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Academic Information System (AIS)

Electronic data management system used to maintain student records. The AIS used at SVSU is Colleague [see also]. An AIS is also known as a student information system (SIS) [see also].

Academic Program Assessment Advisory (APAAB)

Evaluates the effectiveness of the assessment process for the university, makes revisions as appropriate, and provides resources such as faculty training to support assessment efforts. The Academic Advisory Board is chaired by the Associate Provost and provides input to the assessment process.

Academic Program Assessment and Department Planning Report

Annual assessments of learning objectives and program achievements undertaken by departments and programs and submitted to the appropriate dean. The reports also serve as a mechanism for departments to identify and request resources that will support the goals of the academic programs.


A nonprofit, non-governmental organization that accredits college and university programs in the disciplines of applied and natural science, computing, engineering and engineering technology at the associate, bachelor and master degree levels. SVSU's electrical engineering program and mechanical engineering program are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)

[see also] Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE&reg) is recognized as the accrediting agency for occupational therapy education by both the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).&rdquo (AOTA website) SVSU&rsquos occupational therapy program is accredited by ACOTE.

Adjunct Faculty

As defined in the SVSU Faculty Contract, &ldquoqualified persons appointed according to established practice to teach, or assist in teaching, courses on a part-time basis during the Fall and/or Winter terms.&rdquo

Administration and Business Affairs (ABA)

The university unit headed by the executive vice-president for administration and business affairs and charged with delivering cost-effective services and promoting a learning organization. Includes services such as facilities, technology services, University Police, Athletics, and Human Resources.

Administrative Professional

A full- or part-time university employee whose terms of employment are covered under individual contracts, rather than the Faculty Contract or Support Staff Contract.

African American Research Consortium

Develops, supports, promotes research avenues and publication venues for the African American faculty to ensure the sustained vitality of African American scholarship initiatives among multiple disciplinary interests.

All But Dissertation (ABD)

Describes a graduate student who has finished all requirements for the terminal degree (usually the Ph.D.) except the dissertation.

American Chemical Society (ACS)

&ldquoA congressionally chartered independent membership organization which represents professionals at all degree levels and in all fields of chemistry and sciences that involve chemistry.&rdquo (ACS website) It offers a formal approval process for bachelor&rsquos degree programs. The SVSU chemistry program is approved by ACS.

American College Test (ACT)

An independently administered and nationally standardized college entrance examination. ACT scores are one factor considered by SVSU in determining academic eligibility for admission. Although prospective students may submit either ACT or SAT scores, ACT scores are more common for students applying to SVSU.

American Library Association (ALA)

The oldest and largest library association in the world, providing association information, news, events, and advocacy resources for members, librarians, and library users. (ALA website)

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

The national professional association established in 1917 to represent the interests and concerns of occupational therapy practitioners and students of occupational therapy and to improve the quality of occupational therapy services.&rdquo (AOTA website). AOTA&rsquos accreditation division, ACOTE [see also] accredits SVSU&rsquos occupational therapy program.

Arts and Behavioral Sciences, College of (ABS)

The academic unit which comprises the departments of Art, Communication, Criminal Justice, English, History, Geography, Modern Foreign Languages, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Rhetoric &amp Professional Writing, Sociology, and Theatre.

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

A global, nonprofit membership organization of educational institutions, businesses, and other entities devoted to the advancement of management education.&rdquo (AACSB website) SVSU&rsquos business programs are accredited by AACSB.

Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP)

SVSU's accredited program for the education of certified athletic trainers. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) [see also].

Auxiliary Functions

Self-supporting units which provide services to the campus community, but whose finances are not supported through the general fund (except for Intercollegiate Athletics and the MFSM [see also]). Funding for auxiliary functions comes from fees and revenues generated through their normal business transactions. Examples of auxiliary functions include campus housing, dining services, parking and the bookstore.

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Basic Skills

Each student must satisfy basic skills course requirements for mathematics, reading and writing. Placement into or exemption from the required courses in mathematics, reading and writing will be determined by results of the ACT and/or course placement tests. Students should view entry and college-level basic skills as minimum standards.

Battle of the Valleys (BOV)

A charitable fund-raising competition held for the past 11 years between students at SVSU and students at Grand Valley State University for the benefit of a charity of the school&rsquos choice. SVSU has raised almost $275,000 in total.

Board of Control (BOC)

The link between the University and the State of Michigan. It is comprised of eight members, plus the SVSU President, who sits ex officio as a non-voting member. The BOC delegates the functioning of the university to the president but oversees the mission, programs, and finances of the institution.

Board of Fellows

An advisory group for the President of Saginaw Valley State University representing a wide range of professions and communities across the Tri-Counties (Bay, Midland, and Saginaw) and committed to supporting the personal and educational development of SVSU students, especially through community service.

Braun Fellow

The Ruth and Ted Braun Fellowship Program awards grants to faculty during three-year terms to recognize and further their scholarly or professional activities. Braun Fellows are expected to produce a body of professional or academic work for publication or presentation during or at the conclusion of the fellowship term.

Business and Management, College of (CBM)

The academic unit which comprises the departments of Accounting, Law &amp Finance Economics and Management &amp Marketing.

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Campus Facilities

University unit responsible for creating and maintaining the physical buildings and grounds of the campus.

Campus Financial Services Center (CFSC)

University unit responsible for providing services related to scholarships and financial aid, tuition and student fees, and other university fees and payments.

Campus Master Plan

The University's vision for the improvement and maintenance of the physical campus including buildings and grounds.

Campus Recreation Center/Ryder Center

Provides fitness opportunities and facilities to the campus community, including an indoor track, swimming pool, fitness center, and various sports courts, and sports equipment available for check-out to the community with an SVSU ID card.

