Glossary of System Acronyms

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W

A

  • AA Associate of Arts degree (see also DTA)
  • AACC American Association of Community Colleges
  • AA/EEO Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity
  • AAHEA American Association of Higher Education and Accreditation
  • AAG Assistant Attorney General
  • AAS Associates of Applied Science degree or Associate of Arts and Science degree
  • AAUW American Association of University Women
  • AAWCJC American Association of Women in Community and Junior Colleges
  • ABE Adult Basic Education Former name for “Basic Education for Adults” ABLE Adult Basic and Literacy Educators
  • ACCT Association of Community College Trustees
  • ACE American Council on Education
  • ACAE Advisory Council on Adult Education
  • ACRL American College and Research Librarians
  • ACT Association of College Trustees Formerly TACTC
  • ACTP American College Testing Program ADA Americans with Disabilities Act
  • AEAC Adult Education Advisory Council
  • AEH Adult Education for Homeless
  • AFRS Agency Financial Reporting System
  • AFT American Federation of Teachers
  • AG Attorney General AGB Association of Governing Boards
  • AGO Attorney General’s Opinion
  • AHE Association of Higher Education
  • AHEAD Association on Higher Education and Disability
  • APGA American Personnel and Guidance Association
  • AS Associate of Science degree
  • ASHE Association for the Study of Higher Education
  • ASSIST Adult Statewide System for Information through Technology
  • AVA American Vocational Association

B

  • BA Bachelor of Arts
  • BAC Business Affairs Commission
  • BAR Budget, Accounting and Reporting Council
  • BAS Bachelor of Applied Sciences
  • BEA Basic Education Allotment
  • BEdA Basic Education for Adults Formerly “Adult Basic Education”
  • BFA Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • BFET Basic Food and Employment Training
  • BFEandT also acceptable BIA Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • BIs Baccalaureate Institutions (see also PBIs)
  • BS Bachelor in Science
  • BT Bachelor in Technology

C

  • CAM Capital Analysis Model
  • CASAS Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System
  • CBO Community Based Organization
  • CBS Council for Basic Skills
  • CCSSEE Community College Survey of Student Engagement
  • CCSEQ Community College Student Experience Questionnaire
  • CCE Community and Continuing Education
  • CE Continuing Education
  • CEC Continuing Education Commission
  • CESC Career and Employment Services Council
  • CEU Continuing Education Units
  • CHE Center for Higher Education
  • CIH College in High School
  • CIP Classification of Instructional Programs
  • CIS Center for Information Services Formerly CTC
  • CLEP College Level Examination Program
  • COCNASC Commission on Colleges — Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges COP Council of Presidents
  • CRLA College Reading and Learning Association
  • CSDAC Counseling and Student Development Administration Council CTC community and technical colleges
  • CTCLAMS Community and Technical College Library and Media Specialists
  • CUPA College and University Personnel Association CUSP Council of Unions and Student Programs
  • CWPC College Women’s Programs Council

D

  • DACUM Develop a curriculum
  • DCD Department of Community Development
  • DES Department of Enterprise Services
  • DIS Department of Information Services Now part of the Department of Enterprise Services
  • DLC Distance Learning Council
  • DLOA Data Linking for Outcomes Assessment Data files with employment and further education information on former students designed for research and accountability purposes DOE Department of Education
  • DOP Department of Personnel
  • DSHS Department of Social and Health Services
  • DSSC Disabled Student Services Coordinators
  • DTA Direct Transfer Agreement (Associates degree)

E

  • EALR Essential Academic Learning Requirements Competencies required in K-12
  • ECEAP Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program A state-funded program somewhat like Head Start
  • ECS Education Commission of the States
  • EDP External Degree Program
  • EEO Equal Employment Opportunity
  • EEOC Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • EOE Equal Opportunity Employer
  • ES Employment Security Can also mean Employment Services, a function with the ES agency
  • ESAC Even Start Advisory Committee
  • ESD Educational Service District ESL English as a Second Language ESOL English for Speakers of Other Languages

F

  • FAC Financial Aid Council
  • FACTC Faculty Association of Community and Technical Colleges
  • FAE Faculty and Equipment
  • FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aid
  • FIP Family Independence Program Part of TANF. Family Independence (FI) is a time-limited program that assists families with dependent children when families cannot provide for their basic needs.
  • FLSA Fair Labor Standards Act
  • FMS Financial Management System
  • FRACHE Federation of Regional Accrediting Commissions of Higher Education Merged in 1975 with Federation of Regional Accrediting Commissions of Higher Education (FRACHE) to create the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation (COPA).
  • FTE Full-time equivalent
  • FTEF Full-time equivalent faculty
  • FTES Full-time equivalent student

