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GLOSSARY of TERMS and ACRONYMS
Academic Skills - Skills that provide the basic foundation necessary to benefit from further training and education and for future employment. This category encompasses communication, comprehension, quantitative thinking, critical thinking, and science and technology skills.
Accountability - A process whereby data-based measures are used to provide information on institutional performance.
Accreditation - Certification by an official review board that specific requirements have been met, such as institutional accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Achieving the Dream (AtD) - A national initiative supported by Lumina Foundation for Education, among others, that is focused on improving the access and success of low-income and minority students in community college.
ACT Assessment - An achievement test from the American College Testing Program used for placement testing in some community colleges and for admissions screening in some baccalaureate institutions.
Adult Basic Education (ABE) - Education for adults whose inability to speak, read or write the English language constitutes a substantial impairment of their ability to procure or retain employment commensurate with their ability; designed to help them be less dependent on others; to improve their ability to benefit from occupational training, to increase their opportunities for more productive and profitable employment and to make them better able to meet their adult responsibilities. Courses at or below the eighth grade level in the language arts, including English for Speakers of Other Languages, mathematics, natural and social sciences, consumer education, and other courses that enable an adult to attain basic or functional literacy.
Adult High School Program - provides courses of study leading to completion of credits and passing of state-mandated assessments (Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, or FCAT) necessary to qualify for a high school diploma.
Adult General Education - A comprehensive program of adult basic education, adult secondary education, general educational development (GED) test instruction, and/or vocational preparatory instruction.
Adult Literacy - The level at which an adult must be able to read, write, compute and otherwise use the skills of schooling in order to operate successfully in the workplace and society.
Adult Secondary Education - Courses through which a person receives high school credit that leads to the award of a high school diploma or programs of instruction through which a student prepares to take the general education test (GED).
Adult Vocational Education - Instruction offered day or evening to adults or out-of-school youth over 16 years of age who are engaged in or preparing to enter an occupation.
Allied Health - A term for health-related job preparatory programs, other than nursing, in community colleges.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – An Act, passed by Congress, that requires reasonable accommodations be made in public facilities, including postsecondary institutions, for those with a physical or mental disability.
Annual Contract - A contract for employment for one year without the implication that another contract will be offered.
Applied Technology Diploma (ATD) - Courses that are part of an AS or AAS degree and lead to employment in a specific occupation. An ATD may consist of either vocational credit or college credit.
Apprentice - A person at least 16 years of age who is engaged in learning a recognized skilled trade through actual work experience under the supervision of journeymen craftsmen; whose training should be combined with properly coordinated studies of related technical and supplementary subjects; and who has entered into a written agreement, hereinafter called an apprenticeship agreement, with a registered apprenticeship sponsor who may be either an employer, an association of employers, or a local joint apprenticeship committee.
Apprenticeship Training - Structured vocational skill training in a given job through a combination of on the job training and classroom instruction.
Apprenticeship Training Programs - A program registered with the Department of Education or the state apprenticeship agency in accordance with the National Apprenticeship Act of 8/16/37, that is conducted or sponsored by an employer, group of employers, and a union. It contains all terms and conditions for qualifications, recruitment, selection, employment, and training of apprentices.
Area Vocational - Technical Center - A vocational school operated by a public school system.
Articulation - The bringing together of the various parts (levels) of the educational system to facilitate the smooth transition of students through the system.
Articulation Agreement - The State Board of Education rule that establishes provisions that facilitate the smooth transition of students through the various levels of the educational system.
Articulation Coordinating Committee (ACC) - The statewide Articulation Coordinating Committee was established as part of the Articulation Agreement in 1971 to adjudicate institutional or student conflicts regarding student transfer and admissions, interpret and recommend amendments to the Articulation Agreement, and develop procedures to facilitate a "seamless" transfer system for students.
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) - Two-year technical degree indicating that a student has trained in a particular field and is prepared for employment.
Associate in Arts (AA) – Two-year degree that is designed for transfer.
Associate in Science (AS) - Two-year technical degree that contains 15-18 credit hours of transferable general education.
At-Risk Students - Any identifiable student who is at risk of not meeting the goals of an educational program, completing a high school education, or becoming a productive worker.
Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) – A four-year degree designed to accommodate the unique demands for entry and advancement within specific workforce sectors.
Basic Skills - Skills in reading, writing, math, speaking, listening and problem solving that are necessary for individuals to succeed in vocational and applied training programs.
Best Practices Website – A statewide website hosted by the Division of Community Colleges to highlight successful college-based programs, strategies, or approaches that have been shown through research and evaluation, or an award/recognition process, as being effective and/or efficient. Submissions are made via the website and must meet criteria established by the Division.
Board of Trustees - The corporate body of persons appointed by the governor as the operating board for a community college.
Bridge Program - A postsecondary program that provides entering students who have not been in Tech Prep with the same academics and basic technology that have been taught to high school Tech Prep graduates.
