CIW Standard Abbreviations

It is often difficult to convey meaning with 30 character names. Abbreviations will be used to save space and allow the use of more qualifiers resulting in more meaningful names.

There are two opposing principles which we consider when constructing element names for the CIW. The first principle is that element names should be consistent accross all elements. So if we abbreviate APPOINTMENT as APPT in one element name, it should be abbreviated as APPT in every other element name where it is abbreviated. The second principle is that each element names should be as easy to understand as possible. So if we have enough room for all but one letter of the word APPOINTMENT in the element name, then we could abbreviate it as APPOINTMNT (dropping the E). The problem with the first principle is that it can make some element names more cryptic than they need to be. The problem with the second principle is that it can make searching for elements difficult: if you know that it's either APPT or APPOINTMENT and you're doing a regular expression search, APPT|APPOINTMENT will get all "appointment" elements, but if one element is APPOINTMNT, an APPT|APPOINTMENT search will miss it.

Our current guideline is a comprimise of the two principles. The guideline has 3 options.

  1. use the long name.
  2. use the short name.
  3. add letters to the end of the short name if the short name allows.
Options 1 and 2 are the best, but in some cases they still yield an unsatisfactory name. If this is the case, consider applying option 3. The following examples illustrate what is meant by option 3. BEG is the short name for BEGINNING. Option 3 says it could be BEGNING. ACCT is the short name for ACCOUNT. Option 3 says it cannot be expanded because T is the last letter.

In addition to the abbreviations for Prime and Class words, the following abbreviations (short names) have been approved. If you are developing new elements for the CIW, add any abbreviations you create to this list. Most abbreviations should not be more than 8 characters.


