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Acronym Guide for The Claremont Colleges

The Claremont Colleges Services (TCCS) is the central coordinating and support organization for a highly regarded cluster of seven independent colleges known as The Claremont Colleges located in Southern California.

National and Regional Higher Education Organizations

  • ACE – The American Council on Education serves as the umbrella organization for all professional organizations in higher education. ACE serves as one of the most powerful lobbying arms on behalf of the higher education in Washington.
  • ACL – The Association for Consortium Leadership is a national association that provides a forum for higher education professionals involved in cooperative programs. Its primary mission is advocating the cause of interinstitutional cooperation in American higher education.
  • AGB – The Association of Governing Boards is a national association providing professional support, consultation and publications to trustees of public and private colleges and universities.
  • AICCU – The Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities is based in Sacramento and exists to support, strengthen and help assure the effectiveness of California’s independent colleges and universities. Major responsibilities of the Association include advocacy at the state and national levels, conducting higher education policy research, serving as an information conduit to students, parents, counselors and the media, assisting officers of member institutions and developing discounted pooled programs (e.g., a student loan program, long-term disability program and workers’ compensation program) for member institutions.
  • CASE – The Council for Advancement and Support of Education is the largest nonprofit educational organization in the nation. CASE provides training, programs and services to professionals in education to support institutional advancement, educational fund raising, alumni and government relations and communications.
  • CPEC – The California Postsecondary Education Commission was established by federal mandate. It is charged with gathering significant information and conducting studies about institutions of postsecondary education (non-profit as well as for-profit) and providing information to the State in support of legislation.
  • FASB – The Financial Accounting Standards Board is the organization that establishes generally accepted accounting principles for the private sector of the United States economy. This includes corporations, health and welfare organizations and private colleges and universities. Oversight is performed by the Securities and Exchange Commission. A companion organization called the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) establishes accounting principles for government agencies including state supported colleges and universities, which continue to use the old fund accounting financial statements.
  • NACUBO – The National Association of College and University Business Officers is a Washington, D.C. based organization that represents higher education on business affairs matters such as accounting principles, budgeting, investments, and personnel matters. It contracts with Cambridge Associates to survey colleges and universities for the annual national endowment survey.
  • NAICU – The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities is a Washington, D.C. based organization that represents higher education’s private sector in national affairs.
  • WASC – The Western Association of Schools and Colleges is one of the six regional accrediting associations covering the United States whose purpose is continual improvement of education and cooperation among educational institutions and agencies. Accreditation is a uniquely American process of voluntary self-assessment of institutions of higher education.

The Claremont Colleges Services (TCCS) Departments

  • CFS – Central Facilities Services. CFS is an organization of engineers and tradesmen that is tasked with the maintenance, repair and operation of buildings, building systems, and related equipment. A staff of highly trained and experienced professionals provides quality service to the seven Claremont Colleges, CUC, and affiliated organizations on a fee-for-service basis.
  • CLSA – Chicano/Latino Student Affairs. The mission of CLSA is to support Chicano/Latino students at The Claremont Colleges in their quest toward a positive and rewarding academic experience. It offers academic counseling and coordinates social events for Chicano/Latino students. The staff is comprised of a Dean, Associate Dean and Administrative Assistant.
  • EH&S – Environmental Health & Safety. The EH&S Office is responsible for monitoring general compliance with various environmental health and safety regulatory programs and providing guidance to the Colleges as needed on these issues. It is a part of the CUC Risk Management Department. The EH&S staff consists of an EH&S manager and an EH&S specialist.
  • HEO – Health Education Outreach. HEO provides educational programs that play active roles in sustaining health, offers CPR and 1st Aid courses, on-line nutritional analysis, and coordinates HIV/AIDS, chemical health, and wellness education.
  • MCAPS – Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services. The center has a staff of professional psychologists who provide therapeutic and educational services to all students free of charge, including individual, couples and group therapy.
  • OBSA – Black Student Affairs. OBSA provides a full range of educational and cultural support programs to promote the academic success and social integration of African-American students at The Claremont Colleges. The three person staff is composed of a Dean, an Assistant Dean and the Coordinator of Student Leadership Programs.
  • SHS – Student Health Service. The staff of physicians, nurse-practitioners and nurses provides primary health care to students including medical evaluation, consultation and treatment, health counseling and education as well as medications and contraceptive information. All medicines, laboratory tests and special supplies are available at a nominal cost.

