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College of Arts and Humanities

Art and Music Department

  • BH – Band Hall
  • EBRH – Eldon Black Recital Hall
  • McCC – McNease Convention Center
  • SAMFA – San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts
  • SASO – San Angelo Symphony Orchestra

Communication and Mass Media Department (CMM)

  • Studio One – Student drama group
  • TIPA – Texas Intercollegiate Press Association

English and Modern Languages Department

  • CRR – ASU Concho River Review (literary journal)
  • NCTE – National Council for Teachers of English
  • STC – Society of Technical Communication
  • UTL – ASU Usability Testing Lab

History and Political Science Department

  • AHA – American History Association
  • CDI – ASU Community Development Initiatives
  • MFT – Major Field Test
  • WTC – ASU West Texas Collection
  • WTHA – West Texas Historical Commission

College of Science and Engineering

Agriculture Department

  • FSPD Lab – Food Safety and Produce Development Lab (Meat Lab)
  • MFSA – Meat and Food Science Association (student group)
  • MIR Center – Management, Instruction and Research Center
  • NIRA – National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association
  • RAMS – Recruiting Ag Majors (student group)
  • TSSRM – Texas Section Society for Range Management

Biology Department

  • ASNHC – Angelo State Natural History Collections
  • HPAC – Health Professions Advisory Committee
  • HPE – Health Professions Evaluation
  • JAMP – Joint Admission Medical Program
  • NSF – National Science Foundation
  • REUs – Research Experience for Undergraduates
  • Tri-Beta – Beta Beta Beta biology national honor society

Chemistry and Biochemistry Department

  • ACS – American Chemical Society (student group)

Mathematics and Computer Science Department

  • CAM – Computational and Applied Mathematics
  • ECL – Entertainment Computing Lab (game development)
  • MAA – Mathematical Association of America (student group)
  • MT² – Math Teachers of Tomorrow (student group)

Physics Department

  • AIP – American Institute of Physics
  • GEO – Geologic Exhibition Organization (student group)
  • GIC – Global Immersion Center (planetarium)
  • SPS – Society of Physics Students

Security Studies and Criminal Justice Department

  • AU-ABC – Air University Association-to-Baccalaureate Cooperative Program
  • B.B.S. – Bachelor of Border Security
  • B.C.C.S.S. – Bachelor of Cultural Competence and Security Studies
  • B.C.F.S.S. – Bachelor of Cultural Fluency and Security Studies
  • CCAF – Community College of the Air Force
  • CSS – Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Security Studies
  • GIC – Global Immersion Center (planetarium)
  • ILL – Instructional Language Lab
  • M.S.S. – Master of Security Studies

College of Business

Accounting, Economics and Finance Department

  • CEE – ASU Center for Economic Education
  • CFPB – Certified Financial Planning Board
  • CPA – Certified Public Accountant
  • TREC – Texas Real Estate Commission

Management and Marketing Department

  • ACBSP – Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs
  • CSS – ASU Center for Student Success (advising)
  • ITO – ASU International Trade Office
  • MFT – Major Field Test
  • SBDC – ASU Small Business Development Center

College of Education

Curriculum and Instruction Department / Teacher Education Department

  • EPI Center – Educator Preparation Information Center
  • EPP – Educator Preparation Program
  • NCATE – National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • NEITC – ASU New Education Innovative Teaching Center
  • TEA – Texas Education Agency
  • TEACH – Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education
  • TExES – Texas Examination of Educator Standards
  • TSI – Texas Success Initiative
  • TSTA – Texas State Teachers Association
  • TxBESS – Texas Beginning Educator Support System

College of Graduate Studies and Research

  • GA – Graduate Assistant
  • GMAT – Graduate Management Admission Test
  • GRE – Graduate Record Exam
  • TA – Teaching Assistant

Archer College of Health and Human Services

Kinesiology Department

  • ACSM – American College of Sports Medicine
  • AKA – American Kinesiology Association
  • CHP – Center for Human Performance
  • NSCA – National Strength and Conditioning Association

