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RCC Terminology

To convey a clear and concise message in all publications — from course catalogs to brochures and flyers to human interest stories and advertising — RCC publications use specific terminology and a style of writing adapted from the Associated Press. This guide covers the exceptions and other rules specific to the college.

Academic Affairs — Under the direction of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, manages all aspects of the credit and non-credit courses and programs at the College, including the faculty of the college, and the courses where they incorporate the elements of teaching and learning. The focus is on the effective delivery of educational services using the College’s resources in a continuously improving process, with an emphasis on student success. 

academic degrees — Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, Associate of Art Oregon Transfer (AAOT) degree, Associate of General Studies (AGS) degree, Associate of Science (AS) degree, Associate of Science Oregon Transfer degree in Business (ASOT Business). Spell out less familiar degrees such as Master of Public Administration. Doctor of Philosophy or Doctor of Education nearly always abbreviated: Ph.D, Ed.D.
Capitalize degrees except when nonspecific: She received an Associate of General Studies degree. The college offers five associate degrees.
Associate degree does not have an apostrophe. Use an apostrophe in bachelor's degree, a master's, etc., but not there is no possessive in Bachelor of Arts or Master of Education degree.

academic department names — Lowercase except when part of the official and formal name: RCC Science Department.

Academic Success — Instruction and tutoring in basic academics. Courses offered in basic reading, writing, mathematics, and study skills to prepare students for college-level courses, plus college-level courses in critical thinking, speed reading, and vocabulary development.

accessibility — ADA educational materials and technologies are “accessible” to people with disabilities if they are able to “acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same services” as people who do not have disabilities.

according to, said — Use “according to” when attributing key information to a reference book or other inanimate object. If the information can be defined as common knowledge, no attribution is necessary. Always use “said” when attributing a quote to a person (see attribution).

addresses — In return addresses and in running text, use the following styles:
Return address:
Rogue Community College Redwood Campus
3345 Redwood Hwy.
Grants Pass, OR 97527-9298
Running text: Rogue Community College, Redwood Campus, 3345 Redwood Hwy., Grants Pass, OR 97527-9298.

Adult Basic Skills (ABS) — Instruction in basic skills such as reading, writing and math, English Language Acquisition (ELA/ESL), and General Educational Development (GED®) exam preparation.

Advisory Committee — Appointed by the RCC Board of Education; acts in conjunction with board as the college budget committee. (See also “Program Advisory Committee.”)

Alpha Zeta Pi — promotion of scholarship, the development of leadership, service, and the cultivation of fellowship among qualified students of this college. It is not the official honor society of community colleges.

and — Spell out except when an ampersand is part of a proper name: Lea & Perrins steak sauce.

Angstadt, Peter, Ph.D. — RCC’s fifth president; served from 2004 to 2016.

Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) — Not Associate Degree in Nursing.

attribution — Use “said” when attributing a quotation to a person: “This is my famous quote,” Jones said. However, there is no need to use attribution for an indirect quote: Jones said that he would give a talk about his famous quote.

Bennett, Harvey, Ph.D. — RCC’s third president; served from 1986 to 1999. Died, July 11, 2012.

Blackboard (Rogue Online) — Blackboard is RCC's learning management system for online classes. Telecourses and blended courses also use Blackboard as a way to deliver, receive and grade student work.

Board of Education — For the most recent list of board members, visit Capitalize in all references when full title is used: Rogue Community College Board of Education. Use board only on second reference.

Bookstore — Capitalize when referring to the RCC Ambassador Bookstore. On second reference use bookstore.

CAMAT — Classified Association and Management Advisory Team. A 12-member group comprised of no more than six members of the classified association and six from management. Their goal is to work collaboratively for win/win outcomes in collective bargaining.

campuses — Redwood Campus (RWC), Grants Pass; Riverside Campus (RVC), Medford; Table Rock Campus (TRC), White City. Not Grants Pass campus or Grants Pass Redwood Campus, etc.

catalog — RCC Catalog; catalog on second reference. Published annually.

Coates Hall — Proper and full name of Redwood Campus building housing the RCC Computer Science Department and classes. Named after Grace and Edward Coates, who made a major financial gift to the RCC Foundation in 1990.

college — Capitalize only when using the full, proper name: Rogue Community College. Lower case on subsequent reference.

college colors — The official college color is blue (PMS 293C or 300U or Web #0067B1). It should be used for the official college logo and for letterhead, business cards, note cards, and envelopes.

college-wide — Hyphenate in all uses to avoid misreading of this term.

commas — Use commas to separate elements in a series, but do not put a comma before the conjunction in a simple series: women, men and children, or red, white and blue. Use a comma before the concluding conjunction, however, if an integral element of the series requires a conjunction: I had orange juice, toast, and ham and eggs for breakfast.

commencement — A graduation ceremony. Commencement ceremony is redundant.

course names — Capitalized if used with a specific course number: Writing 121. Lower case when referring to a generic class such as writing, math, history, but always capitalize English, Spanish, etc. It is acceptable to abbreviate a subject field when followed by the course number in text: WR121.

credit class schedule — RCC Schedule of Classes; schedule of classes, class schedule or schedule on subsequent references. Published quarterly online.

dash — There are two kinds: the en dash and the em dash. Do not confuse either with the hyphen (-). (See also “hyphen.”) The en dash (–) gets its name from its length. It is one ‘N’ long. The en dash is used to express a range of values or a distance.

