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Episode 1- University Jargon

Jan 20, 2020

 University Jargon podcast

Chronicle of Higher Education article July 2019

Great article talking about a UCLA post for First Year experience asking about any confusing or confounding terms. In a recent study of 455 colleges...[they] found 136 different terms for the same unsubsidized student loan. 

...first-generation students, who sometimes stumble in navigating the invisible rules and unspoken expectations often called colleges’ “hidden curriculum.” 
Incomprehensible lingo can “flare that impostor syndrome,” said Sarah Whitley, senior director of the Center for First-Generation Student Success at NASPA, a national student-affairs organization.  

Misunderstanding institutional language can lead to missteps — withdrawing after a deadline, for example, so students pay for credits they don’t receive.

Terms defined in show:

forgiveness policies
Dean of Students
Priority registration
Grade mode
Audit, pass/no pass, satisfactory/unsatisfactory, letter grade
Time tickets/appointments
Enrollment status (full-time, ¾ , ½, less than half time)
Level (grad, UG, professional, nondegree)
Academic standing/status (Good standing, dean’s list, probation, drop/dismissed)
Office Hours
General education courses
Major requirements
Major, minor, concentration
Associate, bachelor, certificate, master, PhD, DP, DNP, DVM, JD, MD
Residency hours for degree
Catalog year

Over the past two years, the University of Georgia mailed a jargon handbook

Dartmouth CollegeMaryville College in Tennessee, and Western Illinois University,  Weber State University— have created web pages defining campus terms and phrases. The Utah university’s website now offers a terms and definitions page.

Definition of terms



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