AVID College Readiness Vocabulary – Mr Mohr

Graduate Student
A student at a college or university who has earned a bachelor’s and is seeking a Master’s or Doctorate Degree.
A college or university building containing living quarters for students
AVID Mission Statment
“To close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society”.
Associate's Degree (A.S., A.A.)
Associate’s Degree (A.S., A.A.)
An academic degree that generally takes two years of study and is awarded by a community or junior college students with 60 Credit Hours or more.
College Application
The first step in requesting admission to college. Usually there is a form to fill out by a certain deadline; sometimes there is an application fee to pay.
The standardized test accepted by most colleges and universities for admissions purposes. Max Score 36
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Room and Board
The cost for living on campus in the dormitory and for the meals students eat in the dining hall
A fee paid for academic instruction (classes)
A copy of a written record of your grades while at school or college
Financial Aid
Assistance given in the form of college loans, grants, scholarships work-study to students who qualify through FAFSA
Free Application for Federal Student Aid, Application that students must complete to qualify for Federal Aid.
College Major
A student’s primary field of study at a college or university that will lead them to a chosen career.
College Minor
A student’s secondary field of study or specialization during their undergraduate studies.
Credit Hour
A unit of academic credit usually 1 class = 3 credit hour
Free money to support a student’s education, usually merit-based for academic achievement, sports, fine arts, community service etc. .
Public College
a university or college that is predominantly funded by public means through a national, state, city or county government
Private College
A university or college that is funded by private donors and not by public funds
Proprietary College
For-profit college education in the United States operated by private, profit-seeking businesses. Most of these school
offer certificate instead of diplomas or degrees
Community College
A nonresidential 2 year college offering courses to people living in a particular area at a low cost
A title in recognized of completion of studies at a college or university. Titles include AA, AS, BA, BS, MA, MS, MBA, PhD, MD, JD
Class Rank
A mathematical summary of a student’s academic record compared to those of other students in the class Example ___ / 1000.
Honors = Honors Classes
Classes are faster paced, have less behavior issues and contain more rigor than most high school classes.
AP = Advanced Placement Classes
College-level classes in a wide variety of subjects that you can take while still in high school and earn college credit and placement.
Grade Point Average (GPA)
Grade Point Average (GPA)
Calculated by dividing the total amount of grade points earned by the total amount of credit hours attempted. Averages may range from 0.0 to a 4.0.
A gift from colleges that is “need based” because they are free money—financial aid that doesn’t have to be repaid.
Doctorate Degree (PhD, MD, JD)
The highest degree awarded by a graduate school or other approved educational organization. PhD, MD, JD
From Greek word δίπλωµα meaning “folded paper” is a certificate or deed issued by an educational institution, such as a High School or College
Work Study Program
Work Study Program
Provides part-time jobs for students who file FAFSA and get financial awards allowing them to earn money to help pay for college.
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers is a group of states working together to develop a set of assessments
Writing – Inquiry (aka asking questions) – Collaboration aka Teamwork / working together) – Organization – Reading
Level 1 Question (plus word clues)
Readers can point to one correct answer right in the text which are usually facts.
Words found in these questions include:
defining observing describing naming
identifying reciting noting listing
Level 2 Question (plus word clues)
Answers are inferred from what the text states, finding answers in several places in the text. Must use common sense and prior knowledge
Words found in these questions include:

analyzing grouping comparing
contrasting inferring sequencing

Level 3 Question (plus word clues)
Readers think beyond what the text states. Answers are based on opinions that use proof and evidence to make a judgment. Words found in these questions include:
What if ____ evaluating judging applying a principle
speculating imagining predicting hypothesizing
Used by educators to describe schoolwork that is academically, intellectually, and personally challenging.
reaching a conclusion about something using common sense and prior knowledge.
College and Career Readiness
A high school graduate who has the knowledge and skills in English, Math, Science, History and Critical Thinking necessary to qualify for and succeed in entry-level careers at college.
Dean’s List
A category of students in a college or university who achieve high grades of 3.0 or more per semester
Master’s Degree (M.S., M.A., M.B.A.)
