Glossary of University Acronyms


Last updated: 21/03/2022

University Governance has prepared the 'acronyms list' as a reference list to assist you. 


AAC Aboriginal Advisory Council
AAC Academic Appeals Committee [University Governance]
AARGO Ad Hoc Group for Assessing Alternative Revenue Generation Opportunities [Board of Governors]
AARP Academic Alternate Relationship Plan
AASUA Association of Academic Staff , University of Alberta
ABMC Academic Benefits Management Committee
ACAT Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfers [Government of Alberta]
ACCESS Adolescent/early adult Connections to Community-driven, Early, Strength-based and Stigma-free Services
ACUS Advisory Committee on Undergraduate Financial Support
AE Advanced Education
AFWAG Ancillaries Fees Working Advisory Group
AGC Alberta Graduate Council
AHS Alberta Health Services [Government of Alberta]
AI Alberta Innovates [Government of Alberta]
AI Artificial Intelligence
AICT Academic Information and Communication Technologies
AIS Administrative Information Systems
AISSC Administrative Information Systems Steering Committee [Vice-President (University Services and Finance)]
ALES Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences
AP&D Appointment, Promotion and Dismissal
APAGA Alberta Public Agencies Governance Act [Government of Alberta]
APAS Alberta Post-Secondary Application System (ApplyAlberta) [Government of Alberta]
APC Academic Planning Committee [General Faculties Council]
API Academic Price Index
APLU Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities
APO Administrative Professional Officer
APRC Alcohol Policy Review Committee [Vice-President, Facilities and Operations]
ARC Agreement Review Committee [Provost and Vice-President (Academic)]
ARL Association of Research Libraries (n.b. - US and Canadian members)
ARWG Academic Restructuring Working Group
ASC Aboriginal Student Council
ASC Administrative Strategic Council [Vice-President (University Services and Finance)]
ASEC Alberta Students' Executive Council
ASRIP Alberta Science and Research Investments Program [Government of Alberta]
ASRP Academic Supplemental Retirement Pension
ASSET Alumni Student Support and Engagement Team
ATEP Aboriginal Teacher Education Program
ATS Academic Teaching Staff
AVP Associate Vice-President


BAC Budget Advisory Committee [Provost and Vice-President (Academic)]
BAC Business Advisory Council [Alberta School of Business]
BAGMM Board Ad hoc Group on Committee Mandates and Memberships [Board of Governors]
BARC Board Audit and Risk Committee [Board of Governors] (formerly Board Audit Committee)
BARD Book and Record Depository
BFPC Board Finance and Property Committee [Board of Governors]
BG Board of Governors
BGC Board Governance Committee [Board of Governors]
BHRCC Board Human Resources and Compensation Committee [Board of Governors]
BIC Board Investment Committee [Board of Governors]
BIE Bureau International des Expositions
BLIMS Building and Land Information Management System
BLRSEC Board Learning, Research and Student Experience Committee [Board of Governors] (formerly Board Learning and Discovery Committee)
BRPAC Board Reputation and Public Affairs Committee [Board of Governors] (formerly Board University Relations Committee)
BRU Basic Revenue Unit


CAB Change Advisory Board [Campus Solutions]
CAFA Confederation of Alberta Faculty Associations
CAFA Council on Academic Faculty Association
CAGS Canadian Association for Graduate Studies
CAI Council on Aboriginal Initiatives [Provost and Vice-President (Academic)]
CAQC Campus Alberta Quality Council [Government of Alberta]
CAR Committee for Animal Resources [Vice-President (Research and Innovation)]
CARI Comprehensive Academic Research Institutions
CARL Canadian Association of Research Libraries
CASA Canadian Alliance of Student Associations
CASDC Campus Alberta Strategic Directions Committee [Government of Alberta]
CASL Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation
CAST Contract Academic Staff Teaching
CAUBO Canadian Association of University Business Officers
CAUS Council of Alberta University Students
CAUS Campus Alberta Unified Services
CC Career Centre
CCAC Canadian Council on Animal Care
CCE Chairs' Council Executive [President]
CCIS Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science
CDI Committee on the Documentation of Indigeneity [General Faculties Council]
CCN Campus Communicator Network
CEAR Capital Expenditure Authorization Request [Vice-President (Facilities and Operations)]
CERC Canada Excellence Research Chairs [Government of Canada]

