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SACSCOC Visits NOVA for Reaffirmation of Accreditation Review

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) visited NOVA November 14 to 17 for an onsite reaffirmation of accreditation review. The committee members included administrators from peer institutions, a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) evaluator and a SACSCOC staff member. In addition, Dr. Jennifer Hong-Silwany from the U.S. Department of Education participated as an observer.

SACSCOC committee members toured the campuses and off-campus sites to validate programs and services available as described in NOVA’s Compliance Certification and Focused Report. They also talked to students, faculty and staff about NOVA’s QEP —“GPS for Success: Teaching and Learning through Academic Advising.”

The visit was part of the reaffirmation process which began several months ago with an off-site review of NOVA’s Compliance Certification report. The next major step in the process is a decision by the Commission, expected in June 2012.

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 NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.