Cardinal Business Edge

A competitive, two-year leadership development program for selected incoming freshmen pursuing a degree program in the College of Business &amp Management. One of SVSU's Programs of Distinction [see also].

 Cardinal Direct

SVSU's web-based access to student and employee aca-demic/financial/employment information and services.

Cardinals in Action

A group of first-year students who share a common interest in community service and comprise one of the residential living communities on campus.

Career Planning and Placement (CPP)

See Career Services.

Career Services

A resource center for students and alumni, providing the appropriate services and information to assist them in successfully meeting career objectives information, strategies, and skills necessary for career development and mutually beneficial links between students and employers.

Carnegie Community Engagement classification

Community engagement describes collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. The purpose of community engagement is the partnership of college and university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity enhance curriculum, teaching and learning prepare educated, engaged citizens strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility address critical societal issues and contribute to the public good.&rdquo Carnegie Foundation website

Center for Academic Achievement (CAA)

Center housed in Zahnow Library that provides free tutoring to students.

Center for Business and Economic Development (CBED)

SVSU center that provides technical support for existing businesses personal and professional development opportunities programs and services for the manufacturing sector and commercialization of ideas and inventions whether at the University or business start-ups across the region.

Center for Politics and Public Policy

SVSU center run by the Political Science department that works to promote political awareness and civic responsibility among students and to forge connections between SVSU students in all majors and the larger community.

Center for Public Policy and Service (CPPS)

SVSU center affiliated with the Political Science department that facilitates students&rsquo participation in activities designed to strengthen the democratic process, builds individuals' civic capacity, and provides a forum for discussions about community development issues. It improves the comprehensive educational experience for SVSU students by showing them the direct links between the practice of the social sciences and applications in the community.

Clinical Experiences

Hands-on components to coursework during which students learn and apply skills and techniques critical to the discipline. Common for professional programs, such as nursing and occupational therapy, clinical experiences are usually carried out off-campus, in a professional setting, and with the cooperation of external partners.


Refers to activities that complement and support the regular curriculum.

Code of Student Conduct

Regulations for acceptable SVSU student behavior on and off campus. The policies include academic and non-academic behavior and prescribe procedures and minimum standard sanctions for offences as well as a code of student rights and responsibilities.


The AIS currently used at SVSU often also referred to as Datatel [see also].

Colleague Reporting and Operational Analytics (CROA)

The report-generating and data-analysis function of the Colleague [see also] AIS [see also].

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Standardized subject tests on college-level knowledge acquired by academic and non-academic methods. SVSU accepts CLEP credits, dependent on satisfactory exam scores, in a variety of subject areas.

Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA)

An assessment tool offered by the Council for Aid to Education and used by the General Education Committee to assess program-level outcomes. The assessment &ldquomeasures critical thinking, problem solving, scientific and quantitative reasoning, writing, and the ability to critique and make arguments.&rdquo (CAE website)

Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)

Organization that &ldquoaccredits Professional, Post-Professional and Residency Programs in Athletic Training&rdquo and is &ldquosponsored by The American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, and the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) (CAATE website) CAATE accredits SVSU's Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) [see also].

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

The autonomous accrediting agency of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), which ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.(AACN website) SVSU's nursing programs are accredited by CCNE.

Committee for Academic and Instructional Technology (CAIT)

A committee with campus-wide representation that promotes the integration of instructional technologies into teaching and the development of the necessary technology and support infrastructure.

Common Data Set

A specialized survey intended for the SVSU Office of Institutional Research (OIR) [see also] and institutional research offices at other colleges and universities. &ldquoA collaborative effort among data providers in the higher education community and publishers as represented by the College Board, Peterson&rsquos, and U.S. News &amp World Report. The combined goal of this collaboration is to improve the quality and accuracy of information provided to all involved in a student&rsquos transition into higher education, as well as to reduce the reporting burden on data providers.&rdquo (Common Data Set Initiative website)

Communication-intensive (CI)

A designation for general education courses that focus on developing students&rsquo writing and speaking skills and their ability to analyze critically multiple modes of communication.

Community Arts Research Program (CARe)

A project of the Saginaw Valley State University Art Department. SVSU students research and implement appropriate processes and technologies in the production of new, community-driven, public artworks.

Composite Financial Index (CFI)

A measure of the financial health of an institution. CFI scores are standardized to a scale of -4 to 10. According to the Council of Independent Colleges website,A CFI score of 3 is the threshold of institutional financial health. A score of less than 3 indicates a need for serious attention to the institution&rsquos financial condition. A score of greater than 3 indicates an opportunity for strategic investment of institutional resources to optimize the achievement of institutional mission.&rdquo

Comprehensive Regional University

A 4-year institution of higher learning with a broad offering of majors and programs in core disciplines and whose student body derives largely from its local geographic region.

Computer Adaptive Placement Assessment and Support System (COMPASS)

College placement exams that allow institutions to &ldquoevaluate incoming students&rsquo skill levels in Reading, Writing Skills, Writing Essay, Math, and English as a Second Language, place students in appropriate courses and connect students to the resources they need to achieve academic success.&rdquo (ACT Compass website)

Conference Center at SVSU

The administrative unit responsible for coordinating the scheduling of institutional facilities and other resources that are available for conferences and events.

Continuing Education and Professional Development, Office of (OCEPD)

As part of the Center for Business and Economic Development (CBED) [see also], the OCEPD offers workforce training that supports local businesses, non-profits, and government agencies.

Controller&rsquos Office

Provides timely and accurate employment, accounting, and business services to the campus community. It handles accounts payable, accounts receivable, grants and cash management, payroll, employment and student accounting service functions.

