NOVA team attends DREAM conference

A team of faculty and staff represented NOVA at DREAM 2014: The Achieving the Dream Annual Institute Student Success in Orlando, FL February 23-27. The conference had over 1600 participants from community colleges all over the country who gathered to share ideas about student success in community colleges.

The NOVA team included David Epstein (WO), Frances Villagran-Glover (AL), Jennifer Richardson (WO), Michael Brazie (LO), Stephen Clarke (LO), Rashmi Chilka (AN), Patricia Gary (MA), Molly Lynch (MA), Alison Thimblin (WO), Khaseem Davis (MA), Rhonda Myers (AL), Wes Hillyard (AN), Jenny Lopez (WO), and Vice President of Institutional Research and Student Success Initiatives George Gabriel.

ATD is a national initiative developed to increase student success rates at community colleges. NOVA has been a member of the initiative since 2007 and was recognized as a Leader College in 2010.

Gabriel, Lynch, and Epstein made a presentation, “NOVA’s transformation,” outlining NOVA’s seven year journey in the Achieving the Dream Initiative starting with an examination of data about success in gatekeeper courses and retention, the development and refinement of student success initiatives, and finally recent policy changes to mandate some of these interventions. Also discussed was how NOVA itself has changed as the Office of Institutional Research has played a critical role in championing student success initiatives. Additionally, Thimblin and Gabriel presented on “Using Technology to Increase Student Success:  Constituent Relationship Management Software.”

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Avoid a nightmarish schedule!

Check out another great animation by Kevin Williams about avoiding a nightmarish schedule.


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“Avoid a Nightmare” animation

Check out this great animation on “Avoiding a Nightmare” put together by the Loudoun Achieving the Dream team!

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More Student Success Celebrations!

NOVA’s Achieving the Dream Team is pleased to announce Student Success Celebrations at four additional campuses:

At Alexandria

On Tuesday October 29 the Alexandria campus will be having a football-themed full day of events for “Touchdown” to Success. Activities will include “who inspired me to be successful?” videos, a poster contest, a reception, and a panel discussion with students sharing their success stories. For more information about the events at Alexandria contact Frances Villagran-Glover at

 At Manassas

The Manassas campus will be running a video competition through October 24 where students can make videos sharing an academic or personal success story as a NOVA student. There will be a Wall of Success for students to post their success stories on the bulletin board on the first floor of Howsman Hall from October 22- October 25. Finally there will be a Student Success Rally on Thursday, October 29 from 2:00-4:00 pm on the patio outside Howsman Hall with student speakers, music, prizes, and food! For more information about the events at Manassas contact Molly Lynch at

At Loudoun

The Loudoun campus will be hosting events on Thursday October 31 from 12:00-2:00 pm in the Learning Commons Lounge. In line with Halloween, their theme is “Avoid a Nightmare” and will focus on how things like taking SDV and seeing an advisor can prevent avoid a nightmare. Some games with their improv theater group and student speakers are on the agenda. If you are at Loudoun you should also look for some great posters! For more information about the events at Manassas contact Stephen Clarke at

At the Medical Education Campus:

On November 6 from 11:00 am- 2:00 pm in the MEC Forum there will be a program entitled “Great Health Care Begins with Student Success.” There will be refreshments and a panel of speakers including students sharing their success stories. For more information about the events at MEC contact Jarice Risper,


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Celebrating Student Success!

Achieving the Dream wants to celebrate the success our students are having.

Look for various events on the different campuses throughout the fall semester.

Coming up soon:

At Annandale:

The “Dream Big Video Contest”  just concluded. Students made 3 minute videos sharing their dreams and how NOVA is helping them to achieve them.

On Wednesday, October 2 there will be a “What happens When…..?”scavenger hunt and resources fair on CF plaza from 11:30 to 1 pm

On Thursday October 3 there will be  celebrating success panel where alumni will share their stories with current students. This will be in CE forum from 4 to 5:30 pm.

At Woodbridge:

On Thursday, October 3rd there will be a short program from 12:00-2:00 pm with several guest speakers (students and faculty). Our theme is “Achieving My Dream” and motivating student success. The speakers will discuss barriers, strategies, and goals for success. They will share their own personal stories. We will also have some hands on activities and catered refreshments. The event will be in the Lakeside Theater.

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ATD events

Your Achieving the Dream campus team are hosting several great activities this semester!

Want to learn more about the GPS for Success (faculty advising)? There will be discussions on two campuses:

  • Annadale: Thursday, February 21 from 2:00-3:00 pm in the Provost’s Conference Room
  • Manassas: Tuesday, February 26 from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Counseling Conference room

The Alexandria campus will be hosting a session on Student Engagement Tuesday,  March 19 from 1:00-2:00 pm in AA158

The Woodbridge campus will showcase a panel of students discussing their experiences at NOVA on Saturday March 2 from 9:00-10:00 am.


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Retention data

Like data? Last Fall, ATD sponsored sessions on each campus looking at data on student retention. These meetings generated lots of discussion- with lots of questions and requests for more data. Come join in on the discussions about factors that may be impacting student retention.

Annandale: Thursday, April 18 from 2:00-3:00 pm in the Provost’s conference room

Alexandria: Tuesday, April 16 from 1:00-2:00 pm in AA 158

Manassas: Wednesday, April 10 from 3:00-4:00 pm in the Provost’s conference room

Woodbridge: Friday, April 5 from 11:00 am- 12:30 pm

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ATD Town Halls on New Policy Recommendations

Did you know that ATD has recommended six new policy changes? Come and here about these ideas at the Town Hall meeting on your campus:

Annandale: Thursday, March 21 from 12:30-1:30 in the Provost’s Conference Room

Alexandria: Tuesday, February 12 from 1:00-2:00 pm in AA 158

Loudoun: Friday, February 15 from 1:00-3:00 pm in the Waddell Theater

Manassas: Monday, March 4 from 3:00-4:30 pm

Medical Education Campus: Monday, April 15 from 1:00-2:00 pm

Woodbridge: Friday, February 1 from 12:30-1:30


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