Commonly Used Abbreviations

ABE – Adult Basic Education

ACT – American College Testing

ARUCC – Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada

AUCC – Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada

AVP – Associate/Assistant Vice President

B – Billion

BA – Bachelor of Arts

BCCAT – BC Council on Admissions and Transfer

BCCIE – BC Council for International Education

BEd – Bachelor of Education

BEng – Bachelor of Engineering

BSc – Bachelor of Science

CACUSS – Canadian Association of College and University Student Services

CASE – Council for the Advancement and Support of Education

CASFAA – Canadian Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

CAUT – Canadian Association of University Teachers

CBIE – Canadian Bureau for International Education

CCAE – Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education

CCPA – Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

CEA – Canadian Education Association

CEO – Chief Executive Officer

CÉGEP – Collège d'enseignement général et professionnel (general and vocational colleges)

CFHSS – Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

CFO – Chief Financial Officer

CFS – Canadian Federation of Students

CFS-BC – Canadian Federation of Students-British Columbia

CFS-MB – Canadian Federation of Students-Manitoba

CFS-NL – Canadian Federation of Students-Newfoundland and Labrador

CFS-NS – Canadian Federation of Students-Nova Scotia

CFS-O – Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario

CFS-SK – Canadian Federation of Students-Saskatchewan

CIBC – Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

CICan – Colleges and Institutes Canada

CIHR – Canadian Institutes of Health Research

CIO – Chief Information Officer

CMEC – Council of Ministers of Education, Canada

COO – Chief Operating Officer

COU – Council of Ontario Universities

CSBA – Canadian School Boards’ Association

CUPE – Canadian Union of Public Employees

DSB – District School Board

ESL – English as a Second Language

ESDC – Employment and Social Development Canada (formerly HRSDC)

FTE – Full-time Equivalent or Full-load Equivalent

GMAC – Graduate Management Admission Council

GMAT – Graduate Management Admission Test

GPA – Grade Point Average

GRE – Graduate Record Examinations

GTA – Greater Toronto Area

HEQCO – Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario

KPI – Key Performance Indicator

LSAT – Law School Admission Test

M – Million

MA – Master of Arts

MBA – Master of Business Administration

MEd – Master of Education

MEng – Master of Engineering

MOOC – massive open online course

MOU – Memorandum of Understanding

MPHEC – Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission

MSc – Master of Science

NACC – National Association of Career Colleges

NAFTA – North American Free Trade Agreement

NSERC – Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

OCAS – Ontario College Application Service

OCUFA – Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations

OECD – Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development

OPSEU – Ontario Public Service Employees’ Union

OUAC – Ontario Universities’ Application Centre

OUSA – Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance

PASBC – Post-Secondary Application Service of BC

PCAP – Pan-Canadian Assessment Program

PCCAT – Pan-Canadian Consortium on Admissions & Transfer

PhD – Doctor of Philosophy

PIAAC – Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies

PISA – Programme for International Student Assessment

PSE – Postsecondary Education

PT – Part-time

RBC – Royal Bank of Canada

R&D – Research and development

SAT – Scholastic Aptitude test

SMA – Strategic mandate agreement

StatsCan – Statistics Canada

STEM – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics

SSHRC – Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

TD – Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD Canada Trust)

VP – Vice-President/Vice-Provost/Vice-Principal

VPA – Vice-President/Provost/Principal Academic