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Higher Education Acronyms

Higher Education Acronyms

Abbreviations and Acronyms

Every entity has its own language that may be confusing to people outside of the organization. Higher Education is no exception. The following is a list of commonly used abbreviations and acronyms in higher education and SUNY that will help clarify their meanings.


AACC - American Association of Community Colleges

AAC&U - Association of American Colleges and Universities

AAUP - American Association of University Professors

ACE - American Council of Education

ACT - Association of Council Members and College Trustees of the State University of New York

ACTS - Academic Course Transfer Site

ACCT - Association of Community College Trustees

ANNY - Assessment Network of New York

BOT - Board of Trustees

CAO - Chief Academic Officer

CBE - Competency Based Education

CCBOA - Community College Business Officers Association

CCPAO - Community College Presidents Assistants Organization

CCSSE - Community College Survey of Student Engagement

CCRC - Community College Research Center

CGL - Campus Governance Leader

CID - Conversation in the Disciplines

CIT - Conference on Instructional Technology

CLA - Collegiate Learning Assessment

COIL - Collaborative Online International Learning

COTE - Center for Online Teaching Excellence

CUNY - City University of New York

ECHS - Early College High School Program

FACT2 - Faculty Advisory Council on Teaching & Technology

GER - General Education Requirements

GETA - General Education Transcript Addendum

IPEDS - Integrated Post-Secondary Data System

LEA - Local Education Agency

MOOC - The Massive Open Online Course Guide | Hybrid Pedagogy's MOOC MOOC!

MSCHE - Middle States Commission on Higher Education

M/WBE - Minority/Women-Owned Business Enterprise

MTP - Memorandum to Presidents

NACE - National Association of Colleges and Employers

NACEP - National Alliance for Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships

NCAT - National Center for Academic Transformation

NCES - National Center for Education Statistics

NCHEMS - National Center for Higher Education Management System

NCSDCC - National Council of State Directors of Community Colleges

NSSE - National Survey of Student Engagement

NYATEP - New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals

NYCCAP - New York Community College Association of Presidents

NYCCT - New York Community College Trustees

NYSPHECB - New York State Public Higher Education Conference Board

NYSDOL - New York State Department of Labor

NYSED - New York State Education Department

NYSMATYC - New York State Mathematics Association of Two Year Colleges

NYSTAA - New York State Transfer & Articulation Association

OER - Open Educational Resources

PLA - Prior Learning Assessment

PARCC - Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career

POSAC - Provost's Open SUNY Advisory Commmitte

PTK - Phi Theta Kappa

SA - SUNY Student Assembly

SAM - Student Achievement Measure

SCoA - SUNY Council on Assessment

SICAS - Student Information & Campus Administrative Systems

SLN - SUNY Learning Network (Now Open SUNY)

SUNY - State University of New York

STEM - The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Coalition

TAACCT - Trade Adjustment Community College Career Training

TETT - Teacher Education Transfer Template

TICAS - The Institute for College Access and Success

UFS - University Faculty Senate

VFA - Voluntary Framework of Accountability

VSA - Voluntary System of Accountability

W/MBE - Women/Minority Business Enterprise


Abbreviations Archive

(These organizations and issues are no longer active)

ABOR - Academic Bill of Rights
ACGE(formerly PACGE) - Advisory Council on General Education
APPCC - Association of Presidents of Public Community Colleges (see NYCCAP)
COCID - Conversations on Computing in the Disciplines
CRI - SUNY – Course Redesign Initiative (see also NCAT)
FACT - Faculty Access to Computing Technology
GEAR - General Education Assessment Review
ICCD - Institute for Community College Development
JCTA - Joint Committee on Transfer & Articulation/Student Mobility
MR I - Mission Review I
MR II - Mission Review II
PAAG - Provost’s Assessment Advisory Committee
PACGE - Provost’s Advisory Council on General Education
PHEEIA - Public Higher Education Empowerment & Innovation Act
SCBA - Strengthened Campus Based Assessment

Faculty Council of Community Colleges