Campus - An instructional and administrative unit of a community college, consisting of college-owned facilities and staffed primarily by full-time personnel, housing a full range of instructional and support services sufficient to accommodate at least 1,000 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) students.
Career Decision-Making - A process in which a student learns about him/herself, the world of work, and the relationship between the two. Career planning includes a career awareness for K-6, career exploration at the middle level, and career preparation beginning in the 9th grade and carried through grade 14.
Center - An instructional and administrative unit of a community college, consisting of college-owned or unowned facilities and staffed primarily by full-time personnel, housing a limited range of instructional and support services.
Citizenship - To prepare students for success in the Naturalization process required for all who have the United States Citizenship Test as a goal. The content includes preparation for the citizenship test by studying U.S. history, government, culture, and symbols, with specific emphasis on rights and responsibilities under the Constitution of the United States of America.
Co-enrolled Student - A student who is 16 years of age or older, currently enrolled in a ninth to twelfth grade program, and is taking high school credit courses through adult education.
College Center for Library Automation/Library Information Network for Community Colleges (CCLA/LINCC) - CCLA is Florida’s centralized automated library system for the state’s 28 community colleges. LINCC connects 66 campus libraries into a single online resource-sharing system.
College Credit - The type of credit assigned to courses or course equivalent learning that is part of an organized and specified college degree and/or program.
College Credit Certificate - Short-term career education program which is part of an AS or AAS degree.
College Goal Sunday – A program sponsored by the Division of Community Colleges and funded in part by the Lumina Foundation for Education that is held once a year at which students and their families receive assistance completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
College Preparatory Instruction - Courses through which a high school graduate who applies for any college credit program may attain the communication and computation skills necessary to enroll in college credit instruction. Section 1004.02(11) Florida Statutes (F.S.)
College Reach-Out Program (CROP) - A program to strengthen the educational motivation and preparation of low income or educationally disadvantaged students who otherwise would be unlikely to seek admission to a community college or university. The program targets 6th-12th graders.
Common Course Prerequisites – Lower division courses that students need to take prior to admission to an upper division program.
Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) – A survey used to gauge the level of student involvement in various aspects of college life.
Competency - A learned skill performed in a knowledge and/or attitudinal area which can be accurately repeated or measured; an activity (cluster of skills and knowledge) that a person performs in an occupation that is both observable and measurable and that forms the basis for competency-based criteria.
Competency-Based Education - An educational approach based on a predetermined set of knowledge, skills, and abilities that the student is expected to accomplish.
Competency-Based Vocational Education - Instruction for employment that is based on current job tasks which are made known to each student before instruction and that, after appropriate instruction is provided, are to be performed by the student under pre-specified conditions and according to pre-specified standards.
Completer - A student who finishes a planned sequence of courses or competencies designed to meet an academic or vocational occupational objective and has met all of the requirements of the institution for program completion.
Concurrent-Use - Concurrent-use programs offer upper-division programs on existing community college campuses in partnership with four-year public or private institutions to increase the production of bachelor’s degrees.
Continuing Contract - A contract for full-time employment for one year in a position classified as instructional with the implication that the contract will be renewed each year as long as the position is needed and the employee continues to perform satisfactorily.
Continuing Workforce Education - The classification of instruction designed to improve the job skills of employed persons. It may be tailored to a given employer and job (customized) or it may have broader applicability.
Cooperative Education - A program for persons who are enrolled in an educational program and who, through a cooperative arrangement between the institution and the employer, receive part-time vocational instruction in the institution and on-the-job training through part-time employment.
Core Abilities - The transferable skills essential to an individual’s success regardless of occupation or community setting. These skills are regularly identified by employers, employees and educators as essentials to lifelong learning. They include: 1) work productivity, 2) critical thinking, 3) acting responsibly, 4) clear communication, 5) learn effectively, 6) value self positively, and 7) work cooperatively.
Council of Business Affairs (CBA or COBA) - An organization of the chief business officers in the community colleges.
Council of Presidents (COP) - An organization of the community college presidents.
Credit - A unit of measure assigned to courses or course equivalent learning.
Credit by Examination - The award of credit based on the demonstration of learning as assessed on an examination.
Cut Scores - A term referring to scores that mark a cutoff point; for example, a student whose score on a placement test falls below the cutoff point (cut score) must take prerequisite instruction.
Direct Support Organization - A Florida nonprofit corporation organized and operated exclusively to receive, hold, invest, and administer property and to make expenditures to or for a community college or the Florida Community College System.
Distance Learning Library Initiative (DLLI) - A joint project of the Community College System and the State University System that gives students access to a core collection of high-demand electronic information.
District - The geographical area served by a community college, which ranges from one to six counties.
Dual Enrollment – Enrollment of an eligible secondary student or home education student in a postsecondary course creditable toward high school completion and a career certificate or an associate or baccalaureate degree.
Early Admission – A form of dual enrollment through which eligible secondary students enroll in a postsecondary institution on a full-time basis in courses that are creditable toward the high school diploma and the associate or baccalaureate degree.
Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) - Instructional institute located at self-selected postsecondary institutions, including community colleges, upon approval by the Department of Education in order to provide any or all of the following instruction: professional development for teachers for classroom improvement and for recertification purposes, training for substitute teachers, paraprofessional instruction, and competency-based instruction for baccalaureate degree holders leading to professional teacher certification. Educator Preparation Institutes provide an alternate route to teacher certification for mid-career professionals and college graduates who were not education majors.
Employability Skills - Skills relating to choosing a career, getting and keeping a job, making job and career changes, and career advancement.
Employment, Instruction-Related - Employment which has been determined to be related to the academic and vocational education received by the former student, including basic skills, employability skills and technical skills.
Family Literacy - A program for adults with a literacy component for parents and children or other intergenerational literacy components.
First Generation in College (FGIC) – According to Florida Statute, a student is considered First Generation in College if neither of the student’s parents earned a college degree at the baccalaureate level or higher or, in the case of any individual who regularly resided with and received support from only one parent, if that parent did not earn a baccalaureate degree (Section 1009.701 (5)(b), Florida Statutes). According to national literature, First Generation in College students are defined as those from families where neither parent attained any education beyond high school, not even some college education (First Generation Students in Postsecondary Education: A Look at their College Transcripts, National Center for Education Statistics, July 2005).
First-Time-in-College - A student attending college for the first time with no credit toward a degree or formal award from any other institution who is enrolled in a course in an instructional area that leads to a degree or certificate.
Florida Academic Counseling and Tracking for Students (FACTS) - The statewide web site for postsecondary student advising information.
Florida Association for Community Colleges (FACC) - The professional association for Florida's 28 public community colleges, their Boards, employees, retirees, and associates. The mission of the Association is to actively promote, democratically represent, support, and serve the individual members and institutions in their endeavors to provide their students and the citizens of Florida with the best possible comprehensive community college educational system.
Florida Center for Advising and Academic Support (FCAAS) - The center that supports the FACTS system (www.facts.org).
Florida Work Experience Program (FWEP) - A financial aid program which allows students the opportunity to work while earning financial aid.
Foundation for Florida’s Community Colleges (FFCC) – The mission is to advance the education for students in the state of Florida, by enhancing scholarships and financial aid opportunities for deserving and talented community college students and innovative programs.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – Official document used by every college and university to determine eligibility for Federal Student Aid
Functional Literacy - The demonstration of academic competence at an eligible grade level.
General Education - Basic liberal education in communications, mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. A component of the Associate in Arts degree.
General Education Development (GED) Test Instruction - Noncredit courses that prepare students for success in the five GED subject area tests that lead to the award of the State of Florida High School Diploma.
Gordon Rule - The State Board of Education rule (6A-10.030, Florida Administrative Code), as recommended by Senator Gordon, that establishes mathematics and English requirements for the associate in arts and the baccalaureate degrees.
Horizon Jobs/Critical Jobs - Horizon Jobs (also known as Critical Jobs) are jobs that have been identified as key to Florida’s economic development for which training programs do not yet exist within the regions’ public education systems.
Incubator Facility - A community college facility in which small businesses share space, equipment, and support personnel and have access to technical and business consultants.
Information Technology (IT) - Information technology touches every aspect of Florida’s Community College System – from the way it is used in the day-to-day operation of a campus to the courses students choose to take. IT has two major components: 1) the use of information technology to provide information, counseling and courseware to students; and 2) the commitment by community colleges to train workers for jobs in new technology fields.
Institutional Accreditation - Accreditation of the institution as a whole. All community colleges are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
Institutional Program Evaluation Plan (IPEP or e-IPEP) - The Institutional Program Evaluation Plan is a document submitted annually by state-approved teacher preparation programs to the Department of Education for the purpose of maintaining continued program approval. When submitted electronically, it is referred to as the e-IPEP.
Institutional Site - An instructional unit of a community college consisting of unowned facilities, leased for no more than one year, and housing very limited instructional services and no support services. Institutional sites cannot receive PECO funds for facilities.
Integrated Academic and Vocational Education - The process for combining skills and competencies, for reinforcement and subject area content, of academic and vocational course work through collaboration between two or more teachers for the correlation of instructional materials and sequencing of learning activities.
Integrated Curriculum - The act or process of blending or forming a whole. In Tech Prep, applied academic and technical curricula are integrated into a single curriculum.
Inter-Institutional Articulation Agreement - A signed agreement between the superintendent of each school district in the service area and the president of the community college outlining the overall terms of coordination between institutions.
Internship - Refers to postsecondary work-based learning in which a partnership is established between the schools, the employer or business, and the student for the purpose of providing practical education to the student through productive work opportunities. A signed agreement between all parties, outlining a student's cooperative learning plan, is a necessary component of an internship.
Job Preparatory Instruction - Instruction through which students attain the job-specific, academic, and employability competencies necessary to enter specific occupations.
