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Student Success Division Resources

Student Success Division Resources provides academic and instructional resources in support of teaching excellence and innovative learning for faculty and staff.

We rely upon qualified and dedicated team members to provide access to and assistance with materials from various instructional media and encourage the critical evaluation and assessment of resources. We work with students, faculty and staff in integrating new technology tools across the campus and strive to continuously improve the quality of services we provide.

Student Success Division

The Alexandria Campus Library strives to provide excellent customer service to students, faculty, staff and the community. Our goals are to provide a well-balanced collection of materials in print and electronic formats, including a robust Course Reserves collection with free access to textbooks and other course materials. Faculty librarians provide research assistance to students and collaborate with faculty on research and teaching needs. The library provides individual and group study spaces, access to Wi-Fi and networked computers and photocopying facilities. In addition, we provide individual and group instruction in the identification, use and evaluation of information resources to enhance teaching and learning.

Services and Resources for Faculty

  • course reserves (textbooks)
  • research instruction tailored for your class or assignment
  • inter-library loan for faculty research
  • print and media collection that supports the curriculum
  • over 200 online databases
  • access streaming academic videos

Services and Resources for Students

  • individual research assistance
  • group study rooms
  • individual study space
  • collection of 60,000+ books and videos
  • online journal, magazine and newspaper articles
  • eBooks
  • online research assistance * online research guides for specific courses

Location: Bisdorf Building, AA 232

The Open Computer Lab (OCL) is committed to assist students with their course work. This includes variety of software application taught at the Alexandria campus. Assistance may be provided in group format and/or one-on-one format. Most common applications that students seek assistance during the semester are MS-Office, programming languages, architecture, accounting, Adobe products, and networking (Wireshark etc.) programs. The computer lab staff will not do any student’s project or homework assignments under any circumstances.

The OCL team also provides assistance with wireless connections for laptops, tablets PC’s and other handheld devices. The OCL team is able to reset students’ myNOVA passwords as needed. Two forms of ID will be required to reset a password.

The OCL is a state of the art facility for students, faculty and staff. It houses approximately seventy computers, of which there are twelve Macs with the latest software. Also, there are four all-in-one 30 inch computers, specialized for graphics designs programs. Flat bed and high speed scanner are available for students to use at no cost. Students are able to check out iPad with preloaded apps while they are in the OCL.

OCL team provides assistance to student using in the Engineering Lab. These labs are available to students only when classes are not meeting.

Open Computer Lab Location: Bisdorf Building, AA 332

Mission Statement
The Alexandria Testing Center is committed to student success by providing a wide range of testing and proctoring services. We work in conjunction with faculty, Students Services, and other department staff to provide an exemplary experience for students and everyone that enters our center.

English/Math Placements
All new students between the ages of 17-24 must take a placement test unless they meet an exemption criteria. Each student must apply to NOVA and receive a student number prior to taking the placement test.

NOVAonline Students that are enrolled in an online course may take their exams at any testing center unless otherwise specified by an instructor. Some courses may use the at home service, ProctorU as an option as well.

Make-up Exams
Instructors may drop-off make-up exams for their students who are unable to take the test in the class.

Correspondence: We proctor exams for other VCCS (Virginia Community College System) free of charge. Students must arrange their exams to be proctored by us with their host campus. After that arrangement, they must complete a proctor request with the Alexandria Testing Center. We request at least 2 weeks in advance.

If you require testing for colleges outside of the VCCS, you must contact Workforce Development at 703.878.5770

  • 70 Computer Testing Stations
  • ADA Compliance Testing Space
  • 2 Additional desk for Paper Exams

Location: Bisdorf Building, AA 156