A.A. (Associate in Arts) = a two-year academic degree for students who expect to transfer to a four-year institution for a bachelor’s degree. (AA also stands for Amino Acid).
AACC = American Association of Community Colleges
A.A.T.S.P. = American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.
ABE = Adult Basic Education; pre=college classes for individuals whose reading & math skills are below the high school level (grades 0 = 8).
ABET = Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
ACADEMIC PROGRAMS = All Academic Programs have an acronym. Rather than recreating the list, <control>click here for a link to the entire list of associate degrees and certificates offered by the college.
ADA = Americans with Disabilities Act.
AEC = Adult Education Center
AFSCME = American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (one of two unions on campus)
AHSS = Please see SAHSS
AIC = American International College
AMCOA = Advancing Massachusetts’ Culture of Assessment. A group out of the DHE’s Vision Project led by a team of faculty and staff from each of the 28 undergraduate campuses, with a goal of helping every campus improve curriculum and learning through development of state-of-the-art programs of learning outcomes assessment.
A.S. = (Associate in Science) – a two-year technical/occupational degree for students who expect to start employment once the degree is earned.
ASCAP = American Society of Composer, Authors and Publishers, a performing rights organization; the College has a license permitting the public performance of songs.
ATB = Ability to benefit. Often used to describe adult/returning learners who will thrive in academic environments.
ATD = Achieving the Dream - STCC is part of this initiative started by the Lumina Foundation and seven founding partner organizations, Achieving the Dream now leads the most comprehensive non-governmental reform movement for student success in higher education history.
ASCE = American Society of Civil Engineers
ASEE = Association for Engineering Education.
ASME = American Society of Mechanical Engineers
AUC = All Unit Council. The college’s shared governance body. All employees below the level of director are automatically members, regardless of shift or full time/part time status.