The following is offered as an explanation of common terms used throughout Ventura County Community College District. Students should be familiar with these key words, terms and phrases because they will be used throughout the community college experience. A counselor is also available to answer any questions.
3SP: 3SP is the abbreviation for Student Success and Support Program. 3SP commonly refers to the completion of the online orientation in the MyVCCCD portal, placement for math and English, and the completion of an educational plan. Students in good academic standing, who have less than 90 degree-applicable units, who have completed 3SP will be given priority registration.
900 Number: The nine-digit student ID number assigned to each student upon acceptance. The student ID number begins with 900 and is commonly referred to as a 900 or 900 number.
Abbreviated Educational Plan: A pathway that identifies the courses a new student will take in their first one or two semesters. An abbreviated educational plan may be developed by a student with or without the help of an academic counselor, and is not approved by a counselor. Abbreviated educational plans are required for all new non-exempt students; however, a comprehensive educational plan will also satisfy this requirement. Students can also meet the abbreviated educational plan requirement by completing a First Semester Course Planning Session (FCS). The FCS is an opportunity for all new students at Ventura College to learn about various educational pathways available to them and learn to select courses for their first semester based on their goal.
Academic Calendar: The Academic Calendar shows when classes start, stop, the holidays, exam week and important deadlines.
Academic Year: Fall and Spring semesters, beginning with the start of the Fall term in August through the end of the Spring term in mid-May.
Add: Formally registering into a class(es) by completing the appropriate process online in your MyVCCCD portal.
Add Authorization Code: Six-digit code received from an instructor allowing the student to register prior to census in a closed class online through their MyVCCCD portal.
Adding a Closed Class: Students seeking entry to any class that is closed at the time they attempt to register are referred to the instructor.
Advanced Placement (AP): A program in the United States and Canada created by the College Board offering college-level curriculum and examinations to high school students. Colleges often grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores above a certain number on the examinations. To see the list of AP exams that Ventura College accepts toward the Associate Degree, see page 96-98 of the catalog or schedule an appointment with a counselor.
Advisory/Recommended Preparation: Same as Recommended Preparation. Preparation suggested by the faculty to successfully complete a particular course. While strongly encouraged, students do not have to satisfy recommended preparation guidelines to enroll in a course. Advisory/Recommended Preparation courses are indicated in the online Schedule of Classes and in the College Catalog course descriptions.
Area of Emphasis: Required In General Studies programs of study, an area of emphasis consists of 18 units in an area of concentration, with 6 of the 18 units coming from a single discipline to give the student more depth in their study.
Articulation: Contractual agreements between two or more schools of the courses that transfer and satisfy specific requirements. Articulation agreements between each of the Ventura County Community Colleges (Moorpark, Oxnard, Ventura) and CSU/UC campuses are available at www.assist.org. The listings include all courses that transfer between the individual college and CSU or UC campus, and how those courses will be applied at the accepting school.
Assessment/Placement: The use of multiple measures (including high school transcript data, self-reported high school transcript data and informed self-placement) to provide a recommendation for placement into math and English courses. Effective as of Spring 2019 at Ventura College, standardized assessment tests are no longer needed for placement into transfer-level English and Math classes. All students have direct access to transfer-level English and math courses.
ASSIST (www.assist.org): ASSIST stands for Articulation System Stimulating Inter-institutional Student Transfer. It is a website that shows how course credits earned at one public California college or university can be applied when transferred to another. ASSIST is the official repository of articulation for California's public colleges and universities and provides the most accurate and up-to-date information about student transfer in California.
Associate Degree: An associate degree is an undergraduate academic degree awarded by community colleges, junior colleges, technical colleges, and some bachelor's degree-granting colleges and universities upon completion of a course of study consisting of a minimum 60 degree-applicable units, usually lasting two years.
- Associate in Arts (A.A.)
- Associate in Science (A.S.)
Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT): is an undergraduate academic degree designed to guarantee admission to the CSU system. The degree consists of 60 CSU transferable semester units including certified completion of general education requirements (CSU GE-Breadth/IGETC-CSU), major requirements, and electives (if needed). An Associate Degree for Transfer may be earned in academic and career technical education majors.
- Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T)
- Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T)
Audit: Process by which a student may enroll in a lecture class as an observer for information only. The student is not officially registered, and will not receive a grade. Audit enrollments do not satisfy degree, certificate or transfer requirements and do not appear on a student's transcript. See the Audit Policy in this catalog and the petition on the website.
Bachelor’s Degree: Degree granted by four-year colleges and universities; the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) are the most commonly offered types of Bachelor's Degrees. Visit the University Transfer Center for information.
By Arrangement: A course or part of a course, which includes additional hours not yet formally scheduled. The arrangement is usually scheduled with the Instructor of the course at the start of the semester.
Career and Major Community (CMC): Same as Areas of Interest (used at Moorpark and Oxnard Colleges). CMCs cluster groups of degrees & certificates that are considered similar from a student's perspective. In most cases, students will still declare a major in a specific discipline or department. Commonly called “Meta-Majors” nationwide, but can also go by various names such as “Areas of Interest”, “Learning and Career Pathways”, and “Career Clusters”.
CCPG: California College Promise Grant: Enrollment Fee Waiver: The California College Promise Grant is issued by the state of California and waives the enrollment fees of qualifying California community college students. Students must also be California residents or AB540.
CCPG Appeal Process: Students qualifying for a fee waiver must meet minimum academic and progress standards adopted by the Board of Governors. Students who have lost their CCPG Fee Waiver may Appeal the loss based on certain circumstances before an Appeals Committee.
Certificate of Achievement: A college-awarded certificate indicating the student has satisfactorily completed the major courses in a program, but not the general education courses. A Certificate of Achievement is not a degree, but is posted to the academic transcript.
Certificate of Competency: A Certificate of Competency is awarded to students who have demonstrated achievement in a set of competencies that prepares them to progress in a career path or to take non-degree applicable or degree-applicable credit courses. A certificate of competency is posted to the noncredit academic transcript.
Certificate of Completion: Awarded to students who have satisfactorily completed a sequence of noncredit courses designed to improve employability or job opportunities. A certificate of completion is posted to the noncredit academic transcript.
Class Schedule: Same as Schedule of Classes. Listing of college courses offered in a particular term. Contents include the course ID, title, units, hours, time, instructor and location of classes. Prerequisites and deadlines are included in each listing. The schedule is only available online.
Collaborative Learning: A method of instruction committed to actively engaging students in their learning using small groups, team and group projects, and providing opportunities for students to share common experiences and solve problems.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP): A group of standardized tests created by the College Board that assess college-level knowledge in several subject areas. These exams are administered at various colleges and universities across the United States. Some institutions award credit to students who meet the college's minimum qualifying score for that exam, (typically, 50 is a qualifying score), but qualifying scores vary by school and exam. See the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) List in the Credit by Examination section of the catalog for the list of CLEP that Ventura College accepts toward the Associate Degree, or schedule an appointment with a counselor.
Community Class: Students who wish to participate in an activity course (lab/athletic/studio), but are not able to enroll due to exhaustion of all repeatable units, may request to participate via Community Class Flat Fee. This method of class participation does not accrue credit units and is only appropriate for those community members who have previously taken the course and have no further academic goals in regard to that course. No record of community participation is noted on transcripts.
Comprehensive Educational Plan: An informed pathway that identifies the courses a student must take to complete their program of study and reach their educational goals. The comprehensive educational plan outlines all of the courses a student must complete to achieve their stated educational goal. Comprehensive educational plans are required for all students who have completed 15 units of college coursework, and must be approved by an academic counselor during a counseling appointment.
Concurrent Enrollment: A required prerequisite course that can be taken at the same time as the course in question. This course may also be taken prior to the course in question.
Corequisite: A course where enrollment is based on a student being concurrently enrolled in another course. A corequisite represents a set of skills or a body of knowledge that a student must acquire through concurrent enrollment. Corequisites are indicated in the Class Listings of the Schedule of Classes and in the College Catalog.
Counselor: Faculty who assist students with personal, career, vocational and educational planning and development.
Course: An organized pattern of instruction in a specified subject offered by the college. Also referred to as a class.
Course Description: A brief statement about the content of a particular course. Found in the college catalog and the online schedule of classes.
