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AACC American Association of Community Colleges
AACRAO American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
AA/OT Associate of Arts/Oregon Transfer Degree
AAS Associate of Applied Science
AAUW American Association of University Women
AAWCC-Oregon American Association of Women in Community Colleges-Oregon
ABE Now PCE GED® & Pre-College Education (PCE)
ABS Now PCE GED® & Pre-College Education
ACA Affordable Care Act
ACCI Alliance for Community College Innovation
ACCT Association of Community Colleges Trustees
ACLS Advanced Cardiac Life Support
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act
ADM Average Daily Membership
AD-N Associate Degree Nursing
AGS Associate of General Studies Degree
AHS Ashland High School (high school in Jackson County)
AP Administrative Procedure
ALO Accreditation Liaison Officer
ARC Advocacy and Resource Center
AS Associate of Science
ASE Automotive Service Excellence
ASCAP American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publications
ACLS Advanced Cardiac Life Support (research tool for IR/E)
ASGRCC Associated Student Government of RCC
AS/OT Associate of Science/Oregon Transfer Degree
ASSET Assessment of Skills for Successful Entry and Transfer (Student Placement Exam)
ATC Academic and Training Council (RCC’s Instructional Services Committee responsible for reviewing and approving programs, course offerings and curriculum)
ATD Achieving the Dream (a comprehensive non-governmental reform movement for student success)
AX Application Extender (scanning device)


BAT Budget Advisory Team (budget planning group)
BMCC Blue Mountain Community College (one of 17  Oregon Community Colleges)
BOLI Bureau of Labor and Industries
BFHS Butte Falls High School (High school in Jackson County)


CAFR Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
CAMAT Classified Association and Management Advisory Team (bargaining unit)
CAO Chief Academic Officer
CASAS Comprehensive Audit Student Assessment Systems (also see Glossary)
CASC Curriculum and Academic Standards Committee (RCC's Instructional Services committee responsible for annual review of programs and course offerings, including new, suspended, and terminated offerings)
CBA Collective Bargaining Agreement
CCC Chemeketa Community College (one of 17 community colleges in Oregon)
CCSSE Community College Survey of Student Engagement
CE Continuing Education
CEC College Effectiveness Council (RCC’s planning and assessment team)
CEO Chief Executive Officer
CEU Continuing Education Unit (also see Glossary)
CFO Chief Financial Officer
CG Career Guidance (Tuition-free mandatory course (FTFY students) (also see Glossary)
CIA Council of Instructional Administration (state group of instructional administrators in the state)
CIO Chief Information Officer
CCC Clackamas Community College(one of 17 community colleges in Oregon)
COCC Central Oregon College (one of 17 community colleges in Oregon)
CLO Content Learning Outcome (also see Glossary)
CLSCC Clatsop Community College (one of 17 community colleges in Oregon)
CMS Course Management Software
COCC Central Oregon Community College (one of 17 community colleges in the state)
COP Certificate of Participation (financial bond)
CPC Career Pathways Certificates
CHS Crater High School (high school in Jackson County
CPL Credit for Prior Learning (also see Glossary)
CRC Career Readiness Certificate
CRM Customer Relation Management
CSSA College Student Services Administrators ( a state group of student services administrators)
CSSO Chief Student Services Officer
CT Customized Training (employer-driving training)
CTE Career and Technical Education
CWE Cooperative Work Experience (credits for CWE)


DL Distance Learning
DOE Department of Education
DOLETA Department  of Labor Employment Training Administrators
DPB Diversity Programming Board


