Building on N.C. A&T’s positioning and creative platform, AGGIES DO! is a clarion call to excellence. We stand firmly on the shoulders of our predecessors, and we see a future of distinction beyond anything they could have ever imagined. To get to that future and beyond, each of us has to answer the call to learn more, teach more, give more and do more so that we can be better—because that’s what AGGIES DO!
Always capitalize proper nouns, months and days of the week. Do not capitalize seasons unless they are part of a title, e.g., Fall Lyceum Series.
When in doubt, do not capitalize; or refer to the Associated Press Stylebook.
Capitalize all words except articles (the, a, an), conjunctions (and, but, or, for, nor, so, yet, if, as, since, when, because), and short prepositions (of, in, on) in headings and the titles of books, plays, lectures, musical compositions, etc., unless they appear at the beginning of the title. Planet of Slums The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Capitalize the official names of departments when used in text. However, do not capitalize the informal name. The professor lectures in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. The professor lectures in the curriculum and instruction department.
Capitalize all conferred and traditional, educational, occupational and business titles when used specifically in front of the name; do not capitalize these titles when they follow the name or when they appear alone. Chancellor John Doe Jane Doe, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs The brigadier general will preside at the banquet.
Do not capitalize words such as university, school, department, office, division, association and conference when they stand alone, even if they refer to a specific, previously identified entity.
Titles standing alone or in apposition The provost is second in command. Mary Brown, professor of nanoengineering, is on sabbatical until next semester.
Names of school or college studies, fields of study, options, curricula, major areas, or major subjects, except languages, unless a specific course is being referred to Dan is majoring in biology with a minor in American history.Jan is enrolled in Ideas and Expressions II this semester.
Unofficial or informal names of departments when used in text Dr. Jones is chairman of the multimedia department.
The words or abbreviations a.m., p.m., baccalaureate, federal, state, government, honors, page and paragraph
Names of seasons (winter, spring, summer, fall), including references to semesters
Plural words that refer to multiple preceding terms that individually would be capitalized The Oaks Faculty House is located at the corner of Dudley and Bluford streets.
Refer to the Associated Press Stylebook or The Chicago Manual of Style for specific usages.
The term “professor” should not be used simply to indicate “faculty member.” (Use of “professors” in the example above indicates that Green and White are, indeed, full professors, not just members of the history faculty.)
The forms for A&T titles are vice chancellor “for”; dean “of”; chair or chairperson “of”; professor, associate professor and assistant professor “of”; and instructor “in”—followed by the applicable field or unit.
Acronyms (read as a single word, such as AIDS) and initialisms (read as a series of letters, such as HIV) are abbreviations that generally are less cumbersome to use than the complete name of the entity they represent. Avoid coining new ones to address isolated situations.
Generally, acronyms and initialisms are based on the initial letter of the words in the name of the entity they represent and are formed using capital letters without periods. Plurals are formed by adding “s” (e.g., SATs) or “’s” for terms ending in “S” (e.g., SOS’s).
An acronym or initialism is enclosed in parentheses following the first text reference to the complete name for which it stands: The Division of Research and Economic Development (DORED) maintains a balanced and diverse portfolio of basic and applied research programs that are effectively integrated with undergraduate and graduate education.
An acronym or initialism should not be provided if there is no subsequent reference, unless it is better known than the term for which it stands or there is a desire to promote its use.Acronyms and initialisms commonly understood by the intended audience (e.g., GPA, ACT, SAT with prospective students) can be used on first reference.
The first reference to North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in institutional pieces need not be followed by (N.C. A&T) or (A&T) even when used in subsequent references.
The plurals of alumna and alumnus are alumnae and alumni, respectively. While alumna and alumnae refer specifically to a woman or women and alumnus refers specifically to a man, alumni can be used to refer to both men and women and should be used for the general plural term. “Alums” should only be used as an informal substitute.
These terms can mean persons who have attended or those who have graduated from an institution. Clarification should be made if relevant to the context.
Do not use an ampersand (&) in place of “and” in running text, even in the names of units or organizations that use an ampersand. Use the ampersand only in titles of published works, corporate names, course abbreviations and graphic treatments.No: The College of Business & Economics is the largest academic unit on campus. Yes: The College of Business and Economics is the largest academic unit on campus.
The apostrophe replaces missing letters (e.g., doesn’t) and missing numbers (e.g., class of ’71).
The curved (or “smart”) version is preferred.
If use of straight apostrophes is the convention for a website, consistency is key.
For numbers under 10, spell out (one, two, three, etc.).
Use numerals for all numbers 10 or over, including ordinals, e.g., 22nd.
Days of the month should be written in numeric form, omitting rd, th, st and nd.
Use numerals for credit hours, ages, percentages, ratios and degrees.20 hours, 11 minutes, 3 seconds (Note: Midnight and noon should be spelled out and not written as 12 a.m. and 12 p.m.) She purchased fifteen oranges, six bananas, five apples, seven plums and twenty-four lemons last week. 800-555-1234 336-256-0863
Hours of the day should be written as 1 p.m. or 1:30 p.m.No: The clerk gave me eight (8) copies. Yes: The clerk gave me eight copies.
Use hyphens to set off fractions when fractions are not available in a particular font: 5-1/2” x 7-3/4”.