Course Identification Numbering System (C-ID): C-ID is administered by the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges as a faculty-driven system for colleges and universities to facilitate the identification of comparable courses and increase articulation across all segments of higher education in the state. C-ID addresses the need for a “common course numbering system” to simplify student movement both within the California community colleges and intersegmentally. For additional background information on C-ID, please visit www.c-id.net.
Credit Course: A course for which units can be granted.
Credit by Exam: Process by which a student may meet a specific requirement through successful performance on a comprehensive exam. Students who are successful in challenging a course through credit by exam will receive units earned in the challenged course and the appropriate letter grade of A, B, C, D, F, or P/NP will be posted to their academic transcript. All courses shall be open to credit by examination unless specifically exempted by the District College.
Credit for Prior Learning: Granting unit credit for prior learning is based on the principle that previous experience, training, or instruction is the equivalent of a specific course taught by the college. Course and unit credit can be obtained through the:
- credit for external exam process (AP/IB/CLEP)
- internal exam process (locally administered exams)
- high school to college articulation process, or
- evaluation of Joint Services Transcripts (JST)
- student-created portfolios, or
- industry-recognized documentation, credentials or licensure.
CRN: Course Reference Number is listed in the Schedule of Classes, and referenced when students register in courses, or make adjustments to their courses.
CSU: The California State University system, also called Cal State, consists of 23 campuses statewide.
CSU GE-Breadth: General Education pattern for the CSU system. See Transfer Information.
Curriculum: Course offerings of the College as a whole; also refers to a group of required courses leading to a degree or certificate.
Degree: A diploma granted by a college confirming the student has attained a certain level of ability in a specific field. The most common degrees offered at California Community Colleges are:
- A.A. Associate in Arts
- A.S. Associate in Science
- A.A.-T. Associate in Arts for Transfer; and
- A.S.-T. Associate in Science for Transfer.
Associate Degrees are posted to the Ventura College academic transcript. The most common degrees offered at 4-year colleges and universities are:
- B.A./B.S. Bachelor's Degree; and
- M.A./M.S. Master's Degrees.
DegreeWorks: is a Degree and Goal planning tool in the MyVCCCD portal to help educate and guide students as they make choices in their class schedules and educational goals here at the Ventura County Community College District.
Dismissal: The procedure of dismissing a student from college for poor academic achievement, for incurring excessive withdrawals, or for disciplinary reasons. Dismissal can be temporary, providing the student agrees to and meets certain conditions. Meet with a counselor to petition your academic dismissal. Meet with the Dean of Students to discuss disciplinary dismissal.
Drop: Withdrawing formally from a class in which a student is enrolled. It is the student’s responsibility to formally withdraw from a class. A student may drop a class online in the MyVCCCD portal, or the instructor may initiate the drop. Visit the website for more information. View the Academic Calendar, the online Schedule of Classes, and/or your Schedule/Bill in the MyVCCCD portal for deadlines.
Educational Work Load: Generally consists of 15 units of work per semester to make progress towards completing the A.A./A.S. degree and/or transfer requirements in two years.
Elective: A course that is not specifically required for the major but which the student takes for unit credit, and which may count towards the total units required for the degree.
Eligibility Cap: The maximum allowable time a student can receive state or federal financial aid. Pell Grant eligible students have 6 years (12 full-time semesters) of total Pell Grant lifetime eligibility. All the years each student has received federal Pell grant will be counted toward the 6 years, regardless of when the student began receiving aid. A student becomes ineligible to receive a Pell grant as soon as reaching 600% of their Pell or the equivalent of 6 full time years. A first-time Federal Subsidized Student Loan borrower is no longer eligible for the Subsidized Student Loan program if he or she exceeds 150% of the published length necessary to graduate. In addition, a borrower reaching the 150% limit becomes ineligible for the interest subsidy benefits on all Federal Subsidized Loans disbursed to the borrower on or after July 1, 2013. Congress wants to encourage students to obtain undergraduate degrees within in a reasonable time frame. Students who change majors multiple times or, drop classes excessively or retake classes excessively are most likely to be affected by Public Law 121-141.
