A ‘Change’ of Scenery Next to the Campus

This article appeared on the front page of the Friday News and Messenger.  Neasbsco Commons is the planned commercial development for the property  between the campus and Dale Blvd, along Neabsco Mills Rd.  As you can see, the campus is becoming a major part of  growth and expansion occuring  in eastern Prince William County. 

http://www2.insidenova.com/news/2012/may/04/hotels-apartments-planned-neabsco-mills-road-ar-1888777/

Sam Hill

 

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NOVA Mentioned in NY Times Story

I wanted to share this NY Times story where Bob Templin is quoted about the work NOVA is doing to assist people who are preparing for new career opportunities in an economy seeking individuals with new skill sets.  The  Workforce Development Center planned for the Woodbridge Campus will be a key component in NOVA’s ability to provide programs that prepare individuals for these career opportunities.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/01/education/schools-try-to-match-the-jobless-with-3-4-million-jobs.html

Your thoughts and reactions to this article and NOVA’s role in preparing individuals for the new economy are invited.

 

Sam Hill

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Provost’s Spring 2012 Convocation Presentation

 

 


The Spring 2012 Campus Convocation was held at the Harbourview Event Center, which is located along the Occoquan River between Route 1 and I-95.  Our Service Excellence Initiative was the Convocation theme/focus.  Faculty had the opportunity to participate training similar to what has been provided to all of the other areas of the campus by Moran Consulting.  Although the faculty training was similar to what all other campus units received, this session focused on service excellence skills, techniques and strategies for serving students outside of the classroom.  I sensed that the participants found the training useful, engaging and an excellent team-building opportunity.

Service Excellence is a campus wide initiative for Woodbridge.  We are pilotting this initiative for the other campuses.  Mark Bumgardner is the person responsible leading this initiative for the Campus.  In this capacity, he coordinates all of the training, provides direction and oversight to the initiative, and works closely with Moran Consulting.  He also advises the other campuses as they prepare for thier implementation.   Please join me in thanking Mark for his leadership and commitment to this important initiative for Woodbridge and NOVA. 

The following slides were used in my presentation at Convocation.

 


This slide is an image of the completed Phase 3 building.  The following slide shows construction as of the week of December 20th.  Phase 3 is scheduled to be completed in May of 2013, with move-in occurring that summer, and classes offered in the fall of  2013.

Following is a slide of the construction of additional retail space at the Stonebridge Town Center (near Wegman’s).  This is one of the slides shared with the VCCS Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, and the Budget Director who were on campus in December for an update on Phase 3 and to learn more about the proposed Workforce Development Center.  These slides are courtesy of the developer of  Stonebridge Town Center (Roadside Developers).  I wanted the VCCS staff to see the business development occuring in the immediate area near campus, as a way to help them understand the need for the Workforce Development Center.  The president of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce and two other business leaders particpated in this meeting with the VCCS staff.  They shared their support for a Workforce Development Center (WDC).  Images of the WDC were shared with the VCCS staff.  These slides follow.   The VCCS staff were impressed with the business leaders support and with the WDC design.  

These are the businesses that will occupy the retail space under construction.

A new stadium for the Potomac Nationals (the PW farm team for the Washington Nationals) is proposed for Stonebridge Town Center.  This stadium, a hotel, an office buidling and a parking garage will located in the wooded area between Wegman’s/the retail area under construction, and Optiz Blvd.

The following slide is the plan for the development that will be built on the property along Neabsco Mills Rd., between the Campus and Dale Blvd.  The developer plans to start the widening of Neabsco Mills Rd. to six lanes in June.

 

Note the two parking garages (GP) in the master plan.  The GP closes to the main entrance to campus will be built first to provide much needed additional parking and to replace parking lost to the WDC.

The next nine slides pertain to the WDC.  

These are the members of the group that served in an advisory role to assist the architects understand the need, purpose and desired design for the WDC.   The following slide captures the business leaders’ and the College’s vision for the WDC.

 

This slide is an image of the WDC as you approach campus from Dale Blvd.

An image of the WDC as you leave campus.

An ariel view of the main entrance to the WDC.