Job Preparatory Program - Job preparatory instruction about the minimum competencies necessary for effective entry into an occupation, including diversified cooperative education and job entry programs that coordinate directed study and on-the-job training.
Job Readiness - Refers to the point at which an individual is prepared for employment based upon possession of necessary work skills, social competence, job seeking and interview skills, etc. Conceptually, job readiness fits with a traditional "first you train - then you place" approach to employment.
Joint-Use Facility - The cooperative development and use of a facility by two or more educational boards.
Lifelong Learning - The classification for noncredit instruction of a community service nature, other than recreational and leisure time, or the retaking of a course under specific circumstances.
Limited Access Program - A community college vocational program or university upper- division program in which student enrollment is limited due to space, equipment, faculty limitations, or other limitations.
Linkage Institute - A joint program of a designated community college and university with a designated foreign country or region to develop stronger economic, cultural, educational, and social ties between Florida and the country or region, as provided for in s. 288.8175, Florida Statutes.
Literacy - Preparation required to successfully enter the workforce and/or postsecondary education, function in a global economy, and make well-reasoned, thoughtful and healthy lifelong decisions
Literacy Completion Point (LCP) - The completion of identified literacy skill levels in adult general education.
Long-Range Program Plan (LRPP) - An annual document provided to the Governor’s Office, which outlines the performance goals and budgetary request for the Florida Community College System.
Lower-Division - College attendees at the freshman and sophomore level.
Maintenance of Effort - The fiscal effort per student, or the aggregate expenditures of the State, from State sources, for vocational education for the fiscal year preceding the fiscal year for which the determination is made, must at least equal its effort or expenditures for vocational education for the second preceding fiscal year.
Matriculation Fee - The instructional fee paid by both resident and nonresident students per credit or credit equivalent.
Mission - As part of the needs assessment process, each institution includes its mission or reason for existence within the community.
National Community College Benchmark Project (NCCBP) – NCCBP was established to satisfy needs for comparative data in critical performance areas. It provides community colleges with opportunities to report outcome and effectiveness data, receive reports of benchmarks, and compare their data with those of peer institutions.
Native Student - A student who started as a freshman and remained in the same institution, as opposed to a transfer student.
Nursing Education Challenge Grant Fund - A fund through which private contributions to increase enrollment in nursing and other health-related programs in community colleges can be matched with state funds.
Occupational Completion Point - A group of competencies/skills that are needed in order to obtain proficiency in a specific occupation as identified by an OES code (Occupational Employment Statistics), DOT code (Dictionary of Occupational Titles), or industry title.
On-the-Job (OJT) Training - An instructional methodology designed to provide students and other trainees with realistic on-the-job training experiences to acquire and apply knowledge, skills, and attitudes in an occupational field; a planned experience in a work situation through which the individuals, under supervision, learn to perform the job tasks.
Open Entry/Open Exit Courses or Programs - A program or course which enables the student to enter and/or exit at a point in time other than the term start and end dates specified on the academic calendar.
Oversight Committee – A standing committee of the Articulation Coordinating Committee. The Oversight Committee handles issues related to statewide AS to BS articulation and common course prerequisites.
Out of State Fee - The instructional fee paid by nonresident students per credit or credit equivalent in addition to the tuition fee.
Parliamentary Authority - The parliamentary authority for the Florida Board of Education is the 10th edition of Robert's Rules of Order.
Performance-Based Budgeting - Performance-based budgeting was designed as a way to focus government on results, with monetary incentives for agencies that meet their performance goals.
Perkins Act - The federal vocational education funding act.
Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society - Phi Theta Kappa is the International Honor Society established for outstanding students at accredited two - year community colleges. The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize and promote the academic achievement of students and assist them in developing personal skills in teamwork and leadership. Phi Theta Kappa also acts as a support group for students with a common interest in learning and a desire to excel at life in general. The Society's existence is centered around activities which involve Scholarship, Service, Leadership and Fellowship- the four Hallmarks of the Society- as well as an annual study known as the honor's topic. To be eligible for membership, students must be enrolled in a regionally accredited institution offering an associate degree program; must have completed at least 12 hours of coursework leading to an associate degree program; have a grade point average of at least 3.5; and adhere to the moral standards of the society.
Placement and Follow-Up - The system for tracking vocational program completers to determine their placement (employment) and job performance in order to evaluate the job preparatory programs from which they graduated.
Planning Region - The 28 vocational planning regions that were established by Sections 228.073 and 228.074, F.S., for the purpose of planning for vocational education and adult general education.
Postsecondary Adult Vocational Program (PSAV) - (Certificate Career Education) Job preparatory programs, excluding Continuing Workforce Education, through which a student receives a vocational certificate upon completion of instruction.
Postsecondary Vocational Program (PSV) - (Degree Career Education) College credit job preparatory programs, through which a student receives an Associate in Science or Associate in Applied Science Degree, college credit certificate, Applied Technology Diploma, or an Advanced Technical Certificate, upon completion of instruction.