Nursing and Rehabilitation Sciences Department

  • APTA – American Physical Therapy Association
  • ASPTA – Angelo State Physical Therapy Association (student group)
  • ATEP – Athletic Training Education Program
  • BON – Board of Nursing
  • CAATE – Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
  • CAPTE – Commission on Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education
  • HFSL – ASU High-Fidelity Simulation Lab (Sim Lab)
  • LWBIWH – Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health
  • NCLEX – National Council Licensing Examination
  • SNA – ASU Student Nurses Association
  • WED Center – Center for Community Wellness, Engagement and Development

Psychology, Sociology and Social Work Department

  • I/O Psychology – Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • PAC – Psychological Assessment Center

Miscellaneous Programs

Honors Program

  • GPHC – Great Plains Honors Council
  • HSA – Honors Student Association
  • NCHC – National Collegiate Honors Council

International Studies

  • CIS – Center for International Study
  • ELLI – English Language Learners’ Institute
  • IB – International Baccalaureate
  • IELTS – International English Language Testing System
  • ISA – International Students Association
  • TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language

Multicultural Center

  • ASU FIRST – Finding Insight and Raising Success Together (first-generation)
  • GLBTQ – Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer
  • HERO – Helping Educate Regarding Orientation
  • HSI – Hispanic Serving Institution
  • MAC – Multicultural Advisory Council
  • First Generation RAMS – Raising and Meeting Standards (mentor program)

Student Life

  • ASU First – Finding Insight and Raising Success Together
  • ASU LEAD – Leadership development
  • Early Alert – New and at-risk student transition programs overseen by Freshman College
  • CSI – Center for Student Involvement
  • Project VISA – Volunteering in San Angelo, overseen by Center for Student Involvement
  • SGA – Student Government Association
  • SOLF – Student Organization Leadership Fund
  • UCPC – University Center Program Council
  • UREC – University Recreation Department

Campus Buildings

  • A – Academic Building
  • AD – Mayer Administration Building
  • ASC – Administrative Support Center
  • CARR – Carr Education-Fine Arts Building
  • CAV – Cavness Science Building
  • CHP – Center for Human Performance
  • HAR – Hardeman Student Services Center
  • HH – Herrington House
  • IPLEX – Intramural Fields Complex
  • JUN – Junell Center (also JC/SA – Junell Center/Stephens Arena)
  • LIB – Porter Henderson Library
  • MCS – Mathematics-Computer Science Building
  • MIR Center – Management, Instruction and Research Center
  • RAS – Rassman Building
  • SIII – Science III
  • UC – Houston Harte University Center
  • VIN – Vincent Nursing-Physical Science Building
  • WED Center – Center for Community Wellness, Engagement and Development
  • X – Annexes

Miscellaneous Terms

  • B.I.S. – Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • CITR – Center for Innovation in Teaching and Research, faculty aids/services program
  • CLEP – College Level Examination Program (tests for credit)
  • FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid
  • IDEA – Faculty assessment program
  • NASFAA – National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
  • NSO – New Student Orientation
  • QEP – Quality Enhancement Plan
  • Ram Bucks – Meal plan
  • RamCat – Library cataloging and reference system
  • RamPoints – Meal plan
  • RamPort – ASU Internal Web Portal
  • RAMS – Online support for admission, registration, financial aid and other information
  • SACS-COC – Southern Association of Colleges and Schools - Commission on Colleges, the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states
  • SI – Supplemental Instruction, an academic support system using peer-led group sessions
  • SMART – Students Mapping a Right Track, the umbrella of academic support services that oversees the Tutor Center, Supplemental Instruction, Math Lab, Writing Center, Modern Language Tutoring and Accounting Lab
  • Springboard ASU – Summer dual credit/concurrent enrollment program
  • TelegRAM – Weekly e-newsletter of campus and community events
  • THEA – Texas Higher Education Assessment, college-ready assessment test
  • True Blue ASU – Represents the spirit and pride demonstrated by everyone associated with Angelo State University. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community show their “true color” by wearing ASU blue each Friday, flying ASU flags, stocking ASU merchandise, attending university-related events and supporting the ASU tradition in every possible way – now and for years to come.
  • TSI – Texas Success Initiative, requires student assessment prior to initial enrollment
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