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Glossary of Terms

Tarleton-Specific Terms


Tarleton State University has contracted with Apogee to provide high speed Internet service to the Stephenville campus Residence Halls. Connection to this service requires a wired Ethernet connection. You must provide the Ethernet cable - it is not provided for you. An Ethernet cable can be purchased at most stores that carry basic computing supplies.

There is no wireless Internet access in the residence halls

If you need support for the Internet service in your room, contact Apogee at 1-877-478-8801.


An administrative software application developed specifically for higher education institutions. It has the capability of integrating finance, alumni development, student registration and records, financial aid,


Budget/Payroll/Personnel Operations Center is to provide a centralized administrative computer system to support the data processing and reporting requirements for these three functional areas.


A Learning Management System that connects faculty and students in a secure environment for the administration, documentation, tracking, and reporting of online and component courses. Faculty are able to post class materials/content, administer test online, provide feedback, facilitate interaction among students, and post grades for students to view. For more information about the system, visit the support page for Blackboard.


Web-enable BPP/FAMIS system provided by TAMU.  You can get limited account information through this system, but you cannot perform extended functions such as with FAMIS. Access Canopy.

Cascade Server

A content management system we use to build and publish webpages on the Tarleton website.  For tutorials and other information about the system, visit the CMS Tutorial Site.

Chalk & Wire

An e-portfolio tool that allows students to showcase their work and is used for program assessment (i.e. not for assessment that is specific to one course, but rather to assess program-based learning outcomes).


Center for Instructional Innovation: A team of experts that manage online instructional tools (Blackboard, Turnitin, Chalk & Wire, etc.), classroom and lab technology (smartboards, computers, software), and training for faculty and students using instructional tools.


Content Management System: is a computer application used to create, edit, manage, search and publish webpages.  Tarleton currently uses Cascade Server.

Code Purple

An emergency notification service that gives Tarleton State University the ability to communicate health and safety emergency information quickly—by email and text message. By enrolling in Code Purple, university officials can quickly pass on safety-related information, regardless of your location.


Web Self-Service Student Information System that is no longer being used.  You may now login to myGateway for registration, grades, financial aid, etc.


Microsoft Exchange is the standard email and calendar system for all faculty, staff and student workers. The desktop client used to access your Exchange account will be Outlook on a PC and Entourage on a Mac. Web access is available at .


The Financial Accounting Management Information System (FAMIS) is used exclusively by The Texas A&M University System for budget/financial purposes. FAMIS Help Line: (979) 458-6464

All registered students are provided an official Tarleton email account hosted by Microsoft. Students may look up the account information inside Ducktrax. Go to Personal Information, Show Email Addresses. Your new account will be displayed. It will normally follow the format


Information Technology Services provides academic and administrative networking, application, and voice services for the Tarleton campus community. 


Learning Management System: Connects faculty and students in a secure environment for the administration, documentation, tracking, and reporting of online and component courses. Faculty are able to post class materials/content, administer test online, provide feedback, facilitate interaction among students, and post grades for students to view. Blackboard is the official LMS at Tarleton State University.


Tarleton's web portal.  You login to MyGateway using your NTNET username and password.  This portal provides access to registration, grades, courses, financial aid, and internal resources.


Tarleton's network domain. All faculty, staff and students are given login credentials (username and password) for the NTNET domain. These credentials are used to authenticate users on campus computers and numerous online resources including MyGateway, Parking, Cascade Server


Outlook Web Access. This is the web based version of Microsoft Outlook for Exchange email users (see Exchange). Web access is available at


Residential Management System. This is the web based system used by Residential Living and Learning to support Residence Hall assignment. Students may access the RMS system via the web at

Smart Board

An interactive whiteboard that allows faculty to present dynamic content and capture/save for future reference by students. Using 'touch technology', the board can detect user input (e.g. scrolling, right-mouse-click) in the same way a PC does, and uses 'Digital Ink' to replace traditional whiteboard markers. Currently, over 75 classrooms and labs at TSU are equipped with this technology.

Faculty and staff may obtain discounted software (primarily Microsoft and Adobe) for work-at-home purposes via the website Login with your NTNET username and password. These are one-time purchases for work-at-home use. Customers pay a small fee by credit card and the media is mailed to your residence.


Texas A&M Single Sign On: System that contains LeaveTraq, TrainTraq, TimeTraq, and other system resources.

Tarleton Network

The computing resources shared by Tarleton computers and telephones that allow us to share applications, bandwidth, and voice services.

