Acronym Guide: Categories

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ACAD Alberta College of Art and Design
AICAD Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design
AVP Associate Vice President
BoG Board of Governors
CAN Canada
CEO Chief Executive Officer
CFO Chief Financial Officer
CMT Crisis Management Team
ConEd Continuing Education
COPPOA Council of Post Secondary Presidents of Alberta
CTS Computing and Technical Services
EA Executive Assistant
EDI Equity Diversity and Inclusion
FA Faculty Association
FLE Full Load Equivalent
FOIP Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy
FTE Full Time Equivalent
GFC General Faculties Council
GOA Government of Alberta
HR Human Resources
IKG Illingworth Kerr Gallery
LC Legislative Compliance
OPS Grant Operating and Program Support Grant
P + P Policies and Procedures
PCard Procurement Card
PCI Payment Card Industry
PSI Post-Secondary Institutions
RFI Request for Information 
RFP Request for Proposal
RFQ Request for Quote
RMT Recovery Management Team
RRP Request for Proposal
SA Students' Association
SAC Student Affairs Committee
TA Teachers Assistant
ToR Terms of Reference
VP Vice President
WIEL Work Integrated Experiential Learning
WIL Work-Integrated Learning



APC Academic Policy Committee
APOC Academic Planning and Oversight Committee
BoG Board of Governors
CC Curriculum Committee
F&AC Finance and Audit Committee
G&HRC Governance & Human Resource Committee
GFC General Faculties Council
HDC Honorary Degree Committee
RC Research Committee
SC Steering Committee
ToR Terms of Reference


Computing and Technical Services

2FA 2 Factor Authentication
AD Active Directory
AV Audio Visual
ATIF AUArts Technology Initiative Form
CAA Computer Accounts Administrator
CAB Change Advisory Board
CTS Computing and Technical Services
DB Database
DL Distribution List
ES Enterprise Solutions
GAL Global Address List
ITSC IT Steering Committee
LFR Little Rubber Feet
M365 Microsoft 365
O365 Office 365
RACI Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, Informed
RFC Request for change
SOP Standard Operation Procedure/Process
SSPR Self-Service Password Reset
TLA Three Letter Acronyms
VDI Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
VM Virtual Machine
VPN Virtual Private Network


Health and Safety / Facilities

AED Automated External Defibrillator
AGLC Alberta Gaming & Liquor Commission
AHS Alberta Health Services
BCP Business Continuity Plan
CASF COVID-19 Access Screening Form
CCTV Closed circuit television
CFD Calgary Fire Department
COC Campus Operations Coordinator
CPD Calgary Policy Service
CSM Client Service Manager
DCO Director Campus Operations
DOAP Downtown Outreach Addiction Partnership
EAT Education Art Technician
ELIA European League of Institutes of the Arts
EM Emergency Management
EMS Emergency Medical Services
ERP Emergency Response Plan
FM Facility Maintenance
GoD Guard on Duty
H & S Health and Safety 
IR Incident Report
JWHSC Joint Workplace Health & Safety Committee
OHSA Occupational Health and Safety Act
PM Preventive Maintenance
PPE Personal Protection Equipment
PSI Post Secondary Institution
RPA Red Panel Alarm
S/G Security Guard
SA Studio Assistant
SWO SAIT Work Order
ToR Terms of Reference
WCB Workers Compensation Board


Office of Research and Academic Affairs

CCST Critical and Creative Studies
CRMC Ceramics
DRWG Drawing
ENGL English
FBRE Fibre
FINA Fine Arts
GLSS Glass
JWLM Jewlery and Metals
MADT Media Arts
OBDF Object Design
PHTG Photography
PNTG Painting
PPRL Professional Practice
PRNT Print Media
SCLP Sculpture
SOSC Social Science
VCD Visual Communications Design


AUArts School Councils 

SCCS School of Critical and Creative Studies
SCD School of Communication Design
SCEM School of Craft + Emerging Media
SVA School of Visual Arts


