Ensuring Student Success: Six Policy Changes for Fall 2014

NOVA LogoThe Administrative Council has approved implementation of the following six policy changes that were recommended by the Achieving the Dream (ATD) Core Team to further ensure student success at NOVA:

  1. Mandate student orientation (SOAR) for first-time students.
  2. Mandate early advising for first-time students.
  3. Mandate placement testing for first-time students.
  4. Mandate enrollment in developmental courses during first semester, if placed, for first-time students.
  5. Enforce current policy of SDV enrollment within first year for first-time students.
  6. Eliminate late registration.

These comprehensive policies will take effect in fall 2014.

Five of these six policy changes will only impact first-time in college students. The sixth policy change, regarding late registration, will apply to all NOVA students. First-time in college students are defined as recent high school graduates who are 24 years or younger. Eliminating late registration means that, beginning in fall 2014, the last day of registration will be the day before a session begins.

At this time, implementation teams are working on the logistics of executing these policy changes. Communicating these changes effectively and accurately is key. As part of the implementation effort, teams are working with NOVA’s Marketing and Communications Office to craft messages for the various target audiences and stakeholders, identify appropriate communications channels, and determine the most effective timing for message dissemination both internally and externally.

A “Who/What/When/Where” plan will be completed in the coming weeks. This plan will focus first on creating materials for NOVA staff working in area high schools to share with prospective students and their families.

Look for monthly updates on implementation progress in the Intercom.

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