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(Adapted from ASCCC, BOG, CCCCO, CCA, and CPTA--don't know what those stand for? Then this list is perfect for you!)

Nothing makes one feel so much an outsider in a group as the use by others of acronyms or initial designations with which one it not familiar. Below are some of the abbreviations pertaining to education which are in common use.

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AAC Association of American Colleges

AACC American Association of Community Colleges

AACD Affirmative Action and Cultural Diversity

AAHE American Association of Higher Education

AAO Affirmative Action Officers

AAUP American Association of University Professors

AAUW American Association of University Women

AAWCC American Association of Women in Community Colleges

AB Assembly Bill

ACBO Association of Chief Business Officers

ACCCA Association of California Community College Administrators

ACCE Association for Community and Continuing Education

ACCESS Action for Community College Enhancement of Student Success (ACT Project)

ACCJC Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges

ACCT Association of Community College Trustees

ACCTLA Association of California College Tutoring and Learning Assistance

ACE American Council on Education

ACR Assembly Concurrent Resolution

ACSA Association of California School Administrators

ACT American College Testing

ACTFL American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

ADA Americans with Disabilities Act

AERA American Educational Research Association

AFDC Aid to Dependent Children

AFT American Federation of Teachers

AGB Association of Government Boards

AGNES Advisory Group on Need Evaluation Services

AHCA American Health Care Association

AIA Association of Instructional Administrators

AICCU Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities

AMA American Medical Association

ANA American Nurses Association

API Academic Program Improvement (CSU funding & support to programs)

APLE Assumption Programs of Loans of Education

AP Advanced Placement

ASB Associated Student Body

ASCCC Academic Senate for California Community Colleges

ASCIOs Academic Senate/Chief Instruction Officers

ASSET Assessment of Skills for Successful Entry and Transfer (ACT)

ASSIST Articulation System to Stimulate Inter-institutional Student Transfer

AVA American Vocational Association
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BAT Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training (Federal)

BCP Budget Change Proposal

BEOG Basic Educational Opportunity Grant (also Pell Grant)

BLACCC Black Association of California Community Colleges

BOARS Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools (UC)

BOG Board of Governors

BRAIN Business Resource Assistance and Innovations Network

BRN Board of Registered Nursing

BVIT Bilingual Vocational Instructors Training
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CAA College Art Association

CAA College Alliance of Arts

CAGE Calif. Association of Administration of Justice Educators, Inc.

CABE California Association of Bilingual Educators

CACCRAO California Association of Community Colleges Registration & Admissions Officers

CACN California Association of Colleges of Nursing

CACT Centers for Applied Competitive Technologies

CAHA California Association of Homes for the Aged

CAHHS California Association of Hospitals and Health System

CAIR California Association of Institutional Researchers

CAL-SOAP California Students Opportunity and Access Program

CalWORKs California Work Opportunity and Responsibility for Kids

CalSACC California Student Association of Community Colleges

CMC3 California Math Council of California Community Colleges

CAN California Articulation Number (postsecondary course # system)

CAP Committee on Assessment Procedures

CAPED California Association on Postsecondary Education and Disability

CAPI California Association of Part-Time Instructors

CAPP California Academic Partnership Program

CASA California Association of School Administrators

CASFAA California Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

CASIP California Supplier Improvement Program

CATE California Association of Teachers of English

CATESOL California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

CAVE California Association of Vocational Education

CB Collective Bargaining

CBO Community Based Organization (JTPA)

CBO Chief Business Officers

CC Community College

CCA Community College Association (affiliate of CTA)

CCC Community College Council (affiliate of CFT)

CCCAOE California Community College Association of Occupational Education

CCCCA California Community Colleges Counselors Association

CCCCCSCE Calif. Community College Council on Community Services and Continuing Educ.

CCCCSSAA California Community College Chief Student Services Administrators Assn.

CCCEOPSA Calif. Community College Extended Opportunity Programs and Services Assn.