Canada Foundation for Innovation [Government of Canada]

CFREF Canada First Research Excellence Fund
CIAEPC Centres, Institutes and External Partnerships Committee
CIHR Canadian Institutes for Health Research [Government of Alberta]
CIP Comprehensive Institutional Plan
CLE Committee on the Learning Environment [General Faculties Council]
CMT Crisis Management Team
COAB Code of Applicant Behaviour
COLA Cost of Living Adjustment
COPPOA Council of Post-Secondary Presidents of Alberta
COPPUL Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries
COSA Council on Student Affairs [Dean of Students]
COSB Code of Student Behaviour
COWCUBS Conference on Western Canadian University Board Secreteries
CPE Continuing Professional Education
CPI Consumer Price Index
CPOC Cooling Plant on Campus
CRC Canada Research Chairs [Government of Canada]
CRKN Canadian Research Knowledge Network
CSJ Campus Saint-Jean
CSJ College Saint-Jean
CSL Community Service-Learning
CSS Campus Security Services (renamed University of Alberta Protective Services (UAPS)
CTLR Celebrate! Teaching. Learning. Research.
CUBA Canadian University Boards Association
CUP Community-University Partnership
CURIE Canadian Universities Reciprocal Insurance Exchange


DC Deans' Council
DICE Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering
DIE Discipline Interpretation and Enforcement Board [Student's Union]
DO Discipline Officer
DoS Dean of Students


ECHA Edmonton Clinic Health Academy
ECV East Campus Village
EDI Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
EDRMS Electronic Document and Records Management System
EEDC Edmonton Economic Development Corporation
EFAP Employee and Family Assistance Program
EHS Environment, Health and Safety
EOC Emergency Operations Centre
EPAC Edmonton Performing Arts Centre
ERM Enterprise Risk Management
ESG Environmental, Social, Governance
ESQ Enterprise Square - University of Alberta
ETI Exceptional Tuition Increases
EXEC Executive Committee [General Faculties Council]
Exec GPO Executive Subcommittee on Governance and Procedural Oversight [General Faculties Council]


FAAC Faculty Academic Appeals Committee
FAR Faculty Annual Report
FDC Facilities Development Committee [General Faculties Council]
FDO Faculty Development Officer
FEC Faculty Evaluation Committee
FES Future Energy Systems
FGPS Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
FLE Full-Load Equivalent
FMA Flexible Messaging Area
FMC Finance Management Committee
FNMI First Nations, Métis and Inuit
FNS Faculty of Native Studies [University of Alberta]
FOI Festival of Ideas
FOIPP Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
FoMD Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
FPG For the Public Good
FOS Final Offer Selection
FPRS Faculty Practice Review Committee
FRO Field Research Services
FS Financial Services
FSR Faculty and Staff Relations
FSJ Faculté Saint-Jean
FSO Faculty Service Officer


GAC General Appeals Committee [Provost and Vice-President (Academic)]
GCR Government and Community Relations [Vice-President (External Relations)]
GEM Governors Emeritus Members
GES Governance Executive Summary
GFC General Faculties Council
GOA Government of Alberta
GOS Graduate Outcomes Survey
GPA Grade Point Average
GPST Graduate Program Support Team [Vice-Provost and Dean, FGSR]
GSA Graduate Students' Association
GSAC Graduate Students' Association of Canada
GSMS Graduate Studies Management Solutions
GSR Government and Stakeholder Relations
GUBA Great University Bear of Alberta


HEPI Higher Education Price Index
HIA Health Information Act
HIAR Helping Individuals at Risk (Policy) [UAPPOL]
HRHSE Human Resources, Health, Safety and Environment
HSC Health Sciences Council


