Glossary of Advising Terms

Here at the University of Scranton, the use of certain vocabulary can sometimes lead to confusion.  If you are a new student and find yourself at a loss for the meaning of a word you regularly hear, it may possibly be listed below.  This is a list of frequently used vocabulary within our graduate and undergraduate schools.

  • Angel
    • the University of Scranton's course management system.  It helps educators manage course material and communicate with students quickly, easily, and effectively.
  • Bursar
    • The Bursar's office controls all billing
  • CAPP Report
    • Computer generated report that lists all the courses required in your major and which ones are completed, in progress or scheduled for future terms.

  • CAS
    • College of Arts and Sciences, the oldest and largest of the Universitys academic units
  • Comprehensive Exams
    • These exams consist of multiple choice and short answer questions covering the topics of core courses for each major.  They are offered on a Saturday morning near the midpoint of the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters of each academic year.

  • PCPS
    • Panuska College of Professional Studies
  • CTLE
    • The Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence provides many services to assist students in succeeding academically.  These services include tutoring and the writing center.

  • Cognates
    • Essential courses required for your major, but outside of your major.  There is typically a minimum grade requirement for these courses.

  • CGCE
    • College of Graduate and Continuing Education
  • GA (graduate assistant)
    • a Scranton student enrolled in graduate school and employed in some capacity by the University.  GA's often teach lab and field courses.

  • GCESO
    • Graduate and Continuing Education Student Organization
  • GPA
    • Grade point average which is also referred to as the QPI (quality point index).
  • Humanities
    • Courses that are literature, foreign language, history, art history, or music history.  All Scranton students take a minimum of four courses in the humanities.

  • Internship
    • A pre-professional experience that provides an opportunity to gain relevant knowledge and skills prior to starting out in a particular field.

  • Intersession
    • A short term of approximately 4 weeks of January.  A limited number of courses are offered.  See catalog for tuition and other fees.
  • KSOM
    • Kania School of Management
  • Major Course(s)
    • Courses taught by faculty from your designated major.  These courses will have the departmental prefix of your major.  For example (NURS = nursing, EDUC = education).  These is typically a minimum grade requirement for these courses.
  • Mentors
    • advisors who have career experience and share their knowledge, provide emotional and moral support, provide specific feedback on performance, are sources of information and opportunities, and who serve as academic role models.

  • Practicum
    • a college course, often in a specialized field of study, that is designed to give students supervised practical application of a previously or concurrently studied theory
  • Registrar
    • The Registrar and the staff of the Registrar's Office are responsible for all official documentation of your grades.  This is also the office that coordinates registration.  If you ever need an "Official Transcript" you request it from this office, which is located on the third floor of St. Thomas.

  • Royal Card
    • multi-purpose photo ID which is needed to use the library and computer labs.  If you setup a royalcard account, your royal card can be used in place of cash for various University of Scranton facilities.  If you do not already have a RoyalCard you will need to visit the RoyalCard office in Alumni Memorial Hall, Rm. 102. 

  • Service Learning
    • An experimental educational approach that focuses on the idea that learning flows from service activities.  Service learning is fully realized only when both the providers and recipients benefit from the service activity.

  • UIS
    • Service based portal on My.Scranton.edu that allows the use of personal services and tools, enabling students, faculty, and staff to access and interact with personal information and perform transactions related to their role at the University.

  • Work Study
    • part of a student's financial aid package.  Many jobs on campus are funded by federal money and are therefore only available to students who qualify for this program.