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Our Mission

With commitment to the principles of access, opportunity, student success, and excellence, the mission of Northern Virginia Community College is to deliver world-class, in-person and online postsecondary teaching, learning, and workforce development to ensure our region and the Commonwealth of Virginia have an educated population and a globally competitive workforce.

Public Disclosure of Student Achievement

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Principles of Accreditation, Standard 8.1 (Student Achievement) requires institutions to identify, evaluate, and publish goals and outcomes for student achievement appropriate to the institution's mission, the nature of the students it serves, and the kinds of programs offered. It also indicates that the institution should use multiple measures to document student success. Requirements for publication are further specified in the SACSCOC Policy on Institutional Obligations for Public Disclosure.

Measures of Student Achievement Criteria at NOVA

NOVA’s eight primary student achievement criteria are College Readiness, Enrollment, Course Success, Retention, Graduation, Transfer, Job Placement, and Licensing Exams. These student achievement criteria are directly related to NOVA’s mission and commitment to the values of student access and success.

The figures below highlight NOVA’s performance on each of the eight student achievement criteria. The figures also include an achievement goal for each criterion, set as part of NOVA’s strategic planning process. The achievement goal serves as a target performance level. NOVA is committed to continuous improvement on each of its eight student achievement criteria.

College Readiness

College readiness is the percentage of first-time to NOVA students enrolled in a developmental course in their first term who subsequently enrolled in a college-level course within two years of initial enrollment.

  • English: College readiness in English is developmental English students’ rate of progression to ENG 111: College Composition I.
    • Achievement goal for the Fall 2018 cohort = 89.0 percent
  • Math: College readiness in math is developmental math students’ rate of progression to two separate college-level math courses: MTH 151/154: Mathematics for the Liberal Arts I / Quantitative Reasoning or MTH 163/161: Pre-Calculus I.
    • Achievement goal for the Fall 2018 cohort = 19.0 percent (MTH 154) and 10.0 percent (MTH 161)

College Readiness in English

Developmental English Student Progression to College-Level English (ENG 111)


Source: Office of Institutional Research, Northern Virginia Community College.
Notes: College-level English is ENG 111: College Composition I. Progression within two years of initial enrollment (e.g., Fall 2017 = progressed between Fall 2017 and Summer 2019). Data include first-time to NOVA students who enrolled in developmental English during their first term of enrollment.

College Readiness in Math

Developmental Math Student Progression to College-Level Math (MTH 151/MTH 154)

Developmental Math Student Progression to College-Level Math (MTH 163/161)


Source: Office of Institutional Research, Northern Virginia Community College.
Notes: In Fall 2018, the math curriculum was redesigned. MTH 151: Mathematics for the Liberal Arts I was replaced with MTH 154: Quantitative Reasoning. MTH 163: Pre-Calculus I was reclassified as MTH 161: Pre-Calculus I. Progression within two years of initial enrollment (e.g., Fall 2017 = progressed between Fall 2017 and Summer 2019). Data include first-time to NOVA students who enrolled in developmental math during their first term of enrollment.

Enrollment

NOVA measures enrollment through two measures:

  • Fall Headcount: The fall headcount is defined as the headcount of students enrolled in the fall semester.
    • Achievement goal for Fall 2020 = 50,000 students
  • Annual Headcount: The annual unduplicated headcount is defined as the unduplicated headcount of students enrolled at any time during the entire 12-month academic year (i.e., summer, fall, and spring semesters).
    • Achievement goal for annual enrollment in 2020-21 = 74,000 students

Fall Headcount

Annual Unduplicated Headcount


Source: Office of Institutional Research, Northern Virginia Community College.

Course Success

Course success is defined as a grade of ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘P’, or ‘S’. Course success at NOVA is measured in two ways:

  • Overall Success: The overall course success rate for the College.
    • Achievement goal in Fall 2020 = 76.5 percent
  • Gatekeeper Success: The success rates in five college-level gatekeeper courses.
    • Achievement goals for the Fall 2019 cohort:
      • ACC 211 – Principles of Accounting I = 66.5 percent
      • BIO 101 – General Biology I = 80.5 percent
      • ENG 111 – English Composition I = 77.5 percent
      • MTH 154 – Quantitative Reasoning = 72.0 percent
      • MTH 161 – Pre-Calculus I = 60.0 percent

Overall Course Success Rate


Source: Office of Institutional Research, Northern Virginia Community College.