 

Ground-level view of the main entrance to the WDC.   The next four slides are examples of some of the spaces planned for the WDC.  Classrooms, computer labs (including a lab for Cyber Security training), and a large multi-function area that can be sub-divided are planned for the WDC.

 

 

The following slide provides data on our enrollment. We (Woodbridge) did not reach our enrollment target for Fall 2011.  As of January 6th, we were 1.2% ahead compared to spring 2011, but 15.8% away from our spring 2012 target.

I gave an overview of  the relationship between NOVA’s budget planning and enrollment.  Enrollment drives our budget.  The executed operating budget is based on a modest increase in enrollment.  A second level of budget  expenditure developed based on the College reaching its enrollment target.  This second expenditure level is approved only if the enrollment targets are reached.  This approval normally occurs early in the spring semester.    During the initial budget development process, the Admin Council establishes priorities, including positions, initiatives and projects to fund with the additional revenue generated by achieving enrollment targets.  Because it doesn’t appear like the enrollment target for the  College will be reached this year, an adjustment in second expenditure level will be nescessary.  These adjustments will not effect the approved division budgets or current/approved positions.  However, the anticipated positions and priorities established for funding pending meeting enrollment target will be effected.  An example of how the Woodbridge Campus may be effected by not reaching enrollment target is a reduction in the number of new faculty positions we might recieve for the 2012-13 academic year.  Currently, we have 9 new faculty positions alllocated for 2012-13.  This number could be adjusted downward.  Also, the mid-year funds we get usually get for campus improvements, travel, projects, etc., may be reduced or not available.

 

 

The next two slides are updates on the Quality Enhancement Plan for NOVA and the recent SACS Reaffirmation visit.  The SACS team was impressed with our QEP, and the review our SACS compliance went very well.

We need office space for the five specialist who will support the QEP initiative.  Room 206 is been renovated into office space for these specialists and the two Pathway to the Baccalaureate counselors.  The next slide is a drawing of the 206 renovation.  I want to thank the Math faculty for giving up this room.  We  were able to find classrooms to accomodate the classes assigned to 206.  Room 230A is being converted back to a classroom.  This room is behind the Geology classroom/lab, and had been used for storage because the only access to it was through the Geology classroom/lab.  An entrance to 230A off of main second floor hallway is being added.  I want thank the Workforce Development staff for giving up some of their work space for this entrance to 230A.

 

The Provost Staff would like to start formally recognizing faculty and staff for recent achievements and accomplishments.  The following slide lists those individuals.  Following this slide, is a summary of thier accomplishments.

Nauri Ahmed completed an MBA from American Sentinel University.

Bob Bausch recently published two novels: In The Fall They Come Back and The Legend of Jesse Smoke. He also finished a new novel, As Far As The Eye Can See, his first western.

He has also been engaged to rewrite a script of his novel, A Hole In The Earth, for Kaufmann films.

Cathleen Behan completed her PhD coursework in Education Policy at George Mason University this Fall semester. She has also participated in an Assessment Internship at NOVA with Dr. Jennifer Roberts.

She has also participated in many committees including Business Cluster Chair 2010-2013, Student Learning Outcome Lead Faculty for Business Administration and Business Management degree programs, Student Learning Outcome Faculty Liaison and volunteered to be the Chair, of the Board of Directors, Fauquier Community Child Care Inc.

Mark D’Antonio successfully completed a graduate course in accounting and is now eligible to teach the discipline. He is currently working on a Master’s in Materiel Acquisition Management at the Florida Institute of Technology. He also participated in the Taxwise program as the site coordinator for 2010-2011.

Mark recently published “Affirmative Reaction”© in the The Business Journal of Hispanic Research 2011, Vol. 5, No. 1, 86-97 with Dee Simmons. He also published an article with his son, “Students’ Preferences for Cooperative Learning Instructional Approaches: Considerations for College Teachers.”  Journal of Research in Education, 21, 114-126.

Bev Drucker presented at Perspectives on Course Redesign in Raleigh, NC (9/30/11), the 6th Annual Hoosier Math Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana (10/1/11), VYMATC Eastern held at TNCC (10/21/11), the Achieving the Dream Forum (10/28/11). She also hosted and presented to the University of Maryland (10/11/11), Ivy Tech from Indiana (10/20/11), and to the Center on Education and the Workforce from Georgetown (Tony Carnevale)

She assisted in training MTH 1 faculty in Annandale (8/17/11).

