College Terms and Acronyms

College Terms & Acronyms

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American Association of Colleges and Universities

American Association of Community Colleges — A national voice for two-year associate degree granting institutions. Provides services, training and publications for community colleges.

Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer

American Association of University Professors

AAWCC American Association of Women in Community Colleges — An organization whose mission is to inspire, champion, and celebrate the talents within each of us. AAWCC provides publications and events geared specifically to the needs of women who are community college staff or board members.

Adult Basic Skills & Secondary Ed.

Association of Community College Trustees — A national organization that represents the officials who govern community, technical and Junior colleges in the United States and abroad. ACCT provides information, training and publications.

Adult Literacy/Basic Skills(ABE/BSD)
Community colleges' family literacy, workplace literacy and English language programs that provide assistance to adults needing basic math, reading and computer skills. State supported Adult Skill Centers furnish additional services such as one-to-one tutoring, referrals, assessments and work-centered instruction.

American Federation of Teachers (see OFTEHP)

Joining areas of the state not in a community college district to a community college district. Requires votes of existing district plus new areas as well as State Board of Education approval.

Associated Students of LCC

Academic Technology Center

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Speculators buy bonds because they can usually get a good interest rate of return on their money. Bonds are sold for cash to build projects such as new community college facilities.

Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development — Formerly known as the Office of Community College Services (OCCS). CCWD is a state agency with direct responsibility to the State Board of Education. The CCWD is responsible for submitting the community college biennial budget to the governor.

Continuing Education Units

Oregon Council of Instructional Administrators/Chief Academic Officers — The group of community college instructional deans and vice presidents from the transfer and technical programs. It is concerned with planning and exchanging information.

Classified Support Staff
General category of college support staff.

Community College Presidents' Council
Consists of all 17 Oregon community college presidents.

Co-op, Co-op Ed.
Cooperative Education

Consumer Price Index (There are several indices.)

Council of Student Services Administrators — The group of community college deans and vice presidents concerned with student services. It plans and exchanges information.

Current Service Level (CSL)
Each legislative session, community colleges are presumed to be allowed a certain margin to increase the base funding for inflation. Current service level is supposed to include the amount required to cover the cost to run the institutions.

Distribution Formula
The formula that distributes most state funding and one-half local property taxes to community colleges. The formula is an administrative rule approved by the State Board of Education.

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Employee Relations Board

ESD, Lane
Education Service District, Lane

English as a Second Language/International ESL

Community colleges have developed a distribution formula to equalize the distribution of state funds.

Online method for faculty to get class lists, enter grades, as well as interact with Human Resources systems such as payroll

Faculty Council (Senate)
A college-wide faculty governance body, usually with well-defined relationship to the faculty's collective bargaining organization.

Fitness Education Center

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

FTE (Staff)
Full-time equivalency — Used to describe the workload of staff (one regular full-time employee = 1 FTE; one half-time employee = .5 FTE).

FTE (Student)
Full-time equivalency — Used to measure student enrollment for purposes of state reimbursement. One FTE equals 510 student contact hours in CCWD designated courses.

General Education Development

Higher Education Act

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Institutional Research

Job Training Partnership Act — Federal law that generates funding for workforce-related programs in each state. In Oregon, JTPA staff is a part of the Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development (CCWD).

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"L" Number
The number students and staff use to access ExpressLane. Check with your division if you don't have one.

Lane SGA
Lane Student Government Association

LCC Education Association

LCC Employees Federation

Lasting Improvements For Employees
(Lane's Employee Wellness Program)

Local option
Local option authority is the ability for a taxing district to levy over the Measure 5 permanent rate limits but remain below the Measure 5 limits of $5 per $1,000 of market value. Since Measure 50 limits growth of assessed value to three percent per year and since Measure 5 does not limit the growth of the market value of property, the gap between the two rates will increase significantly over the years.

Measure 5 gave local option authority, or the ability to access that gap, to all local governments except school districts and Education Service Districts (ESDs). The Legislature limited community colleges' local option authority.

Lane Transit District

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LCC's online course software

Online method for faculty to get class lists, enter grades, as well as interact with Human Resources systems such as payrol

National Education Association

Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges

Oregon Administrative Rule — These are the regulations issued by state agencies in order to implement and define statutes (also see ORS).

Oregon Advanced Technology Consortium — A facility operated by a consortium of Oregon community colleges. OATC provides training and equipment access for high-technology manufacturing enterprises.