Potential Supply - The number of vocational and applied technical job preparatory program "completers" and "leavers" with marketable skills.
Practicum - Instruction provided as part of a planned job preparatory program whereby the student is placed on the job for selected occupational experiences under the direct supervision of the teacher or job representative.
Preparatory Credit - The type of credit assigned to preparatory instruction.
Preparatory Instruction - Instruction to remedy deficiencies in knowledge and skills necessary upon entry into a degree or certificate program.
Program – (1) A defined sequence of courses leading to a recognized award including degree, certificate, diploma, GED, etc. (2) a set of activities designed to promote a specific goal.
Program/Course Structure - The manner in which the content of the program of study or course is structured, e.g., separate subjects, broad fields, integrated, and so forth.
Program Progression Points (PPP) - Pay point threshold (by credit hours) for AS, AAS, College Credit Certificate, and ATD. Identifies completion points for the purpose of performance funding.
Program Review - The periodic review of community college instructional programs. One level is the annual review of program specific data by the individual colleges and the Division of Community Colleges. A second level is a more extensive review by the individual colleges. A third level is a statewide review by the Division of Community Colleges based on statewide issues.
Project Priority List - A community college's priority listing of needed construction projects to be funded with capital outlay and debt service (CO & DS) funds as approved by the State Board of Education. These funds are from the tag revenues.
Recreation and Leisure - The classification for noncredit, usually short courses, designed to enhance recreation and leisure.
Registration Fees - All instructional and other fees collected during the registration process.
Related Subjects - Classroom and lab courses designed to increase knowledge, understanding, and ability to solve technical and theoretical problems concerned with a particular occupation.
Resident for Tuition Purposes - A student who meets the requirements of residency for tuition purposes as defined in s. 1009.21, Florida Statutes, and 6A-10.044, Florida Administrative Code.
Retraining Programs - Courses that provide an occupational changing type of instruction to prepare persons for entrance into a new occupation or to instruct workers in new and different skills demanded by technological changes.
Rule - A state agency statement of general applicability that implements, interprets, or prescribes law or describes the organization, procedure, or practice requirements of a state agency, such as a State Board of Education rule.
SAT Assessment - An achievement test from College Board used for placement testing in some community colleges and for admissions screening in some baccalaureate institutions.
Special Purpose Center - A unit of a community college consisting of college owned facilities or unowned facilities leased for more than one year, housing a limited number of special, clearly defined services.
Specialized Accreditation - Accreditation of a given program within an institution.
Specific Job Training - Training and education for skills required by the employer that provides the individual student with the ability to obtain employment and to adapt to the changing demands of the work place.
State Agency - A unit of state government such as a state department. The Department of Education and the Executive Office of the Governor are examples.
Statute - A law enacted by the legislature.
Student with a Disability - For educational purposes, an individual who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; has a record of such impairment or is regarded as having such an impairment; and who requires modifications to the educational program, adaptive equipment, assistive technology, or specialized instructional methods and services.
Tech Prep Program - Provides an articulated educational program of academics and applied and technical courses on the secondary and postsecondary level which leads to an associate degree and beyond, and prepares students to work.
Technology Transfer Center - A program of providing community college support to local business, industry, and government in the application of new research in technology.
Test for Adult Basic Education (TABE) - Test of basic skills given to students within the first six weeks of entry into a career and technical education program. The requirements for the TABE are outlined State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.040.
Transfer Student - A student who attended one or more colleges as a regular student in addition to the one in which currently enrolled, as opposed to a native student.
Tuition Fee - The instructional fee paid by nonresident students per credit or credit equivalent in addition to the matriculation fee.
Upgrading or Updating Training - Supplemental or extension training for the purpose of advancement or improving a worker’s efficiency.
Upper-Division – College attendees at the junior and senior level.
Vocational Advisory Committee - A committee of representative employers to advise regarding a given job preparatory instructional program or a cluster of programs.
Vocational Certificate - The award for satisfactory completion of a job preparatory program of noncollege-level courses.
Vocational Credit - The type of credit assigned to courses or course equivalent learning that is part of an organized and specified vocational degree or certificate program.
Vocational Curriculum - A carefully selected group of courses or a sequence of subjects the content of which will provide the necessary skill and knowledge for success in a specific occupation.
Vocational Preparatory Instruction - Adult general education through which persons attain academic and workforce readiness skills at the level of functional literacy (grade level 6.0 - 8.9) or higher so that such persons may pursue certificate career education or higher level career education.
Wagner-Peyser Act - Establishes the public employment service (Job Service) and provides for its funding.
Welfare Transition - Job placement and support services for families transitioning from welfare to work (formerly referred to as WAGES).
Workforce Investment Act - Federal legislation governing workforce employment and training programs.
Workforce Development - Workforce development programs have several components:
- The awarding of AS, AAS and certificates that allow direct entry to the work place.
- Providing opportunities for lifelong learning to adults looking to learn new skills, either as a condition of employment or to enable them to move up the career ladder.