Excused Withdrawal: An Excused Withdrawal (EW) is a nonevaluated symbol used to permit a student to withdraw from a course for reasons beyond their control. It may be requested by the student at any time during the semester (effective January 2018) and no later than three (3) years after the term in which the course was taken. Excused Withdraw shall not be counted in progress probation or dismissal calculations nor shall it be counted towards the permitted number of withdrawals or counted as an enrollment attempt. The financial aid of a student may be affected depending on individual circumstance. A student should consult with the financial aid staff regarding any impact. Check with the Admissions and Records Office for the specific requirements and procedures.
FERPA: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. A Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds from the U.S. Department of Education.
Financial Aid: Money available to help pay for college. Grants, work-study, loans, and scholarships help make college affordable. A variety of financial aid sources are available to help you pay for college.
First Semester Course Planning Session (FCS): The FCS is an opportunity for all new students at Ventura College to learn about various educational pathways available to them and learn to select courses for their first semester based on their goal.
Full-Time Student: A student who enrolls in, and satisfactorily completes a minimum of 12 units during the term. This status is important for financial aid eligibility and other special program requirements.
General Education/Breadth Requirements (GE): Courses all students must satisfactorily complete to obtain a degree. GE requirements vary depending on the degree the student is seeking. Current lists are available at the Counseling Office, in the College Catalog, in the online Schedule of Classes, and on the College website.
Good Academic Standing: Describes a student whose grade point average is a “C” (2.0) or better and the percentage of entries of W, I, NC has not reached or exceeded 50%. When assigning enrollment priority; describes any student who has not been on academic or progress probation or dismissal for two consecutive terms. Students who are on probation for two consecutive terms will lose enrollment priority for the next term.
Grade Point Average (GPA): The average of a student’s grades: calculated by dividing grade points earned by the number of units attempted. See Academic Policies.
Hour: Same as Credit, Credit Unit, Semester Hour, Semester Unit, or Unit. The basic unit of credit is the semester unit which is equivalent to a credit hour. One credit hour of community college work is approximately three hours of recitation, study or laboratory work per week throughout a term.
IGETC: Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum. A pattern of courses that can be used to satisfy general education requirements at UC campuses. Students intending to transfer to a CSU campus need to additionally complete the Oral Communication requirement to satisfy CSU general education requirements. See Transfer Information.
International Baccalaureate (IB): An international educational based system which offers individual subject exams to students who complete its diploma programs. Many US colleges and universities award credit for qualifying scores on these exams. To see the list of IB exams that Ventura College awards credit toward the Associate Degree, see page 100 of the catalog or schedule an appointment with a counselor.
Learning Community: Thematically links two courses, providing the student with an interdisciplinary context for learning.
Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) for Pell Grant: The LEU is the sum of the percentages of your Federal Pell Grant scheduled awards that you received for each award year. The amount of Federal Pell Grant funds a student may receive over his or her lifetime is limited by federal law to be the equivalent of six years of Pell Grant funding.
Lower Division: The first two years equivalent of college work, usually 60 units i.e., freshman and sophomore years. By California law, only lower division work can be offered at California Community Colleges.
Major/Area of Emphasis: Same as program of study. An organized program of courses in a specific area of study, leading to a Certificate of Achievement, an Associate degree, or ultimately a Bachelor's degree.
MESA: MESA is the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement program.
Multiple Measures: Multiple measures refers to the process in which more than one assessment is used to determine a student’s readiness for a course or program, specifically, English and mathematics. Measures may consist of high school grades, courses, grade point average, test scores, and college assessment test scores. Faculty use at least two of these measures to recommend placement into courses in which students would be best prepared to succeed.
MyVCCCD: The student portal that provides access to a variety of services, tools, and information (https://my.vcccd.edu/).
Noncredit Courses: Courses awarding no college credit, and no units. A noncredit course should not be confused with the pass/no pass grading option. Noncredit courses are offered for no cost, with the exception of textbooks and other materials, if required.
Open Entry/Open Exit: Courses available for students to add throughout the semester and may be completed upon fulfillment of course requirements at any time during the semester.
Open Registration: The date on which any student accepted to the college may begin registering for courses for the upcoming term. Registration dates/appointments are in the Academic Calendar and a student’s specific date/appointment is in the MyVCCCD portal.
Part-Time Student Status: A student who enrolls in or completes fewer than 12 units in a term.
