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Five Goals of Strategic Plan

The following goals serve as the grounding force in all we do. They drive activities on campus, focusing where we think we can leverage significant impact to improve college-wide outcomes.

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Five Goals of Strategic Plan

Goal One:
At NVCC, Students Achieve Their Goals.

Ensuring student success is the heart of what we do. And, it is complicated because it means different things to different students, depending on why he or she comes to NVCC: whether to secure a job, improve employment credentials, or to transfer and continue with education.

Goal Two:
NVCC Faculty and Staff Make a Difference

Cultivating the academic gravitas, administrative effectiveness, student engagement, and community involvement of our faculty and staff makes NVCC a stronger institution. 

Goal Three:
NVCC Programs Meet And Beat Academic And Industry Standards.

In higher education, it is not enough to have good programs. Colleges increasingly must demonstrate their competitive advantage to students, faculty and staff, potential employers, and community partners. That means being better at demonstrating value—as higher education providers helping students pursue their career dreams while offering very practical supports that facilitate their transfer and employment.

Goal Four:
NVCC is an engine of change within Waterbury, Danbury, and the broader community.

NVCC’s mission is grounded in its relationship with its service region—the big cities and small towns that surround it. When it leads or collaborates with its communities on issues from access to higher education to workforce development and employment growth, NVCC acts as a powerful force for regional transformation.

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. 

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9 January 2019

Honors Institute Showcase Features Student Projects

Honors Institute Showcase Features Student Projects

Students in Naugatuck Valley Community College’s Honors Institute presented their research projects for the fall semester to faculty, peers, and other members of the NVCC community at the Honors Institute Showcase on December 4. Research topics included Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the stigmas and development around it as well as the effects of music on studying.

The Honors Institute is a program of study which allows academically successful students to complete their degree program with an “honors” designation. Honors students join a “community of excellence” and participate in college-level research and independent study opportunities, as well as gain direct access to faculty mentoring and networking opportunities.

The Honors Institute projects, requiring at least 20 hours of work over and above regular course work, are designed in collaboration with a faculty mentor, and represent an area of particular interest to the student. Students who successfully complete nine credits of rigorous honors work are eligible to graduate “With Honors.”

This semester, two students presented their research:

•          Ana Cruz, working with Professor Angela Tiru, shared her research on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

•          With the support of Adjunct Professor of Music Professor Elizabeth Lorenzo and NVCC Research Librarian Jenna Stebbins, student Deborah Cruz delivered a presentation on the effects of various kinds of music on studying.

 “The students continue to impress faculty with not only what they have learned in the course of the semester beyond the course’s syllabi, but also their ability to teach others as evident during the showcase. “ Kathy Murphy-Honors Institute Advisory Committee Chair.

New and current NVCC students are eligible to apply for the Honors Institute. Members of the Honors Institute have achieved and maintained a Grade Point Average of 3.4 after taking at least 12 credits at NVCC. More information can be found by contacting any member of the advisory committee or visiting the Honors Institute page on NVCC’s website


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