- Continuing education courses required by a number of professions, including teaching, nursing, real estate, and childcare.
- Remedial courses, excluding college prep., for students who may not have obtained the skills they need in high school, who are re-entering school after an extended absence, or who may not have completed high school.
Workforce Literacy Program - A program to support economic development through instruction in communication and computation skills to improve the literacy of the workforce.
Workforce Readiness Skills - designed to improve the employability of basic education students who are performing at or below the fifth grade level.
Youth - For the purpose of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), those individuals 14 to 21 years of age, with "Older Youth" consisting of those 19 - 21, and "Younger Youth" covering 14 - 18.
A & P - Advanced and Professional, the classification for freshman and sophomore courses applicable to the baccalaureate.
AA - Associate in Arts, the degree designed for transfer.
AAS - Associate in Applied Science, the degree designed for job entry.
ABE - Adult Basic Education, education through the eighth grade for adults.
ACC - Articulation Coordinating Committee
ACE - American Council on Education
ACE of FL - Adult and Community Educators of Florida
ACT - ACT Assessment, an achievement test from the American College Testing Program used for placement testing in some community colleges and for admissions screening in some baccalaureate institutions.
ADA - Americans with Disabilities Act.
AE - Adult Education
AFR - Annual Financial Report.
AGE - Adult General Education
AHS - Adult High School
AP - Advanced Placement, a program of advanced level, high school courses and testing from The College Board.
APA - Administrative Procedures Act.
APR - Annual Personnel Report Data Base, used to complete federal and state personnel reports.
ARW - Annual Reports Workshop
AS - Associate in Science, the technical degree with a minimum of 15 hours of general education courses.
ASFP -Adult and Seasonal Farmworker Program
ATC - Advanced Technical Certificate, generally earned after completion of an A.S./A.A.S. degree.
AtD – Achieving the Dream
ATD - Applied Technology Diploma
AWI -Agency for Workforce Innovation
BA - Bachelor of Arts
BAS - Bachelor of Applied Science
BJ/BW -Better Jobs/Better Wages
BOG – Board of Governors/State University System
BS - Bachelor of Science
CAESC -Continuing and Adult Education Standing Committee of the Council on Instructional Affairs, a committee of the adult and continuing education directors in the community colleges.
CBA - Council of Business Affairs
CBO -Community Based Organization
CCICS - Community College Information Classification Structure
CCLA - College Center for Library Automation, a project to automate the community college libraries.
CCTCMIS - Community College and Technical Center Management Information System
CCPF - Community College Program Fund, the primary source for operating funds for the Florida Community College System.
CCSSE – Community College Survey of Student Engagement
CEO - Chief Executive Officer
CESC - Continuing Education Standing Committee of the Council on Instructional Affairs, a committee of the continuing education directors in the community colleges.
CGS – College Goal Sunday
CHEA – Council for Higher Education Accreditation, a national, nongovernmental, self regulatory organization to foster and facilitate the role of accrediting bodies in promoting and ensuring the quality and diversity of American postsecondary education.
CIA - Council on Instructional Affairs, an organization of the chief instructional officers in the community colleges.
CIO -Chief Informational Officer
CIP - Classification of Instructional Programs; also, Capital Improvement Program
CIT - Citizenship
CLASP - College-Level Academic Skills Program
CLAST - College-Level Academic Skills Test, a communication and computation test that is a component of the associate in arts degree or the baccalaureate degree.
CLEP - College-Level Examination Program, tests used to award college credit based on test scores.
CO & DS - Capital Outlay and Debt Service, a term used for funds from motor vehicle licensing fees.
COBA – Council of Business Affairs
COE - Council on Occupational Education
COP - Council of Presidents
CPT - Florida Entry-Level College Placement Test (FELCPT), a computerized, college placement test from The College Board, commonly referred to as the CPT.
CROP - College Reach-Out Program, named after song entitled “Reach Out, I’ll Be There”
CS - Committee Substitute
CSA - Council of Student Affairs, an organization of the chief student affairs officers in the community colleges.
CWE - Continuing Workforce Education
DB2 - Database 2, a system of computer software products used by the Division of Community Colleges to store data.
DBS – Division of Blind Services
DCA - Department of Community Affairs
DCC - Division of Community Colleges in the Department of Education.
DCF - Department of Children and Families
DE - Data Element
DED - Data Element Dictionary
DLLI - Distance Learning Library Initiative
DMS - Department of Management Services
DOE - Department of Education
DOH - Department of Health
DSO - Direct Support Organizations
DSP – Disability Service Provider
DVOP - Disabled Veterans Outreach Program administered by the Agency for Workforce Innovation (AWI)
DWD - Division of Workforce Development in the Department of Education
EA/EO - Equal Access/Equal Opportunity
EAP – English as a Second Language for Academic Purposes (includes ESL and ESOL)
EDO - Economic Development Organization
EEC - Enrollment Estimating Conference
EFI - Enterprise Florida, Inc.
