GLOSSARY OF TRANSFER TERMS

Term
Definition
2 NAU
Partnerships between Northern Arizona University and a variety of Arizona community colleges designed to make the transition and degree completion processes easier for students. Students can be admitted to NAU while completing an associate's degree at a community college. NAU will provide students guidance and support at the community college throughout the first two years of completing a four year degree.
90 / 30 Programs
Agreement or partnership between a community college and a university in which a student can transfer 90 semester credit hours from the community college into the baccalaureate degree and finish the last 30 credits at that university.
Academic Advisor
An employee at a college or university who can provide students with information regarding the courses that are required to complete a certificate and/or degree program.
Acceptability
The process of determining which higher education courses will transfer to ASU, NAU, and UA.
Accreditation
A process of granting recognition to academic institutions and professional programs offered by those institutions for meeting established standards of performance, integrity and quality and which entitles them to the confidence of the educational community and the public. (Source: World Education Services Glossary - http://www.uta.fi/FAST/US5/REF/glossary.html)
AGEC
See Arizona General Education Curriculum
AGEC Web
A website that provides links to the lists of AGEC courses at each institution (by the AGEC category).
AGEC Web
A website that provides links to the lists of AGEC courses at each institution (by the AGEC category).
Applicability
The process of determining if or how course work from one institution applies to degree requirements in specific programs of study at another institution.
Arizona Career Information System (AzCIS)
TBD
Arizona General Education Curriculum
Arizona tribal, public community colleges and universities have agreed upon a common structure for a transfer general education curriculum. This curriculum provides students attending any Arizona tribal or public community college with the opportunity to build a general education curriculum that is transferable upon completion to another Arizona tribal or public community college or university.The AGEC is comprised of 35-37 credit hours of course work that upon completion, will transfer to the three Arizona state universities and meet lower division, general education requirements.
Arizona Transfer Admission Pathway (AzTAP)
The Arizona Transfer Admission Pathway agreement will create official articulated degree pathways – integrating degree requirements between UA and Arizona community colleges. This allows a community college student to seamlessly transfer to the UA as a junior with the same status as a student who started at the UA as a freshman.
Articulation
The process of determining the transfer and applicability of courses from one institution of higher education to another.
Associate in Transfer Partnership Degree (ATP)
An associate degree offered by an Arizona public community college based on a transfer articulation agreement with Arizona State University (ASU). It is for students who have identified a major and plan to transfer to ASU. It parallels the program of study for the freshman and sophomore lower-division degree requirements at ASU. The Associate in Transfer Partnership degree provides for exemption from ASU admission requirements for students who complete the degree with a minimum 2.00 (4.00 = "A" scale) for Arizona residents and a minimum 2.50 for non-residents. The ATP degree does not assure admission to any specific program at ASU.
Associate's Degree
An award conferred by a college or university signifying that the recipient has satisfactorily completed a course of study which generally takes two years of full-time enrollment.
Baccalaureate Degree
A baccalaureate degree, sometimes called a bachelor's degree, is a college degree awarded after the completion of about 40 courses or 120 credit hours. A bachelor’s degree program usually takes four or five years of full-time study to complete, and degree candidates usually must declare a major about halfway through completion.
Bachelor of Applied Science Degree (BAS)
TBD
Bachelor's Degree
A bachelor's degree, sometimes called a baccalaureate degree, is a college degree awarded after the completion of about 40 courses or 120 credit hours. A bachelor’s degree program usually takes four or five years of full-time study to complete, and degree candidates usually must declare a major about halfway through completion.
Common Courses
Common courses are lower-division courses that will apply toward your selected degree at an Arizona public university. These common courses provide you with the option of taking classes that will apply toward your degree even if you are unsure which Arizona public university you will attend.
Connect2NAU
A partnership between Northern Arizona University and the Maricopa Community College District. Students can be admitted to NAU while working on an associate's degree at a Maricopa Community College. Through this partnership, students discover the many cost effective options available to earn a bachelor's degree locally, online, or in Flagstaff.
Course Applicability System (CAS)
Course Applicability System provides information on courses, course equivalencies, and program requirements at a participating institution.
Course Equivalency Guide (CEG)
Course Equivalency Guide shows how community college courses transfer to the three state universities. It also has many equivalencies among the three state universities. It does NOT indicate how a course transfers to a specific degree program. Course equivalencies are "year specific" meaning that in order to see if course work will transfer, you must review the Course Equivalency Guide for the year in which you took the course.