Texan Card

The Texan Card is the name of the university's identification card issued to students, faculty, staff, and others. It is a photo ID with a magnetic stripe, and is used for a variety of things, such as building access, entry into on-campus events, Texan Bucks, and more.

Texan Facts

Texan Facts is a reporting tool that provides searchable historical enrollment information.


         University I.D. This is a unique, nine digit number assigned to all Tarleton students.


Texas A&M's Trans Texas Video Network group provides internet and video services to the thirteen campuses, the Health Science Center, and the 14 Research & Service agencies of the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS).


Universal Identification Number. This is a unique, nine digit number assigned to all Tarleton employees. The number is used to access the SSO and is often required on university paperwork. This is distinct from UID, which is issued to students. Any Tarleton employee that is also a student will have both a UIN and a UID.


WEAVEonline is a web-based assessment management system that helps manage accreditation, assessment, planning, and quality improvement processes for colleges and universities. Login at

Web Help Desk

The web based ticket system for Tarleton technology support. Customers may submit requests for service online. Login with your NTNET username and password at

General Technology Terms


Adware is very similar to spyware and performs many of the same functions. Adware, though, does not attempt to gather sensitive information like usernames or passwords. Instead, Adware is used by advertisers that wish to deliver advertisements to users.


The capacity of a networked connection. Bandwidth determines how much data can be sent along the networked wires. Bandwidth is particularly important for Internet connections, since greater bandwidth also means faster downloads.


Software used to navigate the Internet. Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Safari are today's most popular browsers for accessing the World Wide Web.

Domain Name

Domain Name: A unique name that identifies a website. Always have two or more parts separated by periods. For example, "" is a domain name


This term actually refers to an older style networking which used coaxial cable. However, it is frequently used to describe RJ 45 network cable which resembles a large phone cable.


An alternative web browser that can be downloaded for free.  You can download the latest version of Firefox here.


File Transfer Protocol: Allows you to transfer files from your computer.  If you currently have an organization or individual website, you may be required to use FTP in order to put files on your web site account.  For more information about this, visit the Web Services site.


Hyper Text Markup Language: The language/code used to create webpages.  You may use this if you have a web site account at Tarleton.


General term for software that will have an unwanted effect on the targeted computer system.  Includes spyware, adware, viruses, worms, and trojans.

Microsoft Office

The standard productivity suite installed on all campus computers. Includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook. May be purchased by faculty and staff for home use through Students may obtain discounted Office products through Microsoft's Ultimate Steal program,


Portable document format made by Adobe.  Most documents, such as Word, Excel, web pages, and graphics can be saved as PDF's.  PDFs can be viewed by downloading the Adobe Acrobat Reader.


The process of attempting to acquire sensitive information by masquerading as a trustworthy entity usually through an email. Data usually sought after is passwords, game accounts and credit card particulars. The instructions often direct users to send personal information or embeds a ‘fraudulent' link in the email.


Really Simple Syndication: A web feed used to publish frequently updated information, such as the University News and University Calendar.  You can find these feeds on the Tarleton website via this icon: RSS


Undesired or unsolicited electronic messages. Usually a commercial advertisement scheme, product or service that floods the internet hoping to infiltrate an individual's home PC or a company system by gathering and exploiting email addresses.


Spyware is a form of malware that is designed to secretly gather information from a user. This information is then passed onto the spyware creator, often by transmission over the Internet. Spyware has been observed gathering multiple different types of data ranging from secret passwords to user's Internet usage history (browsing history).


Part of a website URL that usually appears in the front. A subdomain is a domain that is part of a larger domain.  For example, uses "exchange" as a subdomain.


Similar to viruses and worms in that they perform unwanted actions on the target computer. They are different in how they infect targeted systems: 1. Pretend to be software that does something desirable, such as a game, and 2. Reference to the Trojan Horse from Greek mythology.


Uniform Resource Locator: The address for each website begins with http://


A type of program that performs unwanted actions on the target system, frequently causing damage. NOTE: A virus requires a person to actively do something, such as open an infected file.


Virtual Private Network: Employees and students can access the Tarleton network including T: drives from home by accessing VPN.


Wireless Fidelity: A local area network that uses high frequency radio signals to transmit and receive data.  Tarleton currently has WiFi locations all over campus.  To see a map of available WiFi access points, visit Campus Maps.


Similar to a virus, a worm is a type of program that performs unwanted actions on a computer system, frequently causing damage. Unlike a virus, a worm can infect systems without any human assistance.