EIB - Ethics in Business
ELCATE - English Literacy for Career and Technical Education, formerly VESOL
EPI – Educator Preparation Institute
ES - Employment Service, now more commonly referred to as Job Service
ESL - English as a Second Language
ESOL - English for Speakers of Other Languages
ESS - Economic Self-Sufficiency Service
ETA - Employment and Training Administration (of the United States Department of Labor)
FAC - Florida Administrative Code, the collection of the rules of the state, including the rules of the State Board of Education.
FAC/CODB - Facilities and Capital Outlay Data Base
FACC – Florida Association for Community Colleges
FACRAO - Florida Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (representing public and private postsecondary institutions in Florida)
FACTS - Florida Academic Counseling and Tracking for Students - formerly the Statewide Student Advising System.
FACU - Florida Association of Colleges and Universities
FAD – Financial Aid Director
FAESP - Florida Association of Elementary School Principals
FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid
FAME - Florida Association for Media in Education
FASA - Florida Association of School Administrators
FASFA - Florida Association of Student Financial Aid
FASSP - Florida Association of Secondary School Principals
FASTER - Florida Automated System for the Transfer of Educational Records
FBE - Florida Board of Education (in transition until January, 2003)
FCAAS - Florida Center for Advising and Academic Support
FCAT - Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. Students must score a 2 or higher on the 10th grade FCAT to earn a standard high school diploma.
FCCAA - Florida Community College Activities Association, an organization that coordinates community college athletics and other student activities.
FCCDLC - Florida Community College Distance Learning Consortium
FCCRAO – Florida Community College Registrars and Admissions Officers
FCCS - Florida Community College System
FCRD - Florida Council for Resource Development
FDB - Finance Data Base
FEC - Florida Education Center (Ralph D. Turlington Florida Education Center), the building housing most of the Department of Education, including the Division of Community Colleges.
FEFP - Florida Education Finance Program, the primary source of operating funds from the state for the public school system.
FEFPA - Florida Educational Facilities Planners Association
FELCPT - Florida Entry-Level College Placement Test
FETPIP - Florida Education and Training Placement Information Program, which provides placement information about graduates.
FGIC - First Generation in College
FICE - Federal Interagency Commission on Education
FIRN - Florida Information Resource Network, the network for data transmission between all levels of education.
FJCCSGA - Florida Junior and Community College Student Government Association, an organization of community college student government associations.
FJ/FW - First Jobs/First Wages
FRAG - Florida Resident Access Grant, a state financial aid program
FS - Florida Statutes
FSAG - Florida Student Assistance Grant, a state financial aid program
FSBA - Florida School Board Association
FSET - Food Stamp Employment and Training
FTE - Full-Time Equivalent, which in the case of students is one per thirty college credits and one per nine hundred hours of instruction in noncollege credit instruction.
FTIC - First Time in College
FTP/NEA - Florida Teaching Profession/National Education Association, a teachers' union.
FWEP - Florida Work Experience Program
FVA - Florida Vocational Association
GAA - General Applications Act
GAP - Government Accountability to the People
GED - General Educational Development test of high school diploma equivalency.
GPA - Grade Point Average, a method of calculating the average of grades earned.
GR - General Revenue
HB - House Bill (house bills are odd numbered)
HHS - Health and Human Services; federal agency responsible for public assistance and similar services for low-income individuals
HS/HW - High Skills/ High Wages
IB - International Baccalaureate, a rigorous high school diploma program intended for international recognition.
ICESA - Interstate Conference of Employment Security Agencies
ICS - Information Classification Structure, common framework for classifying information.
ICUF - Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida, an education association for regionally accredited, non-profit, independent institutions
IEP - Individual Education Plan
IPEDS - Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, a federal data system
IPE – Individualized Plan for Employment
IPEP – Institutional Program Evaluation Plan
IRM - Information Resource Management
IRMAC - Information Resource Management Agency Council
IRP -Individual Responsible Plan
ITA - Individual Training Account
JAPC - Joint Administrative Procedures Committee
LBR - Legislative Budget Request
LCP - Literacy Completion Points
LEA -Local Education Agency
LEP - Limited English Proficiency
LINCC - Library Information Network for Community Colleges
LION - Library Information on Line
LMI -Labor Market Information
LOF - Laws of Florida
LRPP - Long-Range Program Plan - an annual plan submitted to the Governor’s Office by all state agencies. The LRPP aligns itself with the Legislative Budget Request (LBR).