Course Prefix
Generally three or four characters identifying a department or division in which a course is taught (eg: SOC is commonly used for Sociology courses).
Curriculum Checksheet
A document listing courses required for graduation from a specific degree program.
Degree Audit
An automated record which matches courses a student has completed with the requirements of a particular academic degree program
Degree Audit Reporting System
A degree audit system developed by Miami University in Ohio.
Departmental Elective Credit
TBD
Direct Equivalency
Designation offered to a course that is similar enough to another that it can fulfill the same degree requirement.
Dual Enrollment
Credit earned by secondary students who are enrolled in a course taught on the high school campus and receiving high school credit and also receiving transcripted credit from a postsecondary institution. (From Arizona Career Technical Education Program of Study Development and Implemantation Guide - http://www.azed.gov/career-technical-education/files/2011/06/program-of-study-implementation-guide.pdf ) See also: High School Dual Enrollment
Elective Credit
A course that can be applied to a degree program, but is not a requirement for that program.
Equivalent
A course that fulfills the requirement of a corresponding course at another postsecondary institution. It does not mean that the evaluated course is identical to the course to which it is designated equivalent.
Exam Equivalency Guide (EEG)
The Exam Equivalency Guide (EEG) shows the credit that is awarded by the Arizona community and tribal colleges and state universities for specific AP/IB/CLEP/DSST/Cambridge exam scores.
Exam for Credit
The most common exams for which college credit might be offered include: Advanced Placement (AP); International Baccalaureate (IB); College Level Examination Program (CLEP); Cambridge International Exams (CIE); and DANTES Standardized Subject Tests (DSST)
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
The application students use which determines their eligibility for a variety of financial aid programs including federal programs. There is no cost to submit this form.
General Studies
All undergraduate students must complete a minimum of 35 credit hours of approved General Studies courses. Some colleges, departments or majors have other requirements which may influence students' course selections. Check with an advisor before selecting courses to fulfill the General Studies requirement.
High School Dual Enrollment
Students enrolled in high school may be dual enrolled at a local institution of higher learning, such as a community college or university. These students may take classes at either institution for credit toward their high school diploma as well as for college
credit. (AZ Department of Ed website)
Lower Division
Courses numbered 100-299.
Major Guide
A tool that identifies the best community college courses to take, in addition to AGEC courses, to prepare for the desired university major.
Maricopa to ASU Pathways Program (MAPP)
A tool that outlines a prescribed set of lower-division classes for a student to take at a college (or colleges) in the Maricopa Community College District to prepare for a desired degree at ASU. All course work listed on the MAPP transfers to ASU and applies to the indicated ASU degree. This helps students know which classes to take at the community college(s). Each MAPP has an Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) and an associate degree built into it and indicates the necessary grade point average (GPA) and any other special requirements for the program.
Non-Transferable
A course that is not accepted at another institution.
Pathways
See Transfer Pathways
Prerequisite
A course that must be completed prior to taking a subsequent course.
Transcript
A document generated by an institution on which a student's academic history at that institution is recorded.
Transfer Student
An individual who completes courses at one institution then enrolls in another institution which accepts some or all of the credits earned at the previous institution(s).
Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG)
A tool that outlines a prescribed set of lower-division classes for students to take at a community college in preparation for a desired degree at ASU. All course work listed on the TAG transfers to ASU and applies to the indicated ASU degree. This helps students know which classes to take at the community college. Each TAG has an Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) and an associate degree built into it and indicates the necessary grade point average (GPA) and any other special requirements for the program.
Transfer Guides
Transfer Guides show how Arizona public community college coursework applies to specific degree programs. Transfer value of a course, including general studies value, is "term specific" meaning that in order to see if coursework will apply, you must review the transfer guide for the term in which you took the course at the community college.
Transfer Guide - Exceptional Requirement (TG/XR)
Transfer Guide-Exceptional Requirements. In lieu of a pathway leading to a transfer associate degree, a student is encouraged to take a prescriptive curriculum, since the desired baccalaureate degree is either very specialized or the sequence of program requirements or prerequisites is so strict that a student must begin the sequence in the freshman year.
Transfer Pathway
A Transfer Pathway is designed to help students maximize their transfer credits as they move from an Arizona tribal or public community college to an Arizona public university. Most of the transfer pathways (TG-XR can be an exception) include both the Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) and an Associate's Degree, which once complete, allow students to transfer to one of the state universities with junior standing.
Upper Division
Courses numbered 300-499.