Oregon Community College Association — A membership organization of the 17 community colleges whose mission is to advocate, communicate and collaborate in order to strengthen community colleges for the benefit of all Oregonians. OCCA is not a state agency.

Oregon Community College Council of Institutional Researchers — The statewide association of community college institutional research staff. It meets to exchange information and plan for future needs.

Oregon Community College Students Association — The statewide association of student government leaders. It meets to exchange information and to engage in advocacy for student interests. Formerly known as CCOSAC. (See also OSA.)

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Oregon Community College Unified Reporting System — The statewide community college data collection and storage system based in the Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development (CCWD).

Oregon Council for Education Support Professionals — Represents classified employees affiliated with the Oregon Education Association (OEA).

Oregon Department of Education — Regulates K-12 and Education Service Districts (ESDs) only.

Oregon Education Association — The statewide union for public school teachers, community college instructors, and education support professionals. The OEA is the state affiliate of the National Education Association (NEA).

Community College Council The Council of OEA affiliated community college faculty and classified support staff unions affiliated with the OEA/NEA.

The OEA Representative Assembly, the yearly meeting of representatives of OEA affiliated members local unions to conduct business of the state-wide OEA.

Oregon Federation of Teachers, Education and Health Professionals — A statewide union for teachers, classified employees, health professionals and community college faculty. OFTEHP is the state affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).

Oregon Independent Colleges Association

Oregon Network for Education — ONE's web site ( serves as an educational mall with "doorways" to Oregon's educational institutions, programs and services.

Office of Professional Technical Education — Located within the ODE.

Oregon Revised Statutes — The compilation of state laws, generally followed by a number, as in ORS 341.009 (a reference to community college policy established by the Legislature).

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Oregon Student Association. This student advocacy group, which is based in OUS colleges and universities, also serves some community college students, like LCC students.

Oregon Student Assistance Commission — Formerly known as the Oregon State Scholarship Commission. OSAC is responsible for administering the state's student financial aid programs including Opportunity Grants.

Oregon School Boards Association — OSBA aims to represent more than 1,400 locally elected school board members for the K-12 districts, ESDs and the 17community colleges as well as the State Board of Education. OSBA provides information, training, legal assistance and advocacy services for management.

Oregon State Board of Higher Education — The Oregon State Board of Higher Education governs the state's seven state-supported universities. The Oregon Health Sciences University is an affiliated institution. The board establishes system-wide policy, sets institutional guidelines, approves curricular programs, reviews and approves budgets, and manages property and investments. With the assistance of the chancellor and staff, the board ensures that the seven universities are administered in accordance with approved policies, programs and budgets.

Oregon School Employees Association — A statewide union that represents classified employees in local school districts and community colleges.

Oregon University System — State agency that includes Oregon's seven state-supported universities. Governed by OSBHE.

OSBHE/SBE Joint Board
A joint board for coordinated decision-making by the OSBHE and SBE.

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Public Employee Collective Bargaining Act — The legal basis, established state-by-state, for collective bargaining involving public employees particular to the state of Oregon.

Pell Grant
Pell is a form of federal financial assistance for college students, directed primarily to serve low-income students.

Public Employee Retirement System — The public retirement system for state, county, municipal and other public employees, including community college employees.

Reimbursable FTE
Those community college courses approved by CCWD as eligible for reimbursement by the state under the FTE-driven distribution formula.

Small Business Development Center — Local small business development centers, operated mainly by community colleges but also at some other institutions for the purpose of assisting small businesses.

(Oregon) State Board of Education — A seven-member board, appointed by the governor, the State Board of Education is responsible for setting state policy for public elementary, secondary and community college education. It sets broad, general policies to guide the programs in local school and community college districts.

Service Delivery Area — A geographic region for JTPA services.

Student Service Associates

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Stafford Loan
Formerly Guaranteed Student Loan. A federal program for financial assistance to college students. Local banks actually loan the funds; the federal government guarantees them.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Typically at community colleges, there is no traditional tenure process. Instead, job security is created after a probationary period, at which point a faculty member can only be removed for "just cause", a very high standard requiring due process.

Therapeutic Exercise and Rehabilitation Class

Workforce Investment Act — Federal legislation to encourage workforce collaboration for the consumer.

Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education — A 13-state commission created by the Western Regional Higher Education Compact, dedicated to cooperation in the sharing of higher education facilities and programs among the cooperating states.

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