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  • Chart Fields

    Definition:

    The fields that store the Chart of Accounts (COA) and provide the system with the basic structure to segregate and categorize transactional and budget data.

  • Chart of Accounts

    Definition:

    A list of all General Ledger (GL) accounts used by one or several University codes. For each GL account, the chart of accounts contains the account number, account name, and the information that controls how an account functions and how a GL account is created in a University code.

  • Chart Strings

    Definition:

    The combination of ChartFields and the level at which accounting charges and credits are applied.

  • COA

    Definition:

    Chart of Accounts

  • COB

    Definition:

    Consolidated Operating Budget - found in the Data Warehouse section of My.Columbia portal - a useful budget report.

  • Commitment Control

    Definition:

    Functionality in PeopleSoft that enables us to manage expenditures actively against predefined, authorized budgets

  • Conversion

    Definition:

    The process of loading data from the existing system to the new system. The conversion process involves identifying the data that must be brought to the new system, mapping the data to PeopleSoft fields, translating old codes into PeopleSoft codes and loading the clean and compatible data into PeopleSoft.

  • Cost Transfers

    Definition:

    Ability to change an employee’s account distribution retroactively in PAC. Also refers to the retroactive transfer of expenditures from one account to another.

  • Crosswalk

    Definition:

    The translation of a legacy value to a PeopleSoft value.

  • CUBHIS

    Definition:

    Columbia University Biomedical and Health Information Services.

  • CUF

    Definition:

    Columbia University Facilities.

  • CUHR

    Definition:

    Columbia University Human Resources.

  • CUIT

    Definition:

    Columbia University Information Technology.

  • CUMC

    Definition:

    Columbia University Medical Center.