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IHEP honors NOVA as a “Champion of Access and Success”

December 3, 2013

The Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), an organization celebrating 20 years of promoting access to and success in higher education for all students, announced today Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) as a recipient of its inaugural IHEP Champions of Access and Success Awards.  NOVA received the “Institutional Champions of Access and Success Award” for successfully advancing strategies that increase opportunity, persistence, and degree completion for low-income, first-generation, minority, adult, veteran, disabled, and other underserved students.  

As a recipient of this award, NOVA is being recognized by IHEP for the following efforts: scaling and institutionalizing access and success strategies; having strong leadership, faculty, and staff who are committed to achieving positive outcomes for students; and putting in place robust data systems that inform their decision-making and interventions.  Other award winners are:

  • Salish Kooteni College (Pablo, Mont.)
  • St. Edwards University (Austin, Texas)
  • The University of Texas at El Paso (El Paso, Texas)


“I am honored that IHEP has recognized NOVA for this prestigious award. The College has been working diligently on its student success initiatives and with this award, there are now clear signs of success from our ongoing efforts,” said NOVA President Dr. Robert G. Templin Jr. “I want to thank everyone involved at the College for their hard work and dedication in promoting access and ensuring student success.”

The IHEP Champions of Access and Success Awards are being presented today during the organization’s National Policy Summit: Redefining Access for the 21st-Century Student held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.  This signature IHEP event brings together critical stakeholders—policymakers, institutional decision-makers, business leaders, and other influential individuals whose reach extends across and beyond the postsecondary community—to foster policy and practice solutions in support of increased access and success.

“Since our founding in 1993, IHEP continues to embrace a vision where all people have the opportunity to reach their full potential by participating and succeeding in higher education,” said IHEP President Michelle Asha Cooper, Ph.D.  “The IHEP Champions of Access and Success Awards not only affirm our longstanding commitment to championing increased college access and success for underserved students across the nation, they also recognize the efforts of NOVA for working to advance this important mission.”

The IHEP Champions of Access and Success Awards were selected through an open application and nomination process; for the institutional awards, all institutions committed to improving access and success were invited to apply.  Selections were vetted by IHEP staff, board members, and external postsecondary access and success experts.  

To learn more about NOVA’s access and success efforts, visit www.nvcc.edu.  For more information about the IHEP Champions of Access and Success Awards, visit the organization’s website at www.ihep.org.  

Media Contact: Jessica Baxter | 703.323.3288 | jbaxter@nvcc.edu

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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.