EBEC Esther Bristol Education Center
ECEE Early Childhood and Elementary Education
EEOC Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (federal agency)
EMO Educacion Un Mundo de Oportunidades (also see Glossary)
EMS/EMT Emergency Medical Services/ 7Emergency Medical Technician
EOC Emergency Operations Center
EOP Emergency Operations Plan
EPHS Eagle Point High School (high school in Jackson County)
ERs Eligibility Requirements (NWCCU) (the region’s accreditation authority)
ERP Enterprise Resource Planning System (Jenzabar, Jenzabar One, J1, RogueNet)
ESL English as a Second Language
ERP Enterprise Resource Planning System (RogueNet)
ERT Emergency Response Team
E-TEAM Executive Team (President’s team: vice presidents, deans, CFO, IR/E, Marketing and Foundation directors)


FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aid
FAIR Financial Aid Information Request
FAMAT Faculty Association and Management Advisory Team (faculty bargaining unit)
FERPA Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (confidential rules)
FIPSE Foundation for Improvement of Postsecondary Education
FS Faculty Senate
FTE Full-Time Equivalency (number of students carrying 15 credits, indicating full-time students)
FTFY First-Time, First Year


GE General Education
GEAR UP Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (USDOE grant with OSU)
GED General Education Development (national high school competency exam)
GFOA Government  Finance Officers Association of United States  and Canada
GIAP General Information and Administrative Procedures
GPA Grade Point Average
GPHS Grants Pass High School (high school in Josephine County)
GSPC Government Standards and Practices Commission


HC Headcount (also see FTE)
HEC RCC/SOU Higher Education Center (RCC’s shared facility in with SOU in Jackson County)
HECC Higher Education Coordinating Commission (also see Glossary)
HOLA Helping Oregon Latinos Advance (also see Glossary)
Honorarium A nominal payment or gift for professional services provided free of charge. Example, a keynote speaker might be provided a gift as a thank you.
HPER Health, Physical Education and Recreation
HPOG Health Professions Occupation Grant
HR Human Resources
HS High School
HVAC Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems
HVHS Hidden Valley High School (high school in Josephine County)


ICC Associated Students Interclub Council
ICS Incident Command System (also see Glossary)
ICT Individualized Career Training
ILG Instructional Leadership Group
IM Instructional Media
IMP Institutional Master Plan
IP Interactive video/audio delivered over internet.
IPEDS Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (primary source of data for colleges and universities in the U.S.)
ILO Institutional Learning Outcome (also see Glossary)
IM Instruction Media
Inservice College-wide meetings led by the President's office
IPEDS Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System
IT Information Technology
IT3 Information Technology Think Tank
IV Illinois Valley
IVBEC Illinois Valley Business Entrepreneurial Center
IVCDO Illinois Valley Community Development Organization
IVHS Illinois Valley High School (high school in Josephine County
IVLC Illinois Valley Learning Center (high school in Josephine County)


JBAC Joint Boards Articulation Committee
JET Jenzabar Engagement Team (reoccurring forums for information on the transition to Jenzabar One)
JTPA Job Training and Partnership Act


KBB Kerby Belt Building
KCC Klamath Community College (one of 17 community colleges in Oregon)


LBCC Linn-Benton Community College (one of 17 community colleges in state of Oregon)
LCC Lane Community College (one of 17 community colleges in state of Oregon)
LDA Last Date of Attendance
LGPI Local Government Personnel Institute
LTOY Less Than One-Year Certificate


MHCC Mt. Hood Community College (one of 17 community colleges in Oregon)
MOU Memorandum of Understanding


NACUBO National Association of College and University Business Officers
NAETF National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation
NCMPR National Council for Marketing and Public Relations
NEA National Education Association
NEO New Employee Orientation
NMHS North Medford High School (Jackson County)
NVHS North Valley High School  (Josephine County
NWAC Northwest Athletic Conference
NWCCU Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (the regional accreditation authority (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington)


