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Titles and Terms Specific to BYU-Idaho

This listing is alphabetical with italics added for emphasis only. Capitalization indicates when the term is normally used as a common or proper noun.

 

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academic advising
Academic advising at BYU–Idaho is a coordinated effort by departments, faculty, and the Career and Academic Advising Center. Career courses, planning tools, and research material aid students in their academic pursuits. See Career and Academic Advising Center (CAC).

 

academic colleges
Please see online directory for office locations. Colleges are different schools within the university and function mainly in administrative and scholastic capacities. There are six colleges:

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

College of Business and Communication

College of Education and Human Development

College of Language and Letters

College of Performing and Visual Arts

College of Physical Sciences and Engineering

 

Academic Council

Council under the direction of the Vice President of Academics that meets regularly to discuss academic issues and formulate policies. Members include the associate academic vice president for curriculum, associate academic vice president for instruction and assessment, chief information officer, director of institutional research, college deans, director of the McKay Library, faculty association representative, dean of Continuing Education, academic administrator, director of advising, managing director of Outreach and Online Education, and a student representative.

 

academic departments

See online directory for locations. The departments are subdivisions of the colleges:

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department of Agribusiness, Plant and Animal Sciences

Department of Biology

Department of Exercise and Sports Science

Department of Health Science

Department of Horticulture

Department of Nursing

 

College of Business and Communication

Department of Accounting

Department of Business Management

Department of Communication

Department of Computer Information Technology

Department of Economics

Department of Recreation Leadership

 

College of Education and Human Development

Department of Home and Family

Department of Psychology

Department of Religious Education

Department of Sociology and Social Work

Department of Teacher Education

 

College of Language and Letters

Department of Academic Learning

Department of English

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

Department of History, Geography, and Political Science

Department of Humanities and Philosophy

 

College of Performing and Visual Arts

Department of Art

Department of Dance

Department of Interior Design

Department of Music

Department of Theatre

 

College of Physical Sciences and Engineering

Department of Architecture and Construction

Department of Automotive Technology

Department of Chemistry

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Department of Geology

Department of Mathematics

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Department of Physics

Academic Learning, Department of

Located in 272 McKay. The Department of Academic Learning helps students with special needs and those who need to master basic academic skills such as reading, writing, and study habits. The Department of Academic Learning also operates a tutoring center used by all academic departments. See academic departments and Disability Service Center.

 

Academic Office

Located in 210 Kimball. A central office overseeing administrative resources, curriculum, Instruction, Outreach and Online Education, and research and assessment. See Instruction, Outreach and Online Education, and Information Technology.

 

Academic Societies

Academic Societies are student-led organizations with a specific academic focus such as the Dental Society, College Republicans, College Democrats, English Academic Society, etc. For similar student organizations on campus, see Student Activities Program and Cultural Associations.

 

Academic Technology, Department of

Academic support area for all colleges and offices on campus which offers assistance through instruction and technology support. Responsibilities include running Blackboard, Faculty Technology Center, Student Technology Center (formerly Media Lab), TechSmart, Photo Services, Help Desk, and Educational Technology.

 

accreditation

Accreditation is an ongoing process of self-study and evaluation. Performance, integrity, and quality are reviewed periodically. BYU–Idaho is accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Accreditation for the school as a junior college was gained in 1936 and as a baccalaureate institution in 2004.

 

Accounting, Department of

The Department of Accounting’s integrated major prepares students with job-ready skills in accounting. It also allows the selection of other courses in packaging a bachelor’s degree to fit individual needs and goals, including preparation to transfer to other universities in pursuit of a master’s degree. See academic departments.

 

Accounting Office

Located in 130 Kimball. An administrative office providing services such as payroll, student insurance, accounts receivable, disbursements, etc.

 

ACT

Acceptable in all references to the ACT assessment, a national college admission and placement examination. ACT originally stood for American College Testing. In 1996 the official name was shortened to ACT.

 

Activities

See Student Activities Program.

 

Adaptive Services

Adaptive Services is a department within Student Activities that serves students with disabilities by adapting programs and events where possible to facilitate participation in a broader range of activities. See Student Activities Program.

 

Administrative Services

Located in 290 Kimball. Office overseeing financial matters and service areas on behalf of the university (budget officer, internal auditor, property manager, and student services).

