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Mission & Vision

Our Mission

With commitment to the principles of access, opportunity, student success, and excellence, the mission of Northern Virginia Community College is to deliver world-class, in-person and online postsecondary teaching, learning, and workforce development to ensure our region and the Commonwealth of Virginia have an educated population and a globally competitive workforce.

Our Vision

To be a learning-centered organization that promotes student success.

NOVA Strategic Plan 2017-2023: Pathway to the American Dream

During the 2016-2017 academic year, Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) engaged in a process of identifying and articulating primary strategic priorities for the College’s sixth decade of service to Northern Virginia and the Commonwealth. Building upon the creativity, goodwill, seriousness and perseverance of the NOVA community, NOVA used this planning effort to design a strong and sustainable future for the College that rests upon three pillars: 1) every student succeeds, 2) every program achieves and 3) every community prospers. Most importantly, these pillars ensure that NOVA has its greatest impact on the socio-economic mobility of our students and the prosperity of our region.

This document describes the strategic planning process and its context and purposes. It also outlines the priorities NOVA is focused on and describes the goals, objectives and activities through which the College will achieve these priorities.

See NOVA's Strategic Plan


The vision of NOVA is to be a learning-centered organization that promotes student success.