Tyler Junior College


The Language of TJC

Slang, lingo, terminology, whatever you call it, for words and expressions every Apache should know, A-Z.

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Abolished Class
Courses may be cancelled for lack of sufficient enrollment at the close of registration each semester. Any course with fifteen or fewer students will be subject to review by the dean of the school where the course is offered. Department chairs will have to provide adequate justification for the dean to make a decision to keep a class with fewer than fifteen students. Students in a cancelled class will be allowed to immediately register in another class. If dropping and adding classes results in additional charges, these must be paid on the day of schedule change(s) in order to reserve schedule. All tuition and fees must be paid to be officially enrolled and be on the class roll.
Academic Advisor
Provides academic advisement, such as course selection, interpretation of test scores, selection of major field of study and interpretation of TJC course transferability; assigned to the School of Liberal Arts & Sciences, School of Nursing & Health Sciences, and the School of Professional & Technical Programs.
A computerized THEA equivalent test.
Changes in a student's schedule are accomplished by adding or dropping courses. All students must see his or her academic advisor to add or drop courses.
Administrative Changes
Changes made to the official school enrollment by administration. Generally, this is done within the first two days of the start of classes for a semester.
Mascot of Tyler Junior College since 1926. The prowess of the Apache Indian in battle is legend. It was said that an Apache warrior could run 50 miles without stopping and travel more swiftly than a troop of mounted soldiers.
Apache Access
Apache Access is a secure Web site designed to provide students, faculty and staff with Intranet and Internet services and applications. Think of it as a collection of tools for your academic and work success at Tyler Junior College. Apache Access is where faculty, staff and students learn about upcoming events, access announcements, join interest groups, and store Internet links and bookmarks. It is also where students check e-mail, register for courses, check grades, access financial aid and scholarship information.
Apache Band
The TJC Apache Band (200+ members) performs at a large number of campus, athletic, and community events. The Apache Band has a rich heritage of performances including special routines for six U.S. Presidents, three super bowls and countless college and professional athletic events. The Apache Band is directed by Jeremy Strickland and assisted by Tom McGowan, Heather Mensch, Steven Meler, Karman Trotter,and Julie Crawford.
Apache Belles
Since 1947, the Apache Belles, world-famous precision dance and drill team, are the pride of TJC. The Belles are under the leadership of Jasilyn Schaefer, director.
Apache Bucks
Apache Bucks is the easy-to-use, cashless form of payment accessible through the student ID Card. Like a debit card, Apache Bucks is a prepaid account that students use to purchase food, goods and services on campus.
Apache Pow Wow
The student newspaper which is created, managed and distributed by students enrolled in journalism courses.
Apache Punch
The Apache Punch is the Tyler Junior College drum line, a section in the TJC Apache Band, directed by Tom McGowan.

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Bridge Loans
The College provides short-term emergency or tuition assistance loans to students. Students who have completed a financial aid packet may be eligible for a Bridge Loan to temporarily pay only tuition and fees. Bridge Loans must be repaid in full regardless of the student's enrollment status.
Bursar's Office
Known as the Cashier's Office at TJC; where students may pay their bills, clear holds, or receive a printout of their schedule.

