Northern Virginia Community College ranked number one nationally as the most digital large community college. The Digital Community College awards, sponsored by the Center for Digital Education evaluates how community colleges use digital technologies to improve services to their constituents. The award program recognizes the “most forward-thinking and technology-driven community colleges in the nation.” According to the Center for Digital Education, in addition to the strength of its overall technology infrastructure and broad use of technology across college operations, judges recognized NOVA as No. 1 in its enrollment category for the college’s commitment to open education resources, virtual advising, distance learning, digital classroom standards and dedicated online services for a growing distance learning population.
“As the hub of a statewide shared services network for other institutions interested in distance learning, the school also acts as an enabler for others,” the Center said. To be considered for the award, the college had to submit a detailed survey on its technology infrastructure, plans and application of technology.
NOVA has offered distance learning opportunities since 1975. Its Extended Learning Institute, or ELI, consists of all NOVA’s online learning courses. Students can take individual courses, earn a certificate or even complete their associate’s degree online. The fully online program offers online advising, online librarians, remote video exam proctoring, extracurricular activities and even a virtual student union.
“NOVA has always strived to be a leader in integrating technology into the college environment,” said Steve Sachs, Vice President of the Office of Instructional and Information Technology. “We are extremely proud of this recognition of our efforts on behalf of our students, and we look forward to continuing to grow at the pace of modern technology.”
The Digital Community Colleges Survey is open to all U.S. community colleges, and rankings are based on college enrollment. For 2014-2015, the top three in the 10,000+ enrollment category were NOVA, Montgomery County Community College (Pa.) and Howard Community College (Md.). The top picks in the mid-sized 5,000-10,000 category were Lord Fairfax (Va.), Hostos (N.Y.), Walters State (Tenn.) and Virginia Western (Va.). And in the small up to 5,000 category were Carl Sandburg College (Ill.), Laramie County Community College (Wyo.), Lake Sumter State College (Fla.) and Rappahannock Community College (Va.).
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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.