Gatekeeper Course Success Rate

Success Rate in ACC 211: Principles of Accounting I

Success Rate in BIO 101: General Biology I

Success Rate in ENG 111: College Composition I

Success Rate in MTH 151: Math for the Liberal Arts I / MTH 154: Quantitative Reasoning

Success Rate in MTH 163/161: Pre-Calculus I


Source: Office of Institutional Research, Northern Virginia Community College.
Notes: Data include first-time to NOVA students enrolled in corresponding course who were successful within one year of initial enrollment (e.g., Fall 2018 = successful between Fall 2018 and Summer 2019). In Fall 2018, the math curriculum was redesigned. MTH 151: Mathematics for the Liberal Arts I was replaced with MTH 154: Quantitative Reasoning. MTH 163: Pre-Calculus I was reclassified as MTH 161: Pre-Calculus I.

Retention

Retention is measured through two metrics:

  • Fall-to-Spring Retention Rate: The percentage of first-time, program placed students enrolled in the fall who either re-enrolled or successfully completed their program by the subsequent spring.
    • Achievement goal for the Fall 2019 entering cohort = 83.0 percent
  • Fall-to-Fall Retention Rate: The percentage of first-time, program placed students enrolled in the fall who either re-enrolled or successfully completed their program by the subsequent fall.
    • Achievement goal for the Fall 2019 entering cohort = 68.0 percent

Retention Rate

Fall-to-Spring Retention Rate

Fall-to-Fall Retention Rate


Source: Office of Institutional Research, Northern Virginia Community College.
Notes: Fall-to-spring retention is the percentage of first-time in college, program placed students who enter in the fall and either re-enroll or successfully complete their program by the following spring semester. Fall-to-fall retention is the percentage of first-time in college, program placed students who enter in the fall and either re-enroll or successfully complete their program by the following fall semester.
*The fall-to-fall retention data for the Fall 2018 cohort is preliminary due to delayed award completions.

Graduation

Graduation is assessed through two measures:

  • Number of Graduates: The total unduplicated number of annual graduates.
    • Achievement goal in 2019-20 = 6,800 graduates
  • Graduation Rate: The graduation rate is the percentage of first-time in college, full-time, degree-/certificate-seeking students who complete their program within 150 percent of normal time to program completion.
    • Achievement goal for the Fall 2017 entering cohort = 29.0 percent

Annual Number of Graduates


Source: Office of Institutional Research, Northern Virginia Community College.

Graduation Rate


Source: Office of Institutional Research, Northern Virginia Community College.
Notes: Graduates include first-time in college, full-time, program placed students who graduated within 150 percent of normal time to program completion, including summer.
*Fall 2016 data is preliminary due to delayed award completions.

Transfer

Transfer is assessed through two measures:

  • Number of Transfers: The total number of annual transfers to four-year institutions.
    • Achievement goal in 2019-20 = 12,600 transfers
  • Transfer-Out Rate: The percentage of first-time in college, full-time, degree-/certificate-seeking students who transferred out of NOVA to another two-year or four-year institution within 150 percent of normal time to program completion without earning a NOVA credential.
    • Achievement goal for the Fall 2017 entering cohort = 19.6 percent

Annual Number of Transfers


Source: Office of Institutional Research, Northern Virginia Community College.
Notes: Data include students who previously attended NOVA within the prior eight years, e.g., for 2018-19, data include students who attended NOVA between 2011-12 and 2018-19 and transferred to a four-year institution during the 2018-19 academic year (regardless of when they were last enrolled at NOVA).

Transfer-Out Rate


Source: Office of Institutional Research, Northern Virginia Community College.
Notes: Transfers include first-time in college, full-time, program placed students who transferred out of NOVA to another two- or four-year institution within 150 percent of normal time to program completion, including summer, but does not include students who graduated from NOVA prior to transferring.
*Fall 2016 data is preliminary due to delayed award completions.

Job Placement

The job placement rate is the percentage of graduates employed in the Commonwealth of Virginia within one year of graduation from NOVA.

  • Achievement goal for 2018-19 graduates = 68.0 percent

Job Placement Rate


Sources: Office of Institutional Research, Northern Virginia Community College; and Virginia Employment Commission (VEC).
Notes: Data include students who were employed in the Commonwealth of Virginia within one year of graduation from NOVA. Data exclude military personnel, federal civilian employees, and self-employed individuals.

Licensing Exams

The licensing exam pass rate is the percentage of graduates who pass the national or state licensing exam for their program following graduation from NOVA.

  • Achievement goal for 2020 = 100.0 percent

Licensing Examination Pass Rate


Source: Office of Institutional Research, Northern Virginia Community College.
Notes: Exam Takers includes all program graduates who took the licensing exam for their program in the indicated year, regardless of the year they graduated from NOVA. Data may include more than one exam attempt or students retaking the exam.

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