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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:
Dean of Students
Audit, pass/no pass, satisfactory/unsatisfactory, letter grade
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)
General education courses
Major, minor, concentration
Associate, bachelor, certificate, master, PhD, DP, DNP, DVM, JD, MD
Residency hours for degree
Over the past two years, the University of Georgia mailed a jargon handbook,
Dartmouth College, Maryville 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