OAR Oregon Administrative Rules
OCCA Oregon Community College Association (Liaison for Community Colleges and state)
OCCC Oregon Coast Community College (one of 17 community colleges in Oregon)
OCCDLA Oregon Community College Distance Learning Association
OCCEA Oregon Community College Education Association
OCCPC Oregon Community College Presidents’ Council
OCCIR Oregon Community Colleges’ Institutional Researchers
OCCURS Oregon Community College Unified Reporting System (Statewide database)
OCHA Oregon Council for Hispanic Advancement
OCR Office for Civil Rights
OCR Optical Character Recognition
ODE Oregon Department of Education
OEA Oregon Education Association (State-level union)
OEBB Oregon Educators Benefits Board
OED Oregon Employment Department
OEIB Oregon Education Investment Board
OER Open Oregon Educational Resources
OILD Oregon Institute for Leadership Development (State AAWCC Program)
OMEP Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership
OOG Oregon Opportunity Grant
OPABS Oregon Pathways for Adult Basic Skills
OPC Oregon Community College Presidents Council
OPTE Oregon Professional Technical Educators
ORS Oregon Revised Statute
OSBA Oregon School Board Association
OSBDCN Oregon Small Business Development Center Network
OSEA Oregon School Employees Association (for classified employees)
OST/IST Occupational Skills Training/Individualized Skills Training
OSU Oregon State University (Home of the Beavers)
OT Oregon Tech University (formerly OIT)
OTM Oregon Transfer Module
OUS Oregon University System


PASS Proficiency-based Admissions Standard System
PAQ Position Analysis Questionnaire
PCC Portland Community College (one of 17 community colleges in Oregon)
PCE GED® & Pre-College Education
PGR Preliminary Grant Request (Also see Glossary)
PHS Phoenix High School (Jackson County)
PLO Program Learning Outcome (also see Glossary)
PST Professional Skills Training


RAPS Reimbursement and Purchasing System
RCC Rogue Community College (one of 17 Community Colleges in Oregon)
RCCEA Rogue Community College Education Association (Faculty Union)
RFP Request for Proposal
RIF Reduction in Force
RMT Risk Management Team
ROI Return on Investment
RRHS Rogue River High School (Jackson County)
RVWDC Rogue Valley Workforce Development Council
RVC Riverside Campus  (RCC’s Medford Campus)
RWC Redwood Campus (RCC’s Grants Pass Campus)


SBDC Small Business Development Center
SES Student Employment Services
SEM Strategic Enrollment Management
SENSE Survey of Entering Student Engagement (also see Glossary)
SME Society of Manufacturing Engineers
SMHS South Medford High School (Jackson County)
SOESD Southern Oregon Educational Service District (representing K-12 in Josephine, Jackson and Klamath Counties)
SOHPEC Southern Oregon High Performance Enterprise Consortium
SORCC Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics for veterans)
SOREC Southern Oregon Regional Employment Compact
SOREDI Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc.
SOS Save our Students (RCC’s student retention tool)
SOU Southern Oregon University (four year university in Jackson County/Ashland)
SSA Student Services Assistant (RCC's peer counselors
SSI Student Survey Instrument (distributed by Noel Levitz)
STEM Science, Technology, Engineering and  Math
STEAM Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math
Stipend A nominal amount paid to students, interns and trainees to offset basic costs while receiving career training. Example, ASG student volunteers are provided a stipend to offset costs associated with participating.
SWOCC Southwestern Oregon Community College (one of 17 community colleges in Oregon)
SWOT Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (also see Glossary)


TBCC Tillamook Bay Community College (one of 17 community colleges in Oregon)
TFC Tuition and Fees Committee
TJC The Job Council (community resources for employee development and job placement)
TCC Tillamook Community College (TCC) (one of 17 community colleges in the state)
TRC Table Rock Campus (RCC’s White City Campus)
TRIO/SSS Student Support Services (also see Glossary)
TRIO/EOC/TS Education Opportunity Centers and Talent Search (also see Glossary)
TVCC Treasure Valley Community College (one of 17 community colleges in Oregon)


UCC Umpqua Community College (one of 17 community colleges in Oregon)
UO University of Oregon (four-year public state university in Eugene Oregon)
USDOE United States Department of Education


VESL Vocational English as a Second Language
VFA Voluntary Framework of Accountability


WIOA Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
WIG Wildly Important Goal (also known as Core Theme)
WDYT® “What do you think?” (on-line survey tool for students on instructors)



360-Degree Feedback: A system or process in which employees receive confidential, anonymous feedback from the people they work with including, but not limited to, the employee’s supervisor.

