: these acronyms are in alphabetical order but this page may also be searched by keyword: use "CTRL-F" on a PC or "Apple-F" on a Macintosh.

Also Note: another helpful resource for locating websites of the various programs and departments on the Boulder Campus and at the system level is the "CU A to Z" directory. CU A to Z is accessible via the UCB homepage:, or by clicking here: CU A to Z.

914 Broadway The address of the University of Colorado Presidentís Offices
A&S Arts and Sciences (College of)
AAHE American Association for Higher Education
AAI Academic Access Institute
AAU Association of American Universities
ABS Accounting and Budget Services
ACUC Animal Care and Use Committee
AFROTC Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps
AFSCME American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
AIA American Indian Alliance
AISES American Indian Science and Engineering Society
ALTEC Anderson Language Technology Center
ANTH Anthropology Department
APF Additional Pay Form. NO LONGER EXISTS
A and S Arts & Sciences (College of)
AP Accounts Payable
APPM Applied Math Department
APS Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences Department
AROTC Army Reserved Officers Training Corps
ASP Administrative Streamlining Project THE PROJECT HAS ENDED
ATLAS Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society
AVC Associate Vice Chancellor

Academic Year (September through May)

B&C Buying & Contracting (procurement office). No longer exists. Replaced by PSC (procurement service center).
BCPC Boulder Campus Planning Commission
Big 12 Athletic Conference but also used as a loose data sharing consortium
BFA Boulder Faculty Assembly
BFALC BFA Libraries Committee
BMPC Bulk Mail Processing Center
BOC Benefit Oversight Committee. No longer exists. Replaced by UBAB (University Benefits Advisory Board)
BPA Office of Planning, Budget and Analysis (Formerly the office of Budget, Planning and Analysis, now known as the) (see PBA)
BRS Billing & Receivable System
BSA Black Student Alliance
BSC Boulder Staff Council
B School Business School, College of Business and Administration (Now Leeds School of Business)
BUSN Business College
CACMA Chancellorís Advisory Committee for Minority Affairs
CADS Council of Associate Deans
CADSWES Center for Advanced Decision Support for Water and Environmental Services
CAFC Coordinated Administrative Funding Committee (provides funding for student organizations)
CAPE Colorado Association of Public Employees
CAPP Center for Applied Parallel Processing
CAPRH Council on Academic Programs in Residence Halls
CAS Center for Aerospace Structure
CASA Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy
CATECS Center for Advanced Training in Engineering and Computer Science
CAUP College Associated University Press
CCAR Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research
CCHE Colorado Commission on Higher Education
CCIS Colorado Center for Information Storage
CCW Chancellorís Committee on Women
CE Continuing Education
CEB Cultural Events Board
CEC Campus Executive Committee (Chancellor's Executive Committee)
CECC Coors Events Conference Center
Central The University of Colorado system offices and functions.
CHEM Chemistry & Biochemistry Department
CIRN Critical Incidents Response Network
CIRES Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences. UCB department.
CITE CU-Boulder Comprehensive Information Technology Environment, developed by the IT Council
CIW Central Information Warehouse
CLAS Center for Limb Atmospheric Sounding
CLAS Classics Department
CLEAR Course Load Evaluation by Academic Rank
CLEAR Center for Labor Education and Research
CLHM Comparative Lit & Humanities Department
CNS Computing and Network Services. Boulder campus provider of computing technology and connectivity. See ITS.
COB College of Business
COMM Communication Department
COPS Committee on Personal Safety
Counseling Counseling and Psychological Services: A Multicultural Center
CPP Colorado Peak Performance No longer exists. Replaced by Performance pay program. (PPP)
CRCW Council of Research and Creative Work
CS Career Services
CSC Center for Space Construction
CSERA Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race in America
CSLU Center for Spoken Language Understood
CSPV Center for the Study of Prevention of Violence
CSU Colorado State University
CTRC Colorado Technical Reference Center (see Libraries)
CU University of Colorado
CUC Cultural Unity Center
CUFLA Colorado Universities Faculty Leaders Association
CUPA CU Parents Association
CUPA College & Universities Personnel Association
CUPD University of Colorado Police Department
CURPA CU Regional Parents Association
DCC Diversity Chairs Council, for Student Affairs
DES Department of Ethnic Studies
DISC Demonstrations and Information
DPO Dental Preferred Organization
DS Disability Services
EALC East Asian Language & Civilizations Department
EAP Employee Assistance Program
ECON Economics Department
ED Employee Development
EDUC Education School
EH&S Environmental Health & Safety
EIS Executive Information System
EMT Enrollment Management Team
ENGL English Department
ENGR Engineering College
ENVS Environmental Studies
ESL English as a Second Language
ETHN Ethnic Studies Department
EOB Explanation of Benefits
EOT End of Term
EPOB Environmental, Population, and Organismic Biology
ExCom BFA Executive Committee
F&A Facilities and Administration
FacMan Facilities Management
FAST Full Access to Student Transactions, the SA virtual transactions FERPA web site
FCQ Faculty Course Questionnaire
FERPA Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act National legislation guaranteeing student access to records and privacy.
FHAP Faculty Housing Assistance Program
FICA Federal Insurance Compensation Act
FILM Film Studies Department
FINE Fine Arts Department
FRIT French & Italian Department
FTE Full-time Equivalency. Equal to 30 credit hours for an entire academic year for students.
FIS Faculty Information System
FOPPS Fund/Organization/Program/Project/Subclass - This is the unique number for each "account" under PeopleSoft. FOPPS is an easy way to remember the key ChartField Combination. The FOPPS is the long form of the "SpeedType."
FRS Financial Reporting System. No longer exists. Replaced by PeopleSoft HRMS.
FY Fiscal Year (July through June)
GAIR General Administrative and Infrastructure Recharge, formerly known as GAR/GIR
GEOG Geological Sciences Department
GIRs General Institutional Requirements
GL General Ledger
