Helpful Acronyms

  • Middle States Accreditation IUP Self Study 2013-2016
    AA
    Associate of Arts degree
    BA
    Bachelor of Arts degree
    BFA
    Bachelor of Fine Arts degree
    BS
    Bachelor of Science degree
    CCAC
    Community College of Allegheny County (IUP offers some courses at this location)
    CHEA
    Council for Higher Education Accreditation
    CTE
    Center for Teaching Excellence (IUP)
    EdD or DEd
    Doctor of Education degree
    FAFSA
    Free Application for Federal Student Aid
    FTE
    Full-time equivalent
    ILTF
    Information Literacy Task Force
    IP
    Institutional Profile
    IRB
    Institutional Review Board; a regulatory body for the protection of human subjects within research
    KARS
    Key Assessment Rating System
    MA
    Master of Arts degree
    MBA
    Master of Business Administration degree
    MEd
    Master of Education degree
    MS
    Master of Science degree
    MSCHE
    Middle States Commission on Higher Education, accrediting body for institutions offering post-secondary educational programs in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands
    PASSHE
    Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education
    PhD
    Doctor of Philosophy degree
    PRR
    Periodic Review Report
    RI
    Research Institute (IUP)
    SAP
    System Accountability Plan
    SAS
    Statement of Accreditation Status
    SC
    Steering Committee
    STAMATS
    Higher education consulting firm that IUP has worked with
    SWOT
    Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, or Threats; an analysis of the internal and external environments of the institution
    TOEFL
    Test of English as a Foreign Language
    UPC
    University Planning Council (IUP)
    VPAF
    Vice President for Administration and Finance (IUP)
    VPUA
    Vice President for University Advancement (IUP)