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Glossary of Terms

Glossary is usually defined as an alphabetical list of technical terms in some specialized field of knowledge. This InfoBase glossary provides a collection of InfoBase documents that define many technical terms. These terms are arranged alphabetically, but you can quickly jump to a specific term by selecting its first letter from the index of the InfoBase glossary below.

Cap and Gown
The attire word by graduates at graduation ceremonies, which is available for purchase through the A-B Tech Bookstore.
Certificate
An award for completing a short-term program or course of study. Usually 3 to 5 courses scheduled over 1 to 2 semesters are required to complete a certificate program. These courses cover minimum skills in the program of study and provide an opportunity to achieve entry-level job skills, to upgrade skills, or to cross-train. Not all certificate programs are eligible for financial aid.
Certified Nursing Assistant/CNA (Nurse Aide 1)
Classes providing basic training in the entry-level caregiving skills needed to work as a Nursing Assistant in various healthcare settings such as nursing homes, hospitals, or private homes. Additional information can be found at www.abtech.edu/nursing-assistant.
Co-requisite
A course that must be taken with or before enrolling in another course. A course’s co-requisite(s) are listed in the College Catalog and in WebAdvisor.
COA (Cost of Attendance)
The total amount it will cost to go to school, usually stated as a yearly figure. COA includes tuition and fees, living expenses, and allowances for books, supplies, transportation, loan fees, and child care. It also includes miscellaneous and personal expenses, including an allowance for the rental or purchase of a personal computer, costs related to a disability, and reasonable costs for eligible study-abroad programs. For students attending less than half-time, the COA includes tuition and fees and an allowance for books, supplies, transportation, and child care expenses, and can also include living expenses for up to three semesters. Additional details about what should be included in the COA calculation should be discussed directly with the Financial Aid Office.
Collection Agency
An entity that recovers unpaid debt from borrowers who have defaulted on their loans.
Common-Law Marriage
A marriage relationship made by agreement and by living together without a marriage license. Not all states allow common-law marriages, and the elements required for a common-law marriage change from state to state.
Community College
A college offering two-year associate degrees, one-year diplomas, and short-term program certificates. Upon graduation, students either go directly into the workplace or transfer to a four-year college to complete a bachelor’s degree.
Completion Rate
The overall percentage of credits a student has successfully completed, based on the total amount of credits that have been attempted at A-B Tech (including any credits that have been transferred into A-B Tech). The Financial Aid Office calculates completion rate and uses this figure, along with cumulative GPA, to determine whether a student is maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Students must maintain a minimum completion rate of 67% to remain eligible for financial aid.
Consolidation
The process of combining one or more loans into a single new loan.
Contact Hours
The total hours of class, lab, and clinical required per week in a course. These numbers can be found in the College Catalog, next to the specific course. 29 or more contact hours is considered full time, 23-28 is 3/4 time, 15-22 is half time, and 14 or less is considered less than half time.
Cost of Attendance (COA)
The total amount it will cost to go to school, usually stated as a yearly figure. COA includes tuition and fees, living expenses, and allowances for books, supplies, transportation, loan fees, and child care. It also includes miscellaneous and personal expenses, including an allowance for the rental or purchase of a personal computer, costs related to a disability, and reasonable costs for eligible study-abroad programs. For students attending less than half-time, the COA includes tuition and fees and an allowance for books, supplies, transportation, and child care expenses, and can also include living expenses for up to three semesters. Additional details about what should be included in the COA calculation should be discussed directly with the Financial Aid Office.
Course Number
The subject and 3-digit number that identifies a specific course within each subject; for example, English classes may be numbered ENG-110, ENG-111, ENG-112, etc.
Credit Hour
A unit of measurement applied to college coursework. One credit equals approximately one hour of classroom instruction per week. Credits are also used to calculate tuition and are a factor in a student’s grade point average (GPA).
Curriculum Courses
Courses offered for college credit, as opposed to Continuing Education courses, which are not offered for college credit. All courses leading to a college degree are considered Curriculum courses.
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