GLBT Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender. Is used as an adjective, in regard to people, community, culture, etc., as well as in regard to the name of the Resource Center.
GPTI Graduate Part-Time Instructor
Greek Greek Liaison Office
GSLL Germanic & Slavic Languages and Literatures Department
HC Head Count
HIST History Department
HMO Health Maintenance Organization
HNRS Honors Department
HR Human Resources
HRKU Human Resources Key Users
HRMS Human Resources Management System (People Soft)
HROAG Human Resources Operations Advisory Group
HRPG Human Resource Policy Group
HSC Health Sciences Center
HumResDB Human Resources Data Base
IA Institutional Analysis (part of Budget, Planning and Analysis)
IACUC Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
IAFS International Affairs
IBG Institutes of Behavioral Genetics
IBS Institute for Behavioral Science
ICEED International Research Center for Energy and Economic Development
ICR Indirect Cost Recovery
IEC International English Center
INSTAAR Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research
INVST Program International and National Voluntary Service Training
IR Institutional Relations and Institutional Research
IRM Information Resource Management
IRM Integrated Resource Management. Systemwide collection of budget and other resource information. Also called "URM".
IRMS Intergrated Resource Mangement System. See IRM.
ICS Institute for Cognitive Science
IT Information Technology
ITC Information Technology Council (campus-wide committee)
ITLL Integrated Teaching and Learning Laboratory
ITP Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program
ITS/TCS Information Technology Services Previously CNS Services Center. Information Technology Services/Telecommunication Services.
JBC Joint Budget Committee (of the state legislature)
JCEM Joint Center for Energy Management
JILA Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics
JRNL Journalism School
KAPH Kinesiology & Applied Physics
LASP Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics
LAW Law School
LIBR Library
LING Linguistics Department
L3D Center for LifeLong Learning and Design
LTSM Learning to Teach Secondary Math Project
MAMTC Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center
MAPS Minimum Academic Preparation Standards
MASP Minority Arts and Sciences Program
MATH Mathematics Department (& math programs)
MCDB Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
MDNC Marion Downs National Center for Infant Hearing
MEASA Middle Eastern and Arab Student Association
MEP Minority Engineering Program
MRS Mountain Research Station
MS PCíS that are Windows-based, with an Intel Pentium Processor
MUSC Music College
MUSE Museum
NASPA National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, professional organization. NO LONGER EXISTS
NCA North Central Association
NCES National Center for Education Statistics
NCHEMS National Center for Higher Education Management Systems
NHRAIC Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information Center
NonRes NR Non-Resident Student
NROTC Naval Reserved Officers Training Corps
OIE Office of International Education, a Student Affairs unit (not to be confused with the International English Center)
OSBC Office of State Budgeting and Planning
OCSC Optoelectronic Computing Systems Center
PAC Program Accessibility Committee
PACE Performance Appraisal for Colorado Employees. No longer exists - replaced by "pay for performance" system. (PPP)
PACS Peace and Conflict Studies
PAF Payroll Authorization Form. NO LONGER EXISTS
PAF Personnel Action Form. NO LONGER EXISTS
PAOS Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
PAR Payroll Audit Report
PAS Property Accounting System
PBA The Office of Planning, Budget and Analysis
PBS Payroll and Benefits Services
PCD Primary Care Dentist
PCDP Pre-Collegiate Development Program
PCN Personnel Change Notice
PDF Personnel Data Form. NO LONGER EXISTS
PCP Primary Care Physician
PDQ Position Description Questionnaire
PERA Public Employees Retirement Association
PF Parentsí Fund, the Student Affairs fund for annual giving of private donations
PHIL Philosophy Department
PHYS Physics Department
PIE Pooled Investment Earnings
PIE Partners in Education
PLC Presidents Leadership Class
PPO Preferred Provider Organization
PSC Procurement Service Center (purchasing, accounts payable, travel)
PSCI Political Science Department
PSYC Psychology Department
PRA Professional Research Assistant
PRP Program Review Process
PTSP President's Teaching Scholars Program
PWR Program in Writing and Rhetoric (This has replaced UWRP)
QRMS Quantitative Reasoning and Mathematical Skills
RA Research Assistant. Research Associate. (Residence Halls "Resident Advisor")
RAP Residential Academic Program
RAPB Baker (was ERAP & RAPW)
RAPF Farrand RAP
RAPK RAP Kittredge
Res/R Resident Student
RLST Religious Studies Department
RM Risk Management
RM/TAAC Rocky Mountain Trade Adjustment Assistance Center
RRFF Records and Registration Flat File
RFP Request for Proposal
ROTC Reserved Officers Training Corps
SA Student Affairs
SAAB Student Affairs Advisory Board
SAACD Student Affairs Advisory Committee on Diversity
SACS Student Affairs Communication Services
SAFETeam Substance Abuse Free Environment Team
SASSC System Administration Support Steering Program
S&G Silver & Gold Record
SARN Sexual Assault Response Network
SASC Student Academic Services Center
SAR Salary Adjustment Roster
SASA South Asian Student Association
SCAG Strategic Capital Assessment Group
SCD Selected Census Data
SCH Student Credit Hours
SCORES Student Conflict Resolution Service
SCOSA Standing Committee on Substance Abuse
SIS Student Information System (Source of student data)
SLHS Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences (formerly CDSS)
SOCY Sociology Department
SOFO Student Organizations Finance Office
SPA Sponsored Programs Accounting
SPAN Spanish & Portuguese Department
SRA Salary Reduction Agreement
SSDAC Social Science Data Analysis Center
SSEC Social Science Education Consortium, Inc.
SWOT Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats Analysis (an assessment done for or by campus units)
SYSD UMS mainframe connectivity
TA Teaching Assistant
TAAC Rocky Mountain Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (also RM/TAAC)
TC Transportation Center (now called Transportation Services)
TCS Telecommunication Services
TDA Tax Deferred Annuity
TDD Telephone Devices for the Deaf
TEAML Tundra Ecosystem Analysis and Mapping Laboratory
THDN Theatre & Dance Department

Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association College Retirement Equities Fund

TQM Total Quality Management
TRIO Three federal grants administered through SASC: Colorado Upward Bound, the Academic Excellence Program, and the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccaulaureate Achievement Program
TRM Total Resource Management
TTY Teletypewriter
UAnet University Affiliates physician network
UBAB University Benefits Advisory Board
UCB University of Colorado at Boulder
UCCS University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
UCD University of Colorado at Denver
UCEC University of Colorado Engineering Council
UCFCU University of Colorado Federal Credit Union
UCHSC University of Colorado Health Science Center
UCSC University of Colorado Staff Council (4 Campus Staff Council)
UCSU University of Colorado Student Union
UMAS United Mexican American Students
UMC University Memorial Center (The student union)
UMS University Management Systems
UPC University Press of Colorado
URM University Risk Management
UROP Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program
UWRP University Writing Program - NOW PWR, the Program in Writing and Rhetoric
VALIC Variable Annuity Life Insurance Company
VCAA Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
VCA Vice Chancellor for Administration
VCSA Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
WHC Wardenburg Health Center (Formerly known as WSHC, Wardenburg Student Health Center)
WICHE Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education
MS Wintel PCíS that are Windows-based, with an Intel Pentium Processor
WMST Women's Studies Department
WRC Women's Resource Center
WWW World Wide Web
Last updated July, 2003

This list of acronyms was originally developed by Carole Anderson of CU's Department of Employee Development, who has since taken a position with the University of Nevada, Reno. Thank you, Carole! Additional thanks to Adrian Trujillo and Laiplia Ly.

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