LONG NAME                                                   SHORT NAME


ABBREVIATION                      				ABBRV
ACADEMIC                          				ACAD
ACADEMIC_UNIT                     				AU
ACADEMIC_YEAR							AY
ACCOUNT								ACCT
ACCRUAL								ACR
ACTION								ACTN
ADDITIONAL							ADDL
ADJACENT							ADJ
ADJUSTMENT							ADJ
ADDRESS                           				ADDR
ADMINISTRATION							ADMIN
ADMINISTRATOR							ADMINR
ADMISSION							ADM
ADVANCE                           				ADV
AFFLIATION							AFFILIATN
ALTERNATE                         				ALT
AMOUNT 								AMT
APPLICATION                       				APP
APPLICATIONS							APPS			
APPOINTMENT                       				APPT
APPROVAL                          				APPRVL
APPROVE                           				APPRV
ARCHIVE                           				ARC
ASSIGNMENT							ASSIGNMNT
ATHLETE                           				ATH
ATTRITION                         				ATTR
AUTOMATIC_BUDGET_DISTRIBUTION					ABD
AVERAGE                           				AVG
AWARD                             				AWRD
BALANCE                               				BAL
BEGINNING                         				BEG
BENEFIT                           				BNFT
BILLING_AND_RECEIVABLES_SYSTEM					BRS
BUDGET                            				BUDG
BUSINESS                          				BUS
CALCULATION                       				CALC
CAMPUS                            				CAMP
CATALOG								CATLG
CATEGORY							CATG
CENTRAL_INFORMATION_WAREHOUSE     				CIW
CERTIFICATION							CERT
CHANGE								CHNGE
COLLEGE								COLL
COLORADO                          				CO
COLORADO_COMMISSION_ON_HIGHER_EDUCATION				CCHE
COMPENSATION                      				COMP
CONCURRENT							CONCUR
CONTINUING							CONT
CONTRIBUTION							CON
COURSE								CRS
COLORADO_STUDENT_INCENTIVE_GRANT  				CSIG
CREDIT								CRED
CUMULATIVE                                                      CUM
CURRENCY		                                        CURR
CURRENT                           				CUR
DECISION                          				DECIS
DEDUCTION                         				DED
DEFINITION							DEF
DEGREE                            				DEG
DEPARTMENT                        				DEPT
DEMOGRAPHICS                      				DEMOGR
DESCRIPTION							DESC
DIFFERENCE                        				DIFF
DIFFERENTIAL			          			DIFF
DISABILITY                        				DISB
DISTRIBUTION                      				DIST
EDUCATION                         				EDUC
EFFECTIVE							EFF
EFFECTIVE_DATE                    				EFD
ELECTRONIC_MAIL                   				EMAIL
ELIGIBILITY                       				ELG
ELIGIBLE			              			ELIG
EMERGENCY                         				EMERG
EMPHASIS                          				EMPH
EMPLOYEE                          				EMP
EMPLOYEE_DATA_BASE               	 			EDB
EMPLOYMENT                                                      EMPLMNT
ENCUMBRANCE							ENCUMB
ENGLISH                           				ENGL
ENROLL                            				ENR
ENROLLMENT                        				ENRLMNT
EARN				             			ERN
END_OF_TERM							EOT
EQUAL_EMPLOYMENT_OPPORTUNITY_CLASSIFICATION_4              	EEO4
EQUAL_EMPLOYMENT_OPPORTUNITY_CLASSIFICATION_6			EEO6
EQUIPTMENT                        				EQP
EQUIVALENT							EQUIV
EXEMPT								EXMPT
EXPENSE                           				EXP
EXPIRATION							EXPIRTN
EXTENTION                         				EXT
FACULTY								FAC
FEDERAL                           				FED
FEDERAL_INSURANCE_COMPENSATION_ACT				FICA
FEDERAL_WITHHOLDING_TAX		      				FWT
FINANCIAL                         				FIN
FIRST                             				1ST
FISCAL_YEAR							FY
FISCAL_YEAR_TO_DATE               				FYTD
FISCAL_YEAR_END                   				FYE
FORWARD                           				FWD
FULL_TIME                         				FT
FULL_TIME_EQUIVALENT						FTE
GENERAL_LEDGER							GL
GOVERNMENT                        				GOVT
GRADE								GRD
GRADE_POINT_AVERAGE               				GPA
GRADUATE                          				GRAD
GRADUATION                        				GRADUATN
HIGH_SCHOOL                       				HS
HOURLY                            				HRLY
IDENTIFICATION                    				ID
INDEPENDENT                       				INDEP
INDICATOR							INDCTR
INFORMATION                       				INFO
INFORMATION_RESOURCE_MANAGEMENT   				IRM
INITIAL				   				INIT
INSTITUTION                       				INST
INSTRUCTOR                        			        INSTR
INSTRUMENT                        				INSTRUM
JOB								JB
JOURNAL								JRNL
LANGUAGE                          				LANG
LENGTH                            				LNTH
LEAVE_OF_ABSENCE                  				LOA
LEAVE_WITH_PAY                    				LWP
LEAVE_WITHOUT_PAY                 				LWOP
LETTER_OF_CREDIT                  				LOCR
LEVEL								LVL
LINE                              				LN
LOCATION							LOCN
MAINTENANCE							MAINT
MAJOR                             				MAJ
MANAGEMENT                        				MGMT
MATRICULATE                       				MATRIC
MEDICAL                           				MED
MEDICAL_SCHOOL							MEDSCHL
MINIMUM								MIN
NATIONAL_CENTER_FOR_EDUCATIONAL_STATISTICS         		NCES
NATIONAL_SCIENCE_FOUNDATION       				NSF
NATURAL								NAT
NUMBER								NUM
OFFICIAL							OFFCL
OPERATOR							OPER
OPPORTUNITY							OPPORTUN
OPTION                            				OPT
PARENT                            				PARNT
PARENT_LOAN                       				PLUS
PARTIAL                           				PARTL
PERMANENT                         				PERM
PERSONAL                          				PERS
PERSONAL_CHANGE_NOTICE            				PCN
PERSONNEL_BUDGET	            				PBUDG
POINTS                            				PNTS
POSITION                          				POSN
PLANNING_INDICATOR_PROJECT        				PIP
PREVIOUS							PREV
PRE_REQUISITE							PREREQ
PROCESS                           				PROC
PROFESSIONAL                      				PROFL
PROGRAM                           				PGM
PROJECT								PROJ
PUBLICATION                       				PUB
QUARTER_TO_DATE                   				QTD
QUALITY_POINTS							QPTS
RECORD                            				REC
REDUCTION                         				RED
REGISTRATION                      				REG
RELATION                          				RELATN
REPORT                            				RPT
REQUIRE								REQ
REQUIRED							REQD
RESPONSIBLE							RESP
RESTRICTION							RESTRICTN
RETENTION							RETENT
ROUTINE                           				RTN
SALARY_LIMIT                      				SLIM
SCHEDULE							SCHED
SCHOOL                            				SCHL
SCIENCE                           				SCI
SECTION                           				SECT
SEMESTER							SEM
SEQUENCE							SEQ
SEQUENCE_NUMBER							SEQNUM
SOCIAL                            				SOC
SOCIAL_SECURITY_NUMBER            				SSN
SOURCE								SRCE
SPEEDTYPE                         				SPD
SPECIAL                           				SPEC
SPECIALITY							SPECIALTY
SPRING                            				SPRG
SPONSOR                           				SPNSR
STANDARD							STD
STANDARD_OCCUPATIONAL_CLASS	      				SOC
STATISTICS							STATS
STATUS                            				STAT
STUDENT                           				STU
STUDENT_INFORMATION_SYSTEM        				SIS
STUDY_ABROAD                      				SA
SUBJECT				              			SUBJ
SUMMER                            				SUMR
SUPERVISOR                        				SUPERV
SUPPLEMENTAL_EDUCATIONAL_OPPORTUNITY_GRANT                      SEOG
SUPPLEMENTAL_LOAN                 				SLS
TELEPHONE                         				TELE
TERM								TRM
TEMPORARY                         				TEMP
THROUGH								THRU
TEACHER'S_INVESTMENT_ANNUITY_ASSOCIATION                     	TIAA
TEST_OF_ENGLISH_AS_A_FOREIGN_LANGUAGE				TOEFL
TIME_REPORT_FORM                  				TRF
TRACK								TRK
TRANSCRIPT							TRANSCRPT
TOTAL                             				TOT
TRANSLATE							XLAT
TRANSFER							XFR
TRANSACTION                       				TRN
TUITION                           				TUIT
UNDERGRADUATE                     				UNGRAD
UNEMPLOYMENT                      				UNEMPL
UNSUBSIDIZED                      				UNSUB
UNIVERSITY_OF_COLORADO            				CU
UNIVERSITY_OF_COLORADO_AT_BOULDER 				UCB
UNIVERSITY_OF_COLORADO_AT_COLORADO_SPRINGS			UCCS
UNIVERSITY_OF_COLORADO_AT_DENVER  				UCD
UNIVERSITY_OF_COLORADO_HEALTH_SCIENCES_CENTER                 	HSC
VENDOR								VNDR
WITHHOLDING                       				WH
WORK_STUDY							WS
WORKERS                           				WKRS
YEAR                             				YR
YEAR_TO_DATE                      				YTD