2011 Comprehensive Self-Evaluation: RCC’s most recent, one-year comprehensive self-study under NWCCU’s (accreditation authority) 2010 Standards.

Academic Calendar: Dates for a scheduled period of instruction, which includes registration information and deadlines, beginning and end of term, breaks, and final examinations.

Academic Year: Three eleven-week terms (fall, winter, spring) and one eight-week term (summer)

Achievements: Tangible evidence of results, accomplishments, outcomes.

Adjunct Faculty: Members of the faculty bargaining unit who work more than 20% and less than 60% of a FTE workload, or who are projected to work more than an average of 20% and less than 60% of an FTE workload in any three consecutive qualifying terms.

Advisory/Budget Committee: A committee nominated by the RCC Board of Education with member representatives from Jackson and Josephine counties. These leaders are appointed by the Board to share responsibility in the annual budget process and assist with support of the RCC Mission and Core Themes (HB 2927).

Alpha Zeta Pi: RCC students’ honor society.

American Fact Finder: Then Census Bureau’s online, self-service tool designed to search a variety of populations, economic, geographic, and housing information.

Basecamp: An online project management tool used to collaborate on projects with a team.

Beneficiaries: Stakeholders, consumers, clients, public users, constituencies, or “customers” for whom the organization undertakes activities, or provides programs or services.

Benchmarking: Establishing comparisons of performance, activities, programs, services, processes, and achievement with peer colleges, competitors or leaders from other sections with similar performance issues.

Career Pathway Certificates (CPCs): State-approved programs containing 12-44 credits that acknowledge a specific skill proficiency to help students gain enhanced employment opportunities.

CASAS (Comprehensive Audit Student Assessment Systems) Testing: State-mandated system for assessing learner attainment of essential competencies in a variety of skill areas.

CG-100 (Career Guidance – College Success and Survival for Full-Time, First Time Students): Mandatory career guidance coursework to help students achieve early momentum in their studies.

College Now: A program benefiting high school students who can earn college credit for classes.

Collaboration Metric: Data used to analyze collaboration efforts.

Continuing Education Unit (CEU): A form of recognition given for completion of a unit of training for selected occupational supplementary courses based on time attended. OAR 589-006-050 (15).

Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE): A student survey, conducted biennially. It is coordinated and paid for by the state for benchmarking and other comparative methods.

Core Theme/WIG: A manifestation of the College’s Mission Statement also known at RCC as a WIG wildly important goal).

Core Values: The RCC belief system that outlines behavioral norm, which faculty and staff consistently apply while conducting college business and pursing the college Mission.

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL): A process that allows students to demonstrate undergraduate, college-level knowledge or skill to earn credit for existing classes at RCC.

Course Outline: The document for each credit course containing learning outcomes (CLOs) addressed in each class and the assessment methods used to determine mastery of each outcome. Course syllabi are based on learning outcomes set forth in course outlines.

Data Points: Assessment tool used in strategic planning.  See Indicators of Achievement (below).

D4A: Data for postsecondary analysis.

EBSCOhost: An intuitive online research platform used by thousands of organizations and millions of users worldwide.

Educacion Un Mundo de Oportunidades (EMO): An all-day annual conference targeting Hispanic high school juniors and seniors. Average participation includes approximately 200 students.

Environmental Scan: A process that includes a review of key trends/issues (political, social, economic, education, and technological) that pose threats or opportunities, followed by a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) which creates information useful in decision-making.

