Terms to Know

  • Advanced Standing – means the admission and placement of a student into a semester other than first semester of a program based on comparison of documented academic learning and the learning outcomes and courses of the program to which the student has applied.
  • Academic Appeal – is the process through which students may appeal all College academic decisions, including admissions, promotion and final grade decisions.
  • Academic Dishonesty – refers to a student’s engagement (knowingly or otherwise) in behaviours that serve to deceive members of the College community in an effort to achieve academic benefit.
  • Academic Dismissal – when a student falls within criteria for academic probation for a second term within the same program of study OR when conditions of academic probation are not met.
  • Academic Integrity – refers to a student’s acknowledgement of and respect for academic principles and behaviours that support the College’s mission.
  • Academic Misconduct – refers to any act or practice of behaviours, deliberate or otherwise, that has the potential to damage the learning environment and undermine the College’s mission.
  • Academic Probation – a weighted term average <50% or, having a term average <60% for two terms in a row.
  • Backdated course withdrawal – a backdated withdrawal will be considered within 12 weeks of the last day of class, upon receipt of a written request that is supported by documentation verifying medical reasons or compassionate grounds. Documentation must indicate the reason(s) the student was not able to withdraw before the withdrawal deadline or must note the medical reason(s) or compassionate grounds that made it impossible to complete the course. Requests submitted without supporting documentation will not be considered. Forms are available from the Office of the Registrar. Depending on the circumstances, the student will receive either a W (withdrawal) or have the grade removed from the transcript.
  • Blackboard – is a web-based learning management system that allows for the addition of online elements to courses that have been traditionally taught by strictly face-to-face interaction. Some or all of your courses may have an element of Blackboard incorporated within the course curriculum.
  • Bursary – is a grant that is distributed through the financial aid office, on the basis of financial need. In most cases bursaries are awarded anonymously.
  • Course Outline – is a document that describes course content, learning activities, evaluation methods, timelines, and support resources. It is available at the start of each term through Blackboard.
  • Course Withdrawal – grades are recorded on the transcript for all courses that are subject to evaluation. Students who officially withdraw before the tenth day of term (post-secondary courses) will not receive any grade on the transcript. Students who withdraw after the tenth day of class but before the last day to withdraw without academic record (2/3 point of the term) will receive a ‘W’ grade on the transcript. Students who withdraw after the last day to withdraw will receive a grade in the course.
  • Credit Transfer – is the acceptance of a course credit earned in another institution as equivalent to a course credit at Niagara College based on an assessment on the similarity in content and learning outcomes of the courses in comparison.
  • General Electives – are mandatory courses that are designed to benefit students in terms of personal growth and enrichment, informed citizenship and working life.
  • Honours Standing – For a term of >8 credits in a program of study with a weighted term average between 80% and 89% inclusive and no failing course grades (<50% or ‘U’). All INC grades must be cleared.
  • Hybrid/Blended Course Delivery – refers to the combination of traditional forms of classroom communication with different types of interactive and engaging technological resources.
  • President’s Honour Roll – For a term of >8 credits in a program of study with a weighted term average of 90% or greater and no failing course grades (<50% or ‘U’). All INC grades must be cleared.
  • PLAR  (Prior Learning Assessment Recognition) – is a systematic process that assesses and recognizes an individual’s knowledge and skills regardless of where or how the learning was acquired and provides the opportunity for learners to earn credit for college courses
  • Official Transcript – a transcript is considered official when it has been verified as being issued by the Office of the Registrar and sent by direct transmission from institution to institution, either by electronic data interchange (EDI) or printed on the College’s official transcript paper, under the college seal and enclosed in a sealed envelope.
  • Repeated Courses – where a student repeats the identical course, the lower grade will remain on the transcript but will not be included in the weighted average calculation. When a student repeats an approved course that is equivalent to a previously taken course (e.g. passes another approved General Education Course or takes a condensed course to upgrade a mark) that has a different course name and number than the original failed course, the student must apply to the Registrar’s Office to have the original course excluded from the weighted average calculation.
  • Scholarship – is an award for scholastic achievement. In certain cases, financial need may be taken into account as a secondary criterion to decide between candidates of approximately equal achievement.
  • Weighted Average – The term average and cumulative average are weighted averages based on grades in all courses and, as such, are not limited to the student’s current program. Weighted averages are an average of the individual course grades multiplied by the course weight. Where a course has been repeated, only the higher grade is used in this calculation.