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

AAPC – Admission and Academic Policies Committee (Academic Senate committee)

AAUP – American Association of University Professors, one of two collective bargaining units representing faculty and NMU

ACAC – Academic and Career Advisement Center (Pronounced ack-ack)

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

ACS – Academic Computing Services

ACT – All-Campus Tutoring

ACT – American College Testing Program

ADH – Academic department heads

AdIT – Administrative Information Technology

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

AIS – Academic Information Services

AISAC – Academic Information Services Advisory Committee (Academic Senate committee)

AP – Administrative Professional
employee group

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

AQIP – Academic Quality Improvement Program, the continuous improvement method that NMU uses for accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (Pronounced a-kwip)

AS – Associate of Science

ASL – Academic Service Learning

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

CEC – Committee on Elections and Committees (Academic Senate committee)

CED – Center for Educational Development

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

CEEE – Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship

CIS – Computer Information Systems

CITE – A recently replaced acronym that is still sometimes used on campus. What used to be the Center for Instructional Technology in Education has expanded to become the Center for Teaching and Learning.

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

COI – Committee on Internationalization (Academic Senate committee)

COPS – College of Professional Studies

CPS – College of Profressional Studies

CSE – Center for Student Enrichment

CT – Clerical-Technical
employee group

CTL – Center for Teaching and Learning

CUP – Committee for Undergraduate Programs (Academic Senate committee)

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

EEGS – Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences Department

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 (Academic Senate committee)

FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid

FAO – Financial Aid Office

FAQ – Frequently asked questions

FERPA – Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records
federal law

FGC – Faculty Grants Committee (Academic Senate committee)

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

GEC – General Education Committee (Academic Senate committee)

GLBT – Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender

GPA – Grade point average

GPC – Graduate Programs Committee (Academic Senate committee)

GRE – Graduate Record Exam

HBC – Honors Board (Academic Senate committee)

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.

IACUC – Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, reviews NMU's program of animal care and use to ensure animal health and well-being

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, established to assure protection of the rights and welfare of human research subjects.
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

LDES – Library Distance Education Services, provides information resources and research support to students enrolled in distance education courses

LPN – Licensed Practical Nurse

LRC – Learning Resources Center

MA – Masters of Arts

MB – Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society

MERC – Multicultural Education & Resource Center (Pronounced merk)

MG – Missing grade

MPSERS – Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System

MS – Master of Science

MSN – Master of Science in Nursing

MTA – Michigan Transfer Agreement, facilitates the transfer of general education requirements from Michigan community colleges

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 – This is your NMU identification Number. We do not use social security numbers as identification numbers for faculty, staff, or students

NMUAA – Alumni Association

NMUFA – Northern Michigan University Faculty Association, one of two collective bargaining units representing faculty and NMU.

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

PIN – Personal Indentification Number

PPST – Pre-Professional Skills Test

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

PVPAA – Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

RN – Registered Nurse

SA – Senior Administrators
employee group

SAT – Scholastic Aptitude Test or Scholastic Assessment Test

SE – Superior Edge Program

SELPS – School of Education, Leadership and Public Service

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

TLAC – Teaching and Learning Advisory Council (Academic Senate committee)

TLC – Teaching, Learning, and Communication, the initiative that provides students with mobile computers and software, promotes communication and enables quality support.

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, an annual conference
conference held at NMU in the fall of each year

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 – Intramurals

IM – Izzo-Mariucci Academic Center

N Club – NMU letterwinners club

NCAA – National Collegiate Athletics Association

ORC – Outdoor Recreation Center

ORCP – Outdoor Recreation and Challenge Programs

PEIF – Physical Education and Instructional Facility, the recreational sports facility (Pronounced peef)

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 Weightlifting

USAW – USA Wrestling

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