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

A &ldquononprofit national association . . . recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in this country.&rdquo (CSWE website) SVSU&rsquos social work program is accredited by the CSWE.

Course Catalog

The repository of comprehensive information about Saginaw Valley State University, its academic programs, and the requirements for earning bachelor&rsquos and master&rsquos degrees from SVSU. Updated every year.

Curriculum and Academic Policies Committee (CAPC)

One of four university academic standing committees established by the SVSU Faculty Contract. CAPC is responsible for reviewing and making recommendations on all proposals dealing with any change in existing curriculum, new courses, new academic programs, and the academic calendar.

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The former developer of the AIS [see also] used at SVSU. The term is also used interchangeably with &ldquoColleague&rdquo [see also] to refer to the current AIS.

Degree Audit

A report generated through the Colleague [see also] or Cardinal Direct [see also] interface and which details a student&rsquos current and past coursework in relation to

their official program(s) of study. A degree audit is used as a planning tool for students to monitor their progress towards completion of their degree.

Department Chairperson

A faculty member of an academic department who serves as the administrative head of that department. Department chairpersons (or &ldquochairs&rdquo) are elected by the faculty members of their respective departments for two-year terms. As stated in the Faculty Contract, &ldquothe departmental chairperson shall chair department meetings and coordinate departmental activities, including the activities of departmental clerical, laboratory and teaching assistants as mandated by the department.&rdquo Release time is awarded to a chair to compensate him/her for the time spent on administrative responsibilities and is based primarily on FTE faculty within the department.

Developmental Courses

Courses designed to address areas in which a student may be underprepared for college-level work and to increase academic success and retention.

Diversity Programs, Office of

Led by the Special Assistant to the President for Diversity Programs, the Office of Diversity Programs takes great pride in providing students and faculty with quality experience through workshops, guest speakers, cultural celebrations and other resources to broaden their knowledge of diversity

Diversity Scorecard

An internally-produced data set used by SVSU since 2004 to assess the institution&rsquos progress in achieving its diversity goals. It includes annual data on the racial and ethnic diversity of faculty, students, and staff measures of diversity in the curriculum and attendance at multicultural events over a three-year period.

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Education Benchmarking, Inc. is a company that develops and markets software for higher education for use in assessing and improving performance and the student experience. MAP-Works [see also] is an EBI product.

Education, College of (COE)

The academic unit which comprises the departments of Teacher Education &amp Leadership Development and Teacher Education.


A company that provides technology solutions to educational institutions to achieve transparency and efficiency. Ellucian was formed by the merger of Datatel [see also] (the developer of SVSU&rsquos original AIS [see also] system) and SunGard Higher Education and produces Colleague [see also], the current AIS used by SVSU.

Endowed Chair

A faculty position supported by an endowment fund. Endowed chairs typically have reduced teaching loads,

compared to regular faculty, to allow for greater emphasis on research activities. SVSU has 10 endowed chairs, four of which are currently vacant.

Engineering Advisory Board

A volunteer group of representatives from local corporate engineering employers whose primary responsibility is to advise on BSEE and BSME programs and outcomes.

English Language Program (ELP)

The ESL [see also] program that helps international students prepare for university life in the United States. In addition to learning English, the program provides opportunities to learn about and experience American culture.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

SVSU&rsquos ESL program is known as the English Language

Program (ELP) [see also].

Enrollment Management (EM)

Division of the university that strives to strategically enroll qualified students from a wide range of markets while fostering a pervasive culture of student success.

Executive in Residence

An administrative professional position, usually including teaching responsibilities, through which an external professional is hired for a defined length of time to use their expertise for the enhancement of existing SVSU programs. Executives in residence typically have interests and experience which are complementary to the departments or colleges with which they are associated.

Experience Credit

Credit which may granted to non-adjunct faculty upon hiring and can be used to reduce the years before which a faculty member is eligible for tenure and/or promotion. As stated in the Faculty Contract, experience credit may be awarded in recognition of full-time teaching experience at the rank of instructor or above at an accredited university or college and/or equivalent professional experience related to the field of teaching to be undertaken. The maximum experience credit will be two years of such prior experience. A faculty member may rescind such experience credit so as to delay a tenure or promotion decision.&rdquo


Describes student activities outside the regular curriculum and not directly complementing the curriculum [see also co-curricular].

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Face-to-Face course

A course that meets in a traditional manner with students and faculty in a classroom.


Employees of the university whose primary responsibil-ities are teaching and other activities directly related to the provision of educational opportunities to the stu-dents.

Faculty Association (FA)

The Faculty Association is the unionized bargaining unit representing the SVSU faculty in employment-related issues, particularly the negotiation of the faculty contract. The FA is a local affiliated unit of the Michigan and National Education Association.

Faculty Research Bulletin

The Research Bulletin of Faculty, Staff, and Students is an SVSU publication that lists the research achievements, such as articles, conference presentations, and grants, of SVSU employees.

Faculty Research Grant

An internal SVSU grant to support faculty research that will lead to publication or presentation. Available to full-time faculty on continuing appointments often called a unit grant [see also].

Faculty Summer Institute (FSI)

Summer program for newly-hired faculty that provides orientation to SVSU&rsquos academic support systems for students and faculty and facilitates discussions about pedagogy.

Fall Semester (FA)

Unit of the academic year that runs from late August through mid-December.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA)

A Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.&rdquo (U.S. Department of Education website)

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

A Federal law that &ldquoentitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave.&rdquo U.S. Department of Labor website

Financial Services Center

See Campus Financial Services Center.

First Generation Student

A student whose familial antecedents have not pursued post-high school education.

First-time in College Student (FTIC)

A student who has not previously enrolled in a post-secondary institution after graduating from high school or successfully completing the General Equivalency Diploma (GED).

