Glossary of Carleton Acronyms, Abbreviations, and Terms

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AALAC– Alliance to Advance Liberal Arts Colleges. The AALAC strives to advance liberal arts education through collective efforts to support faculty research and teaching so as to enhance the overall experience of students and to develop faculty leadership. Membership includes 24 liberal arts colleges across the country.

ACCCR – Advisory Council on Campus and Community Relations. The purpose of Carleton's Advisory Council on College and Community Relations is to provide the campus and the community with important and timely information about shared interests, and to discuss concerns and ideas with Carleton's neighbors.

ACE – Academic Civic Engagement (ACE) at Carleton College is an approach to education focusing on community-based learning, community-based research, and service learning. 

ACM – Associated Colleges of the Midwest. A consortium of 14 independent liberal arts colleges located in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Colorado. Member colleges are: Beloit, Carleton, Coe, Colorado, Cornell, Grinnell, Knox, Lake Forest, Lawrence University, Luther, Macalester, Monmouth, Ripon, and St. Olaf.

AGH – The Alumni Guest House. 

A&I – The "Argument and Inquiry" first-year seminar requirement. These seminars are intended to provide students with an understanding of the meaning and value of a liberal arts education during their first months at Carleton.  A&I courses explicitly introduce the ways that scholars ask questions, and find, use, and evaluate information effectively and ethically in constructing arguments. They give students opportunities for critical reading, thinking, discussion and college-level writing on a variety of topics and are designed to enhance students' abilities to collaborate effectively with their peers and professors.

ASC – Academic Standing Committee. Committee of faculty, students, and staff that adjudicates college regulations and makes decisions about students’ academic standing.

CAASHA – Campus Advocates Against Sexual Harassment and Assault. Group of students dedicated to supporting and empowering Carleton students affected by — or with questions about — sexual harassment or assault. 

CATALYST – The online library catalog shared by Carleton and St. Olaf. 

CCCE – (Pronounced “trip-C-E.”) Center for Community and Civic Engagement. Aims to promote and integrate civic and community engagement in its co-curricular volunteer, curricular (ACE) and faculty (Public Scholarship) respects.  

CEDI – Community, Equity, and Diversity Initiative. The work of this organization occurs through small task forces that focus on specific topics. The task force coordinators serve on the group's leadership board, which will organize the actions of the task forces and plan the strategic direction of the group's work across campus. CEDI reports to College Council.

CELT – Committee for Effective Learning with Technology. CELT is charged with ensuring that Carleton remains smart and nimble in responding to changes in technology and technology-enhanced learning by monitoring, facilitating experimentation with, and evaluating the effectiveness of emerging technology-enhanced pedagogies in our residential liberal arts environment.

CFD – Consortium for Faculty Diversity. The goal of this program is to assist minority scholars in the early stages of their career and to produce a pool of minority scholars who will have firsthand experience teaching at liberal arts colleges. Our goal is to hire one of these applicants as a CFD Fellow each academic year.

CF&PC – Capital Funding and Priorities Committee. Committee that manages and prioritizes funding and projects for capital renewal and investment.

CGRS - The Central for Global and Regional Studies promotes the study of the world’s peoples, arts, environments, literatures, sciences, and institutions. 

CIG – Curricular Innovation Grants. Grants are awarded each winter by the Faculty Grants Committee to support curricular innovation. Very small CIG grants may be awarded any time by the Dean. 

CLAE – Carleton Liberal Arts Experience. A summer program founded by a Carleton trustee, which brings talented high school juniors of African American descent, or students who have an interest in African American culture, to campus for a week-long academic college-prep program.

CMC – Center for Mathematics and Computing.

COFHE – Consortium on Financing Higher Education. An institutionally supported organization of 35 private colleges and universities: Amherst, Barnard, Bowdoin, Brown, Bryn Mawr, CalTech, Carleton, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Middlebury, Mount Holyoke, Northwestern, Oberlin, Pomona, Princeton, Rice, Smith, Stanford, Swarthmore, Trinity (CT), University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, University of Rochester, Vanderbilt, Washington (MO), Wellesley, Wesleyan (University), Williams, and Yale.

COMPS – Comprehensive exercise for seniors, also known as the “Integrative Exercise."

CSA – Carleton Student Association. 

CSL – Committee on Student Life. Committee of students that advises the Dean of Students; can recommend social policy issues to the College Council. Chaired by the Dean of Students with a student co-chair. 

