Charting Student Success through Data and Research
About Data Spotlight
Data Spotlight, a publication of NOVA’s Office of Strategic Insights, is a quarterly newsletter that makes institutional research easy to understand by presenting data regarding NOVA’s student achievement criteria, key performance indicators, regional labor market, and other important metrics in a visual format.
The service area of Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is comprised of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties, as well as the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park. NOVA’s service area makes up 30% of Virginia’s population and a third of its employment…[MORE]
Many students who start at a community college intend to transfer and complete a bachelor’s degree, but most of them are not successful. Only 40 percent achieve that goal within nine years of community college entry in the U.S. compared to 55 percent of students at NOVA. One area for improving …[MORE]
While employment is not the only aim of postsecondary education, it has become an increasingly important factor for students in deciding whether to pursue a degree or credential. In a 2021 national survey of college and university alumni, the Strada Center for Education Consumer Insights found that…[MORE]
2016-17 through 2020-21
In the U.S., public two-year institutions serve about 8 million students per year, or approximately 40 percent of undergraduates. Community college students have lower graduation rates than students who start at four-year institutions. Community colleges that…[MORE]