First Year Writing program (FYW)

SVSU's English 080 and English 111 courses make up a comprehensive First-Year Writing Program with common objectives, practices, methodologies, textbooks, analytic grading rubrics, plagiarism standards, and program assessment procedures. Its goal is to prepare students to write successfully in a rigorous academic environment.

Fiscal Year (FY)

Time period used for calculating annual budgets. Runs from July 1-June 30.

Fiscal Year Equated Student (FYES)

The number of students attending an institution, adjusted for part-time enrollment&mdashi.e., a student attending half time is counted as one-half FYES.&rdquo (Michigan in Brief website)

Foundation Scholars

A competitive program that selects 60 incoming freshman students a year and is designed to create a close-knit community of highly talented individuals who are looking for an opportunity to enrich their college experience with both social and academic interactions combined. One of SVSU&rsquos Programs of Distinction [see also].

Full Time Equivalent (FTE)

The number of employees currently employed, adjusted to account for part-time workers. For example, a faculty member teaching 12 total credits in a regular academic year and an administrative professional with a 30-hour per week contract each count as one-half FTE.

Full-time Student

A student enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits during a Fall or Winter semester or 6 credits in a Spring or Summer semester.

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Gaylord Regional Education Center

One of the two SVSU campuses that offer post-baccalaureate teacher education and related graduate programs.

General Education (GE, GenEd)

Refers to that part of a student&rsquos education that contributes to the breadth of knowledge needed to be a more effective citizen of a complex and culturally diverse world. It supports the student with the skills and perspectives that will not always be gained from a specialized program of study and provides a basis for a common educational experience all students and graduates of the University can share.

General Education Committee (GEC)

One of four university academic standing committees established by the SVSU Faculty Contract. The GEC is responsible for maintaining the quality of the General Education Program. This includes but is not limited to the approval, implementation, and ongoing evaluation of courses to be offered for General Education credit and the assessment of the overall program.

Gerstacker Fellows

Participants in a fellowship program established in 2005 and designed to provide a leadership development

program for a select group of premier teachers and administrators each year, and create a new cadre of educational leaders throughout the State of Michigan who will increase the quality of K-12 education in their communities.

Grade Grievance

A complaint made by a student about a grade received in a course. Grade grievance procedures are outlined in the Student Handbook.

Grade Grievance Committee

A committee consisting of three (3) students from the Student Association Grievance Committee (selected by the Representative chairperson) and three (3) faculty members selected by the Faculty Association President from a pool of six (6) faculty members designated by the Faculty Executive Board [the three (3) faculty members not selected shall serve as alternates], and will be chaired by the appropriate dean. The committee is charged with reviewing a grade grievance that has not been successfully settled by the faculty member, appropriate chairperson, or appropriate dean.

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

A standardized test measuring analytical writing, integrated reasoning, and quantitative and verbal skills used by graduate business programs to assess students&rsquo readiness for graduate work.

Great Lakes Bay Early College program (GLBEC)

Allows area high school students to finish their high school diploma while taking college classes and earning college credits at SVSU.

Great Lakes Bay Hispanic Leadership Institute

&ldquoDesigned to address a lack of Hispanic representation and involvement on community boards in organizations, the program is intended to identify potential leaders that would not normally be on the radar screen of traditional leadership programs.&rdquo Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce website

Great Lakes Bay Region (GLBR)

The geographic area roughly comprising Bay, Isabella, Midland, and Saginaw counties and surrounding communities in east-central Michigan.

Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC)

Athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA Division II. SVSU is a member.

Great Lakes Bay Regional Youth Leadership Institute

An academic year-long community outreach program for high school students facilitated by SVSU&rsquos Office of Diversity Programs. GLBRYLI&rsquos outreach provides a leadership development experience for youth focused on issues related to the intersection of diversity and leadership.

Grievance Resolution Commission (GRC)

A five member commission which shall consist of two members selected by the Faculty Association and two members selected by the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs. Each member shall have full voting rights. A fifth member, who shall act as chairperson of the Grievance Resolution Commission shall be selected by agreement 71 between the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the President of the Association. The commission will decide by majority vote contract grievances not resolved in the first two steps of the grievance process outlined in the Faculty Association contract.

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Health and Human Services, College of (HHS)

The academic unit which comprises the departments of Health Sciences, Kinesiology, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, and Social Work.

Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award (HEED)

&ldquoThe INSIGHT Into Diversity &lsquoHigher Education Excellence in Diversity&rsquo (HEED) Award recognizes colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.&rdquo (INSIGHT Into Diversity website) SVSU won a HEED Award in 2013 for its Inclusion Advocate [see also] program.

Higher Education Institutional Data Inventory (HEIDI)

Database &ldquoused by Michigan public universities to report financial and student information to the State of Michigan. The data is used by state universities for planning and evaluation and to assist state policy makers in their decision-making processes.&rdquo (HEIDI website)

Honors Program

A competitive program that selects 80 incoming freshman students a year and allows students to pursue their major and minor degree work, while providing enriched academic experiences in Honors courses, seminars, research projects and social activities. One of SVSU&rsquos Programs of Distinction [see also].

Human Resources (HR)

The department responsible for managing university employment and compensation functions.

Hybrid Course

A course that uses both a face-to-face [see also] format and an online format for holding class meetings.

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Inclusion Advocate (IA)

A faculty or staff member trained by the Office of Diversity Programs to contribute to the quality of search and screening processes which lead to effective hiring decisions.

Independent Testing Laboratory (ITL)

Housed within SVSU&rsquos College of Science, Engineering and Technology, the lab&rsquos primary function is to provide regional business and industry with access to the latest laboratory equipment necessary to improve existing products and bring new products to market. It has capabilities for mechanical, chemical and biological testing and uses American Society of Testing Materials test procedures.

