Higher Education Acronyms


American Association for University Professors* GWIB Governor's Workforce Investment Board
ACC Atlantic Coast Conference HBCU Historically Black Colleges & Universities
ACE American Council on Education HBIs Historically Black Institutions
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act HEGIS Higher Education General Information Survey
AFSCME American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees HEPI Higher Education Price Index
ARB Academic Revenue Bonds ICC Inter-Institutional Committee (USM) (formally Intercampus Committee)
ARTSYS Articulation System IPEDS Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System
BOR Board of Regents IR Institutional Research
BPW Board of Public Works JCR Joint Chairmen's Report
CBIS Capital Budget Information System MBE Minority Business Enterprise
CIP Capital Improvement Program MCEA Maryland Classified Employees Association
CIP Classification of Instructional Programs MDE Maryland Department of the Environment
CUSF Council of University System Faculty (USM) MDOT Maryland Department of Transportation
CUSS Council of University System Staff (USM) MFR Managing for Results (State's accountability program)
COLA Cost of Living Adjustment MSACHE Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
COMAR Code of Maryland Regulations MHEC Maryland Higher Education Commission
COO Chief Operating Officer MSDE Maryland State Department of Education
CPI Consumer Price Index NASF Net Assignable Square Feet
CR Current Restricted Funds NASFAA National Association of Financial Aid Administators
CUPA College and University Professional Association NASULGC National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges
CUR Current Unrestricted Funds sometimes labeled CUF NCAA National Collegiate Athletic Association
DBED Department of Business & Economic Development NCATE National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
DBI Dashboard Indicators NCES National Center for Education Statistics
DBM Department of Budget and Management NCHEMS National Center for Higher Education Management Systems
DGS Department of General Services NEA National Education Association
DLLR Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation NSF Net Square Footage/ Net Square Feet
DLS Department of Legislative Services NSF National Science Foundation
EFI Enrollment Funding Initiative  OAG Office of the Attorney General
ETS Educational Testing Service OAH Office of Administrative Hearings
FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aid OCR Office of Civil Rights
FASB Financial Accounting Standards Board ORP Optional Retirement Plan
FMP Facilities Master Plan PAYGO Pay as You Go Funds
FR Facilities Renewal PDS Professional Development School
FRS Financial Reporting System PELL Federal Need Based Aid - PELL Grants
F-T, P-T Full-Time, Part-Time RFP Request for Proposal
FTDE Full-Time Day Equivalent RHEC Regional Higher Education Center
FTDES Full-Time Day Equivalent Student SB682 State Plan for Higher Education legislation
FTE Full-Time Equivalent SCH Semester Credit Hours
FTEF Full-Time Equivalent Faculty SHEEO State Higher Education Executive Officers
FTES Full-Time Equivalent Student SIS Student Information Systems
FTNE Full-Time Night Equivalent SRA Supplemental Retirement Annuity
FTUG Full-Time Undergraduate Student SREB Southern Region Education Board
GASB Government Accounting Standards Board STARS State Accounting and Reporting System
GF General Funds (also known as State Appropriations) T&F Tuition & fees
GMP Guaranteed Maximum Price USDOE United States Department of Education
GO General Obligation [bonds] USM University System of Maryland
GSF Gross Square Feet USMSC University System of Maryland Student Council