NMU Acronyms

AA – Associate of Arts

AA – Academic Affairs

AA/EO – Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity

AAA Scholarship Program – Academic Achievement Awards
also known as Triple A

AACSB – Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

AAUP – American Association of University Professors

ACAC – Academic and Career Advisement Center

ACAC-JCO – Academic and Career Advisement Center-Jacobetti Center Office

ACS – Academic Computing Services

ACT – American College Testing Program

ACT – All-Campus Tutoring

ADH – Academic department heads

AdIT – Administrative Information Technology

AFSCME – American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees

AIS – Academic Information Services

AP – Administrative Professional
employee group

APP-CEEB – A testing program conducted by high schools for advanced credit

AQIP – Academic Quality Improvement Program

AS – Associate of Science

ASNMU – Associated Students of Northern Michigan University
student government

AV or AVS – Audio-Visual Services

BA – Bachelor of Arts

BOT – Board of Trustees

BS – Bachelor of Science

BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

BSW – Bachelor of Social Work

CAPS – Communication and Performance Studies

CAS – College of Arts and Sciences

CASAC – College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Committee

CBA – Collective Bargaining Agreement

CCS – Conference and Catering Services

CDP – College Day Program

CDS – Common data set

CED – Center for Educational Development

CEE – Center for Economics Education
that’s an alternative listing in the new phone directory

CEEE – Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship

CIS – Computer Information Systems

CITE – Center for Instructional Technology in Education

CJ – Criminal Justice

CLEA – Concentrated Learning Experience Abroad

CLEP – Examination for advanced placement credit

CMS – Content management system
Web tool

CNAS – Center for Native American Studies

COB – College of Business

COPS – College of Professional Studies

CPS – College of Profressional Studies

CSE – Center for Student Enrichment

CT – Clerical-Technical
employee group

CUP – Committee for Undergraduate Programs

CUPA – College and University Personnel Association
Institutional Research

CUPS – Center for Upper Peninsula Studies

CVP – Campus Visit Program

DDH – Deans and department heads
usually in reference to the monthly deans and department heads meeting

DNR – Department of Natural Resources
questionable, but it IS in our phone directory under x1627

DSO – Dean of Students Office

DSS – Diversity Student Services
renamed to: Multicultural Education & Resource Center

ECDC – Ethnic and Cultural Diversity Committee

EDEN – English Department Electronic Newsletter

EEO – Equal Employment Opportunity

EMN – Enrollment Management Network

EPC – Educational Policies Committee

EPS – Emploment Processing System

ESL – English as a Second Language

ETRPC – Educational Technology Resources and Policy Committee

FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid

FAO – Financial Aid Office

FAQ – Frequently asked questions

FERPA – The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974
federal law

FLSA – Fair Labor Standards Act

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

FRT – Forest Roberts Theatre

FTIAC – First time in any college
Enrollment Management Network term

FYE – First-Year Experience Program

FYP – First Year Programs

GAP – Gateway Academic Program
no longer in existence

GLBT – Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender

GPA – Grade point average

GRE – Graduate Record Exam

HEIDI – Higher Education Information Data Inventory

HPER – Health, Physical Education and Recreation

HPO – Health Promotion Office

HR – Human Resources

HRL – Housing and Residence Life

HRL – Housing and Residence Life

HSRRC – Human Subject Research Review Committee
No longer a committee. Was replaced by the IRB.

IAO – International Affairs Office

IB – International Baccalaureate
Advanced placement credit

ICP – Individually created programs

IMAC – Izzo-Mariucci Academic Center

IN – Identification Number
as used in NMU IN

IPEDS – Integrated Postsecondary Educational Data System

IR – Institutional Research

IRB – Institutional Review Board
Replaced the HSRRC

JXJ – John X. Jamrich
former NMU president, usually used in reference to John X. Jamrich Hall

K*C*P – King-Chavez-Parks Initiative

LPN – Licensed Practical Nurse

LRC – Learning Resources Center

MA – Masters of Arts

MB – Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society

MERC – Multicultural Education and Resource Center

MG – Missing grade

MPSERS – Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System

MS – Master of Science

MSN – Master of Science in Nursing

MTTC – Michigan Test for Teacher Certification

MTTC – Michigan Test for Teacher Certification

NAA – National Academic Award

NASA – Native American Student Association

NCLL – Northern Center for Lifelong Learning

NMU – Northern Michigan University

NMU IN – Northern Michigan University identification number

NMUAA – Alumni Association

NMUFA – Northern Michigan University Faculty Association

NSF – New Science Facility

NW – The North Wind

PACE – Peer Advising, Counseling and Education Program

PC – President’s Council

PCSUM – President's Council, State Universities of Michigan

PEIF – Physical Education Instructional Facility

PIN – Personal Indentification Number

PPST – Pre-Professional Skills Test

President's Roundtable – The housing and Residence Life advisory group of hall presidents and representatives

