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NOVA-Alexandria launches Virginia Elections Watch project

The NOVA Institute for Public Service at the Alexandria Campus has launched the Virginia Elections Watch project.

The goal of the project is two-fold. First, the project will closely monitor this year’s electoral campaigns and offer comprehensive, objective commentary and analysis to the general public in order to help voters make an informed decision in November.

Second, the project over time will serve as a trustworthy source of impartial information regarding Virginia politics and its administration.

“The decisions made in the polling booth this November will chart a course for Virginia for years to come,” said Dr. Jimmie McClellan, liberal arts dean at NOVA-Alexandria. “We want to do our part to assure that our students and the community we serve have access to objective and unbiased information about the choices they will be asked to make.”

The Institute is already at work with a panel of faculty posting weekly blog commentaries on political developments. The panelists include:

  • Robert J. Guttman, who teaches courses on politics, the media and foreign policy at The John Hopkins University, and also political science at NOVA’s Alexandria Campus.
  • Jack Lechelt, a political science professor at NOVA's Alexandria Campus.
  • Jimmie McClellan, the dean of the division of liberal arts at NOVA’s Alexandria Campus.
  • David B. Miller, who teaches geography at NOVA’s Alexandria Campus.
  • David H. Miller, the past chairman of the NOVA Board of Trustees.

In addition, 10 students enrolled in a special political science course will work with the panel to conduct research on the elections and campaign, compile literature to be used for analysis, and actively participate in weekly discussions with the panel regarding their findings.

The students will also serve as occasional guest bloggers. The work of the panel and the students can be found here.

For more information about Virginia Elections Watch, contact Linda Rodriguez, Institute of Public Service coordinator, at 703-933-8099 or lirodriguez@nvcc.edu.

Media Contact: Jennifer Gonzalez | 703.425.5839 | jgonzalez@nvcc.edu

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