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 Hosts U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty on its Waterbury Campus

NVCC Hosts U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty on its Waterbury Campus

Representative Participates in STEM Advisory Board Meeting, Tours New Center for Health Sciences

Naugatuck Valley Community College hosted U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), for the Congresswoman’s STEM Advisory Board meeting Monday. The STEM Advisory Board, which convenes four times per year, held its April 10 meeting in the Community Room at the College’s Center for Health Sciences at Founders Hall.

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Naugatuck Valley Community College Student Selected to Visit NASA this Month

Naugatuck Valley Community College Student Selected to Visit NASA this Month

Math/science major Levi Reynolds will be part of Community College Aerospace Scholars Project

Levi Reynolds a math/science major at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury was recently selected as one of 348 community college students from across the U.S. to be part of the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars project (NCAS). Last November, Reynolds was awarded one of 10 community college scholarships the NASA CT Space Grant Consortium awards yearly.

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Students, Faculty, and Staff Say Hello to Easier Searching

Students, Faculty, and Staff Say Hello to Easier Searching

NVCC Library Launches “NVCC Search”

Searching for the right resources for your next research project just got a lot easier. That’s thanks to a dedicated team that helped the Max R. Traurig Library at Naugatuck Valley Community College move to a new search system interface called “NV Search.” Now, with just a few clicks and keystrokes, NV Search provides one-stop searching for books and e-books, videos, articles, and digital media for anyone who wants to search through the College’s vast collection or discover resources. For those on the go, the best part about the new interface is that it’s 100% mobile friendly meaning that users can access the system from any smart phone.

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U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty Recognizes NVCC for Successful Manufacturing Job Placements, Community Collaboration and Grant Opportunities that Make a Difference in Lives of Students

U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty Recognizes NVCC for Successful Manufacturing Job Placements, Community Collaboration and Grant Opportunities that Make a Difference in Lives of Students

Naugatuck Valley Community College is often in the news for the work it does to serve our 22-town service area. A string of student opportunities and success recently landed the college in the newsletter of U.S. Congressional Representative, Elizabeth Esty.

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Financial Services Industry Summit Focuses on Careers and Curriculum

Financial Services Industry Summit Focuses on Careers and Curriculum

In an effort to keep its curriculum current for its students and to help close the skill gap in the state, Naugatuck Valley Community College turned to the experts on November 29th at its Financial Services Summit. Focused on industry careers and trends in the financial services sector, the summit was hosted by Financial Services firm NewOak at its Danbury, Connecticut, office. The summit provided an opportunity for professionals in the financial services industry to discuss the skills, educational background, training, and experiences that are most sought after in prospective employees.

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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


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