Academic Advising

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Advising Key Terms

  1. Academic Dismissal- A student whose performance is unsatisfactory as evidenced by failure to meet the criteria stipulated for satisfactory academic performance will be placed on academic dismissal. Academic Dismissal means that all your courses for the (upcoming) term will be administratively dropped and that after one academic term has passed, you will need to petition to the Academic Standards Committee to re-enroll in courses at RCBC. Please review the current College Catalog p.36 for more infromation. You can view the College Catalog by clicking here.

  2. Academic Probation- Any student who has a G.P.A. less than 2.0 and/or receives grades of F or U in 34 percent or more of all credits attempted.

  3. Add/Drop- The process of adjusting a student's schedule by dropping and/or adding courses after initial registration. The deadline for dropping/adding a course is based on the term of that course. Students can drop/add on WebAdvisor or in-person up until the deadline. 

  4. Administrative Withdrawal- A student may have the need to withdraw after the official withdrawal date due to an extenuating circumstance. In these instances, students may request an Administrative Withdrawal from the Associate Dean of Admissions and Registration and his/her decision is final.

  5. Associate Degree- The degree awarded by community colleges following the completion of a minimum of 63 credits. 

  6. Attempted Credits- The number of credits attempted at the institution. Any credit for which a grade is awarded is counted as an attempted credit.

  7. Baccalaureate Degree- An undergraduate degree requiring a minimum of 120 credits, which are typically completed in four to five years. 

  8. Blackboard- An online, electronic, education platform designed to deliver course and/or organizational content and information.

  9. Certificate- Certificate programs include courses specifically related to current career requirements, as well as general education courses designed to help you better understand the world in which you live and work.

  10. CLEP Exam- The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) gives you the opportunity to receive college credit for what you already know by earning qualifying scores on any of the 34 examinations. For more information, Click Here.

  11. Co-Requisite- A course that must be taken before or at the same time as another related course. 

  12. Completed Credits- The number of credits a student has earned in both non-degree (remedial) courses and college level courses. The credits earned in college level courses count toward the overall credits needed to earn a degree. 

  13. Credit Overload- 18 or more credits. Students must have an overall GPA of a 3.0 or higher and have signed permission from a counselor/academic advisor to register for that amount of credits. 

  14. Dean’s List- An official recognition by the college of outstanding academic achievement by students during the fall and spring terms. A student who has completed a minimum of 12 credits with no grade lower than “C” in any given term and who further has achieved a term grade point average (G.P.A.) of 3.50 or higher for that term will qualify for this honor. 

  15. Developmental Courses- Non-college courses numbered below the 100 level.  These courses do not count towards the total required credits for an associate degree.   However, they do count towards enrollment status.

  16. Electives- Courses in which a student may enroll that do not fulfill specific requirements, but may count toward the total number of credit hours needed. Students may choose electives dependent upon interests, needs, and specified criteria. When choosing electives, students may want to consult an advisor. 

  17. ESL- English as a Second Language. Participation in the program is open to all students, both full-time and part-time. Courses included in the ESL program are in reading, writing, speech and pronunciation and mathematics (below the 100 level). Interested students, Click Here.

  18. FERPA- Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. A federal law designed to protect the privacy of student records and to allow students access to their educational records.

  19. Flags- Academic holds on a student’s account that restrict registration or prevent the student from receiving a transcript or diploma. Holds are usually placed for academic, financial, or disciplinary reasons. 

  20. Full-time students- Enrollment in 12 or more credits during the fall or spring term.

  21. Grade Point Average (G.P.A.) - Determine a student’s academic progress and status.  Divide the total number of credits attempted by the total numerical value of grades received.

  22. Non-degree students- Students who are enrolled at RCBC, but who are not seeking to earn a degree. They are not eligible for financial aid.

  23. Part-time students- Enrollment in less than 12 credits during the fall or spring term. 

  24. Placement testing- State-wide Accuplacer assessment of college readiness in English, reading, and math. Placement testing is not required if a student has placed out with SAT or ACT scores or college credit earned through AP exams, CAP courses, or transfer credits from another college.
    SAT-Math: 530, Critical Reading: 540
    ACT - Math: 20, Reading: 23

  25. Pre-Calculus Math Sequence- An additional math placement is needed for students who are required to take pre-calculus for their academic major. These majors include, but are not limited to: engineering, business, math and areas of computers and science. See the College Catalog for specific program requirements and see an academic advisor for placement information. 

  26. Pre-Requisite- A course(s) students must successfully complete before being allowed to register for a more advanced course in the same or related subject area. 

  27. Re-enrollment- If a student hasn’t attended RCBC in a period of over three years, students must re-apply for admission. Students on academic dismissal who wish to re-enroll must file a petition to re-enroll. This form can be obtained from an academic advisor. 

  28. Satisfactory Academic Progress- All students receiving student financial aid from federal, state or institutional sources must make satisfactory academic progress (SAP) at RCBC. SAP is monitored at the end of each term for aid recipients who are degree-seeking or pursuing a certificate. SAP measures a student’s performance for all terms of enrollment, including terms in which the student does not receive financial aid. The three requirements measure cumulative grade point average, percent of credits earned relative to those attempted, and percent of attempted credits, including transfer credits, relative to the credits required for program completion.

  29. Term- An enrollment period of the year (fall, spring, or summer terms). The academic year at RCBC consists of a fifteen week terms, ten week terms, seven week terms, and five week terms. 

  30. Section- A course may be offered in several sections each term, with each section meeting at a different place and possibly at a different time and with a different instructor, but have basically the same content. Different sections of some courses have the same syllabus, while different sections of other courses do not. For more information about finding sections, Click Here.

  31. Total credits- Amount of credits earned by successfully completing courses at RCBC or by transferring in credits from other institutions. The total credits are helpful in determining a student’s eligibility to apply for graduation or to apply to an Allied Health program.

  32. Transcript- The official record of a student’s academic performance. 

  33. Visiting students- Someone who is regularly enrolled in another institution who registers for courses at Rowan College at Burlington County for one term (usually the summer).

  34. Walk-in Advising- The operational policy of academic advising where no appointment is necessary. Students are seen on a first come, first served basis. 

  35. WebAdvisor- A secure web interface that allows guests and students access to information in our database. WebAdvisor allows students to search for classes, view their grades, view their schedules, register for classes, and access other important information about their records.

  36. Withdraw- Withdrawing from a class occurs after the Last Day to Drop deadline has passed. The course from which the student withdraws will be recorded on the transcript as a W. The form for processing a course withdrawal may be obtained at the Registrar's Office.