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 Wednesday, December 14, 2016


Math Pathways Project a Key to Student Success

The Complete 2021 strategic plan to triple the number of credentials earned by VCCS students is centered on completion to increase economic mobility and individual prosperity across the commonwealth. According to the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia, only 38% of first-time, degree-seeking students completed a community college credential or transferred to a senior institution. This low percentage equates to only 31,000 students a year walking across the finish line with a credential in hand. This number has not moved in the last four years.


Submitted by Dr. Catherine Finnegan, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Institutional Effectiveness

• More than 42,000 students enrolled in a college-level math course during Fall 2015.
• 39% of Fall 2014 first-time-in-college students were placed in at least one lower level developmental math module.
• Only 11% of those students had completed a college math course by Spring 2016.


RCC is springboard to medical school for the gifted Zakara Blanding
Submitted by Eric Pesola, Rappahannock Community College

“I’m excited to learn, to go to medical school, and to further my education,” says 14-year-old Zakara Blanding, a rising Middlesex High School (MHS) student whose dream is to become a neurosurgeon. The first step in her journey, as mapped out by her mother, has been to take dual enrollment classes for college credit at Rappahannock Community College.



College Foundation Spotlight
Anonymous $100,000 donation impacts four PHCC scholarships
Submitted by Amanda Broome, Patrick Henry Community College

On this year’s National Day of Giving, November 29, one community member presented a gift that will impact the lives and futures of others for years to come. The gift was a $100,000 donation to the Patrick Henry Community College Foundation. Last year, the same donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, created four scholarships with her first donation of $100,000. This year, her second donation deepens the impact of each scholarship.


This is the final Statewide Syllabus for 2016. We hope you have a wonderful safe holiday, and we look forward to bringing you the latest news in 2017. 







Glen Allen

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