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Please note that the definitions that follow are general. More specific explanations of these terms as they are used at GPRC may be found throughout this Calendar.
A schedule of events and deadlines important to students and prospective students, covering the period of the College’s academic year, July 1 to June 30.
The term used to describe the twelve-month period from July 1 of one year to June 30 of the following year.
Admission or Readmission
Acceptance of a person (who has formally applied to attend the College) into a specified program.
Sometimes called Entrance Requirements, are the academic background necessary for admission to a particular program of studies. Some examples of admission requirements are a high school diploma, letters of reference, and Mathematics 30.
An entry test designed to determine a person’s competency level in a specific subject and may be used to determine admissibility to a program.
Refers to the practice of assessment of prior learning through Transfer Credit, Challenge Exam, Approved Equivalent GPRC Course, and/or PLAR.
Sometimes called an academic advisor, program advisor, or admissions advisor who may be a faculty member or a Student Services staff member who helps students select courses that will satisfy graduation requirements for the student’s program.
A resident of Alberta is defined as a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident (Landed Immigrant) who has been continuously residing in the Province of Alberta for at least one year immediately before the first day of classes of the term for which admission is sought. The one-year residence period shall not be considered broken where the admission office is satisfied that the applicant was temporarily out of the province on vacation, in short-term employment, or as a full-time student. Applicants on study permit cannot establish residence during a period as a full-time student in an Alberta secondary or postsecondary institution because a stay under study permit is considered to be a visiting period.
A former student or graduate of the College.
Approved Equivalent GPRC Course
The recognition of equivalent coursework completed at GPRC that replaces a required course for a program.
An audit (AU) is the marking used on a transcript to show that a credit course was taken on a not-for-credit basis. A student may receive an instructor’s permission to register in a course on a not-for-credit basis. It is expected that the student will attend classes regularly but will not normally be expected to participate in assignments or examinations.
An annual publication of academic regulations, schedules, programs of study and course descriptions.
The recognition awarded to a student who has completed all the requirements of a designated program that is normally completed within one academic year.
A comprehensive written exam used by the student to demonstrate knowledge and competencies specific to a course.
An official record of approved learning activities outside of the classroom.
A student enrolled in one or more semesters of the previous academic year.
The ceremony to celebrate with those students who successfully completed their programs and satisfied the College’s graduation requirements.
The requirement, usually a course, students must take at the same time they are taking another course.
The number of courses a student is expected to take while in attendance in a given semester of a program.
The quantitative measure or weight assigned to the “amount of learning” a student receives through a combination of lectures, tutorials, labs etc.
A course that carries credit toward a certificate, diploma, or program of studies.
Deferred Final Examinations
An examination written by a student, in accordance with College policy, subsequent to the regular time of writing.
The administrative unit of the College responsible for the academic functions of a program of study.
The recognition awarded to a student who has completed all the requirements of a designated program that is normally completed within two academic years.
Gives students an opportunity to take courses in their own communities. These may be taken online or through video conferencing from our satellite campuses.
Electives, sometimes called options, refer to courses in a specific program that are not prescribed by the curriculum and in which the student is allowed a choice.
Sometimes called Admission Requirements, is the academic background necessary for admission to a particular program of studies.
Sometimes referred to as the Fall Term or Fall Session, this is the period of the academic year which runs from September to December.
The dollar value set, normally annually, by the Board of Governors and used in the calculation of instructional fees. Fees quoted normally include tuition and other charges for instruction and do not normally include textbook charges.
Full Course Load
The maximum numbers of courses assigned by a given program.
A student who is registered (enrolled) in a minimum of 9 credits, in one semester, for a program.
Grade Point Average (GPA)
A measure of a student’s weighted average obtained by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total credits attempted.
A weighted value assigned to the grade a student receives in a course, obtained by multiplying the grade received by the course credits. This value is used in calculating grade point average.
High School Equivalent
Academically equal to high school diploma, subject or course.
International English Language Testing System.
In Progress (IP)
The grade assigned to the first term of a course that spans two consecutive terms.
