NVCC Top In Tech Among Community Colleges


Northern Virginia Community College has been ranked No. 1 nationally in its enrollment group as the “most digital” large community college.

The Digital Community College awards, sponsored by the Center for Digital Education, evaluate how community colleges use digital technologies to improve services.

According to the Center for Digital Education, in addition to the strength of its overall technology infrastructure and broad use of technology across college operations, judges recognized NVCC as tops for the college’s commitment to open education resources, virtual advising, distance learning, digital-classroom standards and dedicated online services for a growing distance learning population.

“As the hub of a statewide shared-services network for other institutions interested in distance learning, the school also acts as an enabler for others,” the Center said.

NVCC has offered distance-learning opportunities since 1975. Its Extended Learning Institute, or ELI, consists of all the college’s online learning courses. Students can take individual courses, earn a certificate or even complete their associate’s degree online. The program offers online advising, online librarians, remote video-exam proctoring, extracurricular activities and even a “virtual” student union.

The college “has always strived to be a leader in integrating technology into the college environment,” said Steve Sachs, vice president of the Office of Instructional and Information Technology.

“We are extremely proud of this recognition of our efforts on behalf of our students, and we look forward to continuing to grow at the pace of modern technology.”