CALIFORNIA POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION COMMISSION

NOTICE OF IMPENDING CLOSURE

Funding for CPEC has been eliminated from the 2011-12 state budget; as a result, the agency will close in fall 2011. The website will move to the Community College Chancellor's Office on Friday, 9/23/2011. It will be down over the weekend. It is not known what sections of the website will be available in the future.

Glossary

Calendar System (5)
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
4 - 1 - 4Academic year consisting of:
  • Four courses taken for four months
  • One course taken for one month
  • Four courses taken for four months
(Data Element Dictionary)
Academic YearAn academic year is the period of time K-12, colleges and universities use to measure a quantity of study. Academic years vary from school to school. Typically, the length of an academic year runs August/September through May/June. The academic year usually equates to two semesters, two trimesters, three quarters, or the period covered by a 4-1-4 calendar system. The Commission has standardized its data around an academic year starting with the Summer term or session and ending with the Spring term or session. For example, the 2004-05 academic year consists of the Summer 2004, Fall 2004, Winter 2005, and Spring 2005 terms.
QuarterRefers to three 12-week sessions that comprise the academic year. The range may be from 10 to 15 weeks. There may be an additional quarter in the summer. (Data Element Dictionary)
SemesterRefers to two 15-week sessions that make up the academic year.
TrimesterAn academic year consisting of three terms of about 15 weeks each. (Data Element Dictionary)