Academic and Career Paths: All credential programs at CCRI are now divided amongst the college's seven Academic
and Career Paths. Organizing programs of study in this way helps students set goals,
explore careers and majors, and receive tailored guidance through their college career.
If you choose General Studies as a major, you will also select one of the Academic
and Career Paths to focus coursework in.
Academic Coaching: Academic coaching is a personalized student-coach partnership with appointments
tailored to your needs. Meetings may include discussing organization and time management
skills, textbook-reading techniques, note-taking tips, and test-taking strategies.
Academic Standards Policy: the main goal of any academic standards policy is to provide assistance to those
students who are experiencing academic difficulty. An early warning to students experiencing
academic problems often results in their seeking academic support through a variety
of options that help students achieve academic success. The goal for the College and
its students is to improve academic performance so that students may attain their
academic and career goals. Progress in academic standards is also sometimes called:
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
Access/Trio: From helping with early registration to just lending a friendly ear when life gets
overwhelming, Access counselors keep their students on the path towards success. Students
whose parents never completed a bachelor's degree, meet low-income federal guidelines,
and/or are persons with a documented disability may qualify for Access and the special
support services that are offered. The goal of Access is to ensure the retention,
graduation and transfer of its participants within three years.
Access Plus (Access+): provides individualized support to students who have a documented disability
and are pursuing a degree at CCRI.
Accreditation: the act of certifying an educational institution or program as meeting all official
formal requirements of academic excellence, facilities, curriculum, etc.; the status of being so certified. CCRI is accredited by NECHE (New England Commission of Higher Education).
Accuplacer: a computer-based test consisting of four parts. Students accepted into a credential program at the Community College of Rhode Island are required to complete the mandatory
assessment in order to be placed in the best possible classes.
Aptitude: capability; ability; innate or acquired capacity for something; talent
Assessment: appraisal, evaluation, or test
Associate Degree: an academic program taken at the undergraduate level (the first stage after secondary school). It aims to give students the basic
technical and academic knowledge and transferable skills they need to go on to employment
or further study in their chosen field.
Clinical Experience: often in health fields, students have hands-on experiences while supervised by a
professional. Clinical experiences are a type of Work-Based Learning.
Course Management System (CMS): Online software platform that serves as the digital home for both face to face and
distance learning courses (also called learning management system or LMS)
Credential: anything that provides the basis for confidence, belief, credit, etc. At CCRI, we
offer several credentials: associate degrees, certificates, and diplomas
Curriculum: the course of study in a class, major, credential program, or college/university.
Degree Works: a web‐based planning tool to help students and advisors monitor student's progress toward degree completion. DegreeWorks provides a more
accessible, convenient, and organized way for students to know where they are academically
and how they can plan the rest of their college careers (definition from MSU Billings) You can access your degree report in MyCCRI.
Developmental Education: designed to help students enhance their chances for academic success by providing
opportunities for skill development through courses and programs designed to improve
basic skills in writing, reading and mathematics.
Enrollment: the act of entering a college or university as a student.
Enrollment Day: events held on-campus to provide a one-stop-shop for everything from applying to
advisement to course registration. Enrollment Days are usually held throughout the
summer on each CCRI campus.
ESOL: English for Speakers of Other Languages. Courses for learning English for speakers
of other languages are offered at CCRI through Adult Education (non-credit) and the English Department (credit)
FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid. An application to determine eligibility
for financial aid. Students fill out the FAFSA at the start of their college career
and each academic year once enrolled.
Financial Aid: financial assistance to students who might otherwise be unable to further their
education without such support. Depending on the type of aid, eligibility is based
on one or more of the following criteria: financial need of the individual (in the
case of dependent students, family need is used), educational costs, academic program
and availability of funds.
General Education: courses intended to broaden your knowledge beyond what you are studying in your
chosen major, and serve as the core of your educational experience (definition adapted from URI)
Grade Point Average (GPA): a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average.
It’s meant to score you (usually on a GPA scale between 1.0 and 4.0) during your studies
and shows whether your overall grades have been high or low and how well you are meeting
the requirements of your credential program. (definition adapted from University of Glasgow)
Guided Pathways: an integrated, institution-wide approach to student success based on intentionally
designed, clear, coherent, and structured educational experiences, informed by available
evidence, that guide each student effectively and efficiently from her/his point of
entry through to attainment of high-quality postsecondary credentials and careers with value in the labor market. (definition adapted from the Pathways Collaborative)
Internship: a student acts as a trainee in an organization to gain experience, closely supervised
by the employer. Can be paid or unpaid. Internships are generally at least 120 hours
long. Internships are a type of Work-Based Learning.
Major: a specific subject area that students specialize in. Typically, between one-third
and one-half of the courses you’ll take in college will be in your major or related
to it. (definition adapted from the College Board)
Matriculated/Matriculation: to enroll in a college or university as a candidate for a degree (as opposed to
taking classes without a major).
Onboarding: The processes involved in entering a college for the first time. At CCRI, the onboarding
period for new students is from acceptance to registering for your second term of
Orientation: A program or series of events designed to acclimate you to college. At CCRI, our
main orientation is an online program.
Registration: Selection of specific sections of a course for a term (semester). During registration,
you pick not only which courses you will take, but the modality (face to face, online,
or hybrid) and meeting time/place.
Starfish: an online software platform through which you can connect with your professors,
receive attendance, grade, and other performance alerts, and schedule appointments
with your advisor, tutoring, and academic coaches. You will find a Starfish link in MyCCRI.
Student Success Center
Syllabus: an outline or other brief statement of the main points of a discourse, the subjects
of a course of lectures, the contents of a curriculum, etc. You will receive a syllabus for each class you take at CCRI.
Transcript: an official report supplied by a school on the record of an individual student,
listing subjects studied, grades received, etc.
TutorMe: an online tutoring platform that allows you to connect with verified tutors 24 hours
a day covering more than 300 subjects. This service provides a lifeline to our students
who may not be able to access a CCRI tutor, or those who need immediate assistance
outside of our business hours.
Undergraduate: the first level of university or college study; a student in a university or college
who has not received a first degree (associate or bachelor)
Work-Based Learning: planned, structured learning experiences where they can develop and apply academic,
technical, and essential skills in a real or simulated workplace setting.