Posted on Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Connecting the Dots

It takes a village to help a student succeed. Increasingly that village includes both people and technology. Check out some of the biggest VCCS efforts underway to improve student success and see how they all fit together.

During the recent 23-college Student Success Listening Tour, Chancellor DuBois reminded us that, while last year we produced an historic number of graduates, we can do more to help our students succeed. We can be more creative, flexible and responsive to meet the myriad of needs and barrier our students face. We can do more to help them not just choose a class schedule, but also help them plan how to meet their career and life aspirations. Our colleges and the System Office are working hard to make that happen.

In this and future issues of the Statewide Syllabus, we will keep you updated on these student success initiatives and other important ongoing topics. Click the links (where available) to learn more about each initiative. If there is one you would like us to highlight, please send it to




Performance Funding Dashboard

By 2020, the VCCS will award 20% of the annual state allocation funding to colleges based on performance funding measures around the Loss-Momentum Framework. Colleges will receive points based on the progress, retention, completion and transfer of their students. To see each college’s own performance, visit this report housed on The Resource Center website.


This report is updated annually, usually during the spring.


As part of the VIP-PASS strategy, VCCS has partnered with EAB to bring a new onboarding technology called Navigate to students. Read this issue’s “Initiative Update story and/or click here to learn more.

Wave 1: Jun. 2017-Mar. 2018


Veterans Portal

The Veterans’ Portal project is well under way. Click here to learn more about this new service for our military and veteran students.

Nov. 11, 2017

Statewide Application

The current VCCS student application process is so cumbersome and outdated that a recent review revealed that each academic year more than 10,000 prospective students begin the Online Admissions Application (OAA) but do not complete it. The Academic Services & Research team at the system office, however, is hard at work creating a more intuitive, technologically updated application to encourage more students to complete the process.

April 2018

Title IX and Clery Act Reporting

As a reminder, institutions of higher education that receive federal funding must meet certain requirements related to campus safety. Two such federal laws are Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.

These federal statutes require certain employees to report possible Title IX violations and crimes to appropriate college officials. The Virginia Code § 23.1-806 also requires certain employees to report acts of sexual violence to the Title IX Coordinator. Employees should be aware of their obligations under state and federal law.  This presentation gives an overview of the reporting requirements of Title IX and The Clery Act. To familiarize yourself with the requirements, click Reporting Requirements Title IX and The Clery Act Title IX and The Clery Act or contact Greer Saunders, system counsel and senior assistant attorney general at


Laura Osberger

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