Goal Five: NVCC Is an Effective, Performance-Based Institution.

NVCC embraces the higher education movement to become better at demonstrating effectiveness and performance, especially as it relates to student success.

To achieve this goal, we have identified three initiatives designed to improve NVCC’s performance in three key areas of operation: fundraising, communication, and infrastructure.

 

 

 

 

 

Fashion a Comprehensive Development and Communications Strategy

With public funds diminishing, community colleges need to be smarter about how they fundraise and manage their investments. That means developing foundations, devising new fundraising and donor recognition approaches, and diversifying investments.[19] It also means innovating new tactics, like social media, to tackle negative perceptions about community colleges, so that they become more highly regarded as institutions of choice for higher education.

The NVCC Foundation has reorganized itself for fundraising, with its enthusiastic and committed board. It has adopted a new mission (to raise funds for and increase awareness of the college) to align its activities with NVCC’s goals and initiatives established in its strategic plan. The Foundation’s new mission allows for an ambitious agenda for coming years: to build Foundation membership; to strengthen ties to alumni; to research lessons learned from peer institutions; and to expand the reach of annual campaigns, particularly among area employers. This initiative outlines campus-based fundraising and communications activities to support and augment their work. 

Activity Areas of Focus: 

Purchase a donor and grants management 

Work with faculty to identify funding for department projects that enhance teaching and learning.

Establish a President’s Grants Planning Council to explore and prioritize major grants. 

Design a communications plan that uses data to show the value of community colleges.

Link Data to Decision-making for Greater Institutional Effectiveness

Build Campus Infrastructure and Access

Colleges need modern, functional facilities that support teaching and learning. Campuses must be inviting and safe for students, employees, and the community. Ensuring the physical plan basics (attractive grounds, accessible and clean facilities, ample parking, and transportation access) and infrastructure development that supports teaching and learning (personal and group study/congregating areas, state-of-the-art science, engineering, and computer laboratories) help extend that invitation. The trend across the country is also to “go green” – to be more conscious of our impact on the environment.

Through this initiative, NVCC will undertake improvement projects that address maintenance and upgrades as well as student and community access to college programs and services, including those required externally (e.g., ADA compliance). We also will advocate for continued evening bus service, and undertake efforts to reduce our environmental footprint.

Activity Areas of Focus:

Design and renovate Founders Hall to house the new Center for Allied Health and a multi-purpose meeting facility to be used by the entire campus.

Convert more general classrooms to computer classrooms and to smart classrooms.

Complete Office of Civil Rights-mandated self-assessment of physical/program access, and obtain funds to make the required physical improvements in order to enhance access for all.

Design and complete the campus-wide improvement project (includes sidewalk construction, repaving streets and parking lots, campus lighting improvements, campus East Entrance improvements).

“Green” NVCC’s water and energy usage, waste disposal, and recycling, with student club involvement.

Our Latest Accomplishments
NVCC Honored with Marketing Awards

NVCC Honored with Marketing Awards

NVCC's marketing publications are honored with awards from NCMRP.

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This Year’s Community Meeting Surpasses 100 Partners and Participants

This Year’s Community Meeting Surpasses 100 Partners and Participants

NVCC reports out on progress made on strategic plan and plans for future

On Friday, June 13 NVCC hosted its fourth annual Community Meeting, gathering partners and participants from the 22-town service region to contribute ideas for the growth of NVCC, its students and the region. This year’s meeting was the largest in the College’s history, for the first time surpassing 100 attendees.

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Third Greater Waterbury Educational Leadership Forum Held April 28

Third Greater Waterbury Educational Leadership Forum Held April 28

Secondary counselors, educators and leaders gather to learn about opportunities for students

Following up Sunday’s Open House, NVCC hosted the third annual Greater Waterbury Educational Leadership Forum for service region educators on Monday, April 30, 2014. The event is a project of Waterbury Mayor Neil M. O’Leary, who also heads the College’s Regional Advisory Council, and President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D.

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AMTC Receives Grants for Manufacturing Recruitment

AMTC Receives Grants for Manufacturing Recruitment

Representatives from the Precision Metalforming Association were on campus April 24 to confer the funds

The Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) presented Naugatuck Valley Community College with two $1,000 checks on Thurs., April 24, 2014 to support advanced manufacturing at the College. According to Joe Defeo, director of the NVCC Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center (AMTC), the grants will be used to boost promotion and recruitment initiatives.

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Alumni Pour In for First Social and Wine Tasting

Alumni Pour In for First Social and Wine Tasting

Former students are served by Senator Joan Hartley and treated to a free wine lecture

The first official Alumni meet-and-greet took place on April 3 in the Technology Hall Dining Room. NVCC Professor Peter Cisek offered guests a free wine lecture with Senator Joan Hartley and a volunteer panel making sure everyone got a taste! 

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Indicators of Success

Development and Communications

  • Increased support from the NVCC Foundation
  • Increased faculty driven grants
  • Increased grant applications and awards
  • Regional perceptions of community colleges in general and NVCC specifically will improve

Data-based Decision-Making

  • Quicker response to data needs
  • Greater evidence of data-informed decision-making

Campus Infrastructure and Access

  • Facilities Master Plan implemented
  • Decreased carbon footprint/increased energy efficiency
  • Increased awareness of and engagement in “greening”
Supported By

Institutional Planning Committees on:

Institutional Effectiveness

Environmental Scanning

References

19 Community Colleges: Insights on Fundraising and Endowment Strategies, Wilmington Trust, 2013. 20 Race to the Top Fact Sheet, http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/fact-sheet-race-top; Performance Funding for Higher Education, National Conference of State Legislatures, February 2013, http://www.ncsl.org/issues-research/educ/performance-funding.aspx 21 NEASC Standard 2 (NVCC’s accreditor), http://cihe.neasc.org/standards_policies/standards/standards_html_version