CUBE – Carleton Undergraduate Bridge Experience. CUBE participants work directly with a Carleton faculty member and Carleton student coaches before arriving on campus to review quantitative skills in order to be ready for fall term college courses.

EAC – Environmental Advisory Committee - the governing body of environmental action at Carleton. Its role is to advise the Vice President and Treasurer of the college, as well as engage and support student sustainability projects.

ECC – Education and Curriculum Committee. Major policy development committee that reports to the faculty, co-chaired by the Dean. Membership includes Associate Dean Andrew Fisher, a faculty co-chair, four other faculty, and five students.

EthIC – Ethical Inquiry at Carleton. EthIC is a college initiative that grew out of the Program in Ethical Reflection at Carleton (PERC). In response to efforts by the President and Dean's Offices, EthIC is designed to encourage and facilitate the ethical inquiry which is integral to a liberal arts environment.

FAC – Faculty Affairs Committee. Faculty "ombuds" committee that promotes faculty interests, mediates faculty issues with each other or administrators, etc. Oversees changes to the part of the Faculty Handbook that requires faculty approval.

FCC – Faculty Compensation Committee. Faculty committee reporting to the FAC. Dean of the College and Vice President and Treasurer sit on it ex-officio.

FCPC – Faculty Curricular Planning Committee. Chaired by the Dean, with faculty elected to ECC plus Associate Dean Andrew Fisher as members, the FCPC advises the Dean on curricular planning and allocation of faculty positions.

FDA – Faculty Development Account for receiving professional development funds.

FDE – Faculty Development Endowment. Fund that supports faculty fellowships on a competitive basis. “Large" grants provide up to one term’s salary and "small" grants of up to $3,000 support smaller projects.

FERPA – Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

FOCA - Faculty on continuing appointment, without the possibility of tenure.

FOCUS – Focusing on Cultivating Scientists. FOCUS is designed for students interested in science and promoting diversity in the sciences. FOCUS supports students through their entry into the study of science/math at Carleton and as they continue in the curriculum by creating a cohort which enrolls in classes together (in so far as this makes sense), meets regularly in a colloquium throughout the first year, and has an opportunity for work study in the sciences.

FORUM – Organization of exempt staff at Carleton.

FPC – Faculty Personnel Committee. Committee that makes tenure recommendations to the President and Dean and oversees third-year reviews. Composed of five elected tenured faculty, the Dean, and President.

HEDS – Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium. A group of 140+ private liberal arts colleges who share data on specific topics. HEDS also coordinates or produces comparative information for a number of national or HEDS-designed surveys.

HERI – Higher Education Research Institute.  Host to the CIRP suite of surveys (Freshman Survey, Your First College Year, and the College Senior Survey).  HERI also runs the HERI Faculty Survey every three years.

HHMI – Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Major granting agency which has significantly supported student research, equipment, and outreach programs in biochemistry, biophysics, and neuroscience fields at Carleton.

HLC – Higher Learning Commission. Our regional accrediting organization.

The Hub – Carleton's online portal for viewing information such as budgets, personnel information, course information, student bills, etc.

IACUC – Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. The committee is responsible for overseeing all activities involving animals at Carleton. As mandated by federal law, the committee must review and approve all research and teaching activities involving animals, to ascertain that these activities meet ethical standards for humane animal care and use, in accord with the standards set out by the NIH and USDA.

IBC - The Institutional Biosafety Committee is responsible for overseeing research performed at Carleton involving recombinant and synthetic nucleic acid molecules.

IFSA – Interfaith Social Action. Student group that meets to reflect on the social justice commitments within each faith and to take action. 

IRB – Institutional Review Board. The IRB is responsible for overseeing all research done at Carleton by faculty, students or staff that involves human subjects. The goals of the IRB are to ensure that researchers understand and uphold the following two standards dictated by federal law: 1) Human subjects should not be placed at undue risk; 2) Subjects should give uncoerced, informed consent to their participation in the research.

ITS – Information Technology Services. Provides technological assistance and support to the Carleton community.

IPEDS – Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System. A collection of mandatory annual surveys collected by the National Center for Education Statistics of the U.S. Department of Education.

JFAC – Junior Faculty Affairs Committee. A committee reporting to the FAC to support untenured Carleton faculty.

KRLX – Student-run campus radio station, on the air at 88.1 FM.

