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Chancellor’s Statewide Syllabus with 50th Anniversary Virginia’s Community Colleges logo

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


A Faculty Perspective on the Importance of the Guided Pathways Initiative
Submitted by Charles Errico, Ph.D., professor of history at NOVA and chair of the Chancellor’s Faculty Advisory Committee (CFAC)

The community colleges are often viewed as the 21st century Ellis Island, a safe harbor for those who want an opportunity for a better life. Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), situated just outside the nation’s capital, has students from more than 160 countries.

Submitted by Dr. Catherine Finnegan, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Institutional Effectiveness

On average, among VCCS’s first-time-in-college, degree-seeking students:

• Six out of 10 who pass all first semester courses will complete a degree (at either VCCS or a transfer institution) within six years.
• Four out of 10 who withdraw from at least one course, but pass all others will complete a degree (at either VCCS or a transfer institution) within six years.
• Only two out of 10 who fail a course in their first semester will complete a degree (at either VCCS or a transfer institution) within six years.


The 2017 session of the General Assembly kicks off today in Richmond. Ellen Davenport, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Governmental Relations, will be monitoring the pieces of legislation important to the VCCS. Below is a brief recap of relevant bills filed to date:

See VCCS blog for legislative updates (

SWCC Launches REDI Center to Power Retraining for Displaced Miners Submitted by Pat Bussard, SWCC

Southwest Virginia Community College has launched a REDI Center (Retraining Energy Displaced Individuals Center for Displaced Coal Miners). The REDI Center assists laid-off coal miners and dislocated supply chain workers impacted by the downturn in the coal energy sector to receive retraining and educational opportunities to prepare them for successful re-entry into the workforce.

REDI Center logo


College Foundation Spotlight
NRCC Receives Donation for Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative
Submitted by: Joyce Taylor, NRCC

Jim and Margaret Shuler of Blacksburg believe in the power and benefit of education. That’s why they donated a considerable gift to the NRCC Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative.

PHOTO: Picture of Jim and Margaret Shuler


State Board Meeting (


Jan. 19

Technology Council Meeting (


Jan. 25-26

Diversity, Inclusion & Student Success Webinar ( Meeting number: 641 139 769 Meeting password: wCNNsJS3 (


Jan. 26

Featured Artist Search (
(For New Horizons Conference)


Feb 1 (Deadline to submit)

Faculty Peer Group Meeting (
(Engineering & Applied Technologies, Information System Technology & Computer Science, Accounting, Business & Economics)

Glen Allen

Feb. 2-3

Mid-Central Virginia Regional Center for Teaching Excellence: Diversity and Inclusion Training (


Feb 3

Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Faculty Award (

Nomination Form

Feb. 15 (Deadline to submit)

Susan S. Wood Professorship for Teaching Excellence Award (

Nomination Form

Feb. 15 (Deadline to submit)

Advisory Council on Presidents (ACOP) Meeting


Feb. 21-22

Central Virginia Regional Center for Teaching Excellence: The Impact of Socioeconomic Status on Student Success ( (


Feb. 24

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