Glossary of Key Terms, Acronyms, and Initialisms
AB - Administration Building
ACHE - Alabama Commission on Higher Education, the coordinating board for higher education in the State of Alabama
ACT - Appointments, Changes, and Terminations document used to enter personnel actions into the UAB Oracle Administrative Systems.
AEIVA - Abroms-Engel Institute for Visual Arts
Alys Stephens Center - Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center; includes Jemison Concert Hall, Morris K. Sirote Theatre, Reynolds-Kirschbaum Recital Hall, Odess Theatre; host to concerts and numerous other live performances; home of UAB departments of Theatre and Music and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra
AskIT - Tech support for all UAB-wide applications and services, available by telephone, email, chat, web, and walk-up.
B-Alert - The university’s emergency notification system, delivered via your choice of phone, email, and/or SMS text message.
Banner - Student information system (student records)
Bartow - Bartow Arena, the major indoor athletics venue which also hosts large events, such as commencement.
Blaze - The UAB mascot, a fire-breathing dragon. It was selected in 1995, although UAB has been the Blazers since 1978.
Blazer Express - UAB's bus transportation system, available for free to faculty, staff, students, and guests. Show your ONE Card to ride.
BlazerID - Username to access a number of UAB computer services and facilities.
BlazerNET - Online portal for information on classes taught at UAB including student registration information.
BOT - Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama System, also known as “The Board”
Campus Green (aka "The Green") - Park bordered by Blazer Hall, the Commons, the Campus Recreation Center, and Heritage Hall.
Canvas - Student web-based learning management system.
CAS - College of Arts and Sciences, sometimes called “The College”
CCTS - Center for Clinical and Translational Science
CIRB - Conflict of Interest Review Board
Commons (aka The Commons on the Green) - UAB’s large cafeteria style dining hall, located on the Campus Green, next to Blazer Hall. Meals are all-you-care-to-eat.
CSOB - Collat School of Business
CTL - Center for Teaching and Learning
EA Form - External Activity Form
Edge of Chaos - Collaborative space to find solutions to “wicked problems,” located on the top floor of Lister Hill Library, 1700 University Blvd.
eLAS - Electronic Leave Accrual System, the web-based application for managing/tracking the benefit time accruals and usage for monthly paid employees.
eReporter - Twice-weekly official email communication of UAB, and companion to the UAB Reporter and recommended alternative to mass e-mails.
FERPA - Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
Five Points South (aka Five Points) - Dining and entertainment district that borders UAB; centered at the intersection of 20th Street South, 11th Ave. South, and Magnolia Ave.
FTE - Full time equivalent
GreenMail - Email service delivering news, announcements and information of particular interest to and for the benefit of UAB students.
Hill (formerly known as “HUC”) - UAB’s student center located at 14th Street S. and University Blvd.
IACUC - Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
IDC - Indirect Cost
IIE - Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Innovation Depot - New business incubator sponsored in part by UAB, located at 1500 First Avenue North immediately north of UAB campus.
IRAP - Integrated Research Administration Portal
IRB - Committee established under federal regulations for the protection of human subjects in research.
Lister Hill (LHL) - Lister Hill Library, UAB’s medical library
LMS - UAB faculty and staff learning management system (not to be confused with Canvas student learning management system)
NISP - Notification to Submit a Proposal, for approval of new programs by ACHE
ONE Card - Photo ID card providing building access, parking deck access, Blazer Express bus transportation, library check-outs, meal plans, BlazerBucks, and other services at UAB.
ORACLE Administrative Systems - Web-based suite of human resources and finance modules used for administrative operations and record keeping. Includes a Self Service Application for all employees to manage various personnel matters.
OSP - Office of Sponsored Programs
P&T - Promotion and tenure
PI - Principal Investigator
QEP - Quality Enhancement Plan, which is a vital part of our SACSCOC reaffirmation. Our theme is “Learning in a Team Environment.”
Rec (aka Campus Recreation Center) - Facility located at 1501 University Boulevard, bordering the Campus Green, with state-of-the-art fitness equipment and wellness services.
Reporter - Companion website to eReporter that includes and expands on eReporter.
SACSCOC - Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges, UAB’s regional accreditor
SHP - School of Health Professions
SOD - School of Dentistry
SOM - School of Medicine
SON - School of Nursing
SOO - School of Optometry
SOPH - School of Public Health
Southside - The Birmingham community where UAB is located, roughly bounded by I-65, U.S. Highway 31, Red Mountain, and Railroad Park. It includes Five Points, which is south of UAB on 20th Street S.
Sterne (MHSL) - Mervyn H. Sterne Library, UAB’s library for all disciplines except medicine.
See also: List of UAB Building Codes