|Core Requirement #5: The institution engages in ongoing, integrated, and
institution-wide research-based planning and evaluation processes that
incorporate a systematic review of programs and services that (a) results
in continuing improvement, and (b) demonstrates that the institution is
effectively accomplishing its mission.
Offsite Committee Concern: Onsite committee will make sure that
institutional effectiveness is ongoing and comprehensive - concern that
planning is an ongoing process seems to focus on instruction, but not
Focused Response: Continual assessment and improvement in workforce
development has been integrated at all levels throughout the region.
The Workforce Investment Board, Region 2000 Regional Commission and
Central Virginia Industries represent business, industry and
government throughout Virginia's Region 2000, the service area of the
College. These organizations represent the heartbeat of industry and
many resources have been dedicated to assess, both formally and
informally, the "needs" of our region.
Associated with the establishment of several CVCC satellite centers,
CVCC has surveyed the geographic area served by the satellites to
ascertain both the general population needs and the needs of industry
as well (Bedford Center Prospective Student Survey).
Feedback from all these assessments, audits and surveys is then
incorporated into the strategic planning efforts of each of these
organizations (link to strategic plans) as well as the College.
The College is represented by a member of the President's Council within
each of the regional organizations to ensure effective comprehensive
service. Each year, with this information, the Division of Workforce
Development and Continuing Education establishes goals/objectives to
support the college and region's missions (
FY03 Strategic Plan
FY04 Strategic Plan
From these goals and objectives numerous programs and courses of
instruction are then initiated by the division to fill the identified
needs of the region.
These efforts are then assessed "real time" via two pathways. Approximately
70% of all workforce instruction occurs in credit format. Individual
assessments of students are taken in the established class survey/program
evaluation processes used by the College. Procedures are institutionally
established to solicit, evaluate and incorporate student input via
individual class surveys (Business & Allied Health Division
Humanities & Social Sciences Division
Science, Math, & Engineering Division
Also, standing advisory committees consisting of Region 2000 business and
industry regularly meet to review and recommend program improvements
(Advisory Committees) .
Curricular recommendations are taken through the college Curriculum Committee
for review and approval
(Curriculum Committee Minutes).
Equipment and facility requirements are addressed through the college's
strategic planning process. As per VCCS requirements, annual program reviews
are also conducted by the appropriate division on a rotating program basis
assessment reports) with recommendations being forwarded through the
appropriate channels. Non-credit instruction is also assessed using an
This data is collected and reviewed by division personnel. New curricula and
class improvements are generated from this information. This entire process
is augmented by almost daily interface with our numerous partners through out
|Core Requirement #9: The institution, through ownership or formal arrangements or agreements,
provides and supports student and faculty access and user privileges to adequate library
collections as well as to other learning/information resources consistent with the degrees
Offsite Committee Concern: Onsite committee will check for library support
for distance learning and off-campus sites.
Focused Response: The CVCC Library provides adequate resources to support the College's
educational, research, and public service programs. This is done mostly through the
solicitation of requests from the faculty. All CVCC faculty and staff are invited to
submit requests for new books and periodicals. Annually, all staff and faculty are asked
via e-mail to submit requests for new periodical subscriptions. These are collected and
the subscription request list sent to the dealer in the fall of each year with the
subscriptions beginning with the new calendar year. The Library currently subscribes to
approximately 190 periodical titles in print. Back issues for many of these are kept for
twenty years in microfiche.
Book requests are received throughout the year via e-mail, written notations on catalogs
sent to the Library by faculty, verbal requests, as well as an on-line request form on the
Library's website. Each fall the Library concentrates on one of the three academic
divisions for collection development. The Coordinator asks the dean of the division in
question to ask faculty from each of the programs/curricula in that division to come to the
Library. There they evaluate that portion of the collection pertaining to their discipline
for items that may need to be updated, discarded, and/or replaced. Requests from this
division are given priority until the end of the fall semester. However, requests from
faculty in the other two divisions are still honored and ordered. The Library staff also
reads reviews of new materials in Choice, Library Journal, and Publisher's
Weekly for items that will be of use to students.
Items that the Library does not own are available through inter-library loan. One is able
to check for materials through the First Search database, then request them either on-line
or by filling out a request at the circulation desk.
Access to electronic databases is provided through the
Library's Information Reference
webpage. From this site one may access dozens of databases containing thousands of
periodical titles as well as other electronic information. Instructions for obtaining
off-campus access are available through this site.
The Library is able to seat approximately 100 people comfortably. There are areas for
individual study, groups seating, as well as five group study rooms. Students have access
to eight computers with internet access, seven of which have Microsoft Office, which
allows them to type papers.
There is usually a professional librarian on duty, if not at the circulation desk, to
assist student with research problems. The librarians are also available to give in-Library
instruction as well as in-class instruction to classes. There are approximately ten such
sessions in a semester. In addition, students have access to the VCCS on-line reference
service, known as LRC Live
, which allows on-line, interactive assistance from a "live" librarian.
Access to the Library's collection for distance students is mainly in the form of the
Library website's distance education page.
From this site one has access to the two tutorials that explain library research. There is
a link to the CVCC Library catalog as well as a link to the Information Search page noted
previously. Other links include the interlibrary loan (ILL) form and "LRC Live," as well
as e-mail and phone/fax contact information.
Physical delivery of Library materials is now available to students in distance learning
and off-site courses. There are
off-campus site procedures and request form
distance learning request form and procedures
which can be used to request library materials. Student request an item via either
e-mail/web form or by filling out a request form at the off-campus center. When the
request is received at the Library our staff checks out the material to the student. The
material(s) is then delivered to the site on a set schedule via a courier.
|Core Requirement #11: The institution demonstrates that it has a sound financial base and
financial stability, and adequate physical resources to support the mission of the
institution and the scope of its programs and services. The institution provides the
following financial statements: (a) an institutional audit (as distinct from a system wide
or statement wide audit) and management letter for the most recent fiscal year prepared by
an independent certified public accountant or an appropriate auditing agency employing the
appropriate audit guide; (b) an annual budget that is preceded by sound planning, is
subject to sound fiscal procedures, and is approved by the governing board; and (c) a
schedule of changes in unrestricted net assets, excluding plant and plant related-debt
(short and long-term debt attached to physical assets).
Offsite Committee Concern: Onsite committee will check for independent audit.
An institutional audit and management letter
is available for 2003. This audit includes a schedule of unrestricted net assets,
excluding plant and plant related-debt (short and long-term debt attached to physical
assets. An annual budget
that is preceded by sound planning, is subject to sound fiscal
procedures, and is approved by the governing board is available. This plan is approved
by the CVCC Local Board.