Academic Advisor A faculty or staff member assigned to help students select courses and plan programs.
Academic Dismissal Dismissal from the University or a program for not maintaining the required grade point average (GPA) or for not completing the required number of credits.
Advanced Placement Eligibility to enroll in courses beyond the entry level through transfer credit or examination.
Associate Degree A degree granted after completing at least two years of full-time academic study beyond the completion of high school and fulfillment of graduation requirements.
Auditing Registering for and attending class(es) regularly without being held responsible for the work required for credit. (No credit hours are earned and full tuition must be paid. The grade "V" appears on the record.)
Baccalaureate Degree A degree granted after completion of at least four years of full-time academic study beyond the completion of high school and fulfillment of graduation requirements.
Classification A term based on the number of credit hours earned to classify a student at the freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior level.
Concentration A designated group of courses within a major program.
Core Curriculum Sixty semester hours of credit comprising the four major areas of humanities, sciences and mathematics, social sciences, and courses related to the major.
Continuing Education Unit Recognition for participation in a non-credit program or workshop.
Credit/No Credit A method used to evaluate performance in courses which is separate from the grade point system. (The grade "S" or "U" appears on the record.)
Credit By Examination Credit granted upon the successful completion of a standardized test such as the examinations offered by the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). (The grade "K" appears on the record.)
Credit Hour A unit of academic credit measured in semester hours or quarter hours. One credit hour usually represents one hour of class time per week.
Credit Load The total number of credits for which a student registers during a given semester.
Deadline The date by which certain information must be received by any given office or unit. (Current deadline dates are printed in the catalog and course schedule.)
Dean's List An announcement at the end of each semester listing students who have achieved a specified grade point average.
Degree Requirement A specifically identified course or examination which must be satisfied in order to become a candidate for a degree. (West Georgia has both general University and specific program requirements.)
Drop and Add The process of making certain changes (dropping and adding classes) in a student's schedule of courses during the first three class days of the semester. Adding courses is possible only in this three day period. (See the course schedule for specific dates.)
Elective An elective is a course elected from several. It implies options and choice; however, it should be stressed that physical education and recreation activity electives will not count as general academic electives. Also, programs require a certain number of hours to be upper-division and some lower-division. The term elective can refer to either of those; therefore, every use of the term elective is not the same.
Fees The expenses payable by the student to the University in order to be officially enrolled. Examples of such fees include the application fee, matriculation fee, and activity fees.
Full-time Student A student enrolled for a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester. The normal full-time course load is 15 credit hours per semester.
GPA The term simply means Grade Point Average; however, all GPA's are not the same. In fact, there are several different uses and methods for calculating GPA. Below are listed some of the most common.
GPA adjusted versus unadjusted An unadjusted GPA means that the result is an arithmetical average of the grades of all courses attempted at a given institution; whereas, an adjusted GPA refers to the average being altered by deletions of certain grades that were either repeated or eliminated.
Transfer GPA This refers to the average of all courses attempted at all other post-secondary institutions from which West Georgia normally accepts credit.
Institutional GPA This is the average of all grades for courses attempted at West Georgia with adjustments for repeated courses according to the policies in place when the course was initially attempted.
Overall GPA This term simply means the combined average of the Transfer GPA (if applicable) and the Institutional GPA.
Graduation GPA The GPA used to determine eligibility for graduation is the average of all grades for all courses attempted at West Georgia adjusted by any graduation forgiveness policies in place in the catalog used to determine degree requirements.
Honors Graduation GPA The Overall GPA (minus any forgiveness or repeat policy adjustments) is used to determine eligibility for graduation with honors.
HOPE GPA This is the average of all college-level work attempted after high school graduation, including any remedial work.
Georgia Residency Requirements The requirements for identifying or establishing permanent residency in the state of Georgia for the assessment of matriculation fees.
Grade Point The numerical value given to letter grades. An "A" is equivalent to 4 points per semester hour, a "B" to 3 points, a "C" to 2 points, a "D" to 1 point, and an "F" to 0 points.
Grant Financial assistance awarded to students which does not have to be repaid, usually based on need.
High School Joint Enrollment Program A program which makes available to qualified high school students West Georgia courses for full academic credit.
Honors Designations indicated on the university degree and transcript to reflect outstanding scholarship.
Incomplete The grade "I" sometimes granted when a student is temporarily unable to complete course requirements because of unusual circumstances.
Independent Study A course of study undertaken by a student under the supervision of one or more faculty members outside the classroom.
Internship Work in a firm or agency related to a student's major program and/or career plans. An internship involves earning college credit and may involve receiving payment.
Loan Financial assistance to students which must be repaid. Low interest loans are available, and financial need may or may not be a factor.
Major A concentration of related courses generally consisting of 21 or more semester hours of credit.
Matriculation The process of obtaining enrollment at the university.
Minor A concentration of related courses generally consisting of a minimum of 15 semester hours of credit.
Non-Degree Student A student who has been admitted to a non-degree category and is not currently seeking an associate or baccalaureate degree.
Part-Time Student A student who takes fewer than 12 credit hours during a semester.
Portfolio A collection of work (e.g., paintings, writings, etc.) which may be used to demonstrate competency in an academic area.
Prerequisite A requirement, usually the completion of another course, which must be met before a student can register for a course.
Semester Calendar System A semester is a unit of time, 15 weeks long, in the academic calendar. A full academic year consists of two semesters.
Semester Hour A unit of academic credit. One quarter hour of credit is equivalent to two-thirds a semester hour of credit.
Registration The process of signing up and paying fees for courses each semester.
Reinstatement Readmission to the University after having been academically excluded or having withdrawn.
Residence Requirement The required number of credit hours of course work that must be completed at West Georgia before a degree will be granted.
Residency Requirement As opposed to the Residence Requirement, the Residency Requirement refers to the length of time certain students (usually depended upon classification) must live on campus.
ROTC The Reserve Officers' Training Corps military science curriculum offers electives leading to a commission in the United States Army.
Scholarship Financial assistance to students awarded on the basis of academic achievement. Financial need may or may not be a factor.
Stop Registration A hold placed on a student's registration as a result of academic exclusion, an unfulfilled obligation to the University, or a disciplinary action by the University.
Student Employment Part-time jobs made available to students with financial need through federally funded programs (work-study) and to students without need through individual departments (regular student assistant program).
Transfer Student Transfer students are those who have previously been enrolled in any accredited college. All previous college attendance must be reported at the time of application. (High school students in joint enrollment programs are not considered transfer students.)
Transient Student Students currently enrolled at another college may apply for the privilege of temporary registration at West Georgia. Such students are those who expect to return to their home institution and who have transient permission from that institution.
Transient Student Status West Georgia students wishing to take courses temporarily at another college or university to count towards their degree at West Georgia must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher and must obtain permission from the Dean of their major school.