Glossary of Terms

Basic Skills – see College and Career Readiness.

College and Career Readiness (CCR) – includes students taking foundational skills courses in basic reading, writing, and math, GED preparation, Adult High School, English as a Second Language, career exploration and work readiness, occupational training and academic skill development.

Campus – refers to CPCC’s six campuses (Cato, Central, Harper, Harris, Levine, and Merancas).
Note: City View Center for Cosmetology opened in the Fall of 2013.

College – refers to CPCC as a whole, including all campuses.

College Credit – see Curriculum.

Corporate and Continuing Education (CCE) – includes students taking courses in job and career enhancement, business resources, and personal enrichment.

Curriculum – includes students taking courses that count for credit towards an associate's degree, diploma, or a credit certificate.

Degree-Seeking – students who are pursuing an associate's degree, diploma, or certificate.

Extension – the portion of CPCC that includes College and Career Readiness and Corporate and Continuing Education.

Full-Time – students registered for 12 or more credits.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) – for Curriculum, total curriculum credit hours taken by all students divided by 512; for Extension, total Extension hours taken by all students divided by 688.  For more information on FTE, please visit the Compliance and Audit webpage.

Institutional Research – focuses on providing data to inform campus decision-making and planning

IPEDS – Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System; part of the U.S. Department of Education

Literacy – see College and Career Readiness

Off-Campus – classes that are not virtual classes and are offered at a location other than one of CPCC’s campuses or locations (e.g., high schools, hospitals).

Part-Time – students registered for fewer than 12 credits.

Self-Supported - classes that are not reported to the state for budget FTE since the cost of conducting the course is paid by the students enrolled.

Unduplicated Headcount – counting students only once per reporting period even though they may appear multiple times.  For example, a student may be taking classes and multiple CPCC campuses - an unduplicated headcount would count that student once and a duplicated (by campus) headcount would count that student once per campus where they are taking classes.

Virtual Campus – includes classes offered via distance learning, digital media, two-way video, internet/online, modem-based, telecourse, teleweb, or hybrid.