Pass/No Pass: A grading system allowing certain courses to be taken for a "grade" of pass/no pass (P/NP) rather than for a letter grade. See Academic Policies in the catalog and the petition on the website.
Preparation for the Major: Lower division courses required by four-year universities as part of the selected major; see also prerequisite.
Prerequisite: A requirement (typically a course) which must be completed prior to enrollment in a course and without which a student is highly unlikely to succeed in the course. Prerequisites are listed in the course descriptions in the College Catalog and in the online Schedule of Classes.
Primary Semesters/Main Terms: The college calendar is broken down into two main, 16-18 week sessions; fall and spring. The summer session is broken down into several 4-8 week inter-sessions that run simultaneously and consecutively.
Priority Registration: Students in good academic standing, who have less than 90 degree applicable units, who have completed 3SP will be given priority registration. Registration dates/appointments are in the Academic Calendar and a student’s specific date/appointment is in the MyVCCCD portal.
Probation: Academic standing when a student fails to maintain progress towards their declared academic goal or if the grade point average drops below a 2.0 for any term. Students on probation are required to meet with a counselor to develop a plan to get off probation and return to good academic standing.
Proficiency Award: A document awarded to a student upon completion of a course or a series of courses as designated in the College Catalog. Awards are issued by selected instructional departments of the College, and are not noted on the official academic transcript. Consult the instructor for more information. Proficiency awards are not posted to the academic transcript.
Program Change: Adding or dropping any class(es) after being enrolled.
Program of Study: Same as Major/Area of Emphasis. An organized program of courses in a specific area of study, leading to a Certificate of Achievement, an Associate degree, or ultimately a Bachelor's degree.
Recommended/Advisory Preparation: Same as Advisory Preparation. Preparation suggested by the faculty to successfully complete a particular course. While strongly encouraged, students do not have to satisfy recommended preparation guidelines to enroll in a course. Recommended/Advisory Preparation courses are indicated in the online Schedule of Classes and in the College Catalog course descriptions.
Registration: The official process of enrolling in courses online in the MyVCCCD portal. The process of registration must be completed before census in order for a student to be officially enrolled and to receive credit for any classes. Visit the website for registration information. View the Academic Calendar, the online Schedule of Classes, and/or your Schedule/Bill in the MyVCCCD portal for census deadlines.
Registration Date/Appointment: The date when students can begin registering for course for the upcoming term. They are assigned based on the student’s academic standing, degree-applicable units, and 3SP completion. Registration dates/appointments are in the Academic Calendar and a student’s specific date/appointment is in the MyVCCCD portal.
Repeatability: The conditions under which a course may be repeated and whether the student may earn credit for additional attempts of a course. The State of California Community Colleges system also has its own set of rules, under Title 5, for Course Repetition Policy. Students generally have three attempts to receive a passing grade (A, B, C, P) in a course. Course repeat limits are listed in the college catalog course. Federal regulations prevent the Financial Aid Office from paying for a course that has been passed and repeated more than one time. In order for a repeated course to be counted towards a student's enrollment status for financial aid purposes, a previously passed course once may only be repeated once (a total of two attempts). If a student enrolls in a previously repeated and passed course for a third time, this course will not count towards the student’s enrollment for financial aid purposes.
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP): Standards that ensure students are successfully completing coursework and can continue to receive financial aid. All students receiving financial aid are required to meet SAP standards.
Schedule of Classes: Same as Class Schedule. Listing of college courses offered in a particular term. Contents include the course ID, title, units, hours, time, instructor and location of classes. Prerequisites and deadlines are included in each listing. The schedule is only available online.
Section: A single course taught several times in a term. For example, an English V01A course could have twenty sections spread over time and space in order to give students the maximum opportunity to take the course. Different sections are noted by CRN in the online Schedule of Classes.
Semester: Refers to the calendar year on which the Ventura County Colleges operate and unit count students can earn; typically one-half of the academic year; 16 to 18 weeks duration.
Short-Term Course: A class that meets for less than a full semester; course carries semester unit count.
Staff: Noted in the online Schedule of Classes when a faculty member has not yet been assigned.
Student Education Plan (SEP): A program of study and services needed by the student to enable the student to reach his or her educational objective. The SEP is developed by the student and counselor.