Individual Evaluation Report (IER)

The forms completed and report written by faculty evaluation teams as part of the Professional Practices Committee [see also] faculty evaluation process for tenure specified by the Faculty Association contract.

Information Technology Services (ITS)

Provides technology services and support to the entire campus community including faculty, staff, and students. Insight

SVSU annual report.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

To insure that animal testing is necessary and reasonable, SVSU has an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee that reviews the well-being of our laboratory animals and the tests in which they are used. All investigators planning to utilize vertebrate animal for research or education, regardless of source of funding or format of the project submission, must submit a protocol for approval.

Institutional Research (IR)

Data collected or studies conducted for purposes of providing information to the University, any unit within the University, or any other organization (e.g., an accrediting agency), with the purpose of addressing issues deemed important to University operations is considered to be institutional research.

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Reviews all research involving human subjects conducted in whole or in part by any individual acting on behalf of SVSU (e.g., full- or part-time employees, students, and volunteers) regardless of the physical location of the data collection for compliance with university policies.

Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

A system of interrelated surveys conducted annually by the U.S. Department&rsquos National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). IPEDS gathers information from every college, university, and technical and vocational institution that participates in the federal student financial aid programs.&rdquo (IPEDS website)

International Baccalaureate (IB)

A non-profit educational organization offering educational programming to student from ages 3 to 19. SVSU accepts credits from the IB Higher Level examinations provided the student&rsquos score meets minimum standards as set by the University.

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Kantzler Fellowship

A scholarship program for Bay County high school graduates who demonstrate leadership, character, commitment to community service, potential for future community service, and financial need.

King Chavez Parks Program (KCP)

A grant-funded program to provide intensive referrals and contact with students entering Saginaw Valley State University with ACT scores of 18 and 19, defined as first-generation students, and that are Pell-eligible. The program&rsquos goal is to increase the GPAs and persistence-to-graduation rates of these students.

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Law School Admission Test (LSAT)

A half-day, standardized test administered four times each year at designated testing centers throughout the world. The test is an integral part of the law school admission process in the United States, Canada, and a growing number of other countries.&rdquo Law School Admission Council website

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)

A program that provides third-party verification of green buildings. Building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification.&rdquo LEED website

Learning Management System (LMS)

Software for delivering course content, facilitating the sharing of information, such as by university committees, and managing academic records on the internet. The SVSU LMS is VSpace.


As defined by the Faculty Contract for 2011-2014, a lecturer is a faculty member appointed for teaching and departmental service whose standard teaching load is 24 hours for two semesters with up to 6 hours overload with department approval. Lecturers are appointed for one year and may be renewed twice for two years at a time. After five years, renewal appointments are for five years. Lecturers are not on the tenure track and may not accumulate time toward tenure.

Liberal Education and America&rsquos Promise (LEAP)

An initiative of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. &ldquoA national advocacy, campus action, and research initiative that champions the importance of a twenty-first century liberal education&mdashfor individuals and for a nation dependent on economic creativity and democratic vitality.&rdquo (AAC&ampU website)

Living Leadership program

A program for incoming freshmen who will live on campus. Students chosen to participate in the program live and learn together in a residential community. The freshman year theme is &ldquoemerging leadership&rdquo and activities include community service, attending sponsored events, attending a leadership conference, and becoming an active member of an on-campus organization.

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Macomb Regional Educational Center

One of the two SVSU campuses that offer post-baccalaureate teacher education and related graduate programs.

Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum (MFSM)

&ldquoFeatures a unique collection of more than two thousand works that span the 70-year career of Detroit-based public sculptor Marshall M. Fredericks (1908-1998).&rdquo (Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum website)

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

A standardized, multiple-choice examination designed to assess the examinee&rsquos problem solving, critical thinking, and knowledge of science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine. Scores are reported in Physical Sciences, Verbal Reasoning, and Biological Sciences. Almost all U.S. medical schools and many Canadian schools require applicants to submit MCAT exam scores.&rdquo (American Association of Medical Colleges MCAT website)

Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (MACRAO)

Provides for the exchange of information concerning issues of interest to its members and contributes to the advancement of education in Michigan. The association, through an annual meeting, other workshops and seminars, contacts with educational leaders and other professional associations in the state, strives to provide professional development opportunities for its members as well as provide a forum for discussion and the exchange of ideas.&rdquo MACRAO website

Michigan Education Association (MEA)

A self-governing education association, representing about 150,000 teachers, education support professionals and higher-education employees throughout the state. Through collective action, MEA is dedicated to the purpose of serving our members&rsquo employment goals, interests and needs, while advocating for quality public education.&rdquo MEA website

Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center &ndash Northeast (MMTC-NE)

Dedicated to helping manufacturers here in the Saginaw Valley achieve their goals with leading-edge training and support. As the Northeast Regional office of the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (MMTC), its charter is to offer a variety of services to help manufacturers be competitive in today&rsquos evolving and increasingly global marketplace. MMTC-NE website

Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC)

Standardized subject tests given by the state of Michigan to test the competency of teacher certification candidates in their teaching areas.

Ming Chuan University

A university in Taiwan an SVSU sister university which has achieved American regional accreditation through the Middle State Association.

Multicultural Programs, Office of (OMS)

The Office of Multicultural Services provides meaningful services to assist in the transition, retention and graduation of SVSU students. OMS strives to enhance the college experience by providing services and programs that assist in the continued growth of our minority student population. This office maintains a close relationship with departments, organizations, faculty and staff to promote a culturally diverse campus.