LRSC - Learning Resources Standing Committee of the Council on Instructional Affairs, a committee of the learning resources directors in the community colleges
LUIS - Library User Information Service
LVER -Local Veterans Employment Representative at a one-stop center
MICOE - Management Information Committee on Education
MIS - Management Information System, used both generically and in reference to information technology
MISATFOR - Management Information System Advisory Task Force, the advisory group for the Community College Management Information System
MOE - Maintenance of Effort
MOU - Memorandum of Understanding
MSFW - Migrant and Seasonal Farm Workers
NAB - National Alliance of Business
NAFTA - North American Free Trade Agreement, which includes provisions for the Transitional Adjustment Assistance Program to assist workers in firms impacted by imports from Canada or Mexico or by shifts in production to these countries. Provides for training services and income maintenance
NAWDB -National Association of Workforce Development Boards
NCAA - National Collegiate Athletic Association
NCCBP – National Community College Benchmark Project
NCES - National Center for Educational Statistics, a federal agency
NGA -National Governors Association
NJCAA - National Junior College Athletic Association
OCLC - Online Computer Library Center
OCO - Operating Capital Outlay, capital outlay for equipment and furniture
OCP - Occupational Completion Point
OESC - Occupational Education Standing Committee of the Council on Instructional Affairs, a committee of the vocational deans/directors in the community colleges
OJT - On-the-Job Training
OPPAGA - Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability
OPS - Other Personnel Services, the classification for temporary employees
OTTED - Governor’s Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development
PAS - Public Assistance Specialist
PBB - Performance-Based Budgeting
PBPB - Performance-Based Program Budgeting
PBS - Public Broadcasting System
PCB - Proposed Committee Bill
PDB - Personnel Data Base
PECO - Public Education Capital Outlay, state funds for construction, remodeling, renovation, and for site acquisition and development.
PEP - Proficiency Examination Program, tests from the American College Testing Program used to award credit based on test scores.
PPP - Program Progression Points
PSAV - Postsecondary Adult Vocational, the classification for non-college credit job preparatory courses
PSAVC - Postsecondary Adult Vocational Certificate
PSV - Postsecondary Vocational, the classification for college credit, career education courses
PSVC - Postsecondary Vocational Certificate, college credit
PTC - Peer Technical Committee
PTK – Phi Theta Kappa
QRT - Quick Response Training
QTI - Qualified Target Industry Incentive administrated by EFI
REACT - Reemployment and Emergency Assistance Coordination Team, DLES unit for responding to Dislocated Worker events
REDI - Rural Economic Development Initiative
RFA - Request for Application
RFP - Request for Proposal
RITA - Retention Incentive Training Accounts
RWB - Regional Workforce Board (formerly PIC)
SACS - Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the regional association for institutional accreditation.
SAIL - System for Applied Individualized Learning
SAS - A system of computer software products used by the Division of Community Colleges to retrieve, analyze, and report data.
SAT - Scholastic Achievement Test of The College Board sometimes used to satisfy placement testing requirements in community colleges and for admissions testing in baccalaureate institutions.
SB - Senate Bill (senate bills are even numbered)
SBE - State Board of Education, the governor and the Cabinet (until January 2003)
SBVE - State Board of Vocational Education, the governor and the Cabinet (until January 2003)
SCANS -Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills
SCNS - Statewide Course Numbering System, a system for numbering and equating courses offered in community colleges, universities, and area vocational-technical centers.
SCP - State Comprehensive Plan
SDA - Service Delivery Area
SDB - Student Data Base
SREB - Southern Regional Education Board
SSDI - Social Security Disability Income
SSH - Student Semester Hour, an enrollment measure equating to a college credit.
SSI - Supplemental Security Income
STO - State Technology Office
TAA - Trade Adjustment Assistance, federal programs to provide for retraining and reemployment services for individuals who become unemployed as a result of increased imports from anywhere in the world
TABE - Test for Adult Basic Education
TANF -Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, temporary cash assistance, formerly referred to as AFDC (Aid for Dependant Children)
TAT - Technical Assistance and Training
TJTC - Targeted Jobs Tax Credit, a tax credit for businesses who hire persons from specific target groups such as welfare recipients, economically disadvantaged youth, Vietnam-era veterans, etc.
TRA - Trade Readjustment Allowance, a cash benefit for individuals who become unemployed as a result of increased imports and who exhaust all rights to regular unemployment compensation
UC - Unemployment Compensation
UFF - United Faculty of Florida, a teachers' union.
UI - Unemployment Insurance
USDOL - United States Department of Labor
VOC-ED - Vocational Education
VPI - Vocational Preparatory Instruction
VR -Vocational Rehabilitation (Voc-Rehab)
VESOL - Vocational English for Speakers of Other Languages. In 2006-07, Vocational English for Speakers of Other Languages (VESOL) becomes English Literacy for Career and Technical Education (ELCATE)
WARN - Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act
WD - Workforce Development
WEC -Workforce Estimating Conference (previously Occupational Forecasting Conference)
WFI - Workforce Florida, Inc., the state workforce board under WIA.,
WIA - Workforce Investment Act - Federal legislation governing workforce employment and training programs.
WOTC - Work Opportunity Tax Credit, a federal incentive to employers for hiring welfare recipients.
WRS - Workforce Readiness Skills
WTW - Welfare-to-Work, both a generic term referring to current welfare reform activities and a specific program funded through U.S. Department of Labor Grants to states or localities. The program strives to provide special assistance to welfare-transition participants with additional barriers.