An interim grade assigned when term work is deferred for legitimate reasons.
Defines when students may start a program that is not offered on a semester format.
Sometimes called a faculty member or teacher qualified to teach at the College.
Any day classes are held.
A student who is not a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident.
Junior Level Courses
Courses intended for students in their first year of study, typically numbered from 1000 to 1999. Junior Level courses normally fulfill prerequisite requirements for senior courses in the same subject.
Junior English is normally refers to university transfer (UT) English courses. Junior English courses would be those English courses without a prerequisite.
Sometimes referred to as an Adult Student, or Non-matriculated Adult, is normally a student who is 21 years of age or older. Admission requirements for mature students may be adjusted for certain programs.
A secure website where students can check their course schedules, register for classes, pay fees, check grades, and more.
A student who is attending a program for the first time.
Courses not recognized for credit towards a College certificate, diploma, degree or program of studies.
Options, sometimes called electives, refer to courses in a specific program that are not prescribed by the curriculum and in which the student is allowed a choice.
The award received for successful completion of a curriculum of studies that is recognized by a certificate or diploma.
A student who enrols in one or two courses (normally fewer that nine credits) in a semester.
An assessment to determine the student’s level of academic competence in a particular subject like English or Mathematics.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)
The process used to recognize knowledge and competencies acquired through informal and non-formal learning.
A policy serves as the authority for the College. All policies are regularly reviewed, updated, and posted on the College website. Students are expected to familiarize themselves with College policies and visit Student Services when they need clarification.
A course of study involving supervised practical work experience.
A course that must be successfully completed before another course can be taken.
An approved group of related courses leading to a diploma or certificate.
The process of selecting courses that are to be taken by a student in a term or session, usually in accordance with a specific program curriculum.
Often called compulsory or core courses, these are specific courses in a program that must be completed to meet graduation requirements in a program.
Required to Withdraw
A student who is no longer permitted to attend GPRC for a specified period of time. Students will be required to withdraw if their current year GPA is below 1.0. The College transcript will carry a notation “Required to Withdraw”.
The minimum number of GPRC courses or credits that must be completed to fulfill a program’s requirement or meet graduation requirements.
A student who is returning to the College after an absence of a minimum of one academic year.
The code that follows the course number that is used to distinguish different sections of the same course offered on different days and times in a given semester.
Often known as an academic session or term. Each academic year at the College is divided into periods of time called semesters. At GPRC, the Fall and Winter Semesters each last fifteen weeks and are referred to as major semesters.
Senior Level Courses
Courses intended for students in their second or third year of study. These courses are typically numbered 2000 to 4000 and normally have specific junior-level prerequisites.
Sometimes referred to as the Spring Term or the Spring Session, this is the period of the academic year which runs from May to June.
Statute of Limitations
An assigned time period in which one course is still acceptable towards program requirements.
Sometimes referred to as the Summer Term or Summer Session, this is the period of the academic year which runs from July to August.
Test of English as a Foreign Language.
A statement or report card of a student’s entire official academic record bearing the original signature of an authorized member of the Registrar’s staff and the official seal of the College.
Recognition of formal learning completed at another institution as it appears on an official transcript.
University Transfer Courses
Cou7rses delivered by the College and recognized for credit by Alberta universities as listed in the Alberta Transfer Guide published annually by the Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer.
A student studying on visa while in Canada.
Sometimes referred to as the Winter Term or Winter Session, this is the period of the academic year which runs from January to April.
The voluntary cancellation of registration in a course or a full semester of courses by a student who completes and submits to the Registrar’s Office a “withdrawal” or “change in registration” form. Normally there is a period where withdrawn registrations are “dropped” from a student’s registration and no academic record is retained on the student’s transcript. The deadlines for students to have registrations “dropped” or “withdrawn (with permission)” are normally noted in the Academic Schedule.
Withdraw with Permission
A withdrawal that results in a final grade of “W”. Normally the deadline to withdraw and receive a grade of “W” is identified in the Academic Schedule.