The mission and guiding principles of the college are listed below.
Provide a clear statement of what the colleges does.                                                                                                   The mission of Northern Virginia Community College is to respond to the educational needs of its dynamic and diverse constituencies through an array of comprehensive programs and services that facilitate learning and workforce development in an environment of open access and lifetime educational opportunities.   Our Vision: To be a learning-centered organization that promotes student success.   Our Commitment:    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:  opportunity with excellence, responsiveness, comprehensive educational programs, caring environment, public trust and responsibility.


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The college vision for the future is described below.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Provide a a vivid picture of where the college leadership sees the college going in the near future.  Strategic Vision:  By 2015, Northern Virginia Community College will be regarded as one of the top five institutions of higher education in Virginia, known for its excellence in teaching and dedication to higher education access and economic opportunity for the residents of Northern Virgina.  It will have a reputation as one of the nation's top three community colleges, with leading programs in the arts and sciences, nursing and allied health professions, and distance learning.  NOVA will be seen as the region's premier gateway for helping all residents, including New Americans, achieve the American Dream and as the region's most strategic asset in developing Northern Virignia's frontline high-skill workforce.  Between 2004-2015, Northern Virginia Community College will extend higher education and training opportunities to more than 500,000 residents, double the college-going rate of historically under-represented populations, place more than 25,000 persons into new high-wage employemnt, and help double the annual earnings for 5,000 low-income families.  Because of the quality of its teaching and instructional programs it will be regarded as a "preferred provider" of college transfer students by Virginia's and the National Capital region's most selective universities.  Because of the reputation its technical and workforce programs in responding to businesses' needs and in meeting industry standards, NOVA will be the region's leading provider of highly-skill frontline-workers.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
An “executive progress report” (progress overview) is describe below.
Provide an overview of the achievements of the college technology service area for the previous reporting period, current challenges being faced, and the direction for the future.  Major achievements:   In addition to maintaining and upgrading components of the current infrastructure, two new sites in Arlington and Reston were successfully opened, the digital imaging was fully deployed according to the college’s plan, the interim on-line HR was successfully developed and implementation begun, the ASL language lab was installed, H.323 video was installed at all sites with a number of locations having multiple units, automated outcalling software was deployed for use to notify students with standard messages, 50 switches were replaced, server consolidation began with approximately 20 servers eliminated in the first round, 70 instructional software titles were upgraded to new editions, implementation of Turn-It-In anti-plagiarism software was begun for a number of divisions, the project to provide projectors and computers in all classrooms was completed, and PC replacements were completed to insure the College met VCCS requirements.  Projects not completed:  the communications consultant was not hired because of schedule conflicts with other projects involving the target audience and delays due to staffing changes in the purchasing office.  This project has been moved to FY 07.  A major server refresh was not done during the year to allow time to re-inventory servers and develop phase 2 of the server consolidation plan.  The faculty member that will champion GIS software on the campuses began work, but will not actually begin workshops until Fall 2007.  Major Challenges:  the most serious challenge is staffing.  There is not enough staff to lead projects from start to completion.  Too many of the technical staff lack this ability.  The internal process for purchasing IT equipment has changed for FY07 with the majority of purchases being funded centrally.  This has significant impact on our traditional budgeting between the campuses and technology funding.  It will take a year to sort all those out and make adjustments where necessary.  Fy07 will also be a heavy year for system changes with the SIS ver 8.9, Blackboard 6.3, AIS and NVCC interim HR systems all being implemented.  This will create major burden for support staff to make sure end-users feel comfortable with the new tools while staff complete the implementation details.
Key goals and associated projects are listed below.
 
1.  TEACHING & LEARNING – Create an environment for world-class teaching and learning:
• Maintain, update, and operate the College technology infrastructure so that the environment will support world-class teaching and learning.
     Projects:  Provide adequate technical staffing for campus and central IT functions
     Provide support for campus computer labs
     Provide funding campus IT staff small purchases
     Support VCCS Centrally Licensed instructional software
     Support VCCS Centrally Licensed antivirus software
     Perform annual lifecycle replacement of switches and UPS equip.
     Maintain reserve for 4th year PC repair and infrastructure upgrades
     Provide technical training for campus and central IT staff
     Operate central servers (including email, web, network, etc.)
     Provide additional central server engineer (for total of 2)
     Maintain network equipment and software licenses
     Operate College Television Center and Cable-TV headend
     Provide local highway radio sys for Alex & Ann Comm Cntrs
     Conduct research and develop on new products & services
     
2.  STUDENT ACCESS – Increase the number and diversity of students being served to mirror the population growth of the region: 
• Expand e-learning opportunities from 12,200 students in 2005-06 to 12,700  students for a target of 2,466 annualized FTES.
     Projects:    Support Virtual Web Classroom
                        Support Extended Learning Institute

3.  EXCELLENCE – Develop focal points of excellence in NOVA’s educational programs and services and build the college’s overall reputation for quality:
• Support the expansion and contribute to the Center for Excellence in Teaching that will assist faculty  and staff to improve the quality of  teaching and learning and contribute to NOVA being among the top community colleges in the use of instructional technology in the classroom.
      Projects:    (Included in Action Plan to Support Chancellor’s Tech. Expectations)

• Assist each campus in developing at least one focal point of excellence that will contribute to the college’s reputation for quality and help define campus distinctiveness.
       Projects:       Develop and fund individual campus technology plans
                Convert Alexandria Photo Lab to digital if funds available

4. LEADERSHIP AND RESTRUCTURING – Restructure a number of administrative and support functions to increase organizational capacity, efficiency & effectiveness
• Initiate campus planning for the new SIS/AIS systems implementation
 Projects:     (Included in Action Plan to Support Chancellor’s Tech. Expectations)
                       Provide funding for stipends and additional training if funds available

• Begin development of a College-wide management information system
Projects:  (Included in Action Plan to Support Chancellor’s Tech. Expectations)

• Support new online management systems
Projects:  Maintain imaging software and hardware
  Implement and support interim online HR system