The em dash (—) gets its name from its length. It is one ‘M’ long. The em dash can be typed as two hyphens together. Use spaces around the em dash. The em dash is used for the following purposes:

  • To denote an abrupt change in thought or emphatic pause
  • To set off a series within a phrase
  • For attribution
  • In datelines
  • In lists (Capitalize the first word following the dash.)

dates — Use day or date, not both: Halloween is on Sunday, or Halloween is Oct. 31. If an event occurs within the week, refer to it by day of the week: “The play opens Monday.” If an event occurs more than a week in the future, use the date. “The study abroad trip is scheduled to depart July 1.” Omit the year unless referring to a previous or future year: “Black, White and the Blues is set for Feb. 26,” but “I will retire Sept. 1, 2025.” When using a month, day and year in a sentence, use a comma after the date: “On April 1, 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.”

dean — Capitalize only when used as a title before a name; lower case when appearing after a name: Dean of Academic Affairs Navarro Chandler, but Navarro Chandler, dean of Academic Affairs.

divisions — Academic Affairs; Student Affairs; People, Culture and Safety; Operations and Finance; Governance

Dr. Use the title Dr. only when referring to a doctor of medicine, dentistry, or veterinary medicine. For academic doctorates, use Ph.D. or Ed.D. after individual’s name: President Peter Angstadt, Ph.D.

email (one word, no hyphen)

English Language Acquisition (ELA)

Executive Team — Comprised of the RCC president, vice presidents, and deans.

exclamation marks — Use to express a high degree of surprise, incredulity or strong emotion. Eg., Wow! Avoid overuse.

exempt — Employees who are exempt from certain wage and hour laws such as overtime pay. Usually applies to administrative or executive employees who receive an annual salary.

Facilities and Operations — Full and proper name for department that oversees building and grounds maintenance and security.

Early Childhood Education Center — Proper name for center located on the Redwood Campus. Operated by Southern Oregon Head Start, it serves low-income and/or disabled preschool children and also serves as a lab school for RCC Early Childhood and Elementary Education program students.

faculty — Do not capitalize.

faculty association — Formally known as RCC Education Association.

Faculty Senate — Faculty forum introduced in 2008-09 for teaching, learning and academic freedom.

FAMAT — Faculty Association and Management Advisory Team. An eight-member group comprised of four faculty and four managers whose goal is to work collaboratively for win/win outcomes in collective bargaining.

financial aid — Lowercase unless referring to the RCC Financial Aid Department.

foundation — Rogue Community College Foundation on first reference, RCC Foundation or the foundation on subsequent reference. Also, the Rogue Community College Foundation Board; foundation board on second reference.

from/to — Use both when expressing morning to evening events: The library is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Morning or evening only times can be expressed 9-11 a.m. or 7-9 p.m. When expressing days or months, write from 1959 to 2000 or 2009-10.

GED® — General Educational Development certificate. Sometimes incorrectly referred to as the General Educational Diploma or the General Equivalency Diploma. GED® is actually the process of earning the equivalent of a high school diploma. GED® should be used as an adjective, not as a noun. Those passing the tests earn a GED® diploma or certificate, not a GED.

GED® exams — GED® completers must successfully pass a series of five exams.

Governance — Division that includes President’s Office, Board of Education, Public Information and RCC Foundation.

grade point average — Spell out in first reference; use GPA on subsequent reference.

health care

Health Professions Center (HPC) — Proper name of the C Building (TRC-C) on the Table Rock Campus; home to RCC's nursing and Allied Health Occupations programs.

Help Desk — Internal computer assistance.

High Tech Center (HTC) — Proper name of the B Building (TRC-B) on the Table Rock Campus; houses mechatronics and welding labs.

hyphen — The hyphen (-) is the minus key in Windows-based keyboards. The hyphen should not be mistaken for a dash, which has a different function. A hyphen is used to separate the words in a compound adjective, verb, or adverb. The hyphen also is used for word breaks.

Illinois Valley Business Entrepreneurial Center (IVBEC) — Houses business start-up and growth services to Illinois Valley business owners. Located at 24353 Redwood Hwy., Kerby.

Illinois Valley Learning Center (IVLC) — Located in the Kerby Belt Building, 24353 Redwood Hwy., Kerby. Houses Adult Basic Skills and GED preparation classes, IP Video courses and student computer labs.

inservice — College-wide meetings led by the President's office. NOTE: RCC does not use a hyphen in this use of the word.

instructor — Do not capitalize.

internet addresses — When an internet address or URL falls at the end of a sentence, use a period. If an address breaks between lines, split it directly before a slash or a dot that is part of the address, without an inserted hyphen. Whenever possible, the URL should be the last line of a story.

Kemper-Pelle, Cathy, Ed.D. — RCC's sixth president and first female president; served from 2016 to 2022.

