One who advises you on the academic requirements to complete a certificate
and or degree as well as the requirements in transferring to another college.
Full-time students (12+ credit hours) must register with a counselor/advisor.
Academic Support Services – Services provided to
students to help them succeed academically. Examples include tutoring,
the Writer's Room, etc.
Application/Admission – Application is the process
by which a prospective student submits the required forms and credentials
to his/her chosen institution. Admission is the status granted to an applicant
who meets the prescribed entrance requirements of the institution
Associate Degree – A degree obtained by completing
60+ credit hours. This degree may be transfer oriented (if your goal is
to get a bachelor's degree) or career-oriented (if your goal is to get
a job immediately).
Audit – A student who does not want to receive
credit or a grade in a course may, with approval of the institution, audit
the course as a "visitor." The student usually must pay the
tuition for the course. A student who audits a course usually cannot ask
or petition the institution at a later date to obtain college credit for
the audited course.
Bachelor's Degree – A degree obtained by completing
120+ credit hours. The first 60 hours are usually made up of general education
classes and the final 60+ hours consist of major-specific coursework.
Bookstore – The Bookstore, located in the Lincoln
Hall, is provided for students to purchase textbooks and supplementary
instructional supplies as required by the instructors of each course.
Each student is required to purchase textbooks and supplies, and the student
is urged to acquire these materials in advance and bring them to the first
class meeting. Paperbacks and novelties are available in the Bookstore.
Career Services – The Career Services Center, located
in Lincoln Hall, Room 104, assists students in making career and life
planning choices. Students wishing assistance in their career choice or
in identifying skills which will aid them in the job hunting process may
visit the Career Center. A variety of career information is available,
including several computerized career guidance programs. Personnel are
available to assist students in the decision-making process through individual
counseling and testing as well as career planning seminar
Catalog – The college catalog provides all types
of information parents and students need to know about a school. It lists,
for example: the institution’s history and philosophy, policies
and procedures, its accreditation status, courses of study, degrees and
certificates offered, physical facilities, admission and enrollment procedures,
financial aid, student life activities, etc. They are considered the student’s
contract with the institution.
Certificate Programs – Certificate programs are
designed to provide specific job skills.
Child Development Center – The Child Development
Center is a licensed day care facility with a professional staff. It offers
a high quality pre-school program and toddler program (15-24 months).
It also serves as a laboratory observation center for DACC classes in
related fields. The Center is open from 6:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday
through Friday and is closed on college holidays. The center is open 51
weeks per year, Monday-Friday. The center is open to ANY child in the
community. Child registration information is available at 217-443-8833.
College – A College is an institution of higher
education that grants degrees and certificates. The term is also used
to designate the organizational units of a university such as the College
of Education or the College of Engineering.
Concurrent Enrollment – A student can enroll and
attend two educational institutions at the same time provided that certain
criteria are met.
Course Numbers – All courses are identified by
numbers usually containing 3 or 4 digits, for example, at DACC English
courses are designated as ENGL101, ENG 121, etc.. The first digit indicates
the class year in which the subject is usually taken, and the other 2
digits identify the course within the subject field. A course number beginning
with a "0" indicates that it does not carry credit hours applicable
to a certificate or degree.
Credit Hour – The basic unit of measurement colleges
use to define courses. A typical course is 3 credit hours. Tuition is
also based on the amount of credit hours you are enrolled in.
Curriculum – A curriculum is composed of those
classes prescribed or outlined by an institution for completion of a program
of study leading to a degree or certificate.
Degree Requirements – Requirements prescribed by
an institution for completion of a program of study are generally termed
degree requirements. Requirements may include a minimum number of hours,
required GPA, prerequisite and elective courses within the specified major
and/or minor areas of study.
Degrees – Degrees are rewards for the successful
completion of a prescribed program of study. DACC offers Associate's Degrees.
Department – A department is the basic organizational
unit in a higher education institution, and is responsible for the academic
functions in a field of study. It may also be used in the broader sense
to indicate an administrative or service unit of an institution.
Division – A division represents a number of different
units of a college or university: (1) an administrative division of an
institution usually consisting of more than one department (2) and a service
division of an institution that is composed of a number of service departments,
such as the Student Services Division.
Dropping a Course – Students have the option to
"drop" a course within the first two weeks of a class that meets
12 weeks or longer and during the first week of a class that meets less
than 12 weeks. If a student drops a course within this timeframe they
will receive a full refund of monies paid or payable to the college. Students
may drop a course through the Admissions Office.
Enrollment – This is the procedure by which students
choose classes each semester. It also includes the assessment and the
collection of fees.
Financial Aid – Financial assistance based upon
student need, discovered through the completion of various forms and processes.
Students might be eligible for monetary gifts, work study programs, student
loans, etc., to help them pay for educational expenses.
Full-time Student – Student enrolled in 12 or more
credit hours per semester.
Information Office – The Information Office, located
in the main entrance of Vermilion Hall, provides student identification
cards, lost and found, maintains the college switchboard, and answers
general student inquiries. The Information Office may be reached by calling
Interactive Video Course – A course delivered through
a two-way interactive television where the students and instructor are
at different sites. Communication is possible by talking and sight.
Library – The Library circulates books, periodicals,
videos, and sound recordings through LINC, the shared catalog of the Lincoln
Trail Libraries System. Materials not available at DACC can be requested
via interlibrary loan from regional, statewide, and national library networks
Online Course – A course delivered through the
Internet and web-based software. Students interact with the instructor
and other students via email. This class format is very flexible for busy
schedules due to the fact that you can log on to the course at any time
of the day (or night). However, certain computer skills and a degree of
determination (no procrastination) are necessary to be successful.
Part-time Student – Student enrolled in 1 to 11
credit hours per semester.
– A part of the academic year; DACC has 4 different semesters:
Spring (Jan - May); Summer (June - July); Fall (Aug. - Dec.); and Winter
(Dec. - Jan.).
Student Support Services – The Student Support
Services Center (SSSC) provides services and resources to a wide variety
of students in both transfer and technical programs. The SSSC provides
comprehensive tutoring services for DACC students. Students who experience
academic difficulty in one or more of their courses may request a tutor.
Tutoring, which is provided by professional as well as peer tutors, is
available for almost every course. Students with disabilities may request
academic accommodations through the SSSC. Resources and services include
counseling, assistive technology, taped and/or large-print textbooks,
adaptive equipment, interpreters, notetakers, and alternative testing
arrangements. The SSSC also sponsors a variety of activities to foster
student success. Workshops and seminars are offered including Assertiveness
Skills, Portfolio Development, Stress Management, Study Skills, Test Anxiety,
Time Management, Transferring to a Four-Year Institution, and other topics
as identified by students.
Video Telecourses – Telecourses are classes offered
on videotape. Students watch the tapes at home at their convenience and
work at their own pace with the support of an instructor. There are deadlines
throughout the semester and some on-campus meetings are required. Students
may tape at home via cable network, lease from DACC or checkout from local
Withdrawing from a Course – If a student drops
a course after the refund period (stated above), the student will be "withdrawn"
from a course. This means that the course will remain on their academic
transcript with a "W" grade and no refund will be given. A "W"
grade does not affect your grade point average, but it could affect your
financial aid. A student can "withdraw" from a course in the