 

Administrative Council

See University Resources

 

Admissions and Scholarship Office

Located in 120 Kimball. Administrative office overseeing student recruitment, the admission process, scholarships, deferments, etc.

 

advisor vs. adviser
Advisor is preferred over adviser. A faculty advisor is assigned to each student and assists in individualizing educational plans. Advisors guide students as they make decisions and progress toward their educational goals.

Advising Office

See Career and Academic Advising Center .

 

Ag Engineering Building (AGM)

Located on South Center Street. Houses the Department of Agricultural Business, Science, and Technology. See Building Codes.

 

Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of

See academic colleges.

 

Agriculture Business, Science, and Technology, Department of

See Agribusiness, Plant and Animal Sciences, Department of

 

Agribusiness, Plant and Animal Sciences, Department of

The Department of Agribusiness, Plant and Animal Sciences prepares students for exciting and challenging employment specialties. It offers a wide variety of course work in agriculture. See academic departments.

 

alumni ambassador

An alumnus who represents BYU–Idaho and the Alumni Association in his or her home area. See Alumni Association.

 

Alumni and Friends Center

Located at 16 East Main. Serves as offices for the Alumni Association, Annual Giving, and the Telefund Center.

 

Alumni and Friends News Flash

An e-mail newsletter sent to alumni and friends of the university each month.

 

Alumni Association

Located at 16 East Main. Referred to as the BYU–Idaho/Ricks College Alumni Association. Membership includes anyone who attended BYU–Idaho and/or Ricks College as a full-time student earning a minimum of 16 credit hours.

 

Alumni Connections

The official on-line community for BYU–Idaho/Ricks College alumni. The service provides an alumni directory, job placement resource, career networking, and message board.

 

Alumni Council

The advising board of the Alumni Association. The Alumni Council includes representatives from Emeritus Club, Young Alumni Association, Student Alumni Association, academic colleges, and alumni regions. See Alumni Association.

 

Alumni Relations

Administrative area within University Relations which oversees the Alumni Association, Student Alumni Association, and all efforts to keep and strengthen the relationship between alumni and the university.

 

alumnus

Any person who attended BYU–Idaho or Ricks College as a full-time student earning a minimum of 16 credit hours. The term has variations reflected by the ending syllable: alumnus or alum, singular; alumni, plural; alumna, singular feminine; alumnae, plural feminine. See Alumni Association.

 

Animal Science, Department of

See Agribusiness, Plant and Animal Sciences, Department of.

 

Annual Giving

Office located at 16 East Main. Responsible for mass solicitation for BYU–Idaho Fund. Refers to philanthropic contributions given on an annual basis totaling less than $5,000. See LDS Philanthropies.

 

Arboretum

See Campus Outdoor Learning Center and Arboretum.

 

Architecture and Construction, Department of

The Department of Architecture and Construction prepares students to fulfill challenging employment in a wide range of career options within the industry. Students customize their course of study to fulfill future employment ambitions. See academic departments.

 

Art, Department of

The Department of Art offers studies in art education, art history, ceramics, drawing, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. These emphasis areas are designed as preparation for a professional career choice as well as personal enjoyment. See academic departments.

 

associate dean

Serves as the acting dean when the dean is not available. Reports directly to the dean. Associate dean is chosen by the dean and approved by the academic vice president and the president. The associate dean may serve concurrently with the dean and may be released at any time to return to the faculty. Associate dean serves much like a counselor.

 

associate degree

See degrees.

 

associations

See Cultural Associations.

 

Athletics, athletics

Capitalize when referring to the Sports program in the Physical area of Student Activities. Athletics is a level of sports activity in which students participate in intra-campus team sports with tryouts, coaches, practices and regular competitive seasons in which teams compete against other Athletic teams at BYU–Idaho. See Student Activities Program.

 

Austin Building (AUS)

Use on second reference for the Mark Austin Technology & Engineering Building. Houses the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Department of Architecture and Construction, The Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and the Department of Automotive Technology. See Building Codes.

 

Automotive Technology, Department of

The Department of Automotive Technology prepares its majors to enter one of the most technical service industries. Courses are designed to give training in the technical, industrial, and business fields. See academic departments.

 

Auxiliary Services Building (ASB)

Typically not used as an abbreviation except as a postal or map location. Houses the Division of Continuing Education, University Press, and Purchasing Office. See Building Codes.

 

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