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Glossary

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This glossary contains terms found in Commission publications, on this website, and in the education community. Several subsets of this glossary are available; click on the description in the menu to view them.
TermDefinition
Achievement Tests (ACH)Subject examinations, administered by the College Board, used to measure academic achievement and for student placement.
ACTACT is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides more than a hundred assessment, research, information, and program management services in the broad areas of education and workforce development. ACT administers a standardized external battery of tests administered by the American College Testing Program covering English, mathematics, reading and science reasoning. The tests are designed to assess the student's educational development and readiness for college-level study and may be used by institutions in lieu of SAT.
Advanced Placement CoursesCourses in high school that prepare students to take examinations that allow them to earn college credits while in high school.
Advanced StandingThe practice of placing a student in a course based on previous achievement levels, e.g., study at another institution, by challenge examination, AP or CLEP examination results.
A-G CoursesRefers to the University of California's Subject Requirement for admission, prospective freshmen must complete a series of high school courses known as the "a-g" requirements. The "a-g" requirements include 16 units of high school courses, seven units of which must be taken in the last two years of high school. A unit is equal to one academic year, or two semesters, of study. In the Commission databases, the "a-g" Completions indicate the number of high school graduates that completed all "a-g" courses with a grade of “C” or higher.

The Requirements are in the following subjects:

  • (a) History/Social Science
  • (b) English
  • (c) Mathematics
  • (d) Lab Science
  • (e) Lang Other Than English
  • (f) Visual & Performing Arts
  • (g) College Prep Elective
APAcronym for Advanced Placement Program, referring to high school courses that prepare students to take examinations which allow them to earn college credits while in high school and, therefore, lessen the time it takes to earn a baccalaureate degree.
AttritionStudents that leave or dropout prior to completion of their education program.
California State UniversityOne of the three public segments of higher education. The California State University (CSU)system includes 23 campuses across the state and serves more than 368,000 students annually. The CSU is the largest, the most diverse, and one of the most affordable university systems in the country. It is the gateway institution for the great majority of students seeking a baccalaureate education in California, and for those who seek professional training as teachers, nurses, social workers, and engineers. The individual California State Colleges were brought together as a system by the Donahoe Higher Education Act of 1960. In 1972 the system became The California State University and Colleges and in 1982 the system became The California State University. The oldest campus--San Jose State University--was founded in 1857 and became the first institution of public higher education in California. The newest campus-- California State University, Channel Islands accepted its first freshmen class in 2003. Today the campuses of the CSU include comprehensive and polytechnic universities and, since July 1995, the California Maritime Academy, a specialized campus.
CEEB CodeCollege Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) Code (aka ATP Code) is a 6-digit number that is used by standardized tests such as SAT and ACT. The first 2 digits indicate the state; all California schools start with "05". The CEEB Code is a 4-digit number for higher education institutions.
Class RankThe relative position of a student in his or her graduating class, determined by grade average.
CLEP (College Level Examination Program)A program offered by the College Board designed to offer students the opportunity to earn college credit by examination.
College BoardThe College Board is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the association is composed of more than 4,500 schools, colleges, universities, and other educational organizations. Each year, the College Board serves over three million students and their parents, 23,000 high schools, and 3,500 colleges through major programs and services in college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning. Among its best-known programs are the SAT®, the PSAT/NMSQT®, and the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®). The College Board is committed to the principles of excellence and equity, and that commitment is embodied in all of its programs, services, activities, and concerns. The Board contracts with the Educational Testing Service to create and administer its Admissions Testing Program (SAT I, SAT II - Subject Matter, and Advanced Placement tests), as well as reports to students indicating their performance on the tests.
College Board CodeCollege Board Code (aka ATP Code or CEEB Code) is a 6-digit number that is used by standardized tests such as SAT and ACT. The first 2 digits indicate the state; all California schools start with "05". The College Board Code is a 4-digit number for higher education institutions.
College Prep Initiative (UCCP)The UC College Prep Initiative (UCCP) is a University of California program offering Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors courses, tutoring, and AP exam preparation to high school students over the Internet. UCCP provides these services at no cost to students from eligible schools.

