EXPLANATION OF TERMS

term

definition

ACADEMIC ADVISOR

faculty member or counselor assigned to help students select courses and plan their educational programs.

ACCUPLACER

a computer-adaptive college placement test published by ACT, Inc. and used by ICC’s Testing Center for determining course placement.

ASSOCIATE DEGREE

awarded to a student who has completed at least 60 credit hours in a particular field of study as outlined in the college catalog.

AUDITING

enrolling for and attending class(es) regularly without having to take tests. No grade or credit hours are earned.

BACCALAUREATE DEGREE

awarded after completion of required credit hours, usually four years of full-time academic study. Usually referred to as bachelor’s degree.

CENSUS DATE

marks the end of the add/drop period for any term. On this day, the college takes a "snapshot" of all students' enrollment which becomes the "official enrollment" that is used for both state reporting and financial aid eligibility.

CERTIFICATE (OCCUPATIONAL OR CAREER AND TECHNICAL)

awarded to students who satisfactory complete the prescribed curriculum intended to prepare an individual for employment in a specific field.

CERTIFICATE OF PARTICIPATION

awarded for completion of noncredit training and workshops offered by ICC Corporate and Community Education.

CLASS SCHEDULE

available online, listing fall, spring, and summer semesters’ courses offered, time of day, day of week, location, cost, refund dates, withdrawal dates, and instructor.

CLINICAL AND INTERNSHIPS

experiences will conduct at off-campus locations at the hosting location(s).

COMMUNITY EDUCATION

noncredit classes and workshops that are designed to provide training in areas of interest for the general public. Includes Adult Community Programs, College for Kids, and ACT/SAT review.

CREDIT BY EXAMINATION

course credit granted upon successful completion of a standardized test such as CLEP (College Level Examination Program) or PEP (Proficiency Exam Program).

CREDIT HOUR

amount of work represented in goals or intended learning outcomes, and verified by evidence of student achievement, that reasonably approximates not less than 50 minutes of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work each week for approximately 16 weeks for each credit hour earned.

CURRICULUM

a group of courses making up an area of specialization.

DEAN/ASSOCIATE DEAN

person responsible for the administration of an academic department or academic support department.

DEPARTMENT

an administrative unit of an academics division, giving instruction in a particular subject or group of subjects, such as Humanities Department.

DISTRICT #514

Illinois Central College District official designation for ICC.

DIVERSITY PLEDGE

statement of ICC’s commitment to diversity in all its dimensions.

DROPPING A COURSE

If you are signed up for a course or are actually taking the course, and no longer want to take the course, you cannot just stop coming to class. You must drop the course online through your MyICC account at my.icc.edu. Be sure to check Class Schedule for details and deadlines.

ELECTIVE

course student may take not specifically required in a major, but counts as general credit toward a degree.

FULL-TIME STUDENT

student enrolled for 12 or more credit hours. Students enrolled in six or more credit hours during the summer session are classified as full-time for academic purposes but part-time for financial aid purposes.

GRADE POINTS

the number of points assigned to the specific letter grade received in a class.

GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA)

total number of grade points earned divided by the total number of credit hours attempted.

HYBRID CLASSES

courses will include online lectures and on-campus attendance to complete labs or hands-on experiences. Time required in the classroom is reduced but not eliminated.

IAI (ILLINOIS ARTICULATION INITIATIVE)

a statewide transfer program consisting of a package of core general education courses that will transfer from one school to another and will count towards a degree at the new school. Successful completion of these core courses, composed of five categories can mean a smoother transition to any associate or bachelor’s degree program at participating schools.

LAB

portion of course work conducted in a laboratory setting. Usually hands-on work such as physics experiments or computer use.

LECTURE

classroom instruction, not a lab.

MINIMESTER

a typical 16-week credit class accelerated to be completed in approximately 11 days by attending class approximately 6 hours each day.

NONCREDIT CLASSES

courses do not require exams and do not earn college credit.

OFF-CAMPUS CLASSES

courses taught at locations other than our East Peoria or Peoria Campuses, such as classes held at area high schools or agencies.

ON-CAMPUS CLASSES

classes taught at any of our ICC campuses.

ONLINE ANYTIME

is a traditional online course, providing a convenient, flexible and student-centered way of learning. Students log in and complete their course assignments day or night, without coming to campus.

ONLINE SCHEDULED

is an online class at a scheduled time. Students log in to their class at the scheduled times and participate in live, video-supported classes with their instructor and classmates. This online course format is the most comparable to the face-to-face, on-campus experience.

OPEN-DOOR POLICY

any person 18 years of age or older may enroll at Illinois Central College. However, students must meet specific placement requirements for college-level courses and/or specific academic program.

PART-TIME STUDENT

student enrolled for 11 or fewer credit hours. Students enrolled for five or fewer credit hours during a summer session are classified as part-time.

PREREQUISITE

course that must be completed before another course can be taken, such as MATH 222 must be completed prior to MATH 223.

SEMESTER

usually 16 weeks at Illinois Central College; one-half of the academic year. Note: Summer sessions are usually 8 weeks long.

TRANSCRIPT

copy of a student’s academic record. Can be obtained by clicking on the Request a Transcript tile on the MyICC mobile app or go to https://icc.edu/students/student-records/, select Request a Transcript, then click on Request a Transcript.

TUITION

cost of one credit hour; multiplied by the number of credit hours in which enrolled.

WEB CLASSES (www)

refer to online classes.