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Calendar of Important Dates and Deadlines
Printed at the back of the college catalog, on Apache Access, and on the Apply and Register page, this item lists all dates for registration, the start and end of each semester, graduation, drop deadline, holidays, etc. for each semester.
Career Services
Located on the second floor of Rogers, Career Services provides resources for students who are undecided about their major or future occupation, for students who are looking for a part-time job, and for graduating students who need help with their job search.
Cashier's Office
Also known as the Bursar's Office where students may pay their bills, clear holds or pick up schedule printouts. The Cashier's office is located on the first floor of the White Administration Building.
Refers to the book published by the Registrar's Office which discusses general admission requirements, registration and fees, academic policies and procedures, student affairs, libraries and other academic resources. It is also available online at www.tjc.edu/academicprograms/Catalog.php.
Certificate of Proficiency
Certificate awarded in appropriate field which included: Automotive Technology (General Service Technician, Advanced Service Technician), Business Management (Bookkeeping), Child Development/Early Childhood (Administrator’s Credential, Infant and Toddler Caregiver, Preschool Teaching, Child Development/Early Childhood, Marketable Skills Achievement Award/The Early Childhood Professional), Computer Information Systems (Desktop Support Technician, System Administration, WAN Technology (CCNA), WAN Technology (CCNA/SSNP)), Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Advanced Certification), Emergency Medical Service Professions (EMSP Basic, EMSP Intermediate, Paramedic), Engineering Design Technology (Computer-Aided Drafting), Fire Protection (Level I, Level II), Game and Simulation Development (Game Design), Graphic Design/Photography (Graphic Design, Photography), Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (Air Conditioning, Commercial Refrigeration), Medical Office Management (Medical Insurance Coding Specialist, Medical Office Management), Nursing (VNE) (Vocational Nurse Education), Power Plant Technology, Professional Tennis Management, Public Administration (Public Administration, Marketable Skills Achievement Award in Public Administration, Marketable Skills Achievement Award in Public Administration Leadership), Sign Language Interpreting (Sign Language Interpreting, ASL Skills), Surgical Technology, Surveying and Mapping Technology, Vision Care Technology, and Welding Technology (Entry Level, Advanced Level).
Undergraduate students are classified as freshmen and sophomores based on the number of academic credit hours earned. This classification is as follows: freshmen, 0-30 credit hours; sophomores, 31+.
College ID
See Student ID
Concurrent Enrollment
Sometimes referred to as “dual credit,” concurrent students are enrolled in college-level classes while they are still in high school. These high school students receive both high school credit for graduation and college credit for the courses completed.
Continuing Education
This school of study housed at the West Campus is geared to provide quick start-up, fast turnaround, and low-cost training programs for business and industry, in addition to offering lifelong learning and professional enhancement programs for groups and individuals.
Core Curriculum
Essential core requirements (including Communcations, Math, Lab Sciences, Visual/Performing Arts, Humanities, and Social/Behavioral Science) that will allow students to transfer to a senior college; designed to give students breadth of knowledge in the liberal arts, promote critical thinking that is fundamental to higher education and allow students to take specific courses in a discipline. Some degrees do not require completion of the core.
Course Reference Number (CRN)
This is a set of five numbers that identifies a specific course and is used in the registration process. Also referred to as a “CRN”.
Course Schedules
List the courses to be offered each semester, including time, location, unique number and instructor, as well as other essential registration information and instructions. View course listings online here.

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Dean's List
Published at the end of each semester, a student must have a 3.3 grade point average with a minimum of 12 hours of college level courses. Students must have no “D's”, “F's”, “I's”, or “IP's” in college level or developmental courses.
Declaring a Major
Term used when you decide what you would like to officially say is your major. This will be put on your transcript and will determine which courses you need to take to fulfill your degree requirements. You can declare a major by visiting with your Academic Advisor.
Degree: Associate in Arts (AA) and Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Types of degrees awarded by TJC. Two year associate degrees are either an Associate of Arts (AA) or an Associated in Applied Science (AAS). An AA is classified as a liberal arts degree that is designed for transfer toward a Bachelor's degree at a University. An AAS degree is a career technical education degree that is designed to assist a student in going into the workforce.
Degree Audit
A comparative analysis of a student's completed coursework to the requirements in a selected degree. Degree audits allow students, faculty, and advisors to see the student's progress towards completing a degree plan and what required courses are left.
Dental Hygiene Clinic
A clinic on campus that offers teeth cleaning and various dental treatments to TJC students and members of the community. The Dental Hygiene Clinic is located on the first floor of Pirtle Technology, and their hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Department Chair
A faculty member who oversees certain departments and/or degrees. To find out who your department chair is, please speak to your Academic Advisor.
Distance Education- online and video courses
Types of courses that are offered outside of the traditional in classroom class meetings.
Duck Pond
The fountain “Geese in Flight” located between Wise Auditorium and Jean Browne Theater.
Drum Beat
During the week of Homecoming, students begin beating the Apache Drum in front of Rogers Students Center at 8:00 a.m. on Monday morning and continue 24/7 until the kick-off at Saturday's Homecoming football game. Legend has it that if the drum beat is interrupted, the Apaches will lose the game.

