#057 – College Lingo – Can You Talk the Talk? – Part 2

So many mysterious terms and acronyms to understand when your student heads off to college! In this second College Lingo installment Vicki and Lynn define and discuss several of the insider terms that colleges use that may not be clear to parents. We cover topics from Accommodations and Assistive Technology to Degree Maps, Degree Audits, Registrar and Academic Probation. We’re only scratching the surface of this new language, but it should get you started being able to understand and Talk the Talk. (Hear the first College Lingo in episode #047.)

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We’ve often said that entering college is like entering another world – both for students and their parents. And when you enter another world, you need to learn the language!  So many college terms may be unfamiliar to parents and to students. Students often pick up many of them in their daily interactions on campus, but what about parents? What do you do when your student comes home and seems to be speaking a language you don’t understand?

In our second College Lingo episode,, we address several of these important terms. If you haven’t already heard it, be sure to go back to episode #047 for our first Lingo installment. We’ve only been able to scratch the surface, but we have tried not only to define the terms, but to explain what they are and why they matter.

Because we were only able to get started here on the podcast, we recommend that you check out the Glossary of Helpful College Terms through the Resources tab on the College Parent Central website. We have more than 45 terms there to get you started. (If there are additional terms that are baffling you, please put them in the comments below and we’ll try to address them.)

It was difficult to decide where to start, but in this episode we talked about the following terms:


Assistive Technology

Degree Map

Degree Audit


Academic Probation or Warning

Even if you are familiar with many of these terms, we think you’ll learn something helpful. Follow the links above to read more about some of these terms if you want to dig a little deeper.

We also have a couple of earlier episodes related to these topics. For related listening, consider tuning in to:

#019 – Students with Learning Differences: What are the Key Changes Between High School and College?

#017 – How to Move Forward after Academic Probation or Dismissal

#029 – Steps to Success for Students with Disabilities: An Interview with Elizabeth Hamblet

Lynn also mentioned Elizabeth Hamblet’s important book for families and students with disabilities.  Read our review of the book for more information.

Book Review: From High School to College: Steps to Success for Students with Disabilities

In talking about accommodations, we talked about how important it is for students to be able to advocate for themselves. Read more about that in the article below.

Does Your College Student Know How to Advocate for What They Need?

Another great way to learn some of the terms specific to your student’s college is to spend time reading the College Catalog. This will explain many of the terms and policies of the institution.

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Let us know what you’d like to hear about on future podcasts! Leave a comment here or email us at podcast@collegeparentcentral.com.

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