Carmen Figueroa was selected to participate in the National Endowment of the Humanities 2011 Summer Institute Revisioning the Maya: New Directions in Scholarship and Teaching On-Site in Mexico Guatemala and Belize.

Rosemary Gallick was a guest Speaker at Manassas Art Guild on “Rendering Pop Art Icons” and was interviewed by ELAN magazine about her artwork and experiences.

She was a guest lecturer at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado as part of her solo exhibition there. She also had solo art exhibitions last spring on campus for Black History month and Women’s History month.

Nasim Khawaja was the 2011/2012 recipient of the prestigious VCCS Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship.

Teresa Overton presented and help with training at Miami Dade (8/12/11-8/13/11), and presented at TNCC (9/7/11), Perspectives on Course Redesign in Raleigh, NC (9/30/11), the 6th Annual Hoosier Math Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana (10/1/11), University of Maryland (10/11/11), Ivy Tech from Indiana (10/20/11), VYMATC Eastern held at TNCC (10/21/11), the Center on Education and the Workforce from Georgetown (Tony Carnevale) (11/1/11), Cumberland Community College (Vineland, NJ) (11/4/11), Jefferson Community and Technical College (Kentucky) (12/9/11).

She also ran and assisted with Training of all MTH 1 Faculty at Annandale Campus (8/17/11) and assisted with Training of faculty at TNCC (12/7/11)

Gail Rebhan had an exhibition of her artwork A Cultural History of My Neighborhood at the American University Museum-Katzen Arts Center. She was interviewed on WAMU’s Metro Connection and articles appeared in the NW Current and in Washington Jewish Week. Her artwork was discussed in a recently published book, The M Word: Real Mothers in Contemporary Art. She was also a guest lecturer at the University of California-Washington Center, Washington, DC.

Lisa Riggleman-Gross completed courses to instruct hula-hoop fitness in hoopchi, zumba Instructor-basic, gold, aqua, toning, and zumbatomic

Ken Shade completed Blackboard certification and is currently working on ELI Certification, Project Management Certification, and a Forensics Program with a one year certificate

Dee Simmons recently published “Affirmative Reaction”© in the The Business Journal of Hispanic Research 2011, Vol. 5, No. 1, 86-97 with Mark D’Antonio.

Lisa Smith was promoted to Assistant Professor in 2011 and also completed a Master of Aeronautical Science degree in August 2011.

Dennis Staszak received the Faculty of the Year Award.  He also completed a certificate in Structured Advising and developed a National Security Career Studies Certificate.  Dennis presented at the NOVA Educational  Board of Directors concerning National Security Career Studies Certificate. He also gave Pro bono Speeches at the FBI Academy to assembled police executives from across the U.S. and the world regarding Law Enforcement Public Relations. He participated as a panel member at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, England, regarding national security issues and the FBI.  He also attended the ADJ Peer Conference. MILO – law enforcement training systems conducted by IES Interactive Training Systems.

He also volunteers with the Honor Flights Organization to meet and greet arriving WW-II veterans arriving in Washington, DC on the Honor Flights and travels to Arlington Cemetery to lay wreaths on the tombs of the soldiers.

Sue Staudt successfully completed a certificate in Structured Advising

Susan G. Thompson spoke on the Scientific Revolution at a meeting of the Lifetime Learning Institute and  Early Reactions to AIDs in America at the Woodbridge Campus AIDS week. She also attended the VCCS Master Teacher Seminars:  “Using Smithsonian Exhibits to Create Connections in Teaching and Learning” and “Education Beyond the Classroom: Exploring the Art and History of Old Town Alexandria”.  She also read for the College Board AP European History.

She also judged at the National History day finals at the University of Maryland and volunteered as support staff at the PUP Conference.

Paula Worthington received the National Science Foundation STARS (Students & Technology in Academia, Research & Service) grant for the Information Technology department on the Woodbridge Campus.