An Academic degree granted to individuals who have undergone graduate study while demonstrating a mastery of a specific field of study or area of professional practice. Additional 2-3 years after Bachelor’s Degree
Advancement Via Individual Determination
Cornell Notes
Cornell Notes
A method of note taking that provides a systematic format for condensing , organizing and interacting with your notes with 3 levels of questions
Four Parts of a Cornell Note
1) General Information 2) Questions 3) Notes 4) Summary
Tutorial Request Form
Pre-‐Work Inquiry (Before the Tutorial)
Three – C’s of a TRF
1) Point of Confusion
2) Point of Connection
3) Point of Curiosity
Break down something big by studying the parts carefully.
AVID Top Dawg
GPA Calculations
A=4 B=3 C=4 D=2 F=0
Add Total #
Divide by the total number of classes
Semester Grade Calculation
Class Grade before Final Exam x 80%
Final Exam Grade x 20%
Add for Total Semester Grade
Waitlist Admission Decision
The college admission people are done reviewing your file and that you are not their first option. The other applicants that have been accepted received college admission letters of acceptance, but you have to wait and see whether or not they are going to accept you.
Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
The amount a student’s family can reasonably be expected to pay for one year of college.
A college reading skill that stands for “scan,” “question,” “read,” “recite,” “record,” “review” and “reflect.”
Self sufficient
Being able to produce enough for one’s own needs
A collection of documents selected from your folder for the purpose of showing an organized presentation of an individual’s education, work samples, and skills
Key Cognitive Strategies
A set of skills a person has for problem solving, researching, interpreting, and reasoning precisely and accurately.
Academic Probation
A warning that you will removed from your school for academic reasons because you are failing
College Advisor
The person responsible for helping you choose appropriate courses, discuss changes to your major, and recommend resources.
A past graduate of a college
Award Letter
A document that details the amount of money that is offered to you in grants, scholarships, and loans from the office of financial aid.
A school that traditionally only offers undergraduate degrees and programs.
A school that traditionally offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and programs.
Someone traditionally in charge of a major area of a college.
Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
A law that protects the privacy of student education records. Because of this law, even you mom can’t access your education records without your permission once you are 18 or older!
Office Hours
Professors are usually required to hold private time for a student on a regular basis throughout the semester, which is when students are able to drop in or make an appointment to meet with them. It can be a great opportunity to get feedback on your papers or other assignments, and a great chance to to know your professors a little bit better.
Open Admissions
The policy that allows anyone to apply and become a student. Many community colleges are open admissions
A detailed document handed out by the instructor that lists all class meeting dates, homework assignments, tests, etc.
Usually a graduate student who helps out in your classes. They may grade papers, lead seminar discussions, and sometimes teach classes and assist your professor .
Early Decision
An option to submit an application to your first-choice college before the regular deadline.
knowledge and skill
Functional Resume:
___________________ focuses on your skills and experience, rather than on your chronological work history.
Chronological Resume
A resume that starts by listing your work history, with the most recent position listed first.
Cover letter
THIS Introduces you, explains your purpose for writing, highlights a few of your experiences or skills, and requests an opportunity to meet personally with the potential employer.
A college admissions exam originally called the Scholastic Aptitude Test
course management system for in class and online aspects of a class
To cancel registration in a course after enrolling into it.
A supervised short-term apprenticeship or temporary job in a real-world setting closely related to a student’s field of study. The student may or may not be paid but earns college credit for the work experience.
Online Classes
Class / Course that is taught through Blackboard software either instead of meeting in person or in a blended format (some parts taught in person and other parts via Blackboard)
When you choose to take more than 18 hours in any given semester.
Student Center
A part of the student information system that allows a student to register, add or drop a classes
Tuition And Fees
A student’s basic payment towards the cost of instruction at a college or university. Most also charge extra for laboratory equipment and materials, computer use, parking, and other miscellaneous costs.
A grade of F is recorded for the dropped course which obviously has a negative affect on a grade point averag
Course Catalog
This online resource has degree plan requirements, course descriptions, and course prerequisites listed.
The instructors or teaching staff at a school.
An oral presentation intended to teach or inform someone of specific information
An introduction to your new surroundings
A course that must be completed (often with a certain minimum grade) or a skill that must be demonstrated before a student can enroll in a more advanced course.
