Common University Acronyms

University Governance*

AAPR          Academic and Administrative Program Review
AEC            Aboriginal Education Council
APPRC       Academic Policy, Planning and Research Committee (Senate)
ASCP          Academic Standards, Curriculum and Pedagogy Committee (Senate)
ARC            Academic Resources Committee (Board)
AVP             Associate Vice-President (academic portfolio) or Assistant Vice-President (non-academic)
BPC            Budget and Policy Committee
CDO           Chief Development Officer
CIO             Chief Information Officers
EXEC          Executive Committee (Board)
EXEC          Executive Committee (Senate)
OC              Office of the  Counsel
PACHR       President's Advisory Committee on Human Rights
PACOP       President's Advisory Committee on Parking
PVP            President Vice-Presidents Committee
UEC            University Executive Committee (President and Vice-Presidents)
SAC            Senate Appeals Committee
T&P            Tenure and Promotions (process or committees of Senate and Councils)
TUUS         Temporary Use of University Space
P&VPA       Provost and Vice-President Academic
VPF&A       Vice-President Finance and Administration
VPRI           Vice-President Research and Innovation
VPS            Vice-Provost Students

Acronyms are not used for Senate itself and the Board of Governors (may be shortened to Board)

University Finances and Management Terms

AER             Academic Employee Relations
AO               Administrative Officer
AODA          Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act 2005
ATB             Across the Board (Funding or cuts)
ATB             Across the Board (funding or cuts) or Added to Base
BIU              Basic Income Unit
BOI              Basic Operating Income
CAUBO       Canadian Association of Business Officers
CFI              Canadian Foundation for Innovation
CPM            Confidential, Professional and Management (non-unionized employees)
CMO            Chief Marketing Officer
CSBO          Campus Services and Business Operations
CUPE          Canadian Union of Public Employees (multiple units at York)
ECR             External Cost Recovery
ECR             External Cost Recovery
EO               Executive Officer
FBO             Facilities and Business Operations
FFTE           Fiscal Full Time Equivalent
FHRS          Finance and Human Resources System
FIPPA          Freedom of Information and Privacy Act
FTE             Full Time Equivalent
GFU            Graduate Funding Unit
GRIP           Government Research Initiative Program
HR               Human Resources
ICR              Internal Cost Recovery
IRP              Integrated Resource Planning (Provost’s Office)
IUOE           International Union of Operating Engineers
JCOAA       Joint Committee on the Administration of the (YUFA) Agreement
KIP             Knowledge Infrastructure Program (Federal Government funding)
KPI             Key Performance Indicators
LRP            Long Range Planning (YUFA-Administration)
LUCOG      Land Use Coordinating Group
MIS            Management Information System
OPSEU      Ontario Public Service Employees Union (representing YUELI instructors)
OTO           One Time Only
PCAC         Promotion and Continuing Appointment Committee (T&P for Librarians)
PI                Performance Indicator (also, Principal Investigator, funded research projects)
PMP           Performance Management (staff)
PPT            Permanent Part Time
PRASE       Process Re-Engineering and Service Enhancement
PTR            Progress Through the Ranks (pay increments for faculty members)
QAF            Quality Assurance Fund (funding based on fulfilling government-defined criteria)
RFP            Request for Proposals
SAGE         Senior Administrators Group Exchange
SIS             Student Information System
XTO           Multiple Time Only Funding
YUFA         York University Faculty Association
YURA         York University Retirees Association
YUSA         York University Staff Association

Faculties, Schools and Libraries

AMPD         Arts, Media, Performance and Design
ED              Education
FES            Environmental Studies
FH              Health
FGS           Graduate Studies
LSE            Lassonde School of Engineering
GL              Glendon
LAPS          Liberal Arts and Professional Studies (also, LA&PS)
OH              Osgoode Hall Law School
SC              Science
SSB            Schulich School of Business
YUL            York University Libraries

For a list of building acronyms see https://w2prod.sis.yorku.ca/Apps/WebObjects/cdm.woa/wa/DirectAction/BuildingAcron

Research Centres and Institutes

CAR               Centre for Automotive Research
CERIS           The Ontario Metropolis Project (Centre of Excellence)
CERLAC       Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean
CFR              Centre for Feminist Research
CITY             The City Institute at York University
CJS               Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies
CRBI             Centre for Research on Biomolecular Interactions
CRESS         Centre for Research in Earth and Space Science
CRLC            Centre for Research on Language Contact
CRMS           Centre for Research in Mass Spectrometry
CRS              Centre for Refugee Studies
CRWS           Centre for Research on Work and Society
Dahdaleh      Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health
GLRC            Global Labour Research Centre
IC@L             Innovation Computing at Lassonde
IRDL              Institute for Research on Digital Learning
ISR                Institute for Social Research
LaMarsh        LaMarsh Centre for Research on Violence and Conflict Resolution
MHRC           Muscle Health Research Centre
Nathanson    Jack and Mae Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security
Robarts         Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies
Sensorium    The Centre for Digital Arts and Technology
YCAR            York Centre for Asian Research
YCFR            York Centre for Field Robotics
YCVR            York Centre for Vision Research
YIHR              York Institute for Health Research
YU-CARE      York Centre for Aging Research and Education