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National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)

&ldquoAn association of professional advisors, counselors, faculty, administrators, and students&rdquo that &ldquopromotes and supports quality academic advising in institutions of higher education to enhance the educational development of students.&rdquo NACADA website

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)

&ldquoThe premier international agency for accreditation and approval of educational programs in the clinical laboratory sciences and related health professions.&rdquo (NAACLS website) SVSU&rsquos medical laboratory science program is accredited by NAACLS.

National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)

&ldquoAn association of approximately 647 schools of music, primarily at the collegiate level, but also including postsecondary non-degree-granting schools of music. It is the national accrediting agency for music and music-related disciplines.&rdquo (NASM website) SVSU music programs are accredited through NASM.

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

The teaching profession&rsquos &ldquoagency responsible for accreditation in teacher education.&rdquo (NCATE website) SVSU&rsquos education programs are accredited by NCATE.

National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)

Standardized exams, one for registered nurses and one for practical nurses, run by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).

National Education Association (NEA)

Professional employee organization for members working at every level of education. &ldquoOur mission is to

advocate for education professionals and to unite our members and the nation to fulfill the promise of public education to prepare every student to succeed in a diverse and interdependent world.&rdquo NEA website

National Student Clearinghouse (NSC)

&ldquoThe leading provider of educational reporting, verification and research on behalf of its participating institutions to the nation&rsquos colleges and high schools, student lending community, the Department of Education, state and other educational agencies, students and alumni, and thousands of employers and other organizations. Clearinghouse services are designed to facilitate an institution&rsquos compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, The Higher Education Act, and other applicable laws.&rdquo NSC website

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

&ldquoThrough its student survey, The College Student Report, NSSE annually collects information at hundreds of four-year colleges and universities about student participation in programs and activities that institutions provide for their learning and personal development. The results provide an estimate of how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending college.&rdquo NSSE website

Net Price Calculator

An application that &ldquouses institutional data to provide estimated net price information to current and prospective students and their families based on a student&rsquos individual circumstances.&rdquo National Center for Education Statistics website

Nursing and Health Sciences, College of (NHS)

See Health and Human Services, College of.

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Office of Institutional Research (OIR)

Office that provides accurate and timely information to support institutional planning, policy formation, and decision making. The OIR is also committed to providing support and expertise for the evaluation and assessment of activities throughout the University.

Office of International Programs (OIP)

Office that provides support for international students, oversees the English Language Program, and runs the study abroad programs.


Office that helps students resolve concerns, problems, or conflicts with regard to University policies, procedures, and decisions. The ombudsman provides for a confidential and neutral place for students to come to express their concerns. Students work with the ombudsman to identify steps that may be taken to achieve a timely and fair resolution to a problem.

Online Course

A course whose content is delivered through an online platform.


An online platform that &ldquocreates an online community for your campus, and helps units across your institution im-prove communication, information sharing, collaboration and reporting with an online tool students want to use.&rdquo (Orgsync website) All SVSU student groups wishing to be official Registered Student Organizations [see also] must submit materials to Orgsync.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

A member-based organization established in 2001 that offers non-credit educational programs &amp travel opportunities for the over-50 population. It is currently in its twelfth year of operation and has more than 1500 members.

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President's Planning Council

Consists of the President, the four Vice Presidents, the Special Assistants to the President for Diversity Programs and Government Relations, the Executive Director of the University Foundation, and the Executive Assistant to the President. Meets bi-monthly and is responsible for much of the long-term planning for SVSU.

Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan (PCSUM)

&ldquoServes as a forum for the presidents and chancellors of Michigan&rsquos 15 public universities to discuss and frame positions on key higher education finance and policy issues.&rdquo PCSUM website

Probationary Faculty

As defined by the Faculty Contract, &ldquoa new appointee to the University falling within the bargaining unit . . .
given a one (1) year probationary contract,&rdquo which may be renewed &ldquountil the individual involved either proceeds to pre-tenure status or his or her employment relationship with the University is severed.&rdquo

Professional Growth Grant

An internal SVSU grant to support scholarly activities such as pursuit of advanced course work or a degree in the faculty member&rsquos own or new disciplines retraining to develop a new specialty, such as computer programming to learn a new research skill, such as oral history techniques or to develop a new pedagogical skill, such as competency-based instruction. Available to full-time faculty members on continuing appointment and administrative professionals in Academic Affairs. Often referred to as a unit grant [see also].

Professional Practices Committee (PPC)

One of four university academic standing committees established by the SVSU Faculty Contract. The PPC is responsible for reviewing and recommending on matters of tenure, promotion, sabbatical leaves, serious discipline, discharge, termination, and evaluation of faculty.

Professional Programs

A degree program that prepares students for a specific profession, often one regulated by a licensing or regulatory body. Examples of professional programs at SVSU include education, engineering, and nursing.


Faculty at the rank of assistant professor, associate professor, or full professor.

Assistant professors normally possess &ldquoa master&rsquosdegree plus fifteen (15) semester hours of appropriate course work beyond the master&rsquos degree or its equivalent. Appointment may be made upon specification that a terminal degree will be obtained within four years following the effective date of employment for purposes of (1) continued employment or (2) promotion.&rdquo (Faculty Contract) Associate standing is the usual rank for entry-level tenure-track faculty.

Associate professors normally possess &ldquoa master&rsquosdegree plus thirty (30) semester hours of appropriate course work beyond the master&rsquos degree or its equivalent. Appointment may be made upon specification that a terminal degree will be obtained within three years following the effective date of employment for purposes of (1) continued employment or (2) promotion.&rdquo (Faculty Contract) Promotion to associate status often accompanies the granting of tenure.

Full professors normally possess &ldquoan appropriatedoctoral degree such as Ph.D., Ended, D.A., D.Ed., D.B.A., D.N.S., Sc.D., M.F.A., or a combination of both a J.D. and an M.B.A., or their equivalent.&rdquo (Faculty Contract)

Program Board (PB)

A student-run organization that arranges a large variety of campus events.

