Glossary of 75 Distance Learning Terms
Parallel-time Co-op - Cooperative education system in which students complete classroom instruction and acquire degree-related work experience during the same time period.
Placement Test - A test used to determine a students level in a particular skill area; commonly used for placement in English language programs for nonnative speakers; conducted after a students arrival on campus.
Pool (Selection) - Determination, with academic advisory assistance, of a schedule of requires and elective courses and the appropriate order of completion to fulfill degree requirements.
Postgraduate Studies - See graduate study.
Practicum - Concentrated period of degree-related, practical work experience; plural: practica.
Prerequisite - Course required as preparation for entry into a more advanced academic course or program.
Private Institution - An institution that relies primarily on non-governmental sources of financial support.
Prorated - Proportionally; for prorated refunds, the amount of money refunded is proportional to the amount of time that passed from a specified date.
Public Institution - An institution that receives the majority of funding through the government.