This glossary of terms intends to provide the TESDA key players, partners, and stakeholders an online and updated TVET information, concepts, to bring common understanding and clarification on the use of TESDA terminologies.

21st Century Skills
refers to a broad set of knowledge, skills, work habits, and character traits believed to be critically important to success in today's world, particularly in contemporary careers and workplaces. It includes Learning and Innovation, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Information Management, Entrepreneurship, Life-Long Learning and Career Skills, Environment Literacy, Occupational Safety and Health, Communication, and Teamwork and Collaboration.
Source: Competency Standards, Basic Competencies Integrated with 21st Century Skills, as referenced TESDA Circular No. 073, s. 2021
Absoptive capacity

refers to the number of trainees that a TVI can accommodate in a whole year based on the training schedules prepared by the TVI depending on the available physical facilities, workshops, including the tools and equipment, and the number of  qualified trainers.  The submitted absorptive capacity of a TVI should be verified by the respective PO/DO that the use of  f acilities, tools, equipment, and trainers are not in conflict with the indicated training schedules.

Source: TESDA Circular No. 004, s. 2024
refers to the part of society, especially universities, that is connected with studying and thinking.
Source: Cambridge Dictionary
Academic Calendar
serves as an information source and planning document for students, faculty, staff, and other TVET stakeholders.  This may include the schedule of all technical and higher education institutions' events that occur in an academic year.  These events may consist of examination dates, the start of the semester, mid-year break, the last day of the semester, dates of vacation, and holidays.
Source: as cited in TESDA Circular No. 021, s. 2023
Academic Drift
the term ‘academic drift’ describes the influence of the attractiveness of the university status on non-university institutions that strive to acquire the same standing. It also describes a tendency of making vocational education more academic (Neave, 1996). Similarly, VET providers, especially those at the borderline of VET and HE sectors, are offering short-term tertiary cycles or are entering into cooperation with polytechnics, thus stepping into the HE field.
Source: CEDEFOP 2009
Academic Freedom
is a right of a citizen to select a profession or course of study, subject to fair, reasonable, and equitable admission and academic requirements.
Source: 1987 Philippine Constitution as cited in TESDA Circular No. 021, s. 2023
Academic Honors
refer to the recognition of outstanding academic achievement based on a certain grade point average (GPA) or marks in coursework, which can vary by institution and semester.
Source: TESDA Circular No. 021, s. 2023
Academic Load
refers to the total number of units a student/learner should register for or enroll in a particular academic term, not counting co-curriculum, basic and bridging courses.
Source: Ateneo University/Loyola Schools as cited in TESDA Circular No. 021, s. 2023
Academic Policies and Procedures
documented guidelines to aid students/learners in circumnavigating more academic procedures such as admission, enrollment, withdrawal/dropping of courses, filing a leave of absence, etc.
Source: TESDA Circular No. 021, s. 2023
Academic Year
is the period during which students attend the programs provided by technical and higher education institutions.
Source: https://dictionary. cambridge. org/dictionary/english/academic-year as cited in TESDA Circular No. 021, s. 2023

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