Transfer Center

Glossary of Terminology

Certification that the College has met established standards and is nationally recognized by appropriate accrediting agencies. CSI's accrediting agency is Northwest Association on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

The process through which an individual becomes a CSI student. Be aware that some programs may have additional admission requirements so be sure to visit with your major advisor.

Alternative Credit:
CSI provides students several opportunities to receive undergraduate credit on the basis of satisfactory standardized testing performance or challenging courses in one or more areas. Contact the Admissions and Records Office for a full listing of alternative credit methods.

Articulation Agreement:
Agreement between Idaho's public community colleges and universities assuring junior-level status to students who complete the community college general education and graduation requirements in university parallel 2+2 programs.

Publication that contains general information regarding policies and procedures, admissions, program offerings, degree requirements, course descriptions, student life activities, etc.

CLEP (College Level Examination Program):
CLEP is a national program of examination that assess college-level knowledge in several subject areas. CSI grants credit to individuals who have scores that indicate they have reached a college level of education through either traditional or non-traditional means of study.

College Level Credit:
Credits are assigned to a course based upon how many hours the class meets. A specific amount of college-level credits are required to graduate with a degree.

The Computerized Adaptive Placement Assessment & Support System assessments are a series of un-timed adaptive tests in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. These tests are used as a means to gather information regarding the background, educational needs, and course placement of students. Please contact the Advising Center or your major advisor for interpretation of COMPASS scores.

Core Certification:
Students who complete all of the general education requirements outlined for an AA or AS degree program (without completing the whole degree program) at CSI will be considered as having completed the general education requirements at any Idaho State Higher Education institutions.  A core certified status provides verification to a receiving institution that the student has satisfied the lower division general education requirements for all Idaho public colleges and universities. 

Corequisite Course:
A required course that must be taken in combination with another course.

Credit Hour:
A unit of measure representing an hour (50 minutes) of instruction over a 15-week period in a semester. It is applied toward the total number of hours needed for completing the requirements of a degree, diploma, certificate, or other formal award.

The classes outlined by an institution for a program of study that lead to a degree or certificate.

Declared Major:
A student’s official area of concentration of study.

Developmental Advising:
The process of providing information and guidance to students, through the advising relationship, which listens, explores options, encourages, teaches, promotes the development of responsibility, clarification of values and decisions making skills needed to create and meet individual educational, career, and personal goals.

Developmental Course:
Courses designed to teach students the fundamental skills necessary to progress in the direction of college-level coursework. Developmental courses are counted as part of the semester credit course load used to determine enrollment status, tuition, financial aid, and other college-related business.

Disenrolling from a course prior to the course census date. A drop that is processed during this period of time will not be recorded on the student's official transcript.

Elective Credits:
A course which is not specifically required for your major or part of the general education requirement, but may be taken for credit towards the total credits required for graduation.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is completed by a student to determine grant and loan eligibility.

General Education Courses:
The State of Idaho has identified core courses for all college programs. These courses help give the student a broad knowledge of the world and satisfy part of the degree requirements for CSI or a student’s transfer institution.

GPA (Grade Point Average):
The Grade Point Average of a student is determined by a mathematical calculation; the average of all final grades earned in each course.

A specific program that is the student’s chosen field of study.

Major Advisor:
A professional who reviews your course placement, provides college guidance with appropriate course selection, reviews degree requirements in your area of study, helps create a graduation plan, and refers students to campus services and resources based upon specific needs.

Enrolling in a college or university as a candidate for a degree.

Prerequisite Course:
A course that must be completed prior to taking another course.

The process through which a student enrolls in a course(s) or program.

The scheduled time period in which a course(s) is completed. CSI has three semesters: fall, spring, and summer.

Student ID Card:
The official CSI campus card used for identification, security, access to campus facilities, events, and services.

A written outline of a class. It contains your instructor’s office hours, reading assignments, text information, projects, due dates, etc. You will receive a syllabus in each class, so refer to this document often!

An official list of courses completed, attempted, and with final grades earned.

The cost of a course credit.

Disenrolling from a course after the course census date. A withdrawal that is processed during this period of time will be recorded as a "W" on the student's official transcript.