SULA: Subsidized Usage Limits Apply - A first-time Federal Subsidized Student Loan borrower is no longer eligible for the Subsidized Student Loan program if the borrower exceeds 150% of the published length necessary to graduate. In addition, a borrower reaching the 150% limit becomes ineligible for the interest subsidy benefits on all Federal Subsidized Loans disbursed to the borrower on or after July 1, 2013. Congress wants to encourage students to obtain undergraduate degrees within a reasonable time frame. Students who change majors multiple times or, drop classes excessively or retake classes excessively are most likely to be affected by Public Law 121-141.
TBA: “To Be Announced” is noted in the online Schedule of Classes when the time of a class may be arranged independently or when the location is to be announced after the schedule is posted online.
Transcript (of record): Same as academic transcript and official transcript. A student’s college academic records prepared by the Admissions and Record’s Office. Visit the website for more information.
Transfer: This term generally applies to the student who plans to continue his or her education at a four-year college or university. Visit the University Transfer Center for information.
Transfer Certification: Process by which a counselor at a community college evaluates a student's transcripts and verifies that they have met the CSU-GE Breadth requirements for transfer to a CSU campus or IGETC requirements for transfer to a UC campus. Students completing an IGETC certification, who are intending to transfer to a CSU campus, need to additionally complete the Oral Communication requirement to satisfy CSU general education requirements. Transfer certification (also called GE certification) will be noted on the student’s academic transcript by the Admissions and Records Office. Student must meet with a counselor to submit an application for transfer certification.
Transfer Credit: Credit from one college that is accepted and applied toward a degree, certificate or program of study by another college or university.
Transferable Course: A course that is accepted at universities at least for elective credit. Indicated after each applicable course in the College Catalog course descriptions and in the online Schedule of Classes by clicking on the CRN, under “Transfer Credit.”
Transfer Requirements: Students planning to transfer must satisfy the specific requirements for admission to the institution they are transferring to. Admission requirements include, but are not limited to: completion of a general education pattern, subject area preparation for the major, specified number of transferable units, and minimum GPA. See a counselor in the University Transfer Center for transfer policies to 4-year colleges and universities.
UC: The 10 campuses of the University of California system. Nine of those campuses offer both undergraduate and graduate degrees.
UC TCA: Community college courses that are transferable to all campuses of the University of California are identified on the UC Transferable Course Agreement, also known as the UC TCA.
Undergraduate: Courses in the freshman through senior years of college career. Courses taken prior to completion of a Bachelor’s Degree.
Unit Transferability: While all California community colleges have transfer agreements with various educational institutions, it is important for students to understand there are limits on the number and type of course credits a student can transfer. Each college develops courses and curriculum based on the expertise of its faculty and District standards. Each course is assigned a number of units ranging from 0.5 to 16 depending upon the course content. While the majority of our courses are articulated to transfer to the UC system and/or CSU system, there is a possibility that not all units for every course will transfer in their entirety to every transfer institution due to the receiving institution unit limitations. Students need to connect with a community college academic counselor as soon as possible, visit the University Transfer Center, and regularly check www.assist.org to learn whether their specific courses are transferable to an institution of choice. Taking more credits than needed to transfer to another institution can also limit an eligible student’s financial aid opportunities. By working closely with academic counselors, the Financial Aid Office, and a receiving institution's support services, eligible students can maintain maximum levels of financial aid resources and transfer of credits.
Units: Same as Credit, Credit Unit, Hour, Semester Hour, or Semester Unit. The basic unit of credit is the semester unit which is equivalent to a credit hour. One credit hour of community college work is approximately three hours of recitation, study or laboratory work per week throughout a term.
Units Attempted: Total number of credit units in the courses for which a student has enrolled.
Units Earned: Total number of units in the courses for which a student has received a grade of A, B, C, D, or P.
Upper Division: Refers to courses taken at the junior and senior class level; available at the four-year college or university.
Withdrawal: The process by which a student officially drops one or some classes or withdraws from all classes during the semester. through the MyVCCCD portal. Visit the website for withdrawal information. View the Academic Calendar, the online Schedule of Classes, and/or your Schedule/Bill in the MyVCCCD portal for census deadlines.