2nd Year Academic Advisement

Professionals Student Glossary

Academic Advisement
Academic Advisement is an educational process by which students and their Academic Advisement Professionals work together to develop the students' understanding of academic and personal development towards success and completion of long-term goals. Students are encouraged to develop a strong connection with their Academic Advisement Professional as they complete the second year.

Academic Calendar - Classes are held during a 12-week Fall semester. This is followed by a 6-week Winter module. A 12-week Spring semester. This is followed by a 6-week Summer module. *The academic calendar is available in the Schedule of Classes bulletin

Add/ Drop A Course - To increase or decrease one's course load during a specific period of time. Please refer to the academic calendar for dates.

Advisor- A college staff member who help students select courses, choose a major, understand rules and regulations, and connect students to campus resources.

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree - The Kingsborough A.A.S. degree programs were specifically designed for students who wish to start a career on a semi-professional level immediately after graduating from college. Please click here for a list of A.A.S degrees.

Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree - The Kingsborough A.A. degree programs were designed to expose students to humanities, social sciences and mathematics. The objectives are similar to the prescribed courses frequently found in the first two years of baccalaureate liberal arts programs. Please click here for a list of A.A degrees.

Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree
 - The Science, Mathematics, Fine and Performing Arts courses offered in these programs provide sound foundations in those specialties as well ad in the essential liberal arts. Please click here for a list of A.S degrees.

 - Taking a course without getting credit for it. A student who wishes to attend a course as an "auditor" must obtain permission from the department chairperson, formally register and pay for the course under the current tuition policy, and discuss eligibility to be an "auditor" with the registrar in room A-101 once registration is complete and prior to the first day of classes. the grade of "AUD" will be given to the "auditor" upon completion of the course. The "AUD" grade carries no credit and cannot be changed to any other grade.

Articulation Policy  - An agreement between community colleges and senior (four-year) colleges to provide a smooth transition for transfer students from community college graduates into senior colleges.

Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Sciences (B.A. / B.S.)  - A standard degree awarded by a senior (four-year) college or University for the successful completion of all requirements.

Basic Courses  - Courses that individual Kingsborough departments feel are essential for college students so that they may learn the fundamental and basic concepts of a discipline. Basic courses are designated by a "+". Some basic courses require prerequisite courses or departmental permission. This is indicated within the course description.

Bursar  - The Bursar's Office handles tuition payments, check distribution, and parking permits within Kingsborough Community College.

Catalog– Kingsborough Community College has the catalog available to you on the Kingsborough website showing you all of what Kingsborough has to offer new students.  

Change of Curriculum - Prior to filing for a Change of Curriculum, a student must consult an academic advisor so that all implications may be explored and made clear to them and to learn when the change will be effective. If the student then feels that it wise to change majors, he or she must obtain a "Change of Curriculum" form in the registrar's office room A-101. The College reserves the right to limit admission to any curriculum. There are special requirements for changing to the NURSINGEARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, and MENTAL HEALTH curricula. Please see the appropriate departments or advisors for details.

Change of Status- To make sessions change – Day to Evening or Evening to Day or non-degree to degree – students must file the appropriate form in the Registrar's Office (A-101) before the deadline dates as indicated in the college calendar.

Co-requisite - A course or a skill level that you must have successfully completed at the same time as another course. Check the college catalog or current Schedule of Classes to determine any prerequisite requirements. 

CUNY Proficiency Exam (CPE) - (Exam no longer given) The CPE is an exam that was meant to determine a student's proficiency in the areas of reading, writing and critical thinking.

College Wide Requirements - courses all students must take in order to graduate. (For example, English 12 and English 24)

COUNSELING - Your COUNSELOR, a member of the Department of Student Development, is a professional who will help you: clarify your career objectives; guide you in your curricula and course choices; assist you in matters of personal and/or social concerns; and offer assistance with your academic or vocational plans beyond Kingsborough.

Credits/Units- Points granted for courses taken in college. Successful completion of a course, except for specified remedial courses which are counted in terms of EQUATED CREDITS, earns a specific number of credits.

CUNY Assessment Test - Exams in reading, writing and mathematics. Students entering CUNY are required to take these exams. Passing the exams is a requirement for courses, majors and graduation. 

Dean - A member of the college administration who is in charge of a specified area of the college or activities, such as the Dean of Students.

Dean's List - Matriculated students with a 3.2 GPA may be eligible for this honor. Students do not need to apply; students who meet criteria will automatically be placed on the list.

Degree - Once a student has completed all requirements for graduation and file a graduation application with the Registrar's office, the student is awarded a degree. Degrees offered by Kingsborough are Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S), Associates in Arts (A.A.) and Associates in Science (A.S.).

Degree Audit- Process by which student's transcripts are reviewed to confirm that all requirements have been or will be fulfilled before graduation.

Degree Requirements -  Major and college requirements that must be fulfilled in order to graduate with a degree offered by Kingsborough. Each major has specific course requirements. In addition to checking the college catalog, it is important to consult with advisor and/or major departments for specific course requirement needed for a particular degree.

Department - An organizational unit that offers courses in a specific subject area or a specific group of subjects. For example, Department of Biological Sciences.

Departmental Requirements - Specified courses required of all majors in the pursuit of a particular degree.