The Claremont Colleges (TCC)

  • CGU – Claremont Graduate University
  • CMC – Claremont McKenna College
  • CUC – Claremont Colleges Services
  • HMC – Harvey Mudd College
  • KGI – Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences
  • POM – Pomona College
  • PIT – Pitzer College
  • SCR – Scripps College

Intercollegiate Committees

  • ADC – Academic Deans Committee. The ADC is charged with identifying and addressing strategic academic issues of common concern to The Claremont Colleges such as cross-registration patterns, the academic calendar, development of new academic programs, faculty hiring and the like. It also oversees and coordinates the intercollegiate academic programs and services. Membership includes the Dean of Faculty/Chief Academic Officer of each of the Colleges and the Chief Executive Officer of CUC (ex officio).
  • BFAC – Business and Financial Affairs Committee. The function of the BFAC is to engage in strategic planning, policy and operational issues arising out of consortial business, financial, facilities and human resource interests and services. Membership includes the Vice President for Business Affairs/Treasurer of each of The College and the Vice President/Treasurer/Director of Financial Services of CUC.
  • FMC – Facilities Managers Committee. The committee engages in facilities strategic planning, policy and operational issues arising out of consortial facilities management needs and interests. Membership includes the Director of Campus Facilities/Maintenance at each of the Colleges and the Director of Central Facilities Services, CUC. It is advisory to the BFAC.
  • HRC – Human Resources Committee. It is the function of the HRC to engage in strategic planning, policy and operational issues arising out of consortial human resources interests. The HRC is an advisory committee of the BFAC. Membership includes the Director of Human Resources at each of the Colleges and CUC.
  • CAC – Consortial Advancement Committee. The function of the CAC is to engage in consortium-wide strategic planning, institutional advancement and public affairs efforts. Members include the Vice President for Development/Advancement of each of the Colleges and the Secretary to the Board of CUC.
  • EPC – Emergency Preparedness Committee. The EPC promotes the institutions’ emergency management programs; promotes the institutions’ shared interests in effective emergency management activities; and coordinate and integrate all activities necessary to build, sustain, and improve the capability of the institutions to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from threatened or actual natural or man-made disasters. Membership is comprised of the CUC Emergency Preparedness Manager, the emergency management officer of each college, and the Secretary to the Board of CUC.
  • ITSC – IT Steering Committee. The intercollegiate committee that provides strategic direction and executive oversight for all consortium-wide shared IT services. For more information visit the IT Governance page.
  • SDC – Student Deans Committee. It is the function of the SDC to engage in strategic planning and focus on policy and operational issues arising out of inter-campus student life interests and consortial services. Membership includes the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students of each of the Colleges, the Vice President for Student Affairs of CUC, and the CEO of CUC.

Intercollegiate Activities/Departments

  • BFS – Bernard Field Station. A 33-acre natural outdoor laboratory providing a site for teaching, research and related educational activities for the students and faculty of The Claremont Colleges. The station is located on CUC’s North Campus property, north of Foothill Boulevard. It supports coastal-sage scrub, chaparral, oak-sycamore, and grassland vegetation types. It is also the site of a man-made lake for limited aquatic studies.
  • IDAAS – Intercollegiate Department of Asian-American Studies. Asian American studies is the study of the peoples of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage living in the Americas.
  • IDAS – Intercollegiate Department of Africana Studies. IDAS offers courses and special seminars pertaining to Black history and culture. The courses and seminars are open to all students.
  • IDCS – Intercollegiate Department of Chicano Studies. The second oldest Chicano studies program in the nation, IDCS offers courses and seminars pertaining to Hispanic history and culture.
  • IWSP – Intercollegiate Women’s Studies Program. IWSP explores the study of women as a source of personal, institutional, and social transformation. The lead college for this program is Scripps College.

Affiliated Institutions

  • CST – Claremont School of Theology. CST is a multi-denominational seminary of the United Methodist Church and educates a multi-cultural student body for religious leadership. It is located north of Foothill Boulevard.
  • RSABG – Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. RSABG is a private, non-profit institution that displays California native plants on an 86-acre site. The Garden also serves as the Graduate Botany Program for the Claremont Graduate University and conducts basic research in plant systematics and evolution. The Botanic Garden is located north of Foothill Boulevard adjacent to the Bernard Field Station.