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Engineering, Mathematics, and Science
School consisting of the following areas: Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Environmental Science, General Studies, Geology, Health/Kinesiology, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, and the Honors Program.
ETMC Campus Clinic
Located on the second floor of Rogers Student Center, the Clinic is staffed M-F, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. by a physician, a nurse and a family nurse practitioner. The clinic may be accessed by all TJC students.

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Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The website is www.fafsa.ed.gov
Financial Aid
Located in the foyer of the White Administrative Services Center (WASC) where students apply for federal, state, and local grants and loans.
Financial Aid Handbook
Only available online at www.tjc.edu/FinAidHandbook
Term used when an academic advisor removes an advising hold from a student's account to allow for course registration online using Apache Access.
A student who is enrolled in 12 or more semester hours in a long semester or 6 or more semester hours in a summer term.

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Grade Reports
Students can view final grades through Apache Access using their student identification number. Printed grade reports are no longer mailed.
Grading System
The grade point average (GPA) is the single most frequently used evaluation of a student's classroom performance. In computing this average, the following point system is used: A=four points per semester hour, B=three points per semester hour, C=two points per semester hour, D=one point per semester hour, F=no points per semester hour. The GPA is calculated by dividing the number of hours completed into the number of grade points received. For example, a student who makes an 'A' in HIST 1300 (3 credit hours) and a 'B' in ENGL 1301 (3 credit hours) earns 12 grade points for History and nine grade points for English. Adding those points together and dividing by the total number of semester hours (21 points divided by six hours) results in a GPA of 3.5.
Graduation Application
Responsibility of the student to apply for the appropriate degree or certificate for which he/she is eligible. Students must meet with their Academic Advisor to fill out this application.
Gifted aid from state and federal funds which do not have to be paid back if all eligibility and course completion criteria are met.

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This can be a financial (i.e., a library fine) or a non-financial (i.e., advising) restriction that prohibits a student from registering and/or receiving an official transcript until it has been cleared.
Honors Program
A program designed for students with outstanding academic achievement. It offers enriched activities, small classes, unique opportunities for independent learning and leadership training. Selective admission.
Humanities, Communications, and Fine Arts
School consisting of the following areas: Art, Communications (Advertising/Public Relations, Speech Communication, Journalism/Mass Communication, Radio and Television Broadcast/Broadcast Journalism), Dance, Economics, Foreign Languages, General Studies, Government, History, Liberal Arts (English), Music, Speech, and Theatre/Musical Theatre.

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A Texas resident or dependent (claimed by someone as dependent on parent or guardian's federal income tax return) who physically resides (permanent resident) on property subject to ad valorem taxation by the TJC District for the required length of 12 months.
Installment Plan
One-half of the tuition and fees due plus $15 loan processing fee and two (2) one-fourth payments due prior to the 6th and 11th class weeks. First half payment must be paid at the time of registration.

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Late Registration
Takes place the week prior to classes starting for those not registered for any classes. Should the student choose to register at this time, a $30.00 late registration fee is applied. Schedule changes can be made at this time with no late fee applied.
Includes Federal Stafford Loans, Texas B-On-Time Loans, and Bridge Loans; see page 27 of the Tyler Junior College catalog for more information or contact Financial Aid Department.

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Nursing and Health Sciences
School consisting of the following areas: Dental Hygiene, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Human Services, Medical Laboratory Technology, Nursing (Associate Degree), Nursing (Vocational), Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care, Surgical Technology, and Vision Care Technology.

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Office Hours
The hours when faculty members are available to meet with students in their offices. Many times, students may also make special appointments if they are unable to speak with an instructor during his or her office hours.
Out of District
A Texas resident who does not physically reside within the geographic boundaries of the TJC District.
Orientation for Distance Education Courses
General meeting for distance education courses (i.e. Internet) offered on a specific day and time within the first two days of classes. This meeting may be in person or can be completed via Internet (if offered) and is designed for the student to be able to get their course syllabus, instructor contact information, class calendar, assignments and any other pertinent information needed for the course.

