Editorial Style Guidelines

Following a well-defined editorial style gives your writing a professional sheen and brings it in line with the university’s brand platform.

Caldwell Fellows Program

This merit scholarship program provides three-year fellowships to high-achieving first-year students.

capitalization

In general, avoid unnecessary use of capital letters. Words are not capitalized just because somebody considers them important. Capitalize words in these categories:

Proper nouns (the proper name of a person, place or thing) — Debbie Yow, Raleigh, NC State University, Reynolds Coliseum, the Bulletin, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Personal titles immediately preceding a person's name — Chancellor Woodson, Coach Keatts, Provost Arden
Personal titles following a name in a formal or ceremonial list — Warwick Arden, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Brian Sischo, Vice Chancellor for University Advancement

Correct:
The chancellor is meeting with Dean Ranft to discuss recent successes in commercialization of research.
Incorrect:
The Chancellor is meeting with Dean Ranft to discuss recent successes in commercialization of research.
Correct:
The department has hired a new assistant professor.
Incorrect:
The department has hired a new Assistant Professor.
Correct:
The class of 2018 has a bright future.
Incorrect:
The Class of 2018 has a bright future.

Carter-Finley Stadium

See entry for Athletics facilities.

Centennial Campus

Use the full capitalized name.

chair, chairperson, chairman, chairwoman

If the body or organization in question has an official usage designated for this term, use it. In the absence of an official usage, if the person being identified has a preference, use the term the person prefers. Otherwise, use the non-gender-specific term.

chancellor

Capitalize when used before a name; lowercase after a name (unless in a formal or ceremonial list; see capitalization entry above) or when used alone. The names and terms of those who have served as NC State's chancellors and presidents follow:

  • Alexander Q. Holladay (president, 1889-1899)
  • George T. Winston (president, 1899-1908)
  • Daniel H. Hill (president, 1908-1916)
  • Wallace C. Riddick (president, 1916-1923)
  • Eugene Clyde Brooks (president, 1923-1934)
  • John W. Harrelson (chancellor, 1934-1953)
  • Carey H. Bostian (chancellor 1953-1959)
  • John T. Caldwell (chancellor, 1959-1975)
  • Joab L. Thomas (chancellor, 1976-1981)
  • Bruce R. Poulton (chancellor, 1982-1989)
  • Larry K. Monteith (chancellor, 1990-1998)
  • Marye Anne Fox (chancellor, 1998-2004)
  • James L. Oblinger (chancellor, 2004-2009)
  • W. Randolph "Randy" Woodson (chancellor, 2010-present)

Cherokee “reservation”

Technically speaking, the federally recognized Cherokee nation that is located in North Carolina is not situated on a reservation; the nation is situated on a boundary, which is a different type of geographical entity, legally speaking. The name of this specific boundary is the Qualla Boundary. The name of the Cherokee nation is the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

Correct:
The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service has centers in all 100 North Carolina counties and the Qualla Boundary of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
Correct:
The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service has centers in all 100 North Carolina counties and among the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

The college was formerly named the School of Agriculture, the School of Agriculture and Forestry, and the School of Agriculture and Life Sciences. On second reference, it may be referred to as CALS.

College of Design

The college was formerly named the School of Design.

College of Education

The college was formerly named the School of Education.

College of Engineering

The college was formerly named the School of Engineering.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

The college was formerly named the School of General Studies, the School of Liberal Arts and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

College of Natural Resources

The college was formerly named the School of Forestry, the School of Forest Resources and the College of Forest Resources.

College of Sciences

The college was formerly named the School of Physical Science and Applied Mathematics, the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences and the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences.

College of Textiles

The college was formerly named the School of Textiles.

College of Veterinary Medicine

The college was formerly named the School of Veterinary Medicine.

colleges

NC State's 12 academic colleges are listed below.

commas

NC State follows AP style with respect to comma usage. To quote the AP Stylebook: “Use commas to separate elements in a series, but do not put a comma before the conjunction in a simple series.”

Correct:
I'm taking courses in English, accounting and entomology.
Incorrect:
The cafeteria served pizza, lasagna, and salad.

However, if the final element of a series includes a conjunction, then to prevent confusion it's best to put a comma before the concluding conjunction in the series.

Correct:
I had orange juice, toast, and ham and eggs for breakfast.

To ensure clarity, it's sometimes appropriate to use a comma before the concluding conjunction in a series of complex phrases.

Correct:
We must ask ourselves whether the strategic plan meets the needs of current and future students, whether it can be implemented with the resources available to us, and whether its success can be accurately measured.

For further guidance on comma usage, refer to the “comma” entry in the AP Stylebook punctuation chapter.

courses

A course may be identified by its course number (MA 201, for instance) or by its name (for example, Calculus II). Official names of courses are capitalized, but generic references to a course in terms of its material are lowercased.

Correct:
Are you taking Analytic Geometry this semester?
Correct:
We recommend taking a course in the history of religions.
Incorrect:
We recommend taking a course in the History of Religions.

Court of North Carolina

This open area, formerly called the 1911 Field, is sometimes incorrectly referred to as the Court of the Carolinas. The court is bounded by Leazar, Poe, Page, Winston, Tompkins and Caldwell halls and the 1911 Building.

curricula, curriculum

Curriculum is the singular form; curricula is the plural form.