University Offices and Services

ACMAPS        Atkinson Centre for Mature and Part Time Studies
AGYU             Art Gallery of York University
CDS               Counselling and Developing  Services
CHR               Centre for Human Rights
CLASP           Community and Legal Aid Services Program (Osgoode)
CSBO             Campus Services and Business Operations
ILD                  Institute for Leadership Development
ILL                   InterLibrary Loan
IP&C                Information Privacy and Copyright Office
ITC                  Information Technology Centre
IT’S                 Information Technology Services
OIPA               Office of Institutional Planning and Analysis
OPD                Osgoode Professional Development
ORS                Office of Research Services
ORUs              Organized Research Units (formally research centres and institutes)
OSFS              Office of Student Financial Services
RO                   Registrar’s Office
SCC                 Student Centre Corporation
SCS                 School of Continuing Studies
SCLD               Student Community and Leadership Development
UECR              University Events and Community Relations
UIT                  University Information Technology
YI                    York International
YUAA              York University Alumni Association
YUDC             York University Development Corporation
YUELI             York University English Language Institute

Students: Admissions and Enrolments, Organizations and Terms

ADM               Admissions System (also Student Information System)
BIU                 Basic Income Unit [per capita funding from government; different values for disciplines)
CGS                Canada Graduate Scholarship
COS                Course Offering System
ESL                 English as a Second Language
FCE                 Full Course Equivalent
FSL                 French as a Second Language
FT                   Full-Time
FTE                Full-Time Equivalent (contrasted with “heads” or individual students)
GIA                Grant-in-Aid
GSA               Graduate Student Association
LOP                Letter of Permission [to take courses at another institution]
NSSE             National Survey of Student Engagement
OAC              Ontario Academic Credit
OSG              Ontario Student Grants (replaces OSAP and other programs)
OSSD            Ontario Secondary School Diploma
OSOTF         Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund
OUAC           Ontario Universities Application Centre
YFS              York Federation of Students

Faculty Member Designations, Honours and Affiliations

CLA                Contractually Limited Appointment (Full time faculty not eligible for tenure; up to 3 years)
CD                  Course Director
CRC               Canada Research Chair
CUPE             Canadian Union of Public Employees (representing various groups, including TAs)
DRP               Distinguished Research Professor
FRSC             Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
GA                  Graduate Assistant
GPD               Graduate Program Director
GRA               Graduate Research Assistant
RA                  Research Assistant
TA                  Teaching Assistant (graduate student or contract tutorial leader)
T&P               Tenure and Promotion
UP                  University Professor
UPD               Undergraduate Program Director
YUFA              York University Faculty Association
YUTA              York University Temporary

Academic Planning and Reporting

APAY              Academic Planning at York (Senate framework established in 1987)
CPR               Cyclical Program Review (see also FAR and YUQAP)
FAR                Final Assessment Report (see also CPR and YUQAP)
IIRP               Institutional Integrated Resource Plan
IRP                Integrated Resource Planning (Office of the Provost)
PBA               Planning, Budget and Accountability (annual report; includes non-academic activities)
PIER              Plan for the Intensification and Enhancement of Research
SRP               Strategic Research Plan
UAP               University Academic Plan (Senate)
YUQAP         York University Quality Assurance Procedures

Major Federal Research Funding Agencies (“Tri-Council”)

CIHR              Canadian Institutes of Health Research
NSERC          National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada
SSHRC          Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Provincial and National Organizations

CAAT             College of Applied Arts and Technology
CCAC            Canadian Council on Animal Care (at York ACC, Animal Care Committee)
CAUT            Canadian Association University Teachers
CSSHE          Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education
CAUS            Canadian Association of University Solicitors
COU              Council of Ontario Universities
COUS            Council of Ontario University Secretaries
CUBA            Canadian University Boards Association
EQAQ            Education Quality and Assurance Council
HEQCO         Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario
MADSK         Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (Ontario; formerly MTCU)
MRCC            Medical Research Council of Canada
NRC               National Research Council
NSSE             National Survey of Student Engagement
OAC               Ontario Arts Council
OCAV             Ontario Council of Academic Vice-Presidents
OCGS            Ontario Council on Graduate Studies (part of COU)
OCT               Ontario College of Teacher
OCUA            Ontario Council of University Affairs
OCUFA          Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Association
OCUL            Ontario Council of University Librarians
OUAC            Ontario Universities' Application Centre
PEQAB          Post-Secondary Education Quality Assessment Board
QC                 Quality Council of Ontario
SSHRC          Social Science and Humanities Research Council (Federal funding agency)
SWAAC          Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada
UNIVCAN       Universities Canada