Nima Zahadat received a $2500 grant and earned certifications in Photoshop CS5 Essentials, Photoshop CS4 Essentials, Flash Website Development, jQuery, CEH (Security) at 3Soft/Future Visions and attended Cloud Computing training. He also upgraded the ITD 256 curriculum to use SQL Server along with Access, the ITN 171 from using SuSE Linux to Ubuntu, and ITN 208 on Blackboard to use the latest TCP/IP tools as well as ITN 200 and ITN 245 from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008.

He also taught virtualization technologies and Flash Gaming to faculty and staff, and ITD 297 for co-op with Prince William county government. He is also working with an IT Interest Group for IT students at NOVA.

 

 What a beautiful photo of the fountain in the Campus Lake.  It was taken by Maddie Coradin’s 16 year old daughter, Ariana.   Maddie has a budding photographer.  Maddie is the office manager for the Comunications and Humanities Division.

                Welcome Back !  I wish you have a great semester of service to our students and each other.

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Woodbridge Campus 2012 Spring Convocation

Colleagues,

 

Congratulations, and thanks for another successful semester for NOVA and the Woodbridge Campus.  I hope you will have an enjoyable holiday break.  Before you know it , we’ll be returning for the spring semester.  We are looking forward to Spring 2012 Campus Convocation, scheduled for Tuesday, January 3rd.

To whet your appetite, the focus of the Spring Campus Convocation will be on NOVA’s Service Excellence initiative. NOVA is engaged in a college wide initiative to enhance our efforts to serve each other and our students.  Service Excellence at NOVA is being led by members of Moran Consulting (MC).  MC is a national organization based in Chicago, Illinois that specializes in assisting institutions to enhance service and improve internal processes.  It is often said that good service is 20% people and 80% processes and procedures.   Woodbridge and Annandale are the pilot campuses for this initiative.  Units at the campus and college levels are also engaged in process improvement efforts.

To date, the Woodbridge classified staff,  counselors, library staff and the Provost Staff have completed the Service Excellence training.  Since this initiative is campus wide, our spring Convocation is dedicated to involving and engaging the faculty in this effort.  The focus of the sessions is to enable us as faculty to identify and practice the skills and techniques that will make it possible to better serve and assist students outside of the classroom.  You will find the sessions engaging and interactive.

 Convocation will be at the scenic Harbour View Event Center at 13200 Marina Way in Woodbridge.  Please visit their web site for more information about venue and for directions.  http://www.harbourviewevents.com/

 Our day will begin at 8:30am with a continental breakfast.    I will provide a campus update at 9am with the Service Excellence session beginning at 9:30am.  Here’s the agenda.

 

 

 

Agenda:

 

  •  The Role of Faculty
  • Attitude of Service Excellence
  • Identifying Needs
  • Thoughtful Body Language and Word Choices (How to Say NO)
  • Service Contact Points
  • Handling Difficult and Angry Students
  • Exceeding Expectations

  You can expect an enjoyable and interactive day where you will have opportunities to discuss and practice the real life situations we deal with in serving our students and others.

 Here are some comments from your peers across the college  who recently piloted the Service Excellence program for NOVA Faculty.

 

• I was able to have real time feedback with instant application to my job.  Peer support and insight was helpful and beneficial.

• Interactive activity was extremely helpful! I learned a lot about my strengths and weaknesses.

• Sharing various techniques that faculty members use to resolve problems or make things better.

• Role-playing activity was very helpful

• Introduction with other faculty has given me a broader perspective about issues that students are facing

• Very reflective and though provoking discussions

• Good discussion of what defines Service Excellence

• Good discussion of faculty roles in NOVA services

• Recognizing our cultural diversity.

 

 

Location: Harbour View 13200 Marina Way Woodbridge, VA 22191

Time: 8:30am -4:00pm

http://www.harbourviewevents.com/

 

Happy Holidays,

Sam Hill

 

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Answers to Quiz on PWC

Thanks to everyone  for taking the quiz and learning about our County.  Tamaica Jackson and Stephanie Harms tied for first place.   The answers to the quiz appear below in red.

Thanks to all for another successful semester of service to students and the community.  I hope you and your family have a happy holiday season.

  Sam Hill

1 . According to the 2010 Census, approximately how many people reside in Prince William County?

