1 A abbreviations Abbreviations fall into two categories: acronyms, which are those formed by using only the first letters of a phrase’s constituent words (e.g., NSU for Nova Southeastern University), and those formed by using more than the first letter of each word (e.g., Ph.D.). As these examples illustrate, the former do not take periods and the latter do. The former category has some notable exceptions. The abbreviation for United States (U.S.) takes periods, so as not to be confused with us (or in the NSU arena, with NSU University School). However, USA is written without periods. See also academic degrees and acronyms. academic advisor On business cards and letterhead, this term will be spelled with the -or suffix. If the complete term is used in a document and no other advisers are mentioned, the -or suffix will be used. If the complete term (academic advisor) is not used or other types of advisers are also mentioned, than the word will be spelled with the -er suffix. See also adviser/advisor. academic degrees NSU has chosen to use periods in the abbreviations of all levels of academic degrees listed in university publications, whether they were obtained here or not. • B.A. not BA • M.S. not MS • Au.D. not AuD Use in when describing a degree, not of. • Bachelor of Arts in . . . • bachelor’s degree in . . . • NOT bachelor’s of . . . When an academic degree is used before a school, separate them with commas. • Ph.D., Indiana University • M.S., Nova Southeastern University When an academic degree is used after a name, set it off with commas. • Richard Davis, Ed.D., is the dean. • NOT Dr. Richard Davis • NOT Mr. Richard Davis, Ed.D. • Sample plural forms: Ph.D.s, M.A.s, M.B.A.s Note: NSU has a wide array of faculty members possessing different doctoral degrees (e.g., O.D., Ph.D., Ed.D., Psy.D.). To reduce the resulting confusion, use the specific degree instead of the term doctor when describing a person with a doctorate. • John Jones, Ph.D., will speak at graduation. • NOT Dr. John Jones will speak at graduation. See also capitalization. See also titles of people. Academical Village Not Academic or Academics Village accents, diacritical marks Use only on words that are still considered foreign—not on words commonly used in American English, like cafe and cliche. Here’s the test: If a word appears in the main section of an American dictionary (and not in an appendix on foreign words and phrases), you can consider it assimilated. Capital letters do not take accent marks in Spanish. See also foreign words and résumé. accreditation statement This statement appears in every printed brochure, flyer, or advertisement promoting the university and its educational programs. To meet the Southern Associationof Colleges andSchools’ (SACS) standards, it must be used verbatim, as provided by the Office of Publications: Nova Southeastern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate’s, baccalaureate, master’s, educational specialist, doctorate, and professional degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-6794500 for questions about the accreditation of Nova Southeastern University. The Shepard Broad College of Law and the NSU University School have separate accreditations, but all others must use the above accreditation verbatim when an accreditation is required. There are no restrictions as to the point size or style of type in which the accreditation statement must appear.