CCCF California Community College Foundation

CCCHSA California Community College Health Services Association

CCCI California Community College Independents

CCCPA California Community College Placement Association

CCCSAA California Community College Student Affairs Association

CCCSFAAA California Community College Student Financial Aid Association

CCCT California Community College Trustees

CCD Community College District

CCENC Community College Educators of New Californians

CCLC Community College League of California

CCPRO Community College Public Relations Organization

CCUDA Community College Urban District Association

CDE California Department of Education

CEBRAC California Environmental Business Resource Center

CEEB College Entrance Examination Board

CLEP California Educational Loan Program

CEO Chief Executive Officer

CFADS California Financial Aid Delivery System

CFT California Federation of Teachers

CGSLP California Guaranteed Student Loan Program

CHA California Humanities Association

CHE Consumer Home Economics

CHEA California Higher Education Association (affiliate of CTA/NEA)

CHELA California Higher Education Loan Authority

CHRO Chief Human Resources and Affirmative Action Officers

CIO Chief Instructional Officer

CIOCCC Chief Instructional Office of California Community Colleges

CITD Centers for International Trade Development

CLA California Library Association

CLAS California Loan to Assist Students

CLASS California Library Authority of Systems and Services

CLEP College Level Examination Program

CMLEA California Media and Library Educators Association

COA Commission on Athletics

CO Chancellor Office California Community Colleges

COD Career Opportunities Development

COFO Counsel of Faculty Organizations

COFPHE Capital Outlay Fund for Higher Education

COIS California Occupational Information System

COLA Cost of Living Adjustment

C-ONE California Organization of Nursing Executives

COPA Council on Postsecondary Accreditation

COPES Community College Occupational Evaluation System

CPEC California Post-secondary Education Commission

CPGA California Personnel and Guidance Association

CQI Complete Quality Improvement

CSAC California Student Aid Commission

CSBA California School Board Association

CSEA California State Employees Association

CSEA California School Employees Association

CSLA California Student Loan Association

CSS California Scholarship Service

CSSO Chief Student Services Officers

CSU California State University

CTA California Teachers Association

CWS California Work Study

CYEDA California Youth Employment and Development Act
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DAS Division of Apprenticeship Standards

DOC Directory of Occupational Titles

DOF Department of Finance

DSP&S Disabled Students Programs and Services

DVR Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
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EBT Employer Based Training

EDA Economic Development Administration (U.S. Department of Commerce)

EDD Employment Development Department

ED>NET Economic Development Network

ECCTYC English Council of California Two-Year Colleges

EERA Educational Employment Relations Act (K-12 & CCs)

EHMT Environmental Hazardous Materials Technologies

EOG Educational Opportunity Grant

EON Equal Opportunity Network

EOP Educational Opportunity Program (4-year Colleges)

EOPS Extended Opportunity Programs and Services

ERIC Educational Research Information Center (for CCs)

ESL English as a Second Language

ET Environmental Technologies

ETI Evaluation and Training Institute

ETP Employment Training Panel

ETS Educational Testing Service
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FACCC Faculty Association of California Community Colleges

FAF Financial Aid Forum

FAO Financial Aid Office (or Officer)

FII Fund for Instructional Improvement

FIPSE Fund for the Improvement of Post-secondary Education

FISL Federally Insured Student Loan

FNAR Financial Need Analysis Report

FSA Faculty Service Area

FTES Full-Time Equivalent Student
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GAIN Greater Avenues for Independence

GED General Educational Development (H.S. equivalency test)

GRE Graduate Record Examination

GSL Guaranteed Student Loan
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HBCUs Historically Black Colleges and Universities

HCFA Health Care Financing Administration

HEERA Higher Education Employee Relations Act (CSU & UC)

HSA Health Services Association

HUD Department of Housing and Urban Development

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I-ECC Industry-Education Council of California