ICD Institute of Corporate Directors
ICE Innovation Centre for Engineering
ICR Indirect Costs of Research
IEAC Indigenous Engagement Advisory Committee
IGSA Indigenous Graduate Students Association
IMA Information Management Agreement
IMA Investment Management Agreement
IMP Infrastructure Maintenance Program
IPO Information and Privacy Office
ITAC Information Technology Advisory Committee [IT Governance]
ITEC Information Technology Enterprise Committee [IT Governance]
ITSCA Information Technology Steering Committee for Administration [IT Governance]
ISMSS Institute for Sexual Minority Studies & Service
ISP Institutional Strategic Plan
ISS Interim Staffing Solutions
IST Information Services and Technology (formerly Information and Communication Technology)


KIAS Kule Institute for Advanced Study
KIP Knowledge Infrastructure Program [Government of Canada]
KPI Key Performance Indicators
KRF Killam Research Fund
KSR Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation
KSRGSS Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation Graduate Student Society


LIS Library Impact Statement
LKSF Li Ka Shing Foundation
LMS Learning Management Systems
LOI Letter of Intent
LRDP Long Range Development Plan [VicePresident (Facilities and Operations)]
LTAC Learning Technologies Advisory Committee [IT Governance]


MAPS Management and Professional Staff
MASC Math and Applied Sciences Centre
MOA Memorandum of Agreement
MOOC Massive Online Open Courses
MOU Memorandum of Understanding
MNIF Mandatory Non-Instructional Fees
MSI Major Science Initiative

Mandatory Student Instructional Support Fees

[* The New Alberta Tuition Framework, published in February 2019, refers to what were previously knows as MSISFs, as Non-Regulated Exclusion to Program Fees].


NACTRAC Northern Alberta Clinical Trials and Research Centre
NAJA Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
NANUC National High Field NMR Centre
NASA Non-Academic Staff Association
NC Nominating Committee [General Faculties Council]
NCE Networks of Centres of Excellence
NGCM Non-Governor Committee Member [Board of Governors]
NI Nanotechnology Initiative (formerly NINT)
NOP Naming Opportunities Plan
NRC National Research Council [Government of Canada]
NSERC Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council [Government of Canada]
NSSE National Survey on Student Engagement


OASIS Online Academic Student Information System
OEM Office of Emergency Management
OER Open Educational Resources
OI Outline of Issue [University Governance]
OSDHR Office of Safe Disclosure and Human Rights
OTP Office of the President


P/VP (A) Provost & Vice-President (Academic)
PACC Provost's Advisory Council of Chairs
PACD Provost's Advisory Council of Deans [Provost and Vice-President (Academic)]
PAGF Province of Alberta Graduate Fellowship [Government of Alberta]
PAGS Province of Alberta Graduate Scholarship [Government of Alberta]
PARIS Privacy/Archives/Records/Information Security
PAW Physical Activity and Wellness Centre
PC Programs Committee [General Faculties Council] (formerly Academic Standards Committee and ASC Subcommitee on Standards)
PCBO Provincial Bargaining Coordination Office
PCIS President's Committee on International Strategies
PDEA Provost Doctoral Entrance Awards
PDF Post-Doctoral Fellow
PDFA Post-Doctoral Fellows Association
PDFO Post-Doctoral Fellows Office
PDLC Provost's Digital Learning Committee
PEAC Position Evaluation Appeal Committee
PEC President's Executive Committee
PEC-O President's Executive Committee - Operations
PEC-S President's Executive Committee - Strategic
PEII Provost's Committee on International Initiatives
PHRC Public Health Response Committee [Provost and Vice-President (Academic)]
PIPA Personal Information Protection Act [Government of Alberta]
PLC Peter Lougheed Hall
PLLC Peter Lougheed Leadership College
PLLI Peter Lougheed Leadership Institute
PMO Project Management Office
PRB Practice Review Board [University Governance]
PRC President's Review Committee
PREPD Performance Review Evaluation and Professional Development
PSLA Post-Secondary Learning Act
PSPP Public Service Pension Plan


RACF Registrar's Advisory Committee on Fees
RBAC Residence Budget Advisory Group
RC Replenishment Committee [General Faculties Council]
RCRF Research & Collections Resource Facility (formerly BARD)
REB Research Ethics Board
REBA Research Ethics Board Administrator
REMO Research Ethics & Management Online
REO Research Ethics Office [Vice-President(Research and Innovation)]
RHA Residence Halls Association
RMS Risk Management Services
RO Registrar's Office
ROE Record of Employment
RP Resource Planning
RRON Robert's Rules of Order (Newly Revised)
RSO Research Services Office [Vice-President (Research and Innovation)]
RTW Required to Withdraw


