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Terminology

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The Acronyms page is another handy reference while you learn and work with ctcLink.

While you learn and work with ctcLink and its software, PeopleSoft, you will come across many words and terms. Find a quick list below and a comprehensive list at ctcLink Glossary.

Benefits

There are many words and terms associated with benefits in the ctcLink system. Find a list in the Benefits Vocabulary page of the ctcLink Reference Center.

Campus Solutions (CS)

One of the three main working systems — referred to as “pillars” — in the PeopleSoft software that runs ctcLink. Campus Solutions (CS) will manage student administration, including admissions, financial aid and student records. It will replace the Student Management System (SMS), Financial Aid Management (FAM) and Degree Audit. The other two pillars are Finance and Human Capital Management.

Chart of Accounts (CoA)

The foundation of the PeopleSoft accounting system. The Chart of Accounts provides each business unit, fund, department, cost center, project/grant and account with a unique identification number and a common language for identifying financial transactions.

ctcLink

ctcLink is the name for the PeopleSoft enterprise resource planning (ERP) project for Washington’s community and technical college system. The “ctc” stands for “community and technical colleges.” ctcLink will replace our aging legacy systems, such as the current Financial Management System (FMS), Student Management System (SMS) and Payroll/Personnel Management System (PPMS). It will be used by all 34 of Washington’s community and technical colleges.

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

PeopleSoft is an ERP, which is a system to integrate internal and external management of information across an entire organization (in our case, across Washington’s community and technical college system).

Finance (FIN)

One of the three main working systems — referred to as “pillars” — in the PeopleSoft software that runs ctcLink. Finance (FIN) will support all of our business processing and will replace the Financial Management System (FMS). The other two pillars are Campus Solutions and Human Capital Management.

Human Capital Management (HCM)

One of the three main working systems — referred to as “pillars” — in the PeopleSoft software that runs ctcLink. Human Capital Management (HCM) will house all HR-related functionality and will replace the Personnel and Payroll Management System (PPMS). The other two pillars are Campus Solutions and Finance.

Learning Management System (LMS)

Software for delivering, tracking and managing training or classes. Some examples include Canvas, Angel and Blackboard.

PeopleSoft

PeopleSoft is the name of the software that will manage all student (Campus Solutions or CS), human resources (Human Capital Management or HCM), and financial (Finance or FIN) data. Technically, PeopleSoft is an ERP, which is a system to integrate internal and external management of information across an entire organization (in our case, across Washington’s community and technical college system). Find an extensive list of terms in the PeopleSoft Glossary.

Query

A report in PeopleSoft that can be created or run to return subsets of information. Can be either Public or Private. Security setup for Query is unique to Query.

Time and Labor

There are many words and terms associated with time and labor in the ctcLink system. Find a list on the Time and Labor Vocabulary page of the ctcLink Reference Center.

Time Reporter Types

Either Elapsed (work is reported in hours without clock details) or Punch (work is reported in time stamps for In, Out and Meal breaks).

Time Type

Either Exception (employees only report when they are not there) or Positive (employee must report time they are at work). This is defined for employees by their Workgroup. This is different than Elapsed vs. Punch which are Time Reporter Types.

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For information about the statewide ctcLink project, visit the SBCTC ctcLink page and read the blog, ctcLink Connect.