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As an Achieving the Dream network college, NOVA is expected to continually identify, evaluate, and publish the 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. NOVA uses multiple measures to document student success.

NOVA’s Office of Institutional Research (OIR) has developed an ongoing process to continually conduct research studies and publish reports that help faculty, administrators, policymakers, and community leaders advance students’ access to and success within and beyond the College. OIR produces NOVA’s annual Fact Book, which presents data on the College’s student enrollment, graduates and transfers, finances and facilities, personnel, student services, community education, and international students. OIR also produces numerous research reports each year that address standard and special topics pertaining to the College’s educational activities and programs.

To exceed ATD expectations, NOVA publishes reports about student achievement such as: college readiness, developmental course placement, advising and new student orientation, course success, GPA, credit hours, academic status, retention, completion, graduation, transfer and more.

Explore NOVA’s Office of Student Success Knowledge Center, a searchable page containing reports, articles, links, and important information related to community colleges and student success. If you would like to share your student success findings, please email them to ATD@nvcc.edu for consideration.

Title Author Type
Are these data meaningful anymore? Kent Phillippe Article
University of Michigan’s Kessler Scholars Program for First-Generation Students Expands to Other Institutions Sarah Wood Article
Student Achievement Criteria at NOVA OIR Research Brief
Why Do Students Leave NOVA? OIR Research Brief
Outcomes of First-Time, Full-Time Degree or Certificate-Seeking Students at NOVA: Fall 2008 through Fall 2014 Cohorts OIR Research Brief
Three-Year and Six-Year Student Outcomes at NOVA: Fall 2009 through Fall 2012 Cohorts OIR Research Brief
NOVA Equity Scorecards by Campus: Fall 2016 Cohort OIR Research Report
Student Needs Are Academic Needs Melissa BlanksteinChristine Wolff-EisenbergBraddlee Research Report
Underrepresented Student Enrollment at NOVA: Fall 2014 to Fall 2018 OIR Research Brief
Student Success Outcomes of First-Time to NOVA Students by Math Placement Testing: Fall 2014 Cohort OIR Research Report
Start Strong Policy Compliance and Student Success Outcomes: Fall 2014 through Fall 2016 Cohorts OIR Research Report
Strategies to Support Success of Underserved Students at Community Colleges OIR Research Report
Student Success: Libraries Are Often Missing From ‘Student Success’ Initiatives. Researchers Are Asking How to Change That. Edsurge.com Article
Community College Students and Libraries Insidehighered.com Article
Amplifying Student Voices The Community College Libraries and Academic Support for Student Success Project Christine Wolff-Eisenberg, Ithaka S+R Braddlee, Northern Virginia Community College Research report
Nudging Students to Success: Guiding Students from Application to Graduation OIR Research Brief
Progression from Developmental Math to Gatekeeper Math: Fall 2014 Cohort OIR Research Brief
Underrepresented Student Enrollment at NOVA Based on VCCS Underrepresented Population Groups: Fall 2016 OIR Research Brief
Strategies to Support Part-Time Students OIR Research Brief
Start Strong Policy Evaluation Series – Policies 1 & 4: Placement Testing and Enrollment in Developmental English Fall 2013 through Fall 2016 OIR Research Report
Start Strong Policy Evaluation Series – Policies 1 & 4: Placement Testing and Enrollment in Developmental Math Fall 2013 through Fall 2016 OIR Research Report
Achievement Gap Analysis Series – Fall-to-Spring Retention: Fall 2011 through Fall 2013 OIR Research Brief
Achievement Gap Analysis Series – Successful Course Completion: Fall 2012 through Fall 2014 OIR Research Brief
Achievement Gap Analysis Series – Gatekeeper Course Success: Fall 2012 through Fall 2014 OIR Research Brief
Achievement Gap Analysis Series – Success in College Level Courses: Fall 2011 through Fall 2013 OIR Research Brief
Achievement Gap Analysis Series – Success in Developmental English: Fall 2011 through Fall 2014 OIR Research Brief
Achievement Gap Analysis Series – Success in Developmental Math: Fall 2011 through Fall 2013 OIR Research Brief
Achievement Gap Analysis Series – Four-Year Graduation Rates: Fall 2009 through Fall 2011 OIR Research Brief
Achievement Gap Analysis Series – Fall-to-Fall Retention: Fall 2011 through Fall 2013 Cohorts OIR Research Brief
GPS Student Persistence Rates: Fall 2013 through Fall 2015 Cohorts OIR Research Brief
Loss/Momentum Framework at NOVA Series: 1. Connection OIR Research Brief
Loss/Momentum Framework at NOVA Series: 2. Entry OIR Research Brief
Loss/Momentum Framework at NOVA Series: 3. Progress OIR Research Brief
Loss/Momentum Framework at NOVA Series: 4. Completion OIR Research Brief
Loss/Momentum Framework at NOVA Series: 5. VCCS-NOVA Comparison OIR Research Note
Loss/Momentum Framework at NOVA Series: 6. SWOT Findings OIR Research Note
GPS Student Success Outcomes by Select Demographics: Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 OIR Research Report
GPS Student Success Outcomes by Engagement with Hobsons Communications: Fall 2014 OIR Research Report
Historical GPS Student Success Outcomes: Fall 2011 through Fall 2014 OIR Research Report
GPS vs. Non-GPS Student Success Outcomes: Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 OIR Research Report
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