There are many commonly used, abbreviated expressions, which have meaning in a limited circle. Some of these are:
ASCWU - Associated Students of Central Washington University, the recognized, official student body organization of the university.
BOT - Board of Trustees (of Central Washington University).
CFE - Contracted Field Experiences, courses numbered 490 and 590 in the curriculum.
CFR - Council of Faculty Representatives, a statewide group of faculty who represent the respective faculty senates of the six four-year public universities in the state.
CLT - Center for Learning Technologies - a division of the library.
COTS - College of the Sciences, the largest academic division of Central Washington University.
COP - Council of Presidents, the organization made up of the presidents of the six four-year public universities in the state. A central office, staffed by several people, is maintained by the group in Olympia for the mutual benefit of the six institutions.
DHC - Douglas Honors College of the university.
DIS - Department of Information Services, the state data processing authority that oversees policy for the data, voice, and video operations of state agencies.
ESL - English as a Second Language, a special program of the university, administered by the office of international programs.
EWU - Eastern Washington University, a public comprehensive university located in Cheney near Spokane, one of four such institutions in the state (including Central Washington University).
FMS - Financial Management System, the master computer software with which the university maintains its financial record system.
GIS - The Geographic Information systems laboratory of the university.
HECB - Higher Education Coordinating Board, the state's policy, planning, and coordination board for higher education matters headquartered in Olympia -- sometimes called the HEC Board.
HEPB - Higher Education Personnel Board, the state's civil service coordinating board which sets rules and standards for the personnel actions pertaining to members of the support staff at the public colleges and universities in the state -- sometimes called the HEP Board.
HRS - Human Resources System, the master computer software with which the university maintains its personnel record system.
ICAO - Interinstitutional Committee of Academic Officers, a group made up of the six chief academic officers of the state's six four-year public institutions.
ICBO - Interinstitutional Committee of Business Officers, a group made up of the six chief business officers of the state's six four-year public institutions.
ICLO - Interinstitutional Committee of Legislative Officers, a group made up of the six legislative liaison officers of the state's six four-year public institutions.
ICORA - Interinstitutional Committee of Registrars and Admissions Officers, a group made up of Admissions Directors and Registrars of the state's six four-year public institutions.
ICRC - Intercollege Relations Committee, an interinstitutional group of presidential appointees from all two- and four-year colleges and universities in the state which addresses problems of student and credit transfer between and among the institutions.
ICSAO - Interinstitutional Committee of Student Affairs Officers, a group made up of the chief student affairs officers of the state's six four-year public institutions.
IET - The Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology of the university.
ITAC - Interinstitutional Technical Advisory Committee, a group made up of data, voice, and video professionals from the state's six four-year public institutions.
OD - The Organization Development Center of the university, affiliated with the department of psychology.
OFM - The Office of Financial Management, the governor's budget and planning agency in Olympia which allocates and regulates state appropriations to all state agencies.
PAC - President's Advisory Council, the campus group that advises the president on matters of specific policy which have an impact on several groups (students, faculty, administrators, civil service, the public, etc.). The council has representatives from the administration, the faculty senate, and the student government.
RCW - The Revised Code of Washington, the statutes, or laws, of the state of Washington.
SIS - Student Information System, the master computer software with which the university maintains its student record system.
SUB - The Samuelson Union Building of the university, the center of student government and many student activities on campus.
TESC - The Evergreen State College, the state's newest public, four-year institution located in Olympia, and which shares some of the roles of the liberal arts college and some of the roles of the comprehensive university.
UW - The University of Washington, located in Seattle, and the largest of the six, public four-year institutions in the state. Designated as a research university by the Carnegie classification scheme, the University of Washington has a number of professional schools in its makeup including the state's only medical school.
VAX - The mainframe computer (actually a cluster of computers) that provides campus-wide computer access for administrative, instructional, and research needs, under the operation and supervision of the office of information resources. VAX computers are products of Digital Equipment Corporation.
WAC - The Washington Administrative Code, the collection of regulatory rules of the various agencies of the state, including those of the universities and colleges. These rules have the force of administrative law. Authority for creation of WAC rules is given to the university's board of trustees by the legislature. That authority is delegated to the president of the university by the board of trustees.
WSU - Washington State University, located in Pullman, near the Idaho border, the land grant university for the state of Washington. It is a research university under the Carnegie classification scheme and has the state's only veterinary school.
WVCC - Wenatchee Valley Community College, a neighboring community college, located 60 miles northeast of Ellensburg in Wenatchee.
WWU - Western Washington University, located in Bellingham in the northwest corner of the state, a comprehensive university, one of four such institutions in the state funded by the state legislature.
YVCC - Yakima Valley Community College, a neighboring community college, located 40 miles south of Ellensburg in Yakima.