New Student Planning Guide - The ABCs of RVCC
As a new student you will presented with a number of new terms and concepts. The following list of definitions will help you to learn the ABCs of RVCC to help you meet with success.Where appropriate, web links for more information are provided (links open in new window).
Academic Support Center—Visit with the tutoring center early before you have problems, Located on the lower level of Somerset Hall
Application — The process by which prospective students request permission to attend RVCC, create their student record and declare their academic majors
College Catalog– The college catalog contains important academic policies, procedures, degree requirements and course descriptions
Co-requisite– Some courses require students to take another course at the same time or prior to enrolling in the course. For example, BIOL 101 has a co-requisite of MATH 112. Students must either take MATH 112 at the same time as BIOL 101 or have taken MATH 112 prior to enrolling BIOL 101.
Course Descriptions– The course descriptions are available on-line and in the RVCC catalog. They provide an overview of the course topics, any pre-requisite or co-requisite courses and the number of credits.
Credits— Academic credit is based on the amount of instruction time: 3 credit course – approximately 3 hours a week &
4 credit course – approximately 4 hours a week. Tuition is charged by the CREDIT.
Developmental Courses—Most students may require a refresher in high school English and Mathematics. The need for developmental courses is determined by the ACCUPLACER Placement Test.
FERPA– Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act; FERPA maintains the confidentiality of student records. RVCC is not permitted to disclose educational records of students to parents or others without the student’s permission via the informed consent form.
Degree Evaluation—The degree evaluation tool, located in the Lion’s Den under the Student Services tab, allows advisors and students to measure academic progress. It shows which courses you have taken and are currently taking, and which requirements still need to be fulfilled.
Foreign Language Placement Test—Students who have taken two years of a language in high school must take the Foreign Language Placement Test prior to enrolling in the same language. The tests are offered at the Testing Center at no charge.
General Education Courses—Courses in Communications, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Technological Competency, and Cultural and Global Awareness.
Holds—Holds are placed on student accounts when a requirement has been unmet or to monitor student enrollment in development courses. Some common holds are for developmental courses, outstanding balance and outstanding admissions documents such as transcripts and immunization forms.
Major - A specific area of study
Pre-requisite—A course which requires completion of another course prior to enrollment. For example, English 112 has a pre-requisite of English 111; students must complete English 111 before they can take English 112.
Registration—The process of officially selecting the classes to be taken in a particular semester
Semester—Time period during which courses are offered
Fall Semester (September – December) 15 weeks
Spring Semester (January – May) 15 weeks
Summer Sessions (May – June) 6 weeks: Session I (July- August) 6 weeks: Session II (June – August) 9 weeks: Session III
Student Status– Students are either full-time (12 or more credits) or part-time (11 or fewer credits); student status is important to consider for health insurance and financial aid reasons.
Syllabus—This document accompanies every course and lists the course requirements, assignments, grading policies and other important information about your course(s). Be sure to always keep copies of your course syllabi handy!
Withdrawal—Students may withdraw from a full semester (15 week) course until the end of the 9th week of the semester without academic penalty