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A Glossary Terms beginning with A


A systematic, seamless student transition process from secondary to postsecondary education that maximizes use of resources and minimizes duplication. Responsible Agency: Kansas State Department of Education.


The type of award earned by a graduate in the program of study. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. A bachelor degree usually takes at least 4 years. The abbreviations represent common designations for each degree. Some examples include: A.A. (Associate of Arts), B.S. (Bachelor of Science), B.B.A. (Bachelor of Business Administration), B.A. (Bachelor of Arts), and B.S.B. (Bachelor of Science in Business). A technical certificate is designed to lead to an industry-recognized credential. Responsible Agency: Kansas Board of Regents.

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C Glossary Terms beginning with C

CIP Codes

Classification of Instructional Program Codes as defined by the National Center for Education Statistics.

college course (articulation) agreement

A written commitment that is agreed upon at the state level or approved annually by the lead administrators of a secondary institution and a postsecondary institution, or a sub-baccalaureate degree granting postsecondary institution and a baccalaureate degree granting institution; to a program that is designed to provide students with a non-duplicative sequence of progressive achievement leading to technical skill proficiency, a credential, a certificate or a degree and is linked through credit transfer agreements between the two institutions.{[Section 3(4)] Perkins Act of 2006: The Official Guide} For Kansas use: the Articulation Agreement does not have to include a Credit transfer agreement (Advanced Placement Credit). It must include a seamless progression from one level to the next and may include such incentives as scholarships. Responsible Agency: Kansas State Department of Education.

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E Glossary Terms beginning with E

education training provider

List of available public post secondary institutions in Kansas providing education or training for programs of study.

estimated cost of completion

The estimated tuition and fees it would cost a full-time student to complete the full program of study at the institution, not including any variable fees such as program, course, or special equipment. Responsible Agency: Kansas Board of Regents.

Technical description: The total semester credit hours of the program of study multiplied by the per credit hour rate as published in the Kansas Board of Regents Databooks. Responsible Agency: Kansas Board of Regents.

estimated time to complete requirements

The estimated time, in years, it would take a full-time student to complete the program of study. Responsible Agency: Kansas Board of Regents.

Technical description: The total semester credit hours of the program of study divided by 30 semester credit hours earned annually. Responsible Agency: Kansas Board of Regents.

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H Glossary Terms beginning with H

high demand

High demand refers to occupations in Kansas that are in high demand statewide, and by local area. The high demand list considers current, 2-year, and 10-year projected employment demand.

high wage

High wage refers to occupations with higher than statewide average wage.

high demand - high wage

High demand-high wage occupations are high demand occupations with higher than statewide average wage. To get a better understanding of the process we use to determine high demand-high wage occupations, click on this link to download the KDOL High Demand Methodology document

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L Glossary Terms beginning with L

Labor Market Information Services (LMIS)

Labor Market Information Services (LMIS) activities involve the collecting, analyzing, reporting and publishing of data on economic activities to describe and predict the relationship between labor demand and supply. Specifically, it can include the number of people employed, the wages they are earning, their occupations, the location of their workplace in relation to where they live, the number of people available to work in a given area and the occupations that will be in demand in the future. Responsible Agency: Kansas Department Of Labor.

local area

A local area is a region of the state of Kansas. There are 5 local areas in Kansas. Local area 1 is the West region. Local area 2 is the Northeast region. Local area 3 is the KC Metro region. Local area 4 is the South Central region. Local area 5 is the Southeast region.

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M Glossary Terms beginning with M

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

An MSA is: 1) a county or group of contiguous counties that contains at least one city of 50,000 inhabitants or more, or 2) an urbanized area of at least 50,000 inhabitants and a total MSA population of at least 100,000 inhabitants. The contiguous counties are included in an MSA if, according to certain criteria, they are essentially metropolitan in character and are socially and economically integrated with the central city or cities. Responsible Agency: Kansas Department Of Labor.

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N Glossary Terms beginning with N

nearest post-secondary institutions by county

The ten nearest Educational Training Providers listed, beginning with the one nearest the county seat.

number of completers per year (3 yr avg)

Average number of students completing the program with an award over the 3 most current reporting years. Responsible Agency: Kansas Board of Regents.

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O Glossary Terms beginning with O

occupational employment

Occupational employment is the estimate of total wage and salary employment in an occupation. The OES survey defines employment as the number of workers who can be classified as full- or part-time employees, including workers on paid vacations or other types of paid leave; workers on unpaid short-term absences; salaried officers, executives, and staff members of incorporated firms; employees temporarily assigned to other units; and employees for whom the reporting unit is their permanent duty station, regardless of whether that unit prepares their paycheck. The survey does not include the self-employed, owners and partners in unincorporated firms, household workers, or unpaid family workers. Responsible Agency: Kansas Department Of Labor.

occupational wage

Occupational Wages for the OES survey are straight-time, gross pay, exclusive of premium pay. Base rate; cost-of-living allowances; guaranteed pay; hazardous-duty pay; incentive pay, including commissions and production bonuses; and tips are included. Excluded are overtime pay, severance pay, shift differentials, nonproduction bonuses, employer cost for supplementary benefits, and tuition reimbursements. Responsible Agency: Kansas Department Of Labor.

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P Glossary Terms beginning with O

pathways (kansas career pathways)

Organized groupings of rigorous academic and career related courses leading from education to employment, that identify each step, skill, educational requirement and aptitude needed to be successful within any specific career. Currently there are 35 pathways identified within the 16 clusters. Responsible Agency: Kansas State Department of Education.

program(s) of study(pos)

Plan that incorporates secondary education and postsecondary education elements; includes academic and career and technical content in a coordinated, non-duplicative progression of courses; and leads to an industry-recognized credential or certificate at the postsecondary level, or an associate or bachelor’s degree. Responsible Agency: Kansas State Department of Education.

List of Kansas programs of study available from public postsecondary institutions, filtered by the keyword specified.

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S Glossary Terms beginning with S


A secondary school, often referred to as a high school or a senior high school, is a school which provides secondary education, between the ages of 11 and 19 depending on location, after primary school and before higher education. Responsible Agency: Kansas Department Of Education.

SOC code

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code is a United States government system of classifying occupations that allow government agencies to collect occupational data. The official website is another useful tool for career exploration and job analysis.

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U Glossary Terms beginning with U

undergraduate enrollment

Annual unduplicated count of students attending an institution who has not yet received a bachelor's or similar degree. (for example: bachelor, associate, certificate, undecided).

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