2+2 Program
A program offering a two-year associate’s degree that will transfer directly toward a bachelor’s degree in the same field of study. These programs may be within the same college, between two colleges, or between a college and university.
The skills, attitudes, and personality traits needed to increase a job seeker’s chances of being positively perceived by employers. Includes basic skills, such as reading comprehension and basic math skills; soft skills; technical skills; and workplace competencies needed to relate to and communicate with customers and coworkers.
Evidence of one’s education, training or knowledge, including degrees, licensing, occupational certification, and accreditation information.
Job Shadowing
A type of experiential or work-based learning where a student or job seeker observes the daily routine of an employee at a worksite. The observer is expected to gain information about the employee’s education, job training, and experience as well as information about the industry and similar occupations. Can last a few hours or several days.
A college and career readiness website that helps high school students and counselors connect academic achievement to college goals.
The exchange of information or resources to build and produce relationships for employment or business activities.
Placement Test
An exam used to test a student’s academic ability so that he or she may be placed in the appropriate courses in that field.
Reference to the career cluster or skills of Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
Transfer Credit
Course credit that is accepted by another high school, college or university and applied to meet program requirements.
Freshman Fifteen
Freshmen students living on campus often gain 15 pounds (or more) their first year of college.
Full-time Status
At a university following a semester schedule (two terms/year), full time is 30 credits per year and usually 12-18 credits per semester. To finish your “four-year degree” in four years, you have to average at least 15 credits per semester so you can earn the required 120 credits for a bachelor’s degree.
Common Application
You can fill out this college application once and submit it to any one or several of the nearly 700 colleges that accept it at the same time .
Legacy Applicant
A college applicant with a relative (usually a sibling, parent or grandparent) who graduated from that college. get’s special treatment with applications
Need-Blind Admission
A policy of making admission decisions without considering the financial circumstances of applicants. Colleges that use this policy may not offer enough financial aid to meet a student’s full need.
College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
A series of examinations in undergraduate college courses that provides students the opportunity to demonstrate college-level achievement and earn college credit.
Federal Pell Grant
A college federal financial aid grant program. Students apply by filling out the FAFSA.
Federal Perkins Student Loan
A low interest loan for students who show financial need. It must be repaid after graduation. Students apply by filling out the FAFSA.
Liberal Arts Degree
A school or course of study which focuses on developing students’ general knowledge and reasoning ability instead of a specific career; the result is often considered to be a well-rounded, general education in the arts and sciences.
Class Load
The total number of credit hours taken in a term. Also called academic load.
Study Abroad
Programs where students go to school for 1 semester in another country while making regular progress toward their diplomas or degrees
To attend a class without receiving credit for the class. The cost is less and you are taking it for FUN.
The school official in charge of academic records at a college or university. You’ll probably hear the term a lot when you need to know about athletic eligibility, honor roll, degree requirements for graduation, etc
R.A. aka Resident Assistant
An older student who lives in the dorm with younger students to provide support and advice. They receive free room and board.
Bachelor’s Degree
An undergraduate degree offered by four-year colleges and universities. The minimum credit hour requirement is 120 Credit Hours.
Cause and Effect
An event happened, the reason that event happened and how that event affects people, places and things
Compare and Contrast
When you compare two things, you say how they are similar, and when you contrast, you say how the two things are different.
Give the meaning of a word or term.
To say or write down how something or someone looks.
to watch carefully
Recognise and name
To reach a conclusion based on common sense, prior knowledge along with reasoning
The order in which something happens.
Combining or bringing together two or more parts to produce something bigger and more complex.
Examine and judge carefully.
to reach a conclusion based on an educated quess
To assess the quality of something
to say what will happen before it occurs
To form opinions without definite knowledge or evidence
Authors Approach
“What was the purpose for writing this essay, book, etc ?”
A retelling of the most important parts of what was read.
The ending of a story
to put in order
To make easier to do or understand
Supporting Detail
Facts and ideas that prove or explain the main idea with proof and evidence
to distinguish between two items
to change something so it fits better.
Give valid reasons or evidence to support an answer or conclusion.
Give me the
S = Short Version
U = Use Your Own Words
M = Main Ideas
To make or cause to be made or to become
to use an idea, equation, principle, theory or law in a new situation
Level 3 Signal word
to order according to common traits
Level 2 Signal word