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The planning area provides leadership for College planning and institutional effectiveness, facilitates information-sharing for decision-making and organizational development across the College, and provides support for accreditation.

Planning supports administrative and campus unit staff to ensure that all units are advancing NOVA’s mission and strategic plan to enhance institutional effectiveness and student achievement.

Mission and Vision

NOVA’s planning and evaluation process is informed by the Virginia’s Community Colleges (VCCS) Chancellor’s goals, the NOVA President’s goals, and the College’s Mission and Vision and Strategic Plan.

Accreditation Schedule

NOVA is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award certificates and associate degrees. For further details about NOVA’s accreditation, please visit NOVA’s Accreditation page. NOVA’s accreditation schedule is shown in the table below.

Date Step
March 2020 Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) topic approval
March 2021 Compliance Certificate due to SACSCOC
August 2021 QEP due
October 2021 On-site visit
March 2022 Response to on-site committee
June 2022 Reaffirmation vote by SACSCOC

Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)

Northern Virginia Community College is currently seeking reaffirmation of accreditation from the Southern Association of Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).  As part of the accreditation process, NOVA is expected to develop a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). According to SACSCOC a QEP must include the following: (a) a topic identified through our ongoing, comprehensive planning and evaluation process; (b) involvement of broad-based support of institutional constituencies; (c) a focus on improving specific student learning outcomes and/or student success; (d) allocation of resources to initiate, implement and complete the QEP; and (e) a plan to assess achievement.

We invite you to explore this website to learn more about NOVA’s QEP!

The QEP is formally directed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Chief Academic Officer.

Explore the QEP