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College Lingo

Helpful Acronyms and Abbreviations


  • BL-Blount County Campus
  • DV-Division Street Campus
  • HV-Hardin Valley Campus
    • AL – Lamar Alexander Arts & Sciences Building
    • BA – Bagwell Center for Media & Art
    • CPAC – Clayton Performing Arts Center
    • ER – Educational Resources Center (ERC)
    • GN – J.L. Goins Administration Building
    • MC – Ned R. McWherter Technology Building
    • Port – Portable Buildings
    • SR – Student Recreation Center (SRC)
  • MA-Magnolia Avenue Campus
  • ST-Strawberry Plains Campus

Days of the week:

  • MWF – Monday and Wednesday and Friday
  • TR – Tuesday and Thursday

Helpful Terms:

  • Adjunct Faculty – Part-time instructors.
  • Associate Degree – The degree received after completing a two-year program.
  • Audit – To take a course without credit.
  • Baccalaureate or Bachelor’s Degree – The degree received after completing a four-year program.
  • MyPellissippi – a portal that will give you access to a variety of services and information including:
    • Student Academic and Course information
    • Advising and Records
    • Course Registration
    • Event calendars
    • Campus information and announcements
  • Brightspace/D2L – The “e-learning” program used in all classroom and Distance Education courses at Pellissippi.  Brightspace/D2L enables many classroom related activities, including email, access to course documents, and access to class-related websites.
  • Certificate – A credential awarded by the college or university to recognize the completion of curriculum other than one leading to a degree or diploma.
  • Closed sections – A section or course that has been filled completely.
  • Commencement – The graduation ceremonies held at the end of a semester.
  • FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid – A form that may be used by students applying for federal and other types of financial aid.
  • Major – A subject or career field that serves as the focus of study in a degree program.
  • Minor – A secondary concentration in a specific subject or career field.
  • Orientation – A vital part of the college experience with activities designed to help new students adjust and familiarize themselves with the college.
  • Prerequisites – Courses that must be taken prior to enrolling in an advanced course.
  • Probation – A notation posed to a student’s transcripts for any fall and spring term in which the cumulative GPA falls below appropriate levels. See catalog for details.
  • Syllabus – A course outline of the topics and assignments expected to be covered.
  • Transcript – A record of all courses taken, credits earned, and grades received.
  • Transfer – Acceptance by a new college of the credits earned in a previous college.
  • Tuition – The fees charged for academic instruction.