NOVA Partners with South African Colleges

President Robert G. Templin, Jr. addresses the South African Education Managers group and discusses NOVA’s vital role in student success and completion. Photo by Kevin Mattingly

NOVA has begun work with 12 Further Education Training Colleges (FETCs). On September 26, approximately 28 South African Education Managers spent a week at the Alexandria Campus to learn and gain insight on strategies for student support, retention and success. NOVA representatives from various areas of the College shared best practices and approaches to student success beginning from the intake process, financial aid, orientation, academic support services and curriculum strategies focused on retention, persistence and completion. During the course of the week, the education managers worked on developing plans based on the specific measureable outcomes and goals for their colleges. NOVA plans to continue this partnership through individualized technical support around the core institutional infrastructure in student intake and academic support.

South African Education Managers from Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape provinces. Provost Peter Maphumulo, Provost Office Manger Nicci Dowd and Dean of Learning and Technology Resources Frances Villagran -Glover.

The American Council of Education (ACE) funded the visit of the FETC managers under a grant from USAID. Alexandria Provost Peter Maphumulo is pleased to announce a sub-grant from ACE to support technical assistance teams traveling to South Africa before March of 2012 to continue the training and to structure a formal arrangement with Witwatersrand University for strengthening FETC developmental math and English programs. The visit marked the first activity under this far reaching program. For more information, contact Maphulmulo at