Format Definitions

Evening: All requirements for the degree or other award must be offered during evening study.

Weekend: All requirements for the degree or other award must be offered during weekend study.

Evening/Weekend: All requirements for the degree or other award must be offered during a combination of evening and weekend study.

Day Program:  For programs having EVENING,  WEEKEND, or EVENING/WEEKEND formats, indicates that all requirements for the degree or other award can also be completed during traditional daytime study.

Independent Study:  A major portion of the requirements for the degree or other award must be offered through independent study rather than through traditional classes.

Distance Education:  50% or more of the course requirements for the degree or other award can be completed through study delivered by distance education.

External:  All requirements for the degree or other award must be capable of completion through examination, without formal classroom study at the institution.

Accelerated:  The program is offered in an accelerated curricular pattern which provides for early completion.

Standard:  For programs having Independent, Distance Education, External, OR Accelerated formats, indicates that all requirements for the degree or other award can also be completed in a standard, traditional format.

Bilingual: Instruction is given in English and in another language.  By program completion, students are proficient in both languages.  This is not intended to be used to identify programs in foreign language study.

Language:  The program is taught in a language other than English.

Upper-Division:  A program comprising the final two years of a baccalaureate program. A student cannot enter such a program as a freshman.  The admission level presumes prior completion of the equivalent of two years of college study and substantial prerequisites.

Cooperative:  The program requires alternating periods of study on campus and related work experience.  The pattern may extend the length of the program beyond normal time expectations.

5-Year:  For baccalaureate programs. Indicates that because of the number of credits required, the program is approved as a 5-year program with five-year State student financial aid eligibility.

4.5 Year: For baccalaureate programs.  Indicates that because of the number of credits required, the program is approved as a 4.5-year program with 4.5-year State student financial aid eligibility.

Not Full-Time: The program cannot be completed on a full-time basis: for example, a 60-credit program that leads to an associate degree that cannot be completed in two academic years.  Such programs are not eligible for TAP payments to students.

Exempted from Branch Campus Requirement:  The program has been specifically exempted from Part 54 of Commissioner’s Regulations requiring branch campus status.  For example, some certificate programs at worksites have been granted this exemption.