Program of Distinction

Six programs that distinguish SVSU from other Michigan institutions. Three programs begin in the first year: Cardinal Business Edge [see also], the Foundation Scholars [see also], and the Honors program [see also]. Three programs are for students who have demonstrated their talents in their first two years at SVSU: the Dow Student Research and Creativity Institute (SRCI) [see also], the Roberts Fellows [see also], and the Vitito Global Leadership Institute [see also].

Progress and Academic Review program (PAR)

A student support program which brings together first-year students with GPAs of less than 2.0 after each academic semester. The purpose of these meetings is to ensure that these students know of the academic resources available to them and to advise them of the likely financial aid consequences of their academic standing.

Public Affairs

Division of the university primarily concerned with communication between the university and external entities.

Public School Academy (PSA)

A PSA is a state?supported public school under the state constitution, operating under a charter contract issued by a public authorizing body [RSC &sect 380.501(1)]. PSAs are also commonly referred to as charter schools.&rdquo (Michigan Department of Education)

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Quality Matters rubric

A set of 8 general standards and 41 specific standards used to evaluate the design of online and blended courses.&rdquo Quality Matters Program website. The Quality Matters rubric is used as a framework for designing high-quality online/hybrid learning experiences in the SVSU professional development course required for faculty interested in designing and teaching hybrid/online courses.


Regional Education Center (REC)

Refers to the SVSU facilities on the main campus and Macomb that offer post-baccalaureate teacher education and related graduate programs.

Registered Student Organization (RSO)

A student organization that has met the requirements of registration (minimum membership, a faculty or staff advisor, and submission of materials to Orgsync [see also]) and is eligible for the privileges extended to student organizations in good standing.

Release Time

Load hours which may be granted to faculty as compensation for non-teaching duties (e.g., research or chair or other administrative duties) and serve to reduce an equivalent number of contractual teaching load hours.

Residence Housing Association (RHA)

Student organization whose mission is unifying SVSU residents, providing leadership opportunities on campus, and putting on inclusive programming in order to encourage a better atmosphere and living conditions throughout the halls. Together RHA acts as the central voice of the residents in all matters.

Residential Life (ResLife)

The university office which oversees and provides support for residential students. Policies involving student housing, for example, are administered through this office.

Residential Network (ResNet)

SVSUwireless data network made available in all residential living facilities in 2009.

Roberts Fellows

An academic program that engages a select group of 12 outstanding SVSU students from a wide range of disciplines for an entire academic year in three-hour weekly seminars, a year-long service project of their own creation, and a variety of small group interactions with leaders in a broad range of academic disciplines, state government, and global business. It culminates in a three-week immersion in Asian culture during a tour of China, Taiwan, and Japan. One of SVSU&rsquos Programs of Distinction [see also].

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Saginaw Bay Environmental Science Institute (SBESI)

An umbrella research and outreach program established in January of 2013 to foster collaboration among the multiple productive Saginaw Bay watershed research and educational efforts involving numerous faculty, students, and disciplines. Focused on the environmental science and citizenry of the Saginaw Bay area, the productivity and contributions of SBESI are based upon its diverse and capable research scientists, a strong pool of student interns, well established educational and community collaborative networks, and a strategic location just minutes from the heart of the Saginaw Bay.

Saginaw Valley College (SVC)

The name of SVSU&rsquos first incarnation, as a private institution, from 1964-1975.

Saginaw Valley State College (SVSC)

The name of the institution from 1975-1987. Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU)

The current name of the institution: 1987-present.

Saginaw Valley State University Alumni Association

An independent entity, governed by a board of directors, which work to engage SVSU graduates and students in a mutually beneficial relationship with the University and to promote loyalty and support among SVSU alumni.

Saginaw Valley State University Foundation

A separate legal entity established in 1977 to function as the fund-raising arm of Saginaw Valley State University. The Foundation provides support for SVSU in order to assist in the accomplishment of the educational purposes of the University, and generate and cultivate a community of enthusiastic and loyal donors who contribute to the development of a premier university of outstanding students.


See VSpace.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Academic standing that must be maintained by a student while receiving federal, state and institutional financial aid at Saginaw Valley State University. There are three measurements for Satisfactory Academic Progress: SVSU cumulative grade point average (GPA), percentage of attempted courses completed, and maximum credit hours needed in which to complete a degree.

Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT)

An independently administered and nationally standardized college entrance examination. SAT scores are one factor considered by SVSU in determining academic eligibility for admission. Although prospective students may submit either ACT or SAT scores, ACT scores are more common for students applying to SVSU.

School/University Partnership Office (SUPO)

The university office which provides support, including curriculum and assessment tools and technical assistance, to external education partners, especially PSAs [see also] with which SVSU is affiliated.

Science, Engineering and Technology, College of (SE&ampT, SET)

The academic unit which comprises the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science &amp Information Systems, Electrical &amp Computer Engineering, Mathematical Sciences, Mechanical Engineering, and Physics.

Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C)

The leading professional online learning society devoted to advancing quality e-Education learning into the mainstream of education through its community. . . . a non-profit 501(c)(3), member-sustained organization.&rdquo Sloan Consortium website

Sponsored and Academic Programs Support, Office of (SP)

Assists faculty and administration in the development of proposals for internal and external funding and with the administration of public/private grants and sponsored project agreements.

Sponsored Programs

See Sponsored and Academic Programs Support, Office of.

Spring semester (SP)

Unit of the academic year that runs from mid-May to late June.

