CUNYfirst Interactive Glossary



Academic Career Level: a student's "level" at a particular school e.g., Undergraduate, Graduate, Law, Medical.

Academic Group: the school or division.  e.g., School of Arts and Humanities

Academic Institution: refers to the college, i.e, Lehman's code is LEH01.

Academic Level:  freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior

Academic Load: full time or part time student

Academic Organization: academic department. >> View List of Academic Organizations [PDF]

Academic Plan: for undergraduate students this refers to their majors and minors; for graduate students this refers to their degree plan e.g., English, Education, Family Nurse Practitioner, Public Health. >> View List of Academic Plan [PDF]

Academic Program: the degree type e.g., B.S., B.F.A., M.A., M.S.Ed. or Adv. Cert.

Academic Sub-plan: a specialization, concentration, track, or option within a major or minor plan. Sub plans are always linked to a plan. >> View List of Academic Sub-Plan [PDF]

Add/ Drop Consent: this is equivalent in SIMS to Restrictions, e.g., Department or Instructor Permission.

Advisor Center: a self-service administrative "dashboard" used by advisors to manage their advisor related activities with the student, e.g., view a student’s academic progress and assist student in enrollment activities.


BARFIT: Bursar, Admissions, Registrar, Financial Aid, and, Information Technology.


Campus Solutions: the student information system module of CUNYfirst.  >> View Campus Solution [Visual Aid]

Catalog Number: the course number, e.g., 110, as in ENG 110

Class Number: the registration code for a specific course section.

Class Sections: course sections.

Component: the course structures, e.g., lecture, lab, seminar, or tutorial.

Course Attributes: associated to courses or specific class sections and are generally used for reporting purposes. Note in SIMS, this was derived from the CPROG table e.g., writing intensive, College Now, experimental.

Course Catalog: contains course offerings and descriptions for the past, present, and future. (It is similar to the “Course Master” in eSIMS.)

CUNYfirst Icons: are graphical representations of CUNYfirst actions. >> View CUNYfirst Icons [Visual Aid]

Customer Relations Management (CRM): the ticketing system used to report CUNYfirst issues and manage and control workflow. When you report an issue, they will go in as "CRM tickets."


Description/Long Course Title/Long Description: the course description.


Effective Date: The date on which a value, description, or record becomes current

Enterprise Learning Management (ELM): is the CUNYfirst application used by Faculty and Staff to register for training sessions.

EMPLID: an unique eight-digit personal identification number used in the CUNYfirst system used as a Student ID or Employee ID.

Employee Self Service (ESS): allows faculty and staff to view, update, and/or make change requests to their Human Resources personal information within the CUNYfirst system. >> View Employee Self Service Training Page

Enrollment Appointment: a registration appointment during which students can enroll (register) in classes for a term.

Enrollment Requirement Group/Requisites: Prerequisites/Corequisites


Faculty Center: a self-service "dashboard" used by faculty to manage their instructor-related transactions, e.g., obtain class rosters, verify attendance roster, and submit grades

Financial Aid Progress Units: equated credits.


Grading Basis: indicates how the course is graded, e.g. whether only A - F grades can be awarded or whether other options, such as NC, are available.


Holds: are current service indicators that appear on the Student Center. Students may see how to resolve their holds and which department to contact for additional information by clicking on details link.   Note: Some holds may prevent students from enrolling in classess, so it is important for students to deal with holds prior to their enrollment appointment date.  >> View Holds [PDF]

Human Capital Management (HCM): the Human Resources module in CUNYfirst.


National ID: Social Security number.


Planner: an optional CUNYfirst registration feature used by students to store courses to complete remaining requirements for their program. Students may add courses to a future term for enrollment.

Program: a method of grouping plans. Programs are the tracks within a major, minor, or graduate program e.g., Masters in Art History, Masters in Computer Science, Masters in Chemistry, etc.


Repeat for Credit Rules: this is equivalent in SIMS to "Repeat Allowed."

Requirement Designation: academic level (regular, remedial, and message) and Liberal Arts (Y or N).

Row: a technical term used to describe an addition to a record.


Service Indicator: is similar to a stop with added functionality. A positive service indicator allows students to access additional services, e.g., veterans' services, early registration, specialized accommodation.  A negative service indicator will prevent an action from occurring e.g., registration block, or transcript block. >> View List of Service Indicator [PDF]

Shopping Cart: a CUNYfirst registration feature for students to temporarily save classes until it is time to enroll in them in term. Classes in a student's shopping cart remain there throughout the term, until the student either enrolls in a class or deletes the class from their Shopping Cart.  Note: Classes added to the shopping cart are only temporary and doesn’t mean that students are enrolled in those classes.   

Student Center: a self-service "dashboard" used by student to manage their own administrative activities, e.g., enroll in classes, view class schedules, view and pay bills, etc. >> Student Center Summary [PDF]

Student Finance (SF): a CUNYfirst module that refers to the Bursar Office.

Student Groups: a grouping of students that share a common characteristic for various business processes, e.g., honors students, athletes, SEEK, veterans, etc. >> View list of Student Groups [PDF]

Student Records (SR):  a CUNYfirst module that refers the Office of the Registrar.

Student Self-Service: students can view their financial aid packages, bills, and registration information on-line. Students will also be able to accept or deny financial aid awards as well as provide address changes online.

Student Services Center: an administrative "dashboard" used by the campus community as a single point of entry to view/update a wide range of student data.

Subject Area: course discipline, e.g., AAS, ACC, BIO.


Term: the semester, e.g., fall, spring and summer.

Term Codes: a four-digit code used to represent a term. >> View Term Code [Visual Aid]


Units: credits

Last modified: Jul 27, 2017

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