New Students: A Guide to 'Rasmussen Speak'

When you were young, you may have learned to speak Pig Latin – the special language only those in the “Pig Latin Club” could understand. In certain fields, including medicine and education, an entire conversation can occur using jargon that most individuals, not trained in the field, would not comprehend. Sometimes at Rasmussen we can do the same thing. The following is a list of common terms and their definitions. You are a member of our club and we want you to know the “secret” language, too.

SMAIL – Pronounced /s/-/māl/ or /smāl/ SMAIL stands for student email. This is the email account found in your student portal. All communication from the college will be sent to your SMAIL. This includes information about your financial aid, class schedule and campus events. It is important to check this account daily. Many emails are time sensitive. In most cases, student privacy laws prohibit us from sending this information to your personal email. Remember, this is different from your course email. Your instructor will use the email inside of your course to communicate with you. Be sure to check this daily, too.

H-Drive - Every Rasmussen College student and employee has access to the H Drive. The H Drive can be found on any Rasmussen computer and basically replaces the computer’s default hard drive (C Drive). A computer’s C Drive is specific to that computer. In the event the computer is damaged or infected with a virus, documents or pictures located on the C Drive can be permanently lost. The H Drive is stored on a network outside of the computer, which means you can access your personal H Drive on any Rasmussen College computer.

In addition, you can find the H Drive under “My Computer.” However, be sure that you are signed on to the computer under your own login or you will be saving your documents to someone else’s H Drive. The H Drive is also a great place to store documents for the portfolio you will create in your seminar course(s).

NOCOS – This acronym stands for Notice of Change of Status. You may be asked to sign a NOCOS whenever you add or drop a class, withdraw from school for medical leave or other circumstances, or change your program.

FAFSA – This is another acronym and it stands for Free Application For Student Aid. Every student who is receiving financial aid is required to complete this application. It must be done yearly. The application can be found at The 2013-14 application is now available and can be completed online.

Now that you “speak Rasmussen”, you may want to consider learning another language. Think we’re joking? We’re not! Visit the e-resources tab located in the student portal and select the MANGO database. As a Rasmussen student, you have 24/7 access, anytime, anyplace to learn a new language. It is fast, fun and free

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Debi Cheek, MLIS, is the Librarian and Learning Center Coordinator at Rasmussen College in Land O’ Lakes, Florida. She has worked in the field of Library Science for more than 3 years. Debi also has a M.A. in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida and is currently working on her Doctorate at Florida Gulf Coast University.

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