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Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Student Success Initiatives

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Student Success Initiatives (OIESS) provides leadership and support in research, planning and assessment to members of the NOVA community engaged in planning and evaluating the institution's success in accomplishing its mission.

  • Office of Institutional Research (OIR)
    The Office of Institutional Research conducts analytical studies and provides information in support of institutional planning, policy formulation and decision making. In addition, the office provides leadership and support in research related activities to members of the NOVA community engaged in planning and evaluating the institution's success in accomplishing its mission.
  • Office of College Planning & Evaluation
    The Office of College Planning provides college-wide leadership and coordination for planning and institutional effectiveness to collect and report information for decision making and organizational development, and to provide responsive support for accreditation-related self-study.
  • Office of Academic Assessment
    The Office of Academic Assessment coordinates on-going evaluation for the purpose of improving the quality of the college's instructional programs and ensuring that outcomes achieved are consistent with the mission and goals of the institution. The focus of academic assessment is on student learning outcomes and includes the review of all academic programs that award a degree or certificate as well as classroom-based assessment and research.
  • Office of Student Success Initiatives
    The Office of Student Success Initiatives ensures programs and services are offered that support students with the goal of increasing rates of academic success at the College. The focus of student success is to improve learning outcomes.


Dr. George Gabriel is the Vice President of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Student Success Initiatives. Dr. Gabriel assumes general supervisory administration for institutional research, college planning and student assessment. He and his staff provide information in support of institutional planning, policy formulation and decision making for the College.