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A student enrolled in fewer than 12 semester hours in a long semester or fewer than 6 hours in a summer term.
Parking Permit
All full-time and part-time students, faculty, and staff who operate a motor vehicle on property owned or controlled by the college are required to register each vehicle with the Campus Safety Office and pay parking fees. A registration permit must be affixed to each vehicle in accordance with the Parking Rules and Registrations of the college.
Pell Grant
A federally funded program designed to provide eligible students with a “foundation” of financial aid to assist with the costs of attending college; must be an undergraduate, not have received a bachelor's degree, and complete a FAFSA form, received a high school diploma recognized by the student's home state of a GED, and be deemed eligible by the Department of Education based on their income; make satisfactory academic progress and be enrolled in at least six hours.
The student parking lot located behind the Baptist Student Union and purchasing offices just off of Magnolia St.
Abbreviation for prerequisite. A prereq is a course that is required before taking another course. Students should make sure they meet all prereqs listed in the Course Schedule before registering for a course or they may be dropped from that course.
President's List
Published at the end of each semester, the student must have a 4.0 grade point average (all “A's”), with a minimum of 12 hours of college level courses with a 4.0. Students must have no “D's”, “F's”, “I's”, or “IP's” in college level or developmental courses.
Professional & Technical Programs
School consisting of the following areas: Automotive Technology, Business, Business Management, Child Development/Early Childhood, Computer Information Systems (Applications Programming, Network Administration, PC Support Specialist, WAN Technology, Web Design), Criminal Justice, Education, Emergency Medical Service Professions, Engineering Design Technology, Fire Protection Technology, Game Simulation & Design, Health Information Technology, HVAC & Refridgeration Technology, Medical Office Management, Paralegal, Power Plant Technology, Professional Tennis Management, Public Administration, Sign Language Interpreting, Surveying and Mapping Technology, Visual Communications, and Welding Technology.

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Quick THEA
A standardized THEA test that is administered more often than the traditional THEA, otherwise it is the same in content and time needed to complete.

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Registrar's Office
This office oversees registration; maintains and certifies student records; issues diplomas and transcripts; and publishes catalogs, course schedules and final exam schedules.
Registration Online
Registration online is done by using the Apache Access online registration system. Registration online is usually done early and is only open for a set amount of time.
Required Fees
Students enrolled at TJC are automatically assessed certain fees including but not limited to General Education fee, Out of District fee, etc.
Reverse Transfer Graduation
Students who have completed 25 percent of a degree program at Tyler Junior College may transfer back from a regionally accredited college or university credits to complete their degree requirements. Must furnish Tyler Junior College with official transcript(s) from the accredited college or university they have attended and make a written request to graduate.
Rogers Student Center
Formerly known as the "Teepee" of Tyler Junior College, the Rogers Student Center offers lounges, meeting rooms, student organizational offices, fast food services, coffee house, bookstore and large ballroom-type space.

