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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

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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

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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

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College of Graduate Studies and Research

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

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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

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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