A.  300,000

B. 500,000

C. 400,000

D. 600,000

 

2.Prince William County is the fastest growing county in Virginia according to the 2010 Census.

True or False

 

3. Approximately how many people in Prince William County are a part of the labor force?

A. 200,000

B. 300,000

C. 100,000

D. None of the above

 

4. What is the unemployment rate in PWC?

A. 7.0%

B. 5.5%

C. 4.7%

D. 5.1%

 

5. What is the median household income?

A. 56,000

B. 92,000

C. 62,500

D. 105,000

 

6. The Prince William County school district is the 4th largest in Virginia.

True or FalsePW has the second largest school division in the Commonwealth behind Fairfax County.

 

7.In the Newsweek/ Washington Post “Challenge Index”,  Prince William County high schools ranked in the top 6%, nationally.

True or False

 

8. What is the percentage of PWC adults with college degrees?

A. 66%

B. 55%

C. 48%

D. 37%

 

9. Prince William County ranked #5 nationally, for job growth from 2000-2010.

True or false  PW is ranked 3rd in job growth.

 

10. Prince William County is the #1 in Virginia for job growth.

True or False

 

11. Prince William County has been  selected as one of the Best Communities for Young People- America’s Choice, for how many years?

A. 1st year

B. 2nd year

C. 3rd year

D. 5th year

 

12. PWC still holds a AAA bond rating by all 3 rating firms.

True or False

 

Bonus: Do you know how Woodbridge got its name? 

Bonus: The area takes its name from Thomas Masons 1795 wooden toll bridge built to supplant the existing ferry, carrying the King’s Highway traffic across the Occoquan River Mason’s Woodbridge Plantation was located in the area of the present day Belmont Bay golf course community. (Wikipedia)

 

 

Source: http://www.pwcecondev.org/

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Test your knowledge!

How well do you know Prince William County? 

As a community college, it’s important to know the community we serve.  Here’s a short quiz to test your knowledge of some of the notable characteristics and accomplishments of the area we serve.  I had the opportunity to share this information with the members of the NOVA Educational Foundation Board.  Most of the members were not aware of this information. 

See if you can answer the following questions.  A prize awaits three respondents with the most correct answers.  The winners and correct answers will be posted on December 13th.

Thanks,

Sam Hill

 

1. According to the 2010 Census, approximately how many people reside in Prince William County?

A.  300,000

B. 500,000

C. 400,000

D. 600,000

 

2.Prince William County is the fastest growing county in Virginia according to the 2010 Census.

True or False

 

3. Approximately how many people in Prince William County are a part of the labor force?

A. 200,000

B. 300,000

C. 100,000

D. None of the above

 

4. What is the unemployment rate in PWC?

A. 7.0%

B. 5.5%

C. 4.7%

D. 5.1%

 

5. What is the median household income?

A. 56,000

B. 92,000

C. 62,500

D. 105,000

 

6. The Prince William County school district is the 4th largest in Virginia.

True or False?

 

7.In the Newsweek/ Washington Post “Challenge Index”,  Prince William County high schools ranked in the top 6%, nationally.

True or False

 

8. What is the percentage of PWC adults with college degrees?

A. 66%

B. 55%

C. 48%

D. 37%

 

9. Prince William County ranked #5 nationally, for job growth from 2000-2010.

True or false

 

10. Prince William County is the #1 in Virginia for job growth.

True or False

 

11. Prince William County has been  selected as one of the Best Communities for Young People- America’s Choice, for how many years?

A. 1st year

B. 2nd year

C. 3rd year

D. 5th year

 

12. PWC still holds a AAA bond rating by all 3 rating firms.

True or False

 

Bonus: Do you know how Woodbridge got its name?

 

Please post your answers in a comment.

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Upcoming Visit by the SACS Reaffirmation Team

The final stage of the College’s involvement in the SACS reaffirmation of accreditation process is an on-site visit by a peer review team on November 14-17, 2011.  Please plan to attend a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, November 10th from 3 to 4:30pm in the Campus Theater to learn more about the details of the Team’s visit and to discuss our role in contributing to the successful outcome of this visit.