G

  • GA General Administration State Department of Now part of DES GAAPCom Governor’s Affirmative Action Policy Committee GED® Formerly “General Education Development.”
  • GED ® is a proprietary term.
  • GSL Guaranteed Student Loan

H

  • HCA Health Care Authority
  • HEGIS Higher Education General Information Survey The Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS) system was conducted by the NCES between 1966 and 1985. This system was comprised of several surveys of institutions that were accredited at the college level by an agency recognized by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education. These surveys collected institution-level data on such topics as institutional characteristics, enrollment, degrees conferred, salaries, employees, financial statistics, libraries and others.
  • HEGIS surveys were sent to approximately 3,400 accredited institutions of higher education.
  • HECB Higher Education Coordinating Board Now Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) HEPB Higher Education Personnel Board HRMC Human Resource Management Commission HSC High School Completion

I

  • I-BEST Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training
  • IC Instruction Commission
  • ICOA Inter-institutional Committee of Academic Officers (of PBIs)
  • ICRC Intercollege Relations Commission
  • ICSEW Interagency Committee of State Employed Women
  • I-DEA Integrated Digital English Acceleration
  • IPEDS Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System Federal data collection for higher education
  • IPQ Indicators of Program Quality
  • IRC Information Resources Coordinator
  • IRCA Immigration Reform and Control Act
  • ITPG Information Technology Planning Group

J

  • JCE Joint Center for Education
  • JCS Job Service Center JEVC Joint Economic Vitality Cabinet
  • JLARC Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee

L

  • LAAP Learn Anytime, Anywhere Program
  • LEP Limited English Proficient
  • LLA Laubach Literacy Action
  • LMDC Library Media Director’s Council
  • LRC Learning Resources Center
  • LVA Literacy Volunteers of America

M

  • MIS Management Information System
  • MOOC Massive Open Online Course
  • MRTE Mutual Research Transcript Enterprise
  • MSSD Multicultural Student Services Directors

N

  • NACFAM National Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing
  • NACTC Northwest Association of Community and Technical Colleges NACV National Association of Concerned Veterans
  • NAFSA National Association of Foreign Student Advisers
  • NASC National Association of Schools and Colleges
  • NASFAA National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
  • NASPA National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
  • NCA National Commission on Accrediting Merged in 1975 with Federation of Regional Accrediting Commissions of Higher Education (FRACHE) to create the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation (COPA).
  • NCBA Northwest College Bookstore Association
  • NCDA National Career Development Association Formerly the National Vocational Guidance Association (NVGA).
  • NCES National Center for Education Statistics
  • NCFL National Center for Family Literacy
  • NCHEMS National Center for Higher Education Management Systems
  • NCSACE National Council of State Association Chief Executives
  • NDEA National Defense Education Act
  • NDSLC National Direct Student Loan Coalition NEH National Endowment for Humanities
  • NIEA National International Education Association
  • NIFL National Institute for Literacy
  • NIMS National Institute for Metalworking Skills Also National Incident Management System
  • NSIS North Snohomish, Island and Skagit Counties Consortium for higher education Colleges and universities cooperating on joint program planning to serve that area NSSB National Skill Standards Board NVGA National Vocational Guidance Association Renamed in 1985 the National Career Development Association (NCDA).
  • NWAACC Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges NWCCU Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • NWPA Northwest Placement Association
  • NWREL Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory Now Education Northwest
  • NWRLRC Northwest Regional Literacy Resource Center

O

  • OAL Office of Adult Literacy (SBCTC)
  • OASI Old Age and Survivors’ Insurance (social security)
  • OCCP Office of Child Care Policy OCR Office of Civil Rights
  • OFC Operations and Facilities Council (plant managers)
  • OFM Office of Financial Management
  • OPEP Organization of Parenting Education Programs
  • ORIA Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance
  • OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • OSPI Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction

P

  • PAC Purchasing Affairs Council P
  • BIs Public Baccalaureate Institutions
  • PERC Public Employment Relations Commission
  • PERS Public Employees’ Retirement System PIC Public Information Commission
  • PID Periodic Increment Date
  • PMCI Performance Management for Continuous Improvement
  • PMIS Personnel Management Information System A quarterly snapshot of the
  • PPMS file used by SBCTC PODC Participant Outcomes Data Consortium
  • PPAC Professional Placement and Advancement Committee
  • PPMS Personnel/Payroll Management System A core administrative data system of the CTCs

R

  • RCW Revised Code of Washington
  • RFI Request for information
  • RFP Request for proposals
  • RFQ Request for quotation RIF Reduction in force
  • RPC Research and Planning Commission Formerly Washington Association for Research and Planning (WARP) RS Running Start Program for dual enrollment in high school and college

