Appendix E: Glossary of Acronyms and Terms



Name or Term

Description or Definition


Academic Progress Report

A tool in CalCentral that graduate students can use  to confirm progress of their Graduate division and department requirements.


Academic Student Appointment


Berkeley's official campus Learning Management System (LMS), using the open-source Canvas platform.


Berkeley’s official online academic records and student services portal to the campus student information system (Oracle Campus Solutions).


Committee for Protection of Human Subjects

Committee of two groups that serve as Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) for the University of California, Berkeley.


Council on Social Work Education

Sole accrediting body for social work education programs in the U.S.


Doctoral Completion Fellowship

A Graduate Division-administered fellowship that provides an incentive for doctoral students to complete their degree within a reasonable time. Eligible students may use the fellowship at any time after advancement to candidacy, through the end of the year Normative Time to Degree (NTD) plus one year.


Doctoral Candidacy Review

An online report required to be completed annually in CalCentral by all doctoral students who have advanced to doctoral candidacy, and their dissertation committee.


Designated Emphasis

An “add-on” area of study constituting a new method of inquiry or an important field of application relevant to two or more existing doctoral degree programs.


Disabled Students Program

Campus office providing and coordinating services and academic accommodations for students with disabilities.


Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work

Organization of social work doctoral program directors worldwide whose purpose is to promote rigor in doctoral education in social work, focusing on preparing scholars, researchers, and educators who function as stewards of the discipline.

Higher Degree Committee eForm

An electronic academic form submitted through CalCentral that encompasses the Application for Qualifying Examination, Request for Change in Higher Degree Committee, and Application for Doctoral Candidacy.


Milestones are academic benchmarks administered by the department and the Graduate Division that are used to guide academic progress toward the PhD degree.


Office for the Prevention of Harassment & Discrimination

Campus office overseeing compliance with University of California and UC Berkeley policies prohibiting protected category discrimination and harassment (including sexual harassment and violence).


Qualifying Examination


Qualifying Paper


Society for Social Work and Research

Professional membership society for social work researchers