College Transition Glossary

Accessible: In the case of a facility, readily usable by a particular individual; in the case of a program or activity, presented or provided in such a way that a particular individual can participate, with or without auxiliary aid(s); in the case of electronic resources, accessible with or without assistive computer technology.

Accommodation: An adjustment to make a program, facility, or resource accessible to a person with a disability.

Academic Advisor: Faculty or professional staff who help with educational planning. They help with choosing courses, reviewing course requirements, and help with any academic problems a student may encounter.

Assistive Technology: Technology used to assist a person with a disability (e.g., wheelchair, hand splints, computer based equipment).

College and Career Ready: Refers to the content knowledge, skills, and habits that students must possess to be successful in postsecondary education or training that leads to a sustaining career.

Courses of study: A multi-year description of coursework necessary to achieve the student’s desired post- school goals, from the student’s current to anticipated exit year.

Job Shadowing: Exploring different occupations and types of work environments by following and watching people actually performing the jobs.

Peer Mentoring: Peer mentoring takes place in learning environments such as schools, usually between an older more experienced student and a new student. Peer mentors appear mainly in secondary schools where students moving up from primary schools may need assistance in settling into the whole new schedule and lifestyle of secondary school life. Peer mentoring is also used in the workplace as a means of orienting new employees. New employees who are paired with a peer mentor are twice as likely to remain in their job as those who do not receive mentorship.

Self-advocacy: Understanding one’s disability, being aware of the strengths and weaknesses resulting from the limitations imposed by the disability, and being able to articulate reasonable need for accommodation; advocacy is the ability of a person to speak for him or herself and stand up for his or her individual rights.

Self-determination: Right and ability of a person to direct his or her own life, as well as the responsibility to accept the consequences of his or her choices; capacity to make decisions, choose preferences, practice self-advocacy, and manage one’s own affairs

Service learning: A method of teaching, learning and reflecting that combines academic classroom curriculum with meaningful youth service throughout the community. As a teaching methodology, it falls under the category of experiential education. More specifically, it integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, encourage lifelong civic engagement, and strengthen communities.

Soft Skills: A term often associated with a person's "EQ" (Emotional Intelligence Quotient), the cluster of personality traits, social graces, communication, language, personal habits, friendliness, and optimism that characterize relationships with other people.

Study Skills: Techniques of scheduling time, finding a quiet place, remembering, reviewing, deciding what material is important, and taking notes.

Sources: Arizona Department of Education, University of OregonGreenville Technical College

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