Bristol Community College

Bristol Community College

BUZZ Words

a Glossary of terms

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accessBCC is an online system that allows students to access, edit and manage their personal and course information. Students can use accessBCC to register for classes, manage their schedule and obtain final grades at the end of the term. accessBCC also provides all students with a college email account and serves as a portal to other resources available at the college, including the eLearningBCC system.


See Placement Testing.


Time period, during each semester, in which students may make changes in their class schedule based on course availability. See catalog for this year's dates.


A faculty or staff member who is trained and skilled in providing students with support regarding their academics. All students at BCC are assigned an advisor.

Associate in Applied Science degrees (A.A.S. Degree)

Courses of study leading to the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree are designed to lead directly to employment in a specific occupational area. The career courses in these programs are linked to current practices in the work world.

Associate in Arts degrees (A.A. Degree)

Transfer programs listed in the college catalog generally lead to the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree and prepare students for transfer to a four-year college or university. These programs are designed to meet most senior institution requirements. However, students are responsible to make sure that their program will transfer to the institution of their choice. The BCC Transfer Office works with students by appointment to design programs for transfer.

Associate in Science degrees (A.S. Degree)

Courses of study leading to an Associate in Science (A.S.) degree are generally described in the college catalog as career programs. Successfully completing one of these programs prepares students for technical or professional entry-level positions. Many A.S. programs also allow students to transfer to four-year institutions.


A course in which a student does not earn a grade. See ‘Academic Information’ in the College Course Catalog for more information.

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The College offers a number of certificate programs that can be completed in one year if the prerequisites are met. Three levels of certificates are offered: Certificate of Achievement 24-29 credit; Certificate of Accomplishment 15-23 credits; Certificate of Recognition less than 15 credits. Graduates earning the Certificate of Achievement will be recognized at Commencement.


A course that must be taken at the same time as another course in order for a student to be eligible to enroll in both. Also see Pre-requisite.

Course Reference Number (CRN)

A number specifically assigned to each section of each course offered at the college.

Credit Courses

Courses in which a student earns credit towards graduation and/or degree completion.

Credit Hour

The total dollar amount for each credit that a course is worth. For example, if a course carries three credits, it has three credit hours. For more information, please visit ‘Tuition and Fees’ within the College Course Catalog.

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Degree Program

An academic program which yields a degree within that discipline (Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science).


DegreeWorks is a web-based degree audit tool that allows students and advisors to track degree progress, prepare for registration and plan for graduation.

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eLearningBCC is a learning management system that provides online course spaces where faculty members can post resources for traditional face-to-face courses or teach partially or completely online. Students who are taking BCC distance learning classes need to access eLearningBCC in order to connect to their online courses.

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Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office provides assistance and counseling in completing the financial aid application, evaluation and determination of need.

Full-time Student

A student enrolled in 12 or more credits within a semester.

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General Education

A core of courses that helps students strengthen their skills in reading, writing and mathematics. These increase the student's awareness and appreciation of historical thinking, important social issues, and the role of languages, literature, science and the arts in our society.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Letter grades assigned a numerical point value and averaged to create semester and overall numerical grade (on a 4.0 scale). For directions on how to calculate your GPA, visit ‘Academic Information’ within the College Course Catalog.


Letter grades (A, B, C, D, F, L, N, S, U, W) are typically assigned. Pluses (+) and minuses (-) may be given at the discretion of the instructor.

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Incomplete Grade

The mark of an Incomplete “I” is given to a student if work in a class is unfinished because of illness, accident, or other unavoidable absence. The student must arrange with the instructor or Divisional Dean (in the instructor’s absence), to make up the deficiency.

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Learning Community

Learning Communities are linked or clustered classes: the same group of students takes two or more classes together; the classes themselves are linked: the teachers have organized readings and other activities around common themes or questions.

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Admitted as a student to a college or university.

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Non-credit Courses

BCC's non-credit courses that do not have grades or exams.

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Part-time Student

A student enrolled in less than 12 credits during a semester.

Placement Test

The Accuplacer test which all incoming, degree-earning students must take prior to enrollment in courses. Accuplacer tests reading comprehension, arithmetic and elementary algebra skills.


Specific requirements (placement test score, successful completion of another course) that must be met in order to enroll in certain courses. Also see Co-requisite.

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Refund Policy

Students must follow College withdrawal procedures to receive a refund. See the “Withdrawal Policy” on page 139, in the Academic Information section of the College Catalog.

Repeated Courses

Courses in which a student re-enrolls based on previous poor academic performance.

Required Courses

Academic courses that a student must complete in order to be eligible for certificate, degree, or transfer completion.

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Section Number

The number assigned a specific section of a course offered within a semester. For example, multiple English 101 courses are offered in a specific semester, but each has a section number specific to when it's held.

Student ID Number (Banner Number)

The identification number randomly assigned to you by the College. This number begins with “900” and is followed by six other numbers. It may be found on your Student ID Card (accessBCC card).


At the beginning of the semester, generally within the first or second class meeting, your instructor will provide you with what is referred to as a “syllabus”. A syllabus provides all the information a student needs to know about a course. A syllabus serves as the contract between student and instructor.

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Textbook Advance

Monies made available, through Financial Aid package, to purchase textbooks.


Official record of all courses completed and assigned grades. Must be obtained through a formal request to the Registrar’s Office. See Unofficial Transcript.

Transfer Credit

Academic Credits in courses which are eligible for transfer to another institution. To learn more, please visit Transfer Affairs.

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Unofficial Transcript

A list of completed courses with grades, and if applicable, a list of courses in progress. See Transcript.

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See Textbook Advance.

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Formally removing oneself from a course. See the 'Withdrawal Policy' in the Academic Information section of the College Course Catalog.

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