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Scholastic Probation
In order to remain in good standing at the College, a student must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 (equivalent to a C average). Any student failing to meet this standard may be placed on scholastic probation.
Six Drop Rule
As per the Texas Legislature, Effective Fall 2007, Maximum Number of Courses Dropped (SB 1231): Applying to students who enroll in higher education for the first time during the Fall 2007 semester or any term thereafter, a Texas institution of higher education may not permit an undergraduate student to drop a total of more than six courses in an academic career unless specific, State-allowed exceptions deemed to have “good cause” apply.
Student Development
Student Development at Tyler Junior College exists to assist students in achieving a Texas Successive Initiative (TSI) complete status in reading, writing and mathematics. It also ensures academic growth and academic success by providing classroom instruction and open labs to ensure that TJC students develop basic skills sets that are required for university transfer and occupational-technical courses.
Student Employment: College Work Study or Student Assistant
Employment that is available on campus for qualifying students of TJC.
Student Senate
The student government body of Tyler Junior College. The purpose is to promote active student government, promote better relationships among the student body, promote good citizenship and provide an avenue by which student needs and desires are transmitted to the administration, as well as provide educational and wholesome entertainment for students.
Student Handbook
A source of important information, including student responsibilities, obligations and privileges. Available online at http://www.tjc.edu/studentHandbook.
Student ID
Every student is required to have a TJC identification card (student ID). The card may be obtained after the student's first registration or at Summer Orientation. The student ID card is required for many purposes, including use of the libraries, computer labs and health services; it may also be used to be admitted to intercollegiate athletic events as well as other special events. The cost of a TJC ID is $10. This one-time fee must be paid in addition to tuition and fees. Lost TJC ID cards may be replaced for an additional $10 charge.
Student Liability Insurance
Students must show evidence of student liability insurance when enrolled in field experience courses that use off-campus facilities, if such facilities require the insurance.
Support Services
A component of Student Services which offers assistance to students with special needs and capabilities. Students who need special assistance due to a physical or learning disability are encouraged to visit the Support Services office. Project EXCEL, tutorial laboratories, and one-on-one peer tutors are available to students seeking academic assistance. For the single parent/homemaker or non-traditional student, specialized services such as childcare and textbook loans may be available to qualified students. Another program offered by Support Services is TRIO. TRIO is designed with one main goal – academic success of its students. If you need more information about TRIO or any other service, please contact Support Services.
Given out on the first day of class, this outlines what will be covered in class. For example, assignments, expectations, the instructor's office hours, and other pertinent information for that course.

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TSI: Texas Success Initiative
A state-legislated program designed to improve student success in college. Students entering Texas public colleges and universities may be required to take the THEA Test or other alternative test or show proof of exemption prior to enrollment.
The content of the THEA test is the same as the former TASP test. The THEA test has been approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, under Senate Bill 286, Texas Education Code, Section 51.3062: Texas Success Initiative, for use by Texas institutions of higher education as an assessment instrument for entering students. The THEA test provides the diagnostic data required by this legislation. Determines a student's readiness for college level coursework.
THEA Exempt
An exemption/waiver that can be applied to use of the Texas Success Initiative Status (TSI). If a student is exempt, they are not required to do further testing in the area(s) they are exempt in.
The Bell Tower
This campus literary magazine publishes original creative works in an annual magazine distributed free on campus.
Three Peat Policy
This is a TJC policy that states "upon enrollment in a course for the third or subsequent time, an additional fee will be assessed. The additional fee is $75 per credit hour in addition to the regular tuition and fees for the course".
Transcript (Official)
The official documentation of a student's educational record. The student's courses, grades, GPA, and graduation information are normally included on a transcript. The word “transcript” most often refers to a copy of the student's record rather than the record itself.
Transcript (Unofficial)
Documentation of a student's educational record that is not in the official sealed envelope. Student's courses, grades, GPA, and graduation information are normally included on a transcript.
Tutoring Center
Developed to assist students who may have weak academic skills or would like to improve their goals; handled through the Learning Loft in Rogers Student Center.

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Virtual College of Texas
Distance courses not in the catalog or schedule may be available to Tyler Junior College students through this statewide consortium. More than two hundred individual courses are available through the virtual college.

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When an instructor cancels class.
West Campus
Located in the 1500 block of Tyler's SSW Loop 323, the West Campus includes the Regional Training and Development Complex (RTDC) and the Skills Training Center. These include Continuing Education, the Small Business Development Center, the Tyler Area Business Incubator, TJC Corporate Services, and the Literacy Council of Tyler; also the Jake and Mary Roosth Automotive Technology Center and the College's automotive technology and welding technology departments, and the Luminant Academy training center (formerly TXU Corp.).
White Administrative Services Center (WASC)
Many student services such as financial aid, cashier, registrar's and admissions' offices are located on the first floor of this facility. Located just off of Baxter St. facing Fifth St.
Wireless and Wired Network Access
If you have a wireless compatible or Ethernet-equipped device, you can access the Internet from the Vaughn Library or connect via Ethernet cable in your residence hall.
To formally withdraw from Tyler Junior College as a student for the current semester. A student cannot withdraw from the College by dropping classes, but must meet with his or her academic advisor to submit a withdrawal petition. The withdrawal is subject to the College's administrative and refund policies.

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