STATEMENT OF VALUES
We at Northern Virginia Community College are committed to our
students, to our community, and to each other. We are committed
to excellence in education and take pride in our educational
mission as a significant extension of the democratic tradition,
and we remain true to the ideals and principles of that cherished
tradition. The foundation of our institution is the unique
diversity of educational experiences we provide for the community,
shaped by our dedication to teaching and learning and to the
values that we share.
Our Shared Values
Opportunity with Excellence
We are committed to providing open access and promoting equality
for all who seek to improve their lives.
We are committed to offering a wide variety of programs and
services within the means of all residents and with each
having its standards
We encourage our students to take advantage of opportunities
and to fulfill their potential in aesthetic and cultural
enrichment, technical knowledge, personal growth, understanding
basic academic disciplines, and recreational and avocational
We believe that the residents of Northern Virginia, both individual
and corporate, should help shape the programs, courses, and
services of the College.
We are committed to listening to the community and inviting
its participation in shaping the programs and services
of the College.
We believe our worth as a community college is measured
by the quality and timeliness of our response and service
Comprehensive Educational Programs
We see learning as an end in itself, as the most practical means
to a full life, and as essential to improve the quality of
life of the individual.
We value our comprehensive programs—liberal arts and sciences,
career and technical education, continuing education, developmental
education, specialized educational services, and student services—and
hold all to be of equal distinction and prominence.
We believe each aspect of our comprehensive educational program
has high value to those served; therefore, we advocate the offering
of these comprehensive services alongside each other and in a
unified educational setting.
We are foremost an institution focused upon teaching—we
are dedicated to teaching through varied approaches and to upholding
innovation with free, open discussion of ideas and values.
We believe in the worth, dignity, and human potential of each
individual who participates in the programs and services of
We recognize our responsibility to build and maintain a college
environment that encourages all individuals to realize their
potential and to provide the diverse learning support and growth
opportunities each person needs to be successful.
We are committed to maintaining a caring environment for all
those associated with the College—students, faculty, staff,
and the community in general.
Public Trust and Responsibility
We are committed to individual and organizational performance
that builds and maintains public trust and confidence.
We hold ourselves accountable for attaining management, operational,
and fiscal practices that are efficient and effective.
We are committed to high ethical standards, equal opportunity,
and effective involvement in and support for local community
activities and economic development.