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Governance

Virginia Community College System
Northern Virginia Community College is one of 23 two-year colleges that make up the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). The VCCS was established in 1966 with a mission that complements the missions of the secondary schools and the senior colleges and universities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The VCCS mission states: “The mission of the Virginia Community College System is to provide comprehensive higher-education and workforce-training programs and services of superior quality that are financially and geographically accessible and that meet individual, business, and community needs of the Commonwealth.”  Appointed by the Governor for up to two four-year terms, the VCCS Board’s 15 members meet six times a year to set policy for all of Virginia’s Community Colleges

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. It serves as the common denominator of shared values and practices among the diverse institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Latin America and other international sites approved by the SACSCOC Board of Trustees that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degrees. Northern Virginia Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of NOVA. Contact NOVA at Administrative Offices, 4001 Wakefield Chapel Road, Annandale, VA 22003-3796 or call 703.323.3000 for other questions about the College.

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV)
The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) is the Commonwealth's coordinating body for higher education. SCHEV was established by the Governor and General Assembly in 1956. Then as now, our mission, which is outlined in the Code of Virginia, is "to advocate and promote the development and operation of an educationally and economically sound, vigorous, progressive, and coordinated system of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and to lead state-level strategic planning and policy development and implementation based on research and analysis …. The Council shall also seek to facilitate collaboration among institutions of higher education that will enhance quality and create operational efficiencies and shall work with institutions of higher education and their boards on board development.”

NOVA College Board
The NOVA College Board is responsible for assuring that the College is responsive to the higher education and workforce needs that exist in our service region within statewide policies, procedures and regulations of the State Board for Community Colleges.  The Board shall delegate to the President administrative authority over the College and hold him/her responsible for the efficient direction and operation of the College under the policies and procedures adopted by the Board.

NOVA’s Curriculum Advisory Boards
NOVA’s industry advisory boards meet twice a year to shape the curriculum and requirements for our applied degree and certificate programs, credentials that prepare students directly for successful careers in their field.


Councils

Administrative Council
The Administrative Council consists of the president's immediate professional staff. Matters concerning the College's policies and administrative procedures are reviewed by the Council and appropriate recommendations are made to the president.

Senate
The College Senate seeks advice from and makes policy recommendations to the President of the College, the appropriate College Committee, and/or Campus Council for further consideration, and in all areas of College activity.

  • Instructional and Student Services Committee (ISSC)
    The Instructional and Student Services Committee (ISSC) receives proposals from the College Senate, Campus Councils, Working Groups, and College community and makes recommendations pertaining to the quality of education in the College, student life and the welfare of the student body of the College. The committee studies, gathers information, conducts discussions and surveys the intellectual and/or student environment, academic standards and teaching-learning conditions in the College.
  • Personnel Services Committee
    The Personnel Services Committee counsels and advises working groups and the College community. The committee makes recommendations on matters pertaining to the welfare of the faculty (both instructional and administrative) and classified staff of the College. The committee studies, gathers information, conducts discussions, and otherwise surveys the environment relating to this charge. In addition, the committee discharges other duties as delegated by the College. The committee is also responsible for recommending candidates for the President's Sabbatical Award as well as candidates for the honor of Classified Emeritus to the president.

Pathway Councils
Pathway Councils are college-wide representative bodies charged with providing leadership and accountability for the development, review, revision, and continual assessment of curricula that support degrees, certificates, and related credentials. Each Pathway Council will be responsible for a grouping of Pathways (degrees and specializations and certificates) that share aligned goals, career-focus, and or content affinity. Such groupings are referenced in current literature as “meta-majors.”

Pathway Councils are charged with recommending addition or removal of, or changes to, degrees, certificates, or related credentials as indicated by market needs and student demand. Pathway Councils will provide structure, organization, accuracy, and coherence to program development through collaboration with faculty, deans, provosts, the Office of Academic Services, and other college representatives.

Pathway Councils serve as the central organizing bodies for oversight of and communication about the Pathways assigned to them. The oversight will include student learning outcomes, assessment results, implementation of the assessment results, transfer concerns, employer needs, scheduling coordination, and other related issues. They are expected to use all available pertinent data and to gather broad input as appropriate for any decisions.

Academic Deans Council
The Academic Deans Council (ADC) consists of the academic deans of all six campuses. The ADC makes recommendations to the Administrative Council regarding the development, implementation, and evaluation of procedures, programs, and processes that pertain to curriculum, faculty, resources, and academic support services. It coordinates curriculum development and assures consistent academic standards for the College as a whole. The ADC advises the Administrative Council on all aspects of the academic affairs of the college. The Chair shall hold office for two years, after which the position shall rotate to a representative of the next campus in alphabetical order. A Chair-Elect shall be designated for one year from the campus to which the chair position rotates. The ADC is composed of the following members:

  • Academic Deans (each campus)
  • Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Services (ex officio)
  • Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

Deans of Students Council
The Deans of Students Council (DoSC) is comprised of six campus deans of students, the director of Student Services for NOVA Online and ex-officio members of administrative council, including the Vice President of Student Services and at least one campus provost.  In collaboration with college stakeholders, the Deans of Students Council ensures fair and equitable practices in the administration of student programs and services. Council members provide valuable insight on student-related matters, establish policies and determine best practices for uniform student services across NOVA’s locations. The DoSC advises the Administrative Council on all aspects of Student Services.  The Chair shall hold office for one year, after which the position shall rotate to a representative of the next campus in alphabetical order. A Chair-Elect shall be designated for one year from the campus to which the chair position rotates.

The DoSC is composed of the following members:

  • Dean of Students (each campus)
  • Vice President for Student Services (ex officio)
  • Director of Student Services, NOVA Online
  • Provost

LTR Council
The core membership of the Learning and Technology Resources Deans Council (LTRDC) consists of the LTR deans of all six campuses. The LTRDC makes recommendations to the Administrative Council regarding the development, implementation, and evaluation of policies, procedures and programs pertaining to learning support for academic curricula, programs of study and instructional faculty. Services include libraries, testing, tutoring, open and instructional labs, faculty instructional resources and may include campus IT support. The LTRDC formulates college-wide instructional support goals and coordinates uniform LTRDC services across campuses in collaboration with the Deans of Students Council and the Academic Deans Council. The LTRDC advises the Administrative Council on issues and initiatives related to instructional and learning support of academic programs. The Learning and Technology Resources Deans Council is composed of the following: The chair shall hold office for two years after which the position shall rotate to a representative of the next campus in alphabetical order. A chair-elect shall be designated for one year from the campus to which the chair position rotates, The LTRDC is composed of:

  • LTR Deans (each campus)
  • Director, Instructional Services (ELI) (ex officio)
  • Executive Vice President, Academic and Student Services or designee (ex-officio)
  • Vice President, Instructional & Information Technology (ex-officio)
  • Provost Representative (ex-officio)
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