Manassas Park City Schools Superintendent Bruce McDade, NOVA-Woodbridge Provost Sam Hill, Prince William County Public Schools Superintendent Steven L. Walts, Fairfax County Public Schools College Success Coordinator Marcy Miller Kneale, NOVA-Manassas Provost Roger Ramsammy and Manassas City Public Schools Superintendent Catherine B. Magouyrk discussed the new policies adopted by Northern Virginia Community College that will affect local high school graduates who enroll at NOVA starting fall 2014.
Local K-12 school executives met recently at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College with Manassas Provost Roger Ramsammy and Woodbridge Provost Sam Hill to discuss the new policies NOVA has adopted to improve student success.
Meeting participants included Marcy Miller Kneale, coordinator of school counseling and college success, Fairfax County Public Schools; Catherine B. Magouyrk, superintendent, Manassas City Public Schools; Bruce McDade, superintendent, Manassas Park City Schools; and Steven L. Walts, superintendent, Prince William County Public Schools.
“More than one-fourth of local public high school graduates attend NOVA so we want our K-12 partners to understand how the new policies will affect their students,” Ramsammy said. “In addition to communicating these policies to current graduating seniors, we want to reach high school juniors so they can hit the ground running when they arrive at NOVA.”
Hill agreed. “It is important for our area education leaders to be well informed of the policies and how NOVA is committed to working with them to ensure a positive transition for their students this fall and beyond,” he said.
Starting with NOVA’s fall 2014 semester, all first-time-to-college students from 17 to 24 years old will be required to take placement tests, attend Student Orientation, meet with an advisor before registering, enroll in development courses during the first semester (if placed), and complete a Student Development course within the first year.
In addition, all students are required to register no later than the day before a session begins to meet the new on-time registration policy. For fall 2014, students must register by 11:59 p.m. Aug. 19 to meet the on-time registration requirement for the 16-week and first eight-week sessions. Students who miss that deadline can register for a later session or online courses with a later start date.
Placement tests help students choose appropriate classes when they meet with their advisors. If developmental courses are needed, students must enroll during the first semester to give them the chance to be successful in college-level courses.
Student Orientation and the Student Development course teach students skills critical to college success. Students will learn about NOVA’s policies and procedures, and develop skills in time management, note taking and test preparation, academic planning, career decision making, financial literacy and critical thinking.
Students and parents are encouraged to learn more about the new policies at www.nvcc.edu.
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.