Learning Centers: Illinois Valley Learning Center, Kerby; Riverside Learning Center, Medford

libraries — RCC has three: the Redwood Campus Library, the Riverside Campus Library and the Table Rock Campus Library.

Levine, Rick, B.A. — RCC’s fourth president; served from 1999 to 2004.

Marjorie Holzgang Concert Bowl — Full and proper name of outdoor performance area on Redwood Campus. Use concert bowl on second reference.

mission statementRogue Community College provides quality learning opportunities for students to achieve their goals and support the vitality of our communities.

new student orientation

non-credit schedule — Refers to Continuing Education schedule of classes or class schedule.

online — Do not hyphenate.

Operations and Finance — Division that oversees Auxiliary Services (Shipping and Receiving), Budget and Financial Services, Business Office, Contracts and Procurement, Grants, Institutional Research, IT Network and User-Support Services, Internet and Telecommunication Services, Programming Services, and Facilities and Operations.

People, Culture and Safety — Division that includes Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Human Resources; and Risk Management.

percentages — Use figures: 50 percent, 2.5 percent (decimals, not fractions) and spell out percent. Do not use % except in tables.

periods — Use a single space after a period, colon, semicolon or question mark. Word- processing programs like Microsoft Word automatically insert extra space after a sentence- ending punctuation mark.

Pete, Henry, M.Ed. — President emeritus and RCC’s founding president; served from 1970 to 1980. Died Dec. 19, 2015.

phone numbers/extensions — Format phone numbers or extensions, as follows: Ext. 7500 for on-campus/internal publications; 541-956-7500 for publications going off campus; and 800- 411-6508 for toll-free numbers. TTY: Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711.

president — Capitalize when used as a title before name: President Cathy Kemper-Pelle, but lower case after the name: Cathy Kemper-Pelle, president. If including doctorate degree, write RCC President Cathy Kemper-Pelle, Ed.D.

professor — RCC does not use the designation professor or associate professor. Use instructor, faculty or adjunct faculty. Qualify all titles after the employee’s name in first reference in this manner: Joseph Jones, RCC math instructor, and Charles Brown, faculty member. In subsequent references, use only the employee’s last name for identification.

program advisory committees — Appointed groups of employers and employees from the related program area who contribute their expertise to the development of RCC career and technical programs.

quotation marks — Use single quotes in headlines.

RCC/SOU Higher Education Center — Proper name of educational facility on the Riverside Campus; located at 101 S. Bartlett St., Medford. Jointly owned and operated with Southern Oregon University. Use Higher Education Center or HEC on second reference.

Rogue Art Gallery — Proper name for art gallery located on Redwood Campus in Welcome Center.

Rogue Auditorium — A 183-seat lecture hall/ theater on the Redwood Campus.

Rogue Community College — Spell out on first reference; RCC, Rogue or the college on subsequent reference.

room numbers — List the room number after the building in which it is located: Coates Hall 10 or CH-10; F Building, Room 10, or F-10.

semester — RCC does not operate on a semester system. See term.

Sims, Howard, Ph.D. — RCC’s second president; served from 1980 to 1986.

staff — Generally refers to classified staff members or members of the RCC Oregon School Board Employees Association.

Student Center — Full, proper name for Redwood Campus building that houses the cafeteria, dining room, student center, clubs and student government offices.

Student Affairs — Division that oversees Access and Disability Resources, Advising, Athletics, Counseling, Diversity Programming Board, Enrollment Services (Registrar), Financial Aid, Marketing, Student Life, Student Success, TRIO programs, Veterans Services.

Table Rock Campus Learning Resource Center — Full name for TRC learning center.

term — RCC operates on three 11-week terms (not semesters) fall, winter and spring, and an eight-week summer term. Do not capitalize.

theater — Only acceptable spelling when referring to an academic discipline, facility or organization of actors: RCC theater arts classes. Exceptions include theater companies that have chosen “theatre” as a part of their business name: Rogue Music Theatre, Barnstormers Little Theatre Group.

TRIO — Federally funded programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds: TRIO Student Support Services, TRIO Educational Opportunity Centers, TRIO Educational Talent Search.

Tutoring centers — RCC has free drop- in tutoring for students at two locations: Wiseman Center, RWC and the Learning Resource Center, TRC.

veterans — Lower case. Capitalize if referring to RCC Veterans Services Department or U.S Department of Veterans Affairs. No apostrophe.

Veterans Resource Center — RCC has centers on the Redwood Campus and Table Rock Campus.

web — Short form of the World Wide Web, no longer capitalized. Also, one word: website, webcam, webcast, webmaster, webpage, website. But web address, web browser.

Welcome Center — Proper name for student service centers located at all RCC campuses that house recruitment and admissions.

Wiseman Center — Full and proper name for Redwood Campus building that houses Access and Disability Resources, the Library, Redwood Campus Academic Success Center, Student Employment Services, Testing Center, and math faculty offices. Named after Lillian Wiseman, a retired Grants Pass seamstress and dress designer who gave a major financial gift to RCC.

years — In cases where the century does not change, inclusive years should be formatted as follows: 2017-18.