Reaffirmation of accreditation is a process to validate the College’s compliance with SACS principles and standards.  This is also an opportunity for our peers to recognize and confirm the outstanding work we do as a college and a campus in assisting students and the region we serve achieve their educational and training goals.  Two major outcomes of the successful reaffirmation of NOVA’s SACS accreditation is our continued approval to provide Federal and State financial aid assistance to students, and the continued transferability of our courses to other regionally accredited institutions.  

 

I look forward to seeing at the Town Hall meeting on Thursday, November 10th at 3pm in the Campus Theater.

 

Sam Hill

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Interesting Remarks From the Indian Minister of Human Resources

 Bob Templin, NOVA  President, shared the following article with the Administrative Council.  I thought you would find his comments and the  remarks of the Indian Minister of Human Resources thought-provoking.  Your thoughts and reactions are solicited.

Sam Hill

 

From: Templin, Robert G. (Jr)
Sent: Thursday, October 13, 2011 11:06 PM
To: Admin Council; Kauffman, Thomas D.
Subject: US-India Higher Education Summit

 

Today, Paul McVeigh and I attended a US Department of State sponsored “US-India Higher Education Summit” at Georgetown University, attended by high-ranking US officials such as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  During the session I was particularly impressed with the remarks of India’s Minister of Human Resources Kapil Sibal.  I was able to find his remarks written this evening in the Indian press and I’ve copied them for your reading.  His comments reflect a global reality that we would be wise to consider.  I offer them to you for your reflection.

Bob

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Kapil Sibal addresses US-India Higher Education Summit

Washington, DC, October 13 –  Kapil Sibal, Indian Minister of HRD and C&IT spoke at at the US India Higher Education Summit at Georgetown University.

“1.  At the outset, I wish to thank Secretary Clinton for facilitating this first-ever Higher Education Summit between the two largest democracies in the world. I recall that it was eleven months ago that Secretary Clinton and I recognized that education is one of the primary pillars of the India-US strategic partnership.  This Higher Education Summit is a culmination of that recognition.

2.  It is only through education that we hope to empower populations across the globe to confront the challenges of the 21st century. Without doubt, US defined the milestones of the 20th century; while India, as you, Secretary Clinton,  described recently – is a defining story line of early 21st century.

3. I also wish to welcome industry and academia to this Summit. Without them, the defining moments of tomorrow will be beyond our reach.  The platforms that you create with our young will etch the contours of those defining moments.

4. The USA epitomizes excellence in education, innovation and research. Through fundamental research and visionary entrepreneurship, you have fostered the emergence of new ecosystems for public good. We, on the other hand, are a nascent democracy. Our young population, almost the size of Europe, is energetic, on the move and full of hope.

5. The young are our future. We have a responsibility to create an appropriate environment to help them plan their future. We must help them face the challenges of tomorrow to reshape the world. In a global, interconnected, mutually dependent world, the way forward is through building partnerships. This historic Summit will forge a new collaborative association in which our young can draw inspiration from your benchmarks of excellence in education & innovation and channelize their energies for public good. Today, we dedicate our partnership for a better tomorrow.

6. The challenges of the 21st century are qualitatively different from those in the past. They do not recognize national boundaries. They are truly global. No nation on its own can hope to confront them. Nations are defined by boundaries, but in the 21st century, nations will have to transcend them in thought and action for sustainable and affordable solutions. Food security, global warming and the environment, demands on energy, water, security in physical and virtual spaces, healthcare are all matters that we need to address together.

7. Business as usual is a sure recipe for global disaster. The global economy will not be defined by financial flows and trade but by global, collaborative, knowledge networks where ideas move seamlessly. The future of knowledge creation will emerge through partnership for the common good. Social networks and resource sharing in cyber-space are precursors to the development of knowledge networks that will aim to address the problems of tomorrow. Technology has led to the “death of distance”. Partnerships would lead to the germination of knowledge.

8. Research and innovation will require collaboration of multiple knowledge partners – those who have the capacity to create, share, and apply new knowledge in cultures of mutual learning and continuous innovation. Creativity can flourish only in an environment where inquiry is encouraged and the status quo challenged. In this, India and the U.S, with their democratic traditions, openness of thought, spirit of tolerance, rule of law, respect for institutions and understanding of diversity are natural partners in our quest for lasting solutions.