ICAS Intersegmental Committee of Academic Senates

ICC Intersegmental Coordinating Council

IIE Institute of International Education

IJFP Intersegmental Joint Faculty Project

ISFARS Institutional Student Financial Aid Resources Survey

ITV Instructional Television
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JACOTI Joint Articulation Council on Transfer Issues (CSU & CCs)

JTPA Job Training Partnership Act

LAO Legislative Analyst's Office

LARC Learning, Assessment, Retention Consortium

LEP Limited English Proficiency

LMI Labor Market Information

LRACCC Learning Resources Association of California Community Colleges

LRFA La Raza Faculty Association

LSAT Law School Admission Test

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MACCC Music Association of California Community Colleges

MALDEF Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund

MCAT Medical College Admission Test

MCS Model Curriculum Standards (K-12)

MESA Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement

METPP Migrant Education Teachers Preparation Program

MIS Management Information System

MQ's Minimum Qualifications

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NABE National Association of Bilingual Educator

NAFTA North American Free Trade Assn.

NCES National Center for Educational Statistics

NCOE National Council for Occupational Education (affiliate of AACC)

NCSPOD National Council for Staff Programs & Organizational Development

NCTC Northern California Telecommunication Consortia

NDSL National Direct Student Loan

NEA National Education Association

NEH National Endowment for the Humanities

NISOD National Institute for Staff & Organizational Development

NIST National Institute of Standards and Technology

NLN National League for Nursing (national voluntary accrediting body)

NSF National Science Foundation

NTI Non-Traditional Instruction

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OAL Office of Administration Law

OBRA Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act

OCR Office of Civil Rights

OSHPD Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development

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PAC Program Advisory Committee

PACE Project for Adult College Education

PAVE Program Assessment of Vocational Education

PERB Public Employment Relations Board

PERS Public Employees Retirement System

PIC Private Industry Council (vocational advisory group)

PPE Private Post-secondary Education

PSAT Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test

Q&A Questions and Answers

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RETES Refugee Education, Training & Employment Services

RFA Request for Applications

RFP Request for Proposals

RHORC Regional Health Occupations Resource Centers

ROC/P's Regional Occupational Center/Programs

RP Research and Planning Group for California Community Colleges

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SAAC State Aid Application for California

SAM Student Accountability Model

SAT Scholarship Aptitude Test

SB Senate Bill

SBP Small Business Programs

SCAT School and College Ability Test

SCANS Secretary of Labor's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills

SCILL Southern California Inter-Library Loan Network

SCOPE State College Organization for Physical Education

SCOVE State Council on Vocational Education

SDA Service Delivery Area (JTPA)

SDE State Department of Education

SEED Supporters of Educational Equity and Diversity

SEIU Service Employees International Union/CSC

SEOG Supplementary Education Opportunity Grant

SIP School Improvement Program

SJTCC State Job Training Coordinating Council

SOAP Student Opportunity and Access Program

SPARC Special Projects Advisory and Review Council

SPRE State Post-secondary Review Entity

STC School To Career

STRS State Teachers Retirement System

STW School to Work

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TANF Temporary Assistance to Needy Families

TAP Transfer Alliance Project

TBA To Be Announced

TMI Technology Mediated Instruction

TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language

TQM Total Quality Management

TOP-Code Taxonomy of Programs Code

TSLAP Teacher Shortage Loan Assumption Program

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UC University of California (and its branches)

UCEP University Committee on Educational Policy

UCUPRE University Committee on Undergraduate Preparation & Remedial Education (UC)

USDE U.S. Dept. of Education

USSP Underrepresented Special Student Projects

VATEA Vocational and Applied Technology Education act of 1990

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WASC Western Association of Schools and Colleges (Accrediting Commissions)

WASFAA Western Association of Student Financial Aid Administration

WCA Western College Association

WICHE Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

WIN Work Incentive Program

WPL Workplace Learning Resources

WRCBAA Western Region Council on Black American Affairs

WSCH Weekly Student Contact Hours

YEDPA Youth Employment and Demonstration Project Act

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