SAB South Academic Building
SAC Senior Administrator Committee (City of Edmonton/UofA Committee)
SACIE Standing Advisory Council on International Engagement [Provost and Vice-President(Academic)]
SADP Signature Areas Development Panel
SAO Senior Administrative Officer
SAS Student Accessibility Services [Dean of Students]
SAT Staff Advisory Team [SESC, UAT]
SCCG South Campus Consultation Group
SCNC South Campus Neighborhood Coalition
SCPC Student Conduct Policy Committee [General Faculties Council]
SDO Senior Development Officer
SESC Service Excellence Steering Committee
SET Service Excellence Transformation
SFO Senior Fanancial Officer
SIF Strategic Investment Fund [Government of Canada]
SL&D Staff Learning and Development
SLAC Student Lifecycle Advisory Committee [IT Governance]
SMS Supply Management Services
SOS ASC Subcommittee on Standards [General Faculties Council]
SOS Student OmbudService [Dean of Students]
SOTS Sessional & Other Temporary Staff
SSHRC Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council [Government of Canada]
SU Students' Union
SUB Students' Union Building
STAN Strategic Team on Academic Negotiations


TAPS Full-Time Temporary Administrative and Professional Staff [Human Resource Services]
TBAC Tuition Budget Advisory Committee
TCPS Tri-Council Policy Statement
TDM Travel Demand Management (Vice-President (Facilities and Operations)]
TELSAC Technology Enhanced Learning Spaces Advisory Committee
TIE Truth in Education
TLAPS Temporary Librarian, Administrative and Professional Staff
TLAT Teaching, Learning and Technology Council
TLEF Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund
TMIC The Metabolomics Innovation Centre
TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language
TRAS Trust and Research Academic Staff [Human Resource Services]
TRC Truth and Reconciliation Commission (of Canada)
TRIUMF TRI-University Meson Facility
TTF Tuition Task Force [Vice-President (University Services and Finance)]
TYP Transition Year Program


U15 Group of 15 Canadian Research Universities
UAB University Appeals Board [University Governance]
UABC Undergraduate Awards and Bursaries Committee [General Faculties Council] (formerly Undergraduate Awards and Scholarship Committee)
UABM University of Alberta Budget Model
UACC University of Alberta Consultation Group
UAI University of Alberta International
UAPP Universities Academic Pension Plan
UAPPOL University of Alberta Policies and Procedures Online
UAPS University of Alberta Protective Services (formerly Campus Security Services)
UAPTI University of Alberta Properties Trust Inc.
UAPWC University Animal Policy and Welfare Committee [Vice-President (Research and Innovation)]
UAT University of Alberta for Tomorrow
UBAC University Brand and Communications [Vice-President (External Relations)]
UBEF University Bursaries and Emergency Funding [Dean of Students]
UC Universities Canada (formerly AUCC Association of Universities of Colleges of Canada)
UCW Units of Course Weight
UDS University Digital Strategy
UEP University Endowment Pool (formerly Unitized Endowment Pool)
UHC University Health Centre
UPlan University Budget Planning System
UPST Undergraduate Program Support Team [Vice-Provost, Programs]
URAC University Research Administration Committee [Vice-President (Research and Innovation)]
URI Undergraduate Research Initiative
URPC University Research Policy Committee [Vice-President (Research and Innovation)]
USRI Universal Student Ratings of Instruction
UTAC University Teaching Awards Committee [General Faculties Council]
UW United Way
UWPCR United Way Plasma Car Race


VP (ER) Vice-President (External Relations)
VP (F&O) Vice-President (Facilities and Operations)
VP(RI) Vice-President (Research and Innovation)
VP (USF) Vice-President (University Services and Finance)
VPC Vice-Provosts'Council


WCHRI Women & Children's Health Research Institute
WHMIS Workplace Hazardous Material Information System
WISEST Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology
WUN Worldwide Universities Network
WUSC World University Service of Canada