meet before or in conjunction with enrollment in a course or educational program. Assessment/Placement Tests Tests given prior to registration for classes. The results are used to help students select appropriate classes.

Articulation Agreement between a community college and 4-year college in which the 4-year college agrees to accept certain community college courses as equivalent to their own.

Associate Degree (AA or AS) A degree (Associate in Arts or Associate in Science) granted by a community college which recognizes a student's satisfactory completion of an organized pro- gram of at least 60 semester units including the major and general education requirements.

Baccalaureate Courses Courses whose department number is 69 or below, e.g. English 1A; Math 36; Biology 11.

Bachelor's Degree (BA, AB or BS) A baccalaureate degree granted by a four-year college or university which recognizes a student's satisfactory completion of an organized program of study consist- ing of at least 120 semester units.


California Articulation Number (CAN) Identifies courses that can be used in lieu of others. For example, CAN BUS 2 at Barstow College will be accepted in lieu of a course that is designated as CAN BUS 2 at another campus. More than 70 Barstow College courses carry a CAN designation. For additional information, ask to see the CAN CATALOG OF COURSES in the Counseling Office.

Many other Barstow College courses are articulated with four-year institutions. Check for additional artic- ulation in the Counseling Office.

Catalog Rights The privilege of retaining course and program requirements needed for graduation as listed in the catalog at the time of initial enrollment in college.

To retain catalog rights, a student must maintain continuous enrollment through the completion of requirements for graduation. Continuous enrollment is defined as earning college credit in at least one semester during an academic year without interrup- tion of progression. A request for leave of absence must be approved by the Vice President of Student Services in advance of the term for which absence is anticipated.

Certificate A certificate granted by a community college which recognizes a student's satisfactory completion of an organized program of vocational study.

Class Section A specific course code number as identified in the class schedule.

Federal Work Study (FWS) A program of federal aid which provides funds for student jobs.

Community Service Class Fee based classes offered through the Community Services Program.

Corequisite A condition of enrollment consisting of a course that a student is required to take simultaneously in order to enroll in another course.

Course A series of lectures, labs, or other matter providing instruction on a specific subject.

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