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

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