Developmental Courses - Designed for students whose skills assessment test scores indicate that special remediation assistance is required.

Dismissal (Academic) -  Occurs when a student on probation has not improved their grade point average within a given time frame. A student who is dismissed for academic reasons may not apply for readmission until one semester after dismissal.

Elective Course - A course selected and taken based on student's interest. This course will not substitute for a required one, but credits accumulated from elective courses may be applied toward the degree credits needed for graduation.

CUNYfirst - CUNYfirst is the City University of New York's fully integrated resources and services tool, using the latest technology to serve our students, faculty and staff. http://www.cuny.edu for further information on accessing the system and other services provided CUNYfirst, contact the Registration Help Center 718-368-6551 

Equated Credits - These are figured out on the basis of the number of class (contact) hours per week which are taken in required developmental and remedial courses for which actual credit is not allowed. 
For instance: Math R2- 0 credits, 5 contact hours= 5 equated credits.
Equated credits are figured in determining your minimum course load and full-time status. Equated credits do not count in figuring your index or toward the total credits required for your degree.

Evening and Weekend College - This program exists to serve the needs of students who are not able, or who do not wish to, attend the Day Program. Please contact the Office of Academic Scheduling, located in room A-113, for further information regarding this program.

Financial Aid -  Term given to scholarships, loans, grants, stipends, and part- time jobs that make it financially possible for a student to attend college.

Full–Time  -  Status of a student enrolled for at least 12 credits during a semester.

Forgiveness Policy  -  Students who have been out of Kingsborough for a period of five years or more and whose index was below 2.0, can be readmitted on probation. Any prior failing grades would not be calculated in their grade point average to determine their standing, nor would they be factored into the analysis of eligibility for graduation. Prior passing grades will be taken into consideration when the student applies for graduation.

Grade Point Average (GPA) - A number that ranges from 0.00 up to 4.00, which indicates an average of the grades that a student receives based on the number of credits he or she has completed.

Grades - Designate the quality of work a student produces academically.

Graduation Requirements - Any courses, exams, and/or fieldwork experiences required by the college to earn a particular degree. For example, passing the CUNY Assessment Exams,  completing College Preparatory Initiative units, and meeting degree requirements are all required for graduation. For students to receive their degree, they must complete a graduation application with the registrar's office.

Honors Program - Designed for bright, motivated students interested in participating in honors courses, independent study seminars, and research projects while pursuing their associate degree. To graduate with any of the degrees offered, you must be a matriculated student and complete the required number of credits for your major with a minimum cumulative grade point index of 2.00 with is at least a 'C' average. http://www.kbcc.cuny.edu/honors

Incomplete (INC) - A grade that is given to a student, who is passing, but missed an assignment or examination. A grade of INC changes to an F if the work is not made up by the 10th week of the next 12-week module. Students who receive an INC are strongly suggested to speak with their professor to complete missing work in order to receive a passing grade.

Major -  A field of study in which students have a concentration of courses in a particular subject area. To major in a particular field, the student is required to accumulate a certain number of credits in that subject and complete all other graduation requirements.

Matriculated - The status granted to a student who is enrolled in a degree-granting program.

Module - A six-week session in the winter and in the summer.

Non-Matriculated - A status granted to a student who is attending college but is not enrolled in a degree program.

EMPLID number / ID number - An abbreviation for Employee ID, it is an assigned numerical identifier for students, faculty, and staff and is used instead of their social security number. This unique eight digit personal identification number is system generated and dependent on the individual's current role in CUNY 

Pre-requisite - A course or other requirement, which a student must successfully complete before taking another specified course. For example, passing CUNY placement exams – Reading & Writing is a prerequisite for English 12 – Freshman English 1.

Probation - A student is placed on probation by the college when their GPA falls below 2.0.

Part-Time Status - A student enrolled in less than 12 credits during a semester.

Remediation - Courses that are designed to bring students up to college level work.

Registrar's Office - Maintains academic records for all students and is responsible for the registration of students into classes after they have been admitted to the college.

Required Course - Courses needed for a specific major.

Schedule of Classes - A bulletin listing all courses offered during a particular semester.

Section - Identifies the specific class a student is registered for in a given semester.

Syllabus - An outline of class requirements, indicating assignments, reading, and brief description of the courses and grading procedures.

Transcript - The official record of courses taken, grades received, grade point average, and degrees awarded. Transcripts are maintained in the Registrar's office.

Unofficial Withdrawal (WU) - This is a grade given by an instructor when a student does not follow official procedures for withdrawal from a class. This grade may also be assigned to a student who has reached excessive absences past the final date for withdrawal even if they are doing passing work in the course. Students who fail to officially withdraw from a course for which they register receive the "WU" grade even if they never attended that class. A "WU" is equivalent to a grade of "F".

Withdrawal (W) - If you are unable to continue in a course, you may withdraw from it without receiving a failing grade provided that you: do so before the Official Withdrawal date (see college calendar); are doing passing work at the time you withdraw; get the required form from the registrar's office; discuss the matter with your counselor who must then sign the form; return the completed form to the registrar's office, room A-101. An Official Withdrawal does not count in computing scholastic index, but will count as attempted credits. 
NOTE: Withdrawing from a course or courses may change your status to PART-TIME, make you ineligible for inter-collegiate sports, and/or change your financial aid status.