UCCP instructors are qualified and experienced subject area experts, often high school AP teachers or college professors. These online instructors are available to grade assignments, confer with students via email, and communicate in real-time during online office hours. UCCP requires that high schools designate a mentor to supervise students and facilitate course delivery. The mentor monitors student daily attendance, provides encouragement, and helps troubleshoot any technical problems that might occur.

UCCP offers a combination of courses purchased from commercial vendors and courses developed by UCCP. In partnership with UC faculty, UCCP is actively engaged in developing new courses and services. All courses meet California curriculum standards and are fully articulated with University of California admission requirements.
CSUAcronym for the California State University, which is administered by the Office of the Chancellor of the California State University. The California State University is the largest, the most diverse, and one of the most affordable university systems in the country. It is the gateway institution for the great majority of students seeking a baccalaureate education in California, and for those who seek professional training as teachers, nurses, social workers, and engineers. The CSU offers more than 1,800 bachelor's and master's degree programs in some 240 subject areas. Many of these programs are offered so that students can complete all upper-division and graduate requirements by part-time late afternoon and evening study. In addition, a variety of teaching and school service credential programs are available. A limited number of doctoral degrees are offered jointly with the University of California and with private institutions in California.
Cumulative Grade Point AverageThe numerical average of all the student's grades achieved during the period of study at an institution.
EthnicityRacial/ethnic designations reported in the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Systems (IPEDS) do not denote scientific definitions of anthropological origins. The categories are:
Black, non-hispanic - a person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa (except those of Hispanic origin).
American Indian or Alaska Native - a person having origins in any of the original peoples of North America and who maintains cultural identification through tribal affiliation or community recognition.
Asian or Pacific Islander - a person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, or Pacific Islands. This includes people from China, Japan, Korea, the Philippine Islands, American Samoa, India, and Vietnam.
Hispanic - a person of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central, or South American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.
White, non-Hispanic - a person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, North Africa, or the Middle East (except those of Hispanic origin).
(Data Element Dictionary)
GradeAn evaluation (normally by letter on a scale of A-F) of a student's performance on an examination, a paper or in a course.
Grade Point Average (GPA)A system of scoring student achievement used by many colleges and universities. A student's GPA is computed by multiplying the numerical grade received in each course by the number of credits offered for each course, then dividing by the total number of credit hours studied.
Most institutions use the following grade conversion scale: A = 4, B = 3, C = 2, D = 1, and F = 0.
High school Advanced Placement (AP) courses and “Honors” courses use a grading system which translates to a 5-point scale.
High SchoolSecondary school (grades 7-12 or 9-12). In the 6+6 scheme, the first three years (grades 7-9) are known as 'junior high school' and final three years (10-12) as 'senior high school'.
HonorsSpecial recognition of student's outstanding academic achievement.
Placement TestA skills assessment offered to, or required of, newly enrolled students after they have arrived on campus. Institutions that use placement tests recognize that the academic preparation of students varies significantly based upon the rigor of their prior educational coursework. The results of the skills assessment are used to "place" or advise enrollment of students into courses appropriate to their level of readiness.
SATA standardized admissions examination (formerly known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test or the Scholastic Achievement Test) of mathematical and language arts skills. The test is taken by high school students to demonstrate their knowledge and potential for success in university level study. The test is usually required for admission to public university undergraduate programs.
UCAcronym for the University of California, which is administered by the University of California Office of the President (UCOP).
UC College Prep Initiative (UCCP)UC College Prep Initiative (UCCP) provides online Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors courses, textbooks, tutoring, and AP test preparation at no cost to eligible high school students who otherwise would not have the opportunity to achieve eligibility or competitive eligibility for admission to the University of California and other top universities.
UCCP (UC College Prep Initiative)UC College Prep Initiative (UCCP) provides online Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors courses, textbooks, tutoring, and AP test preparation at no cost to eligible high school students who otherwise would not have the opportunity to achieve eligibility or competitive eligibility for admission to the University of California and other top universities.
University GoingEnrolling at four-year colleges, universities, and other institutions granting a bachelor's degree.
University of CaliforniaOne of the three public segments of higher education. The University of California (UC) serves about 189,000 students annually.