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State/National Statistics & Resources

Various institutions and organizations outside of NOVA collect and report data on the College, such as the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), the Integrated Postsecondary Education System (IPEDS) and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).


Each year, NOVA sends data regarding institutional characteristics, student access and student success to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) is the Commonwealth of Virginia’s coordinating body for higher education, and as such, collects data from all of Virginia’s postsecondary institutions.

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NOVA is a member of the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), and often uses the data it sends to and receives from VCCS to compare itself to its peer institutions across many metrics of student access and success.

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External Resources

American Association for Higher Education (AAHEA)
NGO that promotes research, collaboration, scholarship, best practices and evidence-based research among postsecondary institutions in America.

American Association of Community Colleges
Information on community colleges throughout the country.

Association for Institutional Research (AIR)
Information about the field of institutional research.

Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE)
Instrument that NOVA and many community colleges use to gauge the level of student engagement in college. The survey questions assess institutional practices and student behaviors that are correlated highly with student learning and retention.

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges (COC)
NOVA’s accreditation organization.

Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC)
Provides demographic and economic analysis, environmental and human services, legislative services and public information with focus on the Northern Virginia region.

State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV)
Information relating to higher education in Virginia.

VA Community College System (VCCS)
Information relating to the community college system of Virginia.

VCCA Institutional Research Corner
VA Community College Association Web page relating to IR topics.

Virginia Association for Management Analysis and Planning (VAMAP)
The Virginia state affiliate of the AIR – VAMAP is essentially meant to bring institutional researchers across the Commonwealth together to promote the dissemination of information and the interchange of ideas on problems of common interest.