S

  • SAT Scholastic Aptitude Test
  • SBCCE State Board for Community College Education Now State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC)
  • SBCTC State Board for Community and Technical Colleges Formerly State Board for Community College Education (SBCCE)
  • SBE State Board of Education
  • SBVE State Board for Vocational Education Now Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board (WTECB)
  • SCAN State Controlled Area Network
  • SCANS Secretary’s Commission on Achievement of Necessary Skills Commission appointed by Secretary of Labor in 1990. Work completed in 1992.
  • SDA Service Delivery Area
  • SEBB State Employees Benefit Board
  • SEOG Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
  • SJTCC State Job Training Coordinating Board Now Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board (WTECB)
  • SLIAG State Legalization Impact Assistance Grants
  • SMIS Student Management Information System Summary snapshot of the SMS for use by SBCTC
  • SMS Student Management System A core administrative data system of the CTCs
  • SPI Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • SSC Student Services Commission STARS State Training and Registry System Career development system designed for child care providers.
  • STTACC Staff Training for Technical and Community Colleges

T

  • TABE Test of Adult Basic Education
  • TACTC Trustees Association of Community and Technical Colleges Renamed Association of College Trustees (ACT)
  • TANF Temporary Assistance for Needy Families TEACH Teacher Education and Compensation For child care providers
  • TESC The Evergreen State College
  • TESOL Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • TIAA/CREF Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association/Retirement Equities Fund
  • TRS Teachers Retirement Fund

U

  • USDE United States Department of Education

V

  • VC Virtual Campus
  • VISTA Volunteers in Service to America

W

  • WAC Washington Administrative Code
  • WACAL Washington Coalition for Adult Literacy
  • WACCFAA Western Association of Community College Financial Aid Administrators
  • WACCSAP Washington Association of Community College Student Activities Personnel
  • WACRAO Washington Council of Registrars and Admissions Officers
  • WACTC Washington Association of Community and Technical Colleges Association of community and technical college presidents
  • WACTC-BAC Washington Association of Community and Technical Colleges – Business Affairs Commission
  • WACTC-HRCM Washington Association of Community and Technical Colleges – Human Resources Management Commission
  • WACTC-IC Washington Association of Community and Technical Colleges – Instruction Commission
  • WACTC-PIC Washington Association of Community and Technical Colleges – Public Information Commission
  • WACTC-SSC Washington Association of Community and Technical Colleges – Student Services Commission
  • WACTC-WP Washington Association of Community and Technical Colleges – Women’s Programs Council
  • WACTCSA Washington Association of Community and Technical College Students Association
  • WACTE Washington Association of Colleges of Teacher Education Also Washington Association for Career and Technical Education
  • WADE Washington Association for Developmental Education
  • WAESOL Washington Association for the Education of Speakers of Other Languages
  • WAFSA Washington Application for State Financial Aid
  • WAOE Washington Association of Occupational Educators
  • WAOL Washington Online
  • WAOL VC Washington Online Virtual Campus
  • WAPEC Washington Association of Parent Education Coordinators
  • WAPED Washington Association on Postsecondary Education and Disability
  • WARP Washington Association for Research and Planning Now Research and Planning Commission (RPC)
  • WASA Washington Association of School Administrators WASP Washington Association of School Principals
  • WCHSCR Washington Council for High School-College Relations Usually referred to as “The Washington Council”
  • WCPCAN Washington Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • WCTCCA Washington Community and Technical College Counselors’ Association
  • WEA Washington Education Association
  • WEACPECP Washington Association of Educators of Personnel in Early Childhood Programs
  • WEC Workforce Education Council
  • WF WorkFirst
  • WFAA Washington Financial Aid Association
  • WICHE Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education
  • WINS Workplace Integration of Necessary Skills
  • WISC Washington Information Systems Commission
  • WISHA Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act
  • WL Washington Literacy
  • WOIS Washington Occupational Information Service WP Women’s Programs Council
  • WPCT Washington Pre-College Test
  • WPEA Washington Public Employees’ Association
  • WSAC Washington Student Achievement Council Formerly Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB)
  • WSASEA Washington State Association of Student Employment Administrators
  • WSATC Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council
  • WSCA Washington School Counselors Association Professional development group for K-12 school counselors
  • WSSSC Washington State Student Services Commission
  • WSTPCC Washington State Tech Prep Coordinating Council
  • WTB Workforce Training Board
  • WTECB Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board Formerly State Board for Vocational Education (SBVE) and State Job Training Coordinating Board (SJTCB)
  • WtW Welfare to Work
  • WVA Washington Vocational Association Now Washington Association for Career and Technical Education