Excellence in Higher Education (EHE): A Malcolm Baldrige model for assessment processes that inventories, organizes and integrates existing planning and improvement processes. EHE provides a strategy for identifying critical priorities and action plans.

Executive Team (E-team): The president’s leadership team meets weekly. Members include: all three vice presidents (Instructional Services, Student Services and College Services), three instructional services deans, one student services dean and the director (Budget and Finance)/Chief Financial Officer, Accreditation Liaison Officer/Administrative Coordinator (President’s Office), Grants and Planning Coordinator (President’s Office), executive (RCC Foundation) and director (Marketing and Recruitment).

Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC): A 14-member board dedicated to educational achievement beyond high school. The HECC advises Legislators, the Governor, and the Oregon Education Investment Board on higher education policy. It has statutory authority including development of a biennial budget and funding allocations to 17 public community colleges, five private and independent colleges and universities, and private career and trade schools. HECC’s authority also includes new academic programs, allocating the Oregon Opportunity Grants, authorizing degrees proposed by private and out-of-state (distance) providers, licensing private career and trade schools, and overseeing programs for veterans. HECC is supported by a director who supervises the CCWD and Office of Student Access and Completion.

Helping Oregon Latinos Advance (HOLA): A week-long program for Latino students to prepare them for the rigors of the college-level coursework and equip them with fundamental leadership skills.

House Bill 2972 (HB 2972): 1995 legislation creating the procedure for annexation into the existing RCC leading to a larger district that includes Jackson County.

Incident Command System (ICS): A standard, on-scene, all-hazards, incident management process under FEMA that may be used at various federal, state and local organizations for handling a variety of incidents that may require intervention to facilitate safety, save lives, reduce property loss, and/or harm to the environment.

Indicators of Achievement: Measures identified for assessing, documenting, or monitoring organizational outcomes and achievement levels also known as data points. Indicators may include reports, studies, surveys, data, benchmarks, and other evidence that supports measurable outcomes related to various goals and objectives.

Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILO): The set of collegiate success dispositions or outcome statements that faculty identified as being key for students at RCC.

Intelliworks™: An all-in-one Constituent Relationship Management software designed specifically for higher education; used initially for recruitment.

Institutional Planning: The myriad of planning processes, tools and indicators of achievement used achieve the Mission, which include but are not limited to the strategic plan, Comprehensive College Master Plan, Emergency Preparedness, program evaluations, faculty and staff evaluations, budget and distance learning plans.

Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS): The primary source for data on colleges and universities and technical and vocational postsecondary institutions in the United States.

Milestone/Momentum Points: Statewide initiative headed by CCWD for measuring persistence/completion rates.

Mission Statement: A declaration of the College’s unique and fundamental purpose.

National Incident Management System (NIMS): An emergency preparedness system under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for all levels of government, nongovernmental and private organizations designed to effect seamless teamwork and actions in order to prevent and/or respond to emergency or disaster incidents to save lives and prevent excessive damage to property or the environment. Standards, guidelines and protocols for are published by the Secretary of Homeland Security through the National Integration Center.

Non-credit course: A course that does not offer college credit for completion and cannot be used as part of a credit based degree or certificate program. No assessment of learning generally takes place. (OAR 589- 006-0040 (33)).

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU): The regional accreditation agency responsible for private and public colleges and universities in Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Washington.

Objectives: Concrete, measurable action plans or steps used to initiate new efforts or strengthen ongoing activities to achieve the Mission and WIGs (also known as strategic initiatives in the planning integration model).

Oregon Leadership Institute (OLI): An all-day annual leadership conferences targeting Latino HS juniors/seniors recruited through HOLA.

Oregon Promise: “Free” college credit legislated by Oregon Senate Bill 81. t Oregon’s Capitol which provides a one million dollar appropriation targeted toward tuition payments for students who graduated (or the equivalent) from an Oregon high school no more than six months prior to attending and pursuing a certificate or degree at one of Oregon’s 17 community colleges. It is administered by the Office of Student Access and Completion under the Higher Education Coordinating Commission.

