College Terms and Acronyms

College Terms & Acronyms

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AAC&U
American Association of Colleges and Universities

AACC
American Association of Community Colleges — A national voice for two-year associate degree granting institutions. Provides services, training and publications for community colleges.

AAOT
Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer

AAUP
American Association of University Professors

AAWCC American Association of Women in Community Colleges — An organization whose mission is to inspire, champion, and celebrate the talents within each of us. AAWCC provides publications and events geared specifically to the needs of women who are community college staff or board members.

ABSE
Adult Basic Skills & Secondary Ed.

ACCT
Association of Community College Trustees — A national organization that represents the officials who govern community, technical and Junior colleges in the United States and abroad. ACCT provides information, training and publications.

Adult Literacy/Basic Skills(ABE/BSD)
Community colleges' family literacy, workplace literacy and English language programs that provide assistance to adults needing basic math, reading and computer skills. State supported Adult Skill Centers furnish additional services such as one-to-one tutoring, referrals, assessments and work-centered instruction.

AFT
American Federation of Teachers (see OFTEHP)

Annexation
Joining areas of the state not in a community college district to a community college district. Requires votes of existing district plus new areas as well as State Board of Education approval.

ASLCC
Associated Students of LCC

ATC
Academic Technology Center

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Bonds
Speculators buy bonds because they can usually get a good interest rate of return on their money. Bonds are sold for cash to build projects such as new community college facilities.

CCWD
Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development — Formerly known as the Office of Community College Services (OCCS). CCWD is a state agency with direct responsibility to the State Board of Education. The CCWD is responsible for submitting the community college biennial budget to the governor.

CEUs
Continuing Education Units

CIA
Oregon Council of Instructional Administrators/Chief Academic Officers — The group of community college instructional deans and vice presidents from the transfer and technical programs. It is concerned with planning and exchanging information.

Classified Support Staff
General category of college support staff.

Community College Presidents' Council
Consists of all 17 Oregon community college presidents.

Co-op, Co-op Ed.
Cooperative Education

CPI
Consumer Price Index (There are several indices.)

CSSA
Council of Student Services Administrators — The group of community college deans and vice presidents concerned with student services. It plans and exchanges information.

Current Service Level (CSL)
Each legislative session, community colleges are presumed to be allowed a certain margin to increase the base funding for inflation. Current service level is supposed to include the amount required to cover the cost to run the institutions.

Distribution Formula
The formula that distributes most state funding and one-half local property taxes to community colleges. The formula is an administrative rule approved by the State Board of Education.

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ERB
Employee Relations Board

ESD, Lane
Education Service District, Lane

ESL/IESL
English as a Second Language/International ESL

Equalization
Community colleges have developed a distribution formula to equalize the distribution of state funds.

ExpressLane/myLane
Online method for faculty to get class lists, enter grades, as well as interact with Human Resources systems such as payroll

Faculty Council (Senate)
A college-wide faculty governance body, usually with well-defined relationship to the faculty's collective bargaining organization.

FEC
Fitness Education Center

FERPA
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

FTE (Staff)
Full-time equivalency — Used to describe the workload of staff (one regular full-time employee = 1 FTE; one half-time employee = .5 FTE).

FTE (Student)
Full-time equivalency — Used to measure student enrollment for purposes of state reimbursement. One FTE equals 510 student contact hours in CCWD designated courses.

GED
General Education Development

HEA
Higher Education Act

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IRAP
Institutional Research, Assessment & Planning

JTPA
Job Training Partnership Act — Federal law that generates funding for workforce-related programs in each state. In Oregon, JTPA staff is a part of the Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development (CCWD).

KLCC
our award-winning radio station: 89.7 FM

"L" Number
The number students and staff use to access ExpressLane. Check with your division if you don't have one.

LCCEA
LCC Education Association

LCCEF
LCC Employees Federation

LIFE
Lasting Improvements For Employees
(Lane's Employee Wellness Program)

Local option
Local option authority is the ability for a taxing district to levy over the Measure 5 permanent rate limits but remain below the Measure 5 limits of $5 per $1,000 of market value. Since Measure 50 limits growth of assessed value to three percent per year and since Measure 5 does not limit the growth of the market value of property, the gap between the two rates will increase significantly over the years.

Measure 5 gave local option authority, or the ability to access that gap, to all local governments except school districts and Education Service Districts (ESDs). The Legislature limited community colleges' local option authority.

LTD
Lane Transit District

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Moodle
LCC's online course software

myLane/ExpressLane
Online method for faculty to get class lists, enter grades, as well as interact with Human Resources systems such as payrol

NEA
National Education Association

NWAACC
Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges

OAR
Oregon Administrative Rule — These are the regulations issued by state agencies in order to implement and define statutes (also see ORS).

OATC
Oregon Advanced Technology Consortium — A facility operated by a consortium of Oregon community colleges. OATC provides training and equipment access for high-technology manufacturing enterprises.

