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
Naugatuck Valley Community College Confers One Thousand Three Hundred and Fifty-Nine Awards for the Fifth Consecutive Year

Naugatuck Valley Community College Confers One Thousand Three Hundred and Fifty-Nine Awards for the Fifth Consecutive Year

In a packed house at the Palace Theater, more than nine hundred students celebrated their graduation from NVCC. The graduates from 85 municipalities across Connecticut and eight states in total, ranged from youngest to oldest, 17 to 72 years of age. The eldest graduate received an associate degree in general studies and an associate degree in hotel management.  The largest field of study was represented by general studies in which 318 associate degrees were awarded. The Class of 2016 earned 1,359 total awards. This is the fifth consecutive year that NVCC celebrated the achievement of granting more than 1,000 awards.

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Annual Leadership Breakfast Celebrates ‘Powerful Year’ at NVCC

Annual Leadership Breakfast Celebrates ‘Powerful Year’ at NVCC

Naugatuck Valley Community College welcomed nearly 100 area legislative, municipal, community and business leaders, as well as Connecticut Board of Regents Chairman Nicholas Donofrio and Connecticut State College and University System President Mark Ojakian to campus on January 8 for NVCC’s seventh Leadership Breakfast.

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NVCC Takes Top Honors in CTrides College Challenge

NVCC Takes Top Honors in CTrides College Challenge

CTrides, which connects commuters with sustainable solutions to get to school or work, has honored Naugatuck Valley Community College for its participation in the Connecticut College Challenge, which seeks to find “green” rides for college students across Connecticut. More NVCC students pledged to take a sustainable ride during the first week of October than students at any other community college in the state.

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New England Association of Schools and Colleges Visits Danbury Campus

New England Association of Schools and Colleges Visits Danbury Campus

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges conducted a site visit at Naugatuck Valley Community College’s Danbury Campus on November 17 as a follow-up to the location’s transition from a center to a full-fledged branch campus, which began roughly 18 months ago.

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NVCC Plans for the Future: Dreaming Big, Working Hard and Moving Forward for a Higher Purpose

NVCC Plans for the Future: Dreaming Big, Working Hard and Moving Forward for a Higher Purpose

What is your vision for Naugatuck Valley Community College ten years from now? What are the College’s most important goals? How do those goals align with NVCC’s mission? These were some of the questions asked at strategic planning sessions hosted by NVCC’s Institutional Planning and Administrative Councils during the first week of November.

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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”
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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