9. Let me now outline very briefly the challenges that confront us in India. More than 100 million youth – the combined labor forces of Britain, France, Italy and Spain – are projected to join the workforce by 2020. This will be a great potential resource only if they are empowered with education and skills to leverage available global opportunities. If we fail to do this, our demographic advantage will be lost and our youth alienated.  For us, it is a fundamental imperative that our young have access to affordable, quality education. We must embrace three principles: First, to provide for all our young access to educational opportunities; second, reduce financial barriers to ensure access; and third, ensure quality with accountability.

10. The Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) in higher education in India is presently around mere 15%, about 10% below the world average.  We shall endeavor to increase our GER to 30% by 2020.  This would require us to provide for opportunities in higher education for an additional thirty million children by 2020. To do that, we will need to build an additional 1000 universities and 50,000 colleges. To serve these institutions, we will require quality faculty of over a million assisted by quality support structures. The “new” demand for higher education in India is emerging from three groups that traditionally did not have easy access to higher education: the disadvantaged and marginalized, women and a “rising” lower-middle class.

11. But this is only a part of the picture. We, in India, to sustain our own economic growth require a skilled workforce of about 500 million by 2022. As the center of gravity of global economic activity shifts towards Asia, this workforce can provide the basis for sustained economic growth. Besides, with declining demographics around the world, the global community will require a suitably skilled workforce to serve its needs.  Our demographic advantage could, thereby, become an integral part of the global workforce.

12. For imparting skills to our young, we need to build a robust Vocational Education system that links education to the world of work. This requires the award of qualifications of international standards accepted by industry globally. This will enable mobility of students across vocational and higher education. Students endowed with skill-sets sought by industry globally will then serve its needs. We can draw from the experiences of community colleges in the U.S as we proceed to develop the vocational education system in India.

13. Ladies and Gentlemen, I also believe that the nature of delivery of educational services is changing rapidly. Technology has facilitated collaborative learning through the democratizing influence of the web. It may be too early to write the epitaph for the classroom, but the classrooms of the 21st century will be different from those that served us in the past. The content of pedagogy too would be radically altered. The silos that fragmented knowledge have already started collapsing. Customized learning across cultures will be the dominant theme of higher education. We need to open up the university as a learning space, embrace collaborative knowledge production, and break down the walls between institutions. I foresee a day where an engineering student from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) can register for a liberal arts course offered by Yale while simultaneously enrolling for an economics course in Stanford. The university as a physical entity may no longer remain the unit of learning space.

14. We together need to lay the foundation for this change our enduring partnership will define the future of education. Our relationship is unique. We must strengthen and deepen it. For this academia, industry and policymakers must work together. Knowledge has no limits. Let our partnership dismantle the boundaries that limit us. That is our destiny. Let us embrace it.”

 

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Listening to Our Stakeholders

Heather Witmer shared this article.  Your thoughts and comments are invited.  Sam Hill 

 

15 Things Students Want the Nation to Know About Education

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lisa-nielsen/15-things-students_b_984177.html?ref=email_share

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Dulles Plane Pull Event

For the first time NOVA had a team that participated in the Dulles Airport Jet Pull Competition.  This event is a fundraiser for the Special Olympics.  This  event involves teams of 25 individuals pulling a FedEx airbus jet 12 feet.  Winners are determined by time and weight.    The NOVA team consisted of members of the NOVA Police Department, members of the NOVA Board, members of the NVCC Alumni Association, and the Administration.  You may recognize some familiar faces from the Woodbridge Campus.  As you can see from the video and the photos, this was a fun event.  Stay alert for request for participants for the 2012 NOVA team.

Sam Hill

Big PULL for Team NOVA at Dulles Plane Pull (Enjoy this video of the Event)

 

 

Dulles Plane Pull Group

The folks who really made it possible for the NOVA team to finish 10 out of 64 teams.

 

The NOVA Police Department members of the team. 

 

 Our buff Dean of Students at his flexing best.

Team NOVA, Top 10 out of 64, Dulles Plane Pull  (Enjoy this video)

 

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