OCCA
Oregon Community College Association — A membership organization of the 17 community colleges whose mission is to advocate, communicate and collaborate in order to strengthen community colleges for the benefit of all Oregonians. OCCA is not a state agency.

OCCCIR
Oregon Community College Council of Institutional Researchers — The statewide association of community college institutional research staff. It meets to exchange information and plan for future needs.

OCCSA
Oregon Community College Students Association — The statewide association of student government leaders. It meets to exchange information and to engage in advocacy for student interests. Formerly known as CCOSAC. (See also OSA.)

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OCCURS
Oregon Community College Unified Reporting System — The statewide community college data collection and storage system based in the Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development (CCWD).

OCESP
Oregon Council for Education Support Professionals — Represents classified employees affiliated with the Oregon Education Association (OEA).

ODE
Oregon Department of Education — Regulates K-12 and Education Service Districts (ESDs) only.

OEA
Oregon Education Association — The statewide union for public school teachers, community college instructors, and education support professionals. The OEA is the state affiliate of the National Education Association (NEA).

OEA
Community College Council The Council of OEA affiliated community college faculty and classified support staff unions affiliated with the OEA/NEA.

OEA RA
The OEA Representative Assembly, the yearly meeting of representatives of OEA affiliated members local unions to conduct business of the state-wide OEA.

OFTEHP
Oregon Federation of Teachers, Education and Health Professionals — A statewide union for teachers, classified employees, health professionals and community college faculty. OFTEHP is the state affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).

OICA
Oregon Independent Colleges Association

ONE
Oregon Network for Education — ONE's web site (http://www.oregonone.org) serves as an educational mall with "doorways" to Oregon's educational institutions, programs and services.

OPTE
Office of Professional Technical Education — Located within the ODE.

ORS
Oregon Revised Statutes — The compilation of state laws, generally followed by a number, as in ORS 341.009 (a reference to community college policy established by the Legislature).

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OSA
Oregon Student Association. This student advocacy group, which is based in OUS colleges and universities, also serves some community college students, like LCC students.

OSAC
Oregon Student Assistance Commission — Formerly known as the Oregon State Scholarship Commission. OSAC is responsible for administering the state's student financial aid programs including Opportunity Grants.

OSBA
Oregon School Boards Association — OSBA aims to represent more than 1,400 locally elected school board members for the K-12 districts, ESDs and the 17community colleges as well as the State Board of Education. OSBA provides information, training, legal assistance and advocacy services for management.

OSBHE
Oregon State Board of Higher Education — The Oregon State Board of Higher Education governs the state's seven state-supported universities. The Oregon Health Sciences University is an affiliated institution. The board establishes system-wide policy, sets institutional guidelines, approves curricular programs, reviews and approves budgets, and manages property and investments. With the assistance of the chancellor and staff, the board ensures that the seven universities are administered in accordance with approved policies, programs and budgets.

OSEA
Oregon School Employees Association — A statewide union that represents classified employees in local school districts and community colleges.

OUS
Oregon University System — State agency that includes Oregon's seven state-supported universities. Governed by OSBHE.

OSBHE/SBE Joint Board
A joint board for coordinated decision-making by the OSBHE and SBE.

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PECBA
Public Employee Collective Bargaining Act — The legal basis, established state-by-state, for collective bargaining involving public employees particular to the state of Oregon.

Pell Grant
Pell is a form of federal financial assistance for college students, directed primarily to serve low-income students.

PERS
Public Employee Retirement System — The public retirement system for state, county, municipal and other public employees, including community college employees.

Reimbursable FTE
Those community college courses approved by CCWD as eligible for reimbursement by the state under the FTE-driven distribution formula.

SBDC
Small Business Development Center — Local small business development centers, operated mainly by community colleges but also at some other institutions for the purpose of assisting small businesses.

SBE
(Oregon) State Board of Education — A seven-member board, appointed by the governor, the State Board of Education is responsible for setting state policy for public elementary, secondary and community college education. It sets broad, general policies to guide the programs in local school and community college districts.

SDA
Service Delivery Area — A geographic region for JTPA services.

SSA
Student Service Associates

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Stafford Loan
Formerly Guaranteed Student Loan. A federal program for financial assistance to college students. Local banks actually loan the funds; the federal government guarantees them.

STEM
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Tenure/Probation
Typically at community colleges, there is no traditional tenure process. Instead, job security is created after a probationary period, at which point a faculty member can only be removed for "just cause", a very high standard requiring due process.

TERC
Therapeutic Exercise and Rehabilitation Class

WIA
Workforce Investment Act — Federal legislation to encourage workforce collaboration for the consumer.

WICHE
Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education — A 13-state commission created by the Western Regional Higher Education Compact, dedicated to cooperation in the sharing of higher education facilities and programs among the cooperating states.

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