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About the Catalog and the College
Add deadline – The latest date in a semester to add a course to a student’s class schedule.
Admission – The process of being admitted to Roane State allowing you to register for classes. Completion of the admissions process does not constitute registration for classes.
Admissions file – The documents collected for admission to the college. These documents include application, transcripts, test scores, immunization record, and any other information required by the Admissions or Records and Registration Offices.
Advisor – A full-time faculty member who meets with designated students to help make curriculum choices and discuss progress toward achieving educational goals.
Articulation agreement – A document that outlines the curriculum agreed to by Roane State and a four-year college or university to satisfy the degree requirements at Roane State and at the receiving four-year institution.
Associate's degree – An associate's degree is awarded to students after completion of a core curriculum. Students completing options in University Parallel (transfer) programs receive the Associate of Science (A.S.) or Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree. Students who complete options in Career Preparation programs receive an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree.
Audit – Taking a course but not for credit. Students pay required fees and attend class but are not required to complete assignments or take exams.
Budget - The allotted amount a student can receive if receiving financial aid.
Career Preparation – An Associate of Applied Science degree program for students who wish to seek employment after completing two years of college work.
Census - 14th calendar day of each semester. Financial aid awards (for files that have been verified) are based on enrollment status at time of census date.
Compass Test – An assessment to identify a student’s academic strengths and weaknesses in reading, writing, and mathematics. This information is used to provide advisement and placement in courses that best help the student improve skills in these areas, as well as study skills.
Corequisite – A course that is required to be taken simultaneously with another.
Course – A subject or class in which instruction is offered within a given period of time for a semester and for which credit toward a degree is given.
Course load – The total number of semester hours or credit hours in which a student is enrolled for a semester.
Credit hour – One hour of classroom study per week over the period of a semester.
Curriculum – The whole body of courses offered for study by the college or by a particular department.
Drop deadline – The latest date in a semester to add or drop a course from a student’s class schedule.
Elective – A subject or course that is accepted toward fulfillment of credit for a degree or certificate but is not specifically required for that degree or certificate. So termed because a student elects or chooses to take the course.
Enrollment Verification for Entitlements Act (EVEA) - Tennessee House Bill 1379/Senate Bill 1325 requires that any applicant to a college or university that receives funding from the State of Tennessee and is classified as "In-State" for tuition purposes will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship or proof of Permanent Resident Status.
Full-time student – A student enrolled in 12 or more credit hours of coursework per semester.
Grant – Financial aid that does not have to be paid back.
Humanities – Any course at Roane State in art, literature, humanities, music, philosophy or theatre.
Learning Support – Foundation courses in English, math, reading, and study skills designed for students who are not fully prepared for college level courses. Placement in Learning Support courses is determined by ACT, SAT or Compass test scores.
Loan – Financial aid that must be paid back, usually within a specified time.
Major – The academic area offered by Roane State in which one specializes.
NSO - New Student Orientation
Part-time student – A student enrolled in less than 12 credit hours of coursework per semester.
Physical/Natural Science – Any science that deals with phenomena observable in nature – biology, chemistry and physics.
Prerequisite – A course requirement to be completed or a level of skill or knowledge to be demonstrated prior to enrollment in a course or program.
Probation – The status of students when their cumulative GPA drops below college standards. Students may still enroll while on probation.
RaiderNet - Students' one-stop hub for all of their college-related business. Students use RaiderNet to access course registration, financial aid information, e-mail and other services
Readmit – An Admissions form students must fill out if they have not attended Roane State for one or more semesters.
R# – A unique computer generated student identification number.
Registration – The process of officially enrolling in one or more courses. Students must be admitted to Roane State before they can register for classes.
Residency - 1.Refers to whether or not a student qualifies for in-state maintenance fees. 2. Refers to the amount of coursework that must be taken at Roane State in order to receive a degree or certificate from the college.
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) - An appeal needed by students who have reached maximum hours (90 or more) at a community college level or those who are/have been on financial aid probation for low grades/GPA.
Semester – A period of instruction lasting 15 weeks at Roane State. Two semesters, fall and spring, ordinarily compose a college year. The third semester, summer, is optional and may be used as a time to catch up or get ahead.
Social Science – Any course at Roane State in anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, or sociology.
Suspension – The status of students when their cumulative GPA drops below Roane State’s standards for two consecutive semesters. Students may not enroll while on suspension.
Transcript – An official record of academic history including coursework and grades.
University Parallel – Major programs of study designed primarily for students who wish to transfer to a four-year college or university and complete a baccalaureate degree. The credits earned from these programs lead to the A.S. or A.A degree.
Withdrawal - Officially dropping a course(s) for a given term. This action is to be completed before the published "Last Day to Withdraw" during the given semester.