Degrees and Designations

BDES Bachelor of Design Studies
BFA Bachelor of Fine Arts
HD Honorary Degree
MFA Master of Fine Arts



AACTI Alberta Association of Colleges and Technical Institutes
AACTI-IMC AACTI Innovation Management Committee
AAHEIT Alberta Association in Higher Education for Information Technology
ACAT Alberta Council of Admissions and Transfer 
AE Alberta Education
AHS Alberta Health Services
AIT Apprenticeship & Industry Training 
ALIS Alberta Learning Information Service
(Service providing career, learning and employment information)
APAS Alberta Post-Secondary Application System
ApplyAlberta Online application and transcript transfer system owned and maintained by APAS
ARDN Alberta Rural Development Network
ASI Application Submission Initiative (IEA)
(Fall term data on applications and registration status of applicants, continuing and returning students’ information)
ASN Alberta Student Number
ATOMS Apprenticeship, Trade and Occupation Management System 
AUArts Alberta University of the Arts
AUPE Alberta Union of Provincial Employees
BASI Baccalaureate and Applied Studies Institution
CAQC Campus Alberta Quality Council 
CARI Comprehensive Academic and Research Institution
CASDC Campus Alberta Strategic Directions Committee 
CAUBO Canadian Association of University Business Officers
CCI Comprehensive Community Institution
DCaR Data Collection and Reporting 
IAE Alberta Innovation and Advanced Education
IAI Independent Academic Institution
LERS Learner Enrolment Reporting Systems
NAPAHE National Association of Presidential Assistants in Higher Education
NASAD National Association of Schools of Art and Design
PAPRS Provider and Program Registry System 
PASI Provincial Approach to Student Information (AE)
PESC Post-Secondary Electronic Standards Council
Proxy Mediating service between ApplyAlberta and institution systems (APAS)
PSIS Postsecondary Student Information System (Statistics Canada)
PT Polytechnical Institution
PVT Private Vocational Training Institution
RABCCA Reform of Agencies, Boards and Commissions Compensation Act
RBC Royal Bank of Canada
SACI Specialized Arts and Culture Institution
SFS Student Finances Systeme
(Student funding system managed by Student Aid Alberta)
SHR Stakeholder Registry 
SIAMS Secure Identity and Access Management Systems 
SIS/ERP Student Information System/Enterprise Resource Planning
TD Toronto Dominion (Bank)
Toolkit Interim solution for institutions without integrated transcript requesting and fulfilling capabilities (APAS)
TransferAlberta Service providing information on learner pathways, including the online Transfer Guide 
WHIMS Workplace Hazardous Material Information System
WHO World Health Organization
WIIFM What's in it for me?


Alberta Advanced Education Ministry 

PSI Post Secondary Institution
APAGA Alberta Public Agencies Governance Act
APAGP Alberta Public Agencies Governance Policy
PSLA Post Secondary Learning Act


Post Secondary Institutions

ECU Emily Carr University
NSCAD NSCAD University
OCADU OCAD University
VFS Vancouver Film School


Alberta Post Secondary Institutions

BVC Bow Valley College
GPRC Grande Prairie Regional College
MHC Medicine Hat College
MRU Mount Royal University
NQC NorQuest College
NAIT Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
NLC Northern Lakes College
RDC Red Deer College 
SAIT Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
SMU St. Mary's University
U of A University of Alberta
U of C University of Calgary
U of L University of Lethbridge



Dr. Doctor
Mr. Mister
Mrs. Missus
Ms. Miss
Hon. The Honorable



AB Alberta
BC British Columbia
MB Manitoba
NB New Brunswick
NL Newfoundland and Labrador
NS Nova Scotia
NT North West Territories
NU Nunavut
ON Ontario
PE Prince Edward Island
QC Quebec
SK Saskatchewan
YT Yukon