Welcome to the Northern Virginia Community College Website

Accessibility Navigation:

The Office of Academic Assessment

Welcome to Academic Assessment

The Office of Academic Assessment, a part of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Student Success Initiatives, provides college-wide leadership and coordination for assessment activities, which include program review, annual planning and evaluation of instructional programs, and a wide variety of student learning outcomes assessment activities.

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. The assessment coordinator serves as a resource for program review committees and for faculty who wish to engage in assessment research.

Dr. Jennifer Roberts is the Coordinator of Academic Assessment and assumes the overall responsibility for assessment at NOVA. Dr. George Gabriel is the Vice President of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Student Success Initiatives.

Student Assessment

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS, NOVA’s accreditation agency) require that NOVA assess general education core competencies.

Your participation in this assessment is an important part of the educational process. Assessment enables the College to answer important questions being asked increasingly by students, parents, employers and legislators about what a college degree is worth. Your participation allows us to evaluate the types of courses and programs here at NOVA that have an impact on student learning.

HIS 121 Students – Oral Communication Skills                                   

PSY 201 Students – Information Literacy Skills                                     


Program Evaluation
Student Learning Outcomes

Annual Planning and Evaluation Reports

SLO Process

SLO Videos

(short videos concentrating on specific SLO topics)

Faculty Training Workshops

Spring 2013

Previous Semesters


Helpful Links