LACOL – The Liberal Arts Consortium for Online Learning is a partnership of nine kindred colleges: Amherst, Bryn Mawr, Carleton, Haverford, Pomona, Swarthmore, Vassar, Washington & Lee, and Williams. The purpose of the consortium is to support experimentation and research into the effective uses of online learning tools in residential liberal arts environments.

LIBIT – Library and IT advisory committee. The LIBIT committee is made up of faculty, staff, and students who reflect on current and emerging library and technology issues of importance to supporting the academic life on the College.

LDC – Language and Dining Center.

LTC – Learning and Teaching Center (The Perlman Center for Learning and Teaching). Led by a faculty coordinator, the Center supports learning and teaching at Carleton, runs a student observer program, organizes the mentoring program, sponsors numerous workshops and seminars and maintains a teaching and learning library.

MCAN – Multicultural Alumni Network.

MIAC – Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics Conference, Carleton's primary athletic league.

Moodle - Carleton’s learning management system commonly used as an online supplement to classroom instruction. 

MPCC – Minnesota Private Colleges Council - An organization of 17 private, four-year liberal arts colleges whose mission is to preserve and enhance quality private higher education to serve the education and economics needs of Minnesota.

NNB – Noon News Bulletin. Published by students Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the term. Publicizes events, provides a forum for personal ads, serves as a means for campus offices to relay information regarding their programs.

NSSE – National Survey of Student Engagement. 

OCS – Off-Campus Studies. Usually refers to the faculty committee which oversees the off-campus studies program, setting calendar and making policy. Sometimes refers to the office administering the programs or the programs themselves.

OIIL – Office of Intercultural and International Life. Offers a variety of services to address the academic, cultural, and professional development of students of color and International students at Carleton.

PAC – Parents Advisory Council. A group of current parents who advise the President of the College, serve as a resource to Carleton students and alumni, communicate with the parent community, and nurture a tradition of parent giving.

PDA – Professional Development Account. An account available to tenured and tenure-track faculty against which they can draw for professional expenses.

PEPS – Presentation Events and Production Support. A group under the ITS umbrella that is the single point of contact for all presentation and production technologies for classes and campus events. 

POSSE – A team of underrepresented students selected to attend Carleton College by The Posse Foundation. A Posse is a simple concept that works for both students and college campuses, a concept rooted in the belief that a small, diverse group of talented students, a Posse, carefully selected and trained, can serve as a catalyst for increased individual and community development.

Public Works - A four-year initiative centered on public-oriented work in the arts and humanities undertaken through collaborative partnerships with diverse organizations and communities beyond the Carleton campus.

QRC - Quantitative Resource Center. The Center supports quantitative skills and reasoning across the curriculum, including faculty and staff professional development, and coordinates support for the development of students’ applied quantitative skills.

QRE – Students must complete three Quantitative Reasoning Encounters as part of Carleton's graduation requirements.

SAC – Staff At Carleton. Organization of Carleton non-exempt staff.

SAP - Summer Academic Programs. A variety of summer academic programs for pre-college students and AP educators taught primarily by Carleton faculty.

S/Cr/NC – (Pronounced “scrunch.”) Satisfactory/Credit/No Credit. Term used for taking a course ungraded, as opposed to the norm of taking a course for a grade which counts toward the student’s GPA. 

SDA – Student Departmental Adviser. A select group of senior students whose primary function is to provide fellow students with accurate information about courses, pre-requisites, college requirements, registration procedures and other basic academic information, especially in their own departments.

SERC – Science Education Resource Center. SERC works to improve education through projects that support educators. Although the work has a particular emphasis on undergraduate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education, SERC works with educators across a broad range of disciplines and at all educational levels.  

SWA Student Wellness Advocates. SWAs are Carleton student employees of Student Health and Counseling (SHAC). SWAs facilitate health-related workshops and encourage Carleton students to lead healthy and balanced lives. SWAs also connect students with other peer leaders and make referrals to support staff on campus. 

TPPC – Technology Priorities and Planning Committee. Committee charged with understanding, keeping abreast and discussing important initiatives undertaken by ITS and helping to articulate and establish strategic priorities for future initiatives.

TRIO/SSS – TRIO/Student Support Services (TRIO/SSS) program is federally funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Assists participants in overcoming social, cultural, financial, personal, academic, and other challenges to fully participate in the life of the college and ultimately achieve the goal of graduation.

Tuesday Group – The President’s staff of senior administrators plus the faculty president. 

WAC – Writing Across the Curriculum. The WAC office oversees the sophomore portfolio program and helps to promote writing instruction across campus.