RN – Registered Nurse

SA – Senior Administrators
employee group

SAT – Scholastic Aptitude Test or Scholastic Assessment Test

SE – Superior Edge Program

SLFP – Student Leader Fellowship Program

SLHS – Speech, Language and Hearing Services

SM – Senior Management
employee group

SOE – School of Education

SOLAR – Student On-Line Access to Records
deactivated in 2004 and replaced by MyNMU.edu

SS&E – Student Services and Enrollment

SSC – Student Service Center

SSWO – Student Social Work Organization

TAS – Technology and Applied Science, School of

TLC – Teaching, Learning and Communication initiative

TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language

UAW – United Auto Workers

UBMS – Upward Bound Math and Science

UBRMS – Upward Bound Regional Math and Science

UC – University Center

UNITED – Uniting Neighbors in the Experience of Diversity
conference held at NMU in fall 2006

UPCED – Upper Peninsula Center for Educational Development

USOEC – United States Olympic Education Center

VPAA – Vice President for Academic Affairs

VSS – Veteran Student Services

Communication and Performance Studies

PRSSA – Public Relations Student Society of America


CI – Cognitive impairments

EI – Emotional impairments

NCATE – The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

PPST – Pre-Professional Skills Test

SCEC – Student Council for Exceptional Children

SMEA – Student Michigan Education Association

TEAC – Teacher Education Advisory Council

Human Resources

BCBSM – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

COBRA – Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act

DCAP – Dependent Care Account Program

EOB – Explanation of Benefits

FSA – Flexible Spending Account

HIPAA – Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

LTD – Long Term Disability

MPSERS – Michigan Public School Employees' Retirement System

RA – Retirement Annuity

RIF – Reduction in Force

SIP – Severance Incentive Plan

SRA – Supplemental Retirement Annuity

STD – Short Term Disability

TIAA-CREF – Teachers Insurance Annuity Association and College Retirement Equity Fund

TSA – Tax Sheltered Annuity

Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports

AD – Athletic director

BEC – Berry Events Center

BLC – Blue Line Club

CCHA – Central Collegiate Hockey Association

CCSA – Central Collegiate Ski Association

EZ Ticket – Easy Ticket

GLIAC – Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Association

IM – Izzo-Mariucci Academic Center

IM – Intramurals

N Club – NMU letterwinners club

NCAA – National Collegiate Athletics Association

ORC – Outdoor Recreation Center

ORCP – Outdoor Recreation and Challenge Programs

PEIF – Physical Education Instructional Facility

REC – Recreation

SAAC – Student Athlete Advisory Committee

SID – Sports information director

SWA – Senior woman administrator

WCC – Wildcat Club

XC – Cross Country

International Affairs

AHA-International – American Heritage Association International
usually referred to by acronym

CCIS – College Consortium for International Studies

CIEE – Council on International Educational Exchange
a study abroad consortium, usually referred to by acronym

EU-US – European Union-United States

ISA – International Studies Abroad

JCMU – Japan Center for Michigan Universities

MCSA – Midwest Consortium for Study Abroad

NAFSA – Now known as NAFSA: Association of International Educators

SEVIS – Student Exchange Visitor Information System F-1 and J-1 (student visa types)


BME – Bachelor of Music Education

MUS – Music department and course listings

NASM – National Association of Schools of Music


ADN – Associate Degree of Nursing
NMU does not offer

DNP – Doctorate in Nursing Practice

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

LPN – Licensed Practical Nurse

MSN – Masters of Science in Nursing

PN – Practical Nursing Program


CASPA – Central Application Service for Physician Assistants


AACOMAS – American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service

AADSAS – Associated American Dental Schools Application Service

AMCAS – American Medical College Application Service

DAT – Dental Admission Test

MCAT – Medical College Admission Test

Public Broadcasting

AUDIX – Audio Information Exchange
NMU voicemail system

CPB – Corporation for Public Broadcasting

DTV – Digital Television

HDTV – High Definition Television

HSB – High School Bowl

IMAG – Image Magnification Television Projection

ITV – Interactive Television

LRD – Learning Resources Division

MSL – Mediasite Live

NMUCLC – Northern Michigan University Connected Learning Community
Off-campus wireless network

NPR – National Public Radio

PBS – Public Broadcasting Service

PR90 – Public Radio 90.1

PTV – Public Television

VPN – Virtual Private Network
wireless network access software client


AHRS – Attempted Hours

EHRS – Earned Hours

QHRS – Quality Hours

QPTS – Quality Points

Technology and Applied Sciences

HAZWOPER – Hazardous Waste Operations & Emergency Response

United States Olympic Training Site

AAC – Athletes Advisory Council

BOCOG – Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games

GLSA – Great Lakes Sports Academy

GLSTC – Great Lakes Sports Training Center

IOC – International Olympic Committee

OSP – Olympic Scholarship Program

OTC – Olympic Training Center

USAB – USA Boxing

USADA – United States Anti Doping Association

USAW – USA Wrestling

USAW – USA Weightlifting

USLA – United States Luge Association

USOC – United States Olympic Committee

USOTC – United States Olympic Training Site

USS – United States Speedskating

USSSA – United States Ski and Snowboard Association

VP3 – Veteran's Paralympic Performance Program

WADA – World Anti Doping Association