Southeast Missouri State University


  1. In general, avoid alphabet soup. Do not use abbreviations or acronyms which the reader would not recognize. Acronyms should be used only in second and subsequent references. On first use in a story, use the full name of the organization, followed by parentheses containing the abbreviation you intend to use thereafter.

    First reference:
    ie. Center for Schoalarship in Teaching and Learning (CSTL)

    Second reference:
    ie. The CSTL will hold training sessions Jan. 10-13.

    Commonly used University acronyms:

    ACE NET - American Council on Education
    AFROTC - Air Force ROTC
    CAC - Cultural Arts Center
    CBEC - Crisp Bootheel Education Center
    CEU - Continuing Education Unit
    CIE – Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    CSTL - Center for Scholarship in Teaching and Learning
    CPA - Certified Public Accountant
    CPS – Certified Professional Secretary
    CTS - Clerical Technical Service Employee Staff Council
    CBHE - Coordinating Board for Higher Education
    DICE – Dollars for Innovative Campus Events
    DPS - Department of Public Safety
    FFR - Funding For Results
    IFC – Interfraternity Council
    ITV—Instructional Television
    MBA—Master of Business Administration
    MSW—Master of Social Work
    MAP—Missouri Assessment Program
    MMTF – Multi-Modal Transfer Facility
    MOBIUS—Missouri Bibliographic Information User System
    NAC – National Alumni Council
    NPC – National Panhellenic Council
    NPHC – National Pan-Hellenic Council
    OVC – Ohio Valley Conference
    PHEC—Perryville Higher Education Center
    RPDC—Regional Professional Development Center
    RHA—Residence Hall Association
    SAA – Student Alumni Association
    SAC—Student Activities Council
    SBTDC—Small Business & Technology Development Center
    SGA – Student Government Association
    SEK -- Southeast Missouri State University-Kennett
    SEM -- Southeast Missouri State University-Malden
    SES -- Southeast Missouri State University-Sikeston
    TRIO – TRIO Programs
    UC—University Center

    **Note that SEMO is unacceptable in all forms except in references to Southeast athletic teams.

  2. Omit periods in most acronyms of three letters or more, unless the result spells an unrelated word. Use periods for abbreviations of two letters. (ie. CIA, FBI, U.S.)