Stairway 2 Success

A three-step program housed in the Division of Enrollment Management for conditionally admitted and at-risk students designed to provide students with the essential academic and social skills necessary to be successful at Saginaw Valley State University during their first year. Each student will be paired with a faculty or staff mentor throughout their freshman year.

Stevens Center for Family Business

Provides resources and support for the unique needs of family-owned businesses. Part of the SVSU College of Business and Management, the Stevens Center for Family Business has several components, including a major event series, membership program, and academic coursework in family business.

Strategic Plan

Describes SVSU&rsquos mission and its plan for implementing the mission. It is reviewed and accepted by the Board of Control [see also] and updated regularly.

Student Affairs

Division of the university that provides services and programs assist students in achieving their educational goals, to grow and develop as individuals and to simply enjoy their university experience.

Student Association (SA)

An elected group that represents the student body of SVSU.

Student Conduct Programs, Office of

Responsible for promoting and sustaining high standards of conduct for Saginaw Valley State University students and for investigating alleged violations of the Code of Student Conduct [see also].

Student Counseling Center

A range of counseling services and prevention programs available to all enrolled undergraduate and graduate students. The Student Counseling Center promotes students&rsquo optimal health, well-being, and development through the provision of high quality, integrated, and holistic health services.

Student Handbook

Resources on the Student Affairs website that outline students&rsquo rights and responsibilities, problem resolution procedures, the grade grievance policies and procedures, and the alcohol and drug policies.

Student Honor Code

Code of academic integrity authored by the Academic and Leadership Development Committee of the Student Association. All SVSU students are expected to abide by the Honor Code.

Student Information System

Another term for an academic information system (AIS) [see also].

Student Life

A Student Affairs office that coordinates and provides support for non-academic student activities.

Student Orientation and Academic Registration (SOAR)

SOAR is the first part of the three-part freshman orientation at SVSU. It is a one-day orientation program for new, incoming freshmen where students receive academic advising, register for fall courses, and learn about student life on campus. SOAR+ is the third phase of freshman orientation and is a refresher on registration, degree audits, and campus resources.

Student Research and Creativity Institute (SRCI)

Supports and promotes outstanding and innovative student work in the arts, humanities, sciences, professional disciplines, and community service by providing over $50,000 in funding for student research projects for each fiscal year. One of SVSU&rsquos Programs of Distinction [see also].

Student Success Committee

A committee formed in 2012 to plan and develop strategic approaches for improving retention and graduation rates, while remaining consistent with the institutional mission of providing access and opportunity. This committee is composed of key administrative personnel including the Provost, the Vice President for Enrollment Management, the Vice President for Student Services, two academic deans, the Registrar, the Director of Institutional

Research, and the Special Assistant to the President on Diversity Issues. While faculty members have not served directly on the Student Success Committee, they have participated in sub-committees formed to address specific issues.

Student Technology Center (STC)

See Center for Academic Achievement.

Summer semester (SU)

Unit of the academic year that runs from the beginning of July through mid-August.

Support Staff

As defined by the Support Staff Association contract, support staff are full-time and regular part-time Secretarial/Clerical Division employees and Plant/ Business Services Division employees of Saginaw Valley State University.

Support Staff Association (SSA)

The unionized bargaining unit representing the SVSU secretarial/clerical and plant services/technical staff in employment-related issues, particularly the negotiation of the support staff contract. The SSA is a local affiliated unit of the Michigan and National Education Association.

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Teaching and Learning with Technology Roundtable (TLTR)

A now defunct committee with campus-wide represen-tation that promotes the integration of instructional technologies into teaching and the development of the necessary technology and support infrastructure.

Temporary (full-time) Faculty

Full-time faculty members who are hired for short terms (up to a year), typically as a temporary replacement for faculty on leave (e.g., sabbatical). The hiring of temporary faculty is covered under Article D16 of the Faculty Contract.

Tenure-track Faculty

A full-time faculty member whose rank provides eligibility for tenure. Lecturers are not tenure-track faculty because they are not eligible for tenure. Instructors (though they are not eligible for tenure until promotion to assistant professor or above), assistant professors, associate professors, and full professors are tenure-track positions.

An online application that checks student papers for originality. To support its goal to promote academic integrity, SVSU has a site license with

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Unit Committee Grants

See Faculty Research Grant and Professional Growth Grant.

University Communications (UCOMM)

Serves as the university&rsquos public information center, communicating the university&rsquos mission, programs, and services to on- and off-campus audiences through publications, news media, Web sites and other outlets. The Office of University Communications is also charged with developing, interpreting, and communicating SVSU&rsquos image, mission, and goals for a variety of target audiences.

University Conference and Events Center (UCEC)

See Conference Center at SVSU.

University Operations Manual

Includes those operating guides which govern the actions of more than one division of the University.

University Residence Association (URA)

See Residence Housing Association.

University Writing Program (UWP)

Supports faculty engagement in best practices in the teaching of writing provides students with resources to develop their writing and critical thinking skills and encourages all members of our university community to value writing by coordinating various activities and programs across campus.

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Valley Vanguard (VV)

SVSU's student newspaper, established in 1966. The Vanguard publishes weekly during the fall and winter semesters and usually once during each of the spring/ summer sessions.

Vitito Global Leadership Institute

A 1&frac12-year program (winter semester, junior year through end of senior year) for majors in the College of Business &amp Management. This selective, competitive program accepts up to 14 students and offers academic and co-curricular opportunities, including funding for a faculty-led international travel experience. One of SVSU&rsquos Programs of Distinction [see also].


The electronic learning management system [see also] currently in use at SVSU.


Winter semester (WI)

Unit of the academic year that runs from mid-January to early May.

Writing Center (WC)

Works with both undergraduate and graduate students on assignments from all different disciplines on campus. Part of the tutoring services available to SVSU students.

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