Innovating Academics and Careers
The mission of Virginia’s Community Colleges, to address the state’s unmet higher education and workforce training needs, remains as urgent today as when we began. The innovations highlighted here are just some of the ways we strive to meet the evolving 21st century needs of the students, employers and communities we serve.
What if a college system could drastically shorten the time it takes students to complete developmental courses, giving them a fighting chance to progress to college-level work and graduate? That’s the focus of the Developmental Education Redesign initiative, which has received national attention for its innovative approach.
A new paradigm for preparing for college math has been created, and a redesign of English developmental courses is under way.
EdTech@theVCCSA blog on distance education topics at Virginia’s Community Colleges
It was literally electric as science faculty gathered at Lord Fairfax Community College’s stormy Middleton campus for their bi-annual peer group. While sessions ranged from the discipline specific to common challenges of teachingand learning, a number of sessions focused on technology in education and open educational resources (OER). Shalini Upadhyaya, Associate Professor of Biology at Reynolds Community College encouraged facultyRead Full Post
At the 2016 Chancellor Retreat, former VCCS Vice Chancellor Monty Sullivan laid out a bold challenge to those in attendance. “We need to rethink not just who is learning, but how they are learning,” said Sullivan as he drew his smartphone out of his pocket. The word challenge is appropriate. As a system, the VCCS has an exciting opportunity toRead Full Post
This innovative, nationally recognized program helps Virginia’s foster youth earn the postsecondary credentials they need to achieve an independent and successful life. Great Expectations is offered at 17 of Virginia’s Community Colleges.
Creativity, efficiency and passion are only three of the ingredients necessary to meet the 21st century needs of Virginia students and employers. This group is working to position the VCCS to meet tomorrow’s pressing challenges.