Jargon Busters

Michaela Hosking
Michaela Hosking Holmesglen Staff • 26 February 2020


Here are some common phrases or terms accompanied by their definitions. 


Jargon Busters


Alumni - a former pupil or student of a particularly school or university. 

Appeal - an application made to a higher body requesting the reversal of a decision made by a lower body. 

Attrition - the gradual process of wearing down or reducing something.

Cohort - a group of people with a shared characteristic.

Dean - head of a university / TAFE faculty. 

Demographics - statistical data relating to the population and particular groups within it.

Meeting Minutes - official notes of a meeting.

Meeting Agenda - a document provided to meeting attendees before a meeting listing in order, the matters to be discussed.

Pedagogy - the method and practice of teaching, especially as an academic subject or theoretical concept.

Retention - the act of retaining / keeping something. 

Student Engagement - the degree of attention, curiosity, interest, optimism, and passion students demonstrate when learning.


Acronyms Expanded

E&S - Engagement & Support

VET - Vocational Education Training

SW - Student Wellbeing

BDIT - The Faculty of Business Design & Information Technology

ESSE - The Faculty of Education, Service Skills and Environment

BCE - The of Building, Construction & Engineering 

HSYCS - The Faculty of Health Sciences, Youth & Community Studies 

LSC - Learning Skills Centre

SJC - Skills & Jobs Centre 

TSD - Technology Services Department

IC - International Centre 

HOD - Head of Department

EM - Education Manager 

Voc College - Vocational College

VETiS - Vocational Education Training in Schools 

HESU - Higher Education Support Unit

SMS - Student Management System

TEQSA - Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency

DHA - Department of Home Affairs

ASQA - Australian Skills Quality Authority

CRICOS - Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students

RPL - Recognition of Prior Learning

CT - Credit Transfer

Click here for further clarification on academic result codes.