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August 28, 2015

 

Northwest Vista College News


NVC First Dual Credit Convocation Successful

Some of the first classes offered by NVC almost 20 years ago were dual credit classes in partnership with NISD.  Enrollment has grown ever since then through the expansion to more than a dozen NISD high schools as well as Boerne and private schools.   With a record enrollment of more than 3,000 students this year and the recent changes in the program, the dual credit leaders initiated a dual credit convocation for the first time this this year.   

NVC invited dual credit instructors as well as district curriculum leads, academic deans and liaisons. More than 100 guests attended the event on August 18th.   Anthony Jarrett, NISD's executive director of High School Instruction, was also present to lend his support.

The program kicked off with a welcome from President Ric Baser followed by an informational session for all attendees.  The session included information on important dual credit policies such as grades, deadlines and roster accountability.  The group then split into discipline breakout sessions with high school instructors meeting with NVC academic leaders for these disciplines to network and discuss how to effectively work together.  The groups shared information about student learning outcomes, syllabus procedures, technology processes and communication needs. 

The goal was to strengthen the partnership with the ISDs and private schools.  The dual credit instructors and leaders are essential to creating better opportunities for students by helping them further their education and hopefully complete a degree. Feedback from participants was positive.

 

NVC Convocation Highlights Leadership Direction

On Friday August 21st President Ric Baser hosted the annual NVC Fall Convocation.  Other NVC leaders including Vice Presidents Debi Gaitan and Erin Sherman as well as Interim Vice Preside Richard Drum participated in the event. 

Focusing on “Achieving the Promise” President Baser kicked off the event with an inspirational message about the NVC belief that student success matters.  “We have fought hard to get everyone into the classroom.  Now we have to make sure that every student is achieving inside the classroom.”  This challenge to continue to work to enhance student success will be addressed in the new NVC strategic plan also unveiled at the event.  While the three strategic goals of Completion, Learning and Sustainability remain in place from the previous plan, the strategies and action plans are modified for the new three year plan.   Advising accomplishments for the past year in support of AlamoADVISE, along with an on-line faculty mentoring initiative, were also presented along with a brief budget overview.

 

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