Outcomes: Accomplishments, achievements and performance over time relative to its purposes and plans.

Planning: Processes that include establishment and implementation of (1) Mission, Vision, and Values; (2) goals and action plans; and (3) WIGs, objectives, intended outcomes, and indicators of achievement. Planning includes the Mission, comprehensive self-evaluations, and various planning instruments and processes that incorporate information about beneficiaries and constituents, educational offerings, modalities of support, internal and external environments, budget, and other communities of function.

Preliminary Grant Request (PGR): A form developed by the Grants Team to summarize and explore potential grant opportunities. PGRs are reviewed, discussed and approved weekly at Executive Team, as needed.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLO): The universe of content outcomes that department faculty agree are necessary for “the next step,” whether it be completion of a set of courses (such as MTH 60, 65, 95), a certificate or degree completion, or transfer. These outcomes are updated as information is integrated from changes in the labor market or from transfer institutions, state agencies, or others.

Programs:  Curriculum “chunks” that end in a degree or certificate completion.

RogueNet: An ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system created by an RCC instructor and administrator developed in-house. It has been used by five of the other 16 Oregon community colleges and is sold and managed through RCC. RogueNet maintains all required accounting data for state reporting, but can also support customized local reports.

Save our Students (SOS) Program: An internal student retention program designed to help faculty retain students through a counseling referral options from the second through sixth weeks of each term.

Scrum:  A framework for managing teams of  three or more who turn their work into actions that can be completed within fixed duration cycles (called "sprints"), track progress, and replan in daily fifteen- minute meetings, to collaborate in delivering workable deliverables for every sprint.

SMART: A commonly used acronym that serves as a reminder in planning processes to assure that goals are: S-Specific; M-Measurable; A-Achievable; R-Realistic; and T-Timely.

Strategic Objectives: Any concrete, measurable action steps related to support of strategic plan goals and Core Theme planning. See “Objectives.”

Strategic Plan: The College’s planning instrument that includes college goals, objectives and intended outcomes that based on the College Mission and tied to the College’s Core Themes.

Student Information System (SIS): A document management system at RCC used to manage and maintain student records pursuant to Oregon Administrative Rule and RCC’s Records Management Policy and Procedure.

Student Satisfaction Survey (SSS): A long-standing student survey instrument known as the Noel- Levitz Student Satisfaction Survey is a biennial assessment of student reactions to various college services.

Student Surveys: For example, see CC Survey of Student Engagement, Student Survey of Entering Student Engagement, Student Satisfaction Survey (Noel Levitz SSS) and Student Evaluation of Instrument.

Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE): A CCWD-mandated student survey instrument that examines college practices and student behaviors in fourth and fifth weeks of the fall term focusing on “front door” experiences. Data can be useful in improving course completion rates and student retention.

TRiO Programs: RCC delivers four grant-funded TRiO programs: Two Student Support Services (SSS) programs (1) at Redwood and one at Riverside campuses, the Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC), and Talent Search (TS). The TRiO label was established when the Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA) was passed (1968) with three programs: Upward Bound (UB), TS and SSS. UB was created by the Educational Opportunity Act (EOA) (1964). UB helps eligible people and veterans prepare for higher education. TS was created through the HEA (1965) for students in grades 6-12 to assist with understanding of available educational opportunities/options. SSS helps eligible students to stay in college through four-year degree. The Reauthorization Act (1968) transferred UB from Office of Economic Opportunity to HEA. TRiO is currently five programs under one umbrella.  The second Reauthorization (1972) created the fourth TRiO program – EOC, which serves displaced or underemployed workers in choosing college and financial aid.  The fifth (1986) was the Ronald McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program. McNair program, designed to encourage eligible students to consider teaching careers and prepare for doctoral study.

Vision Statement – A broad description of what the college may look like in the future.