A-MAPs:  an Eight-Semester Academic Map plan that shows all courses needed for graduation for every degree.  Find these online at

Academic Standing: your overall academic status at UCA. “Good” academic standing means your GPA is a 2.0 or above. Below a 2.0, you will be placed on Academic Alert, Academic Probation, or Academic Suspension.

Blackboard: UCA’s learning management system where you can find the course syllabus, assignments, and grades.

The Bulletin: The Undergraduate Bulletin lists all degree programs and courses.

CubConnect: CC is a centralized online hub for information on RSOs, events, news, student forms, and co-curricular achievements.  (CC has replaced OrgSync.) Find it in myUCA.

FERPA: The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their educational records.

GradesFirst: You can make and track appointments for tutoring, coaching and advising through GF, and monitor your Progress Reports through GF. Find it in myUCA.

GPA: Grade Point Average. Your institutional cumulative GPA includes all grades earned at UCA. Your semester GPA includes just grades earned during a specific semester. Some holds prevent registration until resolved.

Holds: Holds are placed on your student record to provide you with information about possible restrictions to college services.

Hybrid: Students and faculty will meet in a classroom at given times, and may meet either synchronously or asynchronously online at other times.

MyUCA: UCA’s online student portal. Log in through and find your account information, course information, and everything about UCA.

Online (Asynchronous): Faculty post assignments that students work on individually or with peers at various times.  Online (A) courses require reliable internet access, and you may need a camera and mic with your computer.

Online (Synchronous): Students and faculty meet online at a given time to discuss assignments, participate in a lecture, or work on a project.  Online (S) courses require reliable internet access, and a computer with a mic and camera.

RSOs: Recognized Student Organizations.  UCA has nearly 200 of these.  Find them through CubConnect on myUCA.

Semester: An academic term.  At UCA these include Fall (Aug – Dec), Spring (Jan – May) and Summer (I and II).  UCA also has a three-week “May Intersession.”

Syllabus: An academic document that communicates information about a specific course and defines expectations and responsibilities.

UCA Core: Required courses for all undergraduate degrees.  Others call this “general education.”