Central Payroll


Payroll home Biweekly Pay and Factor Accruals Paycheck and Pay Dates Payroll System (PPS) Glacier/Foreign Tax Compliance Income Tax

3270 emulator

An application for connecting Windows PC users to IBM zSeries (S/390) mainframe, IBM iSeries (AS/400) and UNIX systems via TCP/IP. TN3270 is an example of a terminal emulator used at the university.

Chart of Accounts (COA)

The set of fields used in the financial system to track the nature and stewardship of expenses and allocations, as well as other financial activity and balances of the campus. The COA is made up of seven chartfields called a chartstring: Business Unit, Account, Fund, Org, Program, Project (optional), Flexfield (optional).

Distributed System/distributed processing

Allows users in individual departments or units to enter transactions directly, with the appropriate security and safeguards. This is in contrast to a centralized system, where a key entry unit or a small group of specialists does data entry.


Additional pay adjustment transaction in OPTRS


Employee Database. Database within the Payroll/Personnel System (PPS) that stores information related to employee records.


One-time payment transaction in OPTRS


Late-reduce pay transaction in OPTRS


Retroactive Pay transaction in OPTRS


Expense Transfer transaction in OPTRS

Exception Time

Time is derived directly from distribution percent residing on EDB. Pay is automatically generated; entry of time worked is NOT required in OPTRS.

Fastpath Navigation

The method of moving quickly from one screen to another. This is accomplished by entering the function code for the desired function in the Next Function field of any screen being displayed without returning to a menu.


Human Capital Management System – Peoplesoft front-end personnel system used by UCB to capture core employee data. HCM interfaces with PPS daily.


Payroll/Personnel System