Accreditation & Recognition
Northern Virginia Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of Northern Virginia Community College. For other information about the College, please contact NOVA’s Administrative Offices at 4001 Wakefield Chapel Road, Annandale, VA 22003-3796 or call 703.323.3000.
Northern Virginia Community College’s accreditation was last reaffirmed in June of 2012. Accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges signifies that the institution (1) has a mission appropriate to higher education, (2) has resources, programs and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain that mission, and (3) maintains clearly specified educational objectives that are consistent with its mission and appropriate to the degrees it offers and that indicate whether it is successful in achieving its stated objectives.
Member institutions are required to notify the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) of changes in accordance with the substantive change policy and, when required, seek approval prior to the initiation of changes. Member institutions are required to have a policy and procedure to ensure that all substantive changes are reported to the Commission in a timely fashion.
Northern Virginia Community College’s Policy and Procedures for reporting Substantive Changes to the Commission can be found here.
Curricula of the College are approved by the College Board and by the State Board. The two-year associate degree programs are also approved by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).
Reaffirmation of Accreditation
NOVA was initially accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges in 1968. NOVA was last reaffirmed in June 2012. The accrediting standards used by the Commission on Colleges are contained in the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement.
As part of the reaffirmation process, the College provides the Commission with two separate documents: the Compliance Certification and the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). The Compliance Certification was submitted in March 2011 and reviewed by an Off-Site Review Committee in May 2011. The QEP is due six weeks prior to the campus visit by the On-Site Review Committee and was submitted in the fall of 2011.