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2015-2016 College Catalog 
2015-2016 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]



“Through forward-looking leadership, efficient management and the deep commitment of faculty and staff to provide the best possible teaching and learning environment, the college aims not only to meet the educational challenges of the coming decades, but to welcome them. Accordingly, New River Community College embraces the following beliefs:

“That student learning is the ultimate priority for the college and to best serve students there must be maintained the highest level of commitment achieved by focusing on the teaching/learning process and by providing support for the personal development of each student served;

“That instruction must remain the primary function of the college, with other college functions to be supportive of or complementary to the instructional program;

“That access to higher education must be provided to all who can benefit from it;

“That high quality must be maintained in all programs and services through instructional excellence, competency of faculty and staff, on-going curriculum development and improvement, and effective processes for assessment of quality;

“That the college must foster a spirit of innovation through technological advancements and through continuous improvement of programs and services;

“That a positive institutional climate must be maintained which supports high ethical standards, professionalism, faculty and staff development, and an inclusive environment based on dignity and respect for all persons;

“That the college must be community centered as reflected by comprehensive and affordable programming, linkages and partnerships with other organizations, community outreach efforts, fostering of an appreciation for education in the community, and continued responsiveness to community needs;

“That the college must support multi-cultural diversity as well as equal opportunity for all persons, and that the institution must be outward looking as it fulfills its local mission;

“That the college must focus continually on institutional effectiveness with emphasis on accountability, assessment, good management practices, employability of graduates, comprehensive planning processes, and the overall improvement of organizational effectiveness.”


New River Community College, a member of the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), subscribes to the tenets set forth in the VCCS mission statement. This statement is as follows:

We give everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened. New River Community College believes that all people should have a chance not only to develop and extend their skills and knowledge, but also to increase awareness of their roles and duties as citizens. The college serves the educational needs of the public including both occupational/technical and college transfer courses. New River Community College assumes a responsibility to meet workforce development requirements in the New River Valley through a combined effort with local industry, business, professions, and government, including economic development efforts. The college is also dedicated to organizing programs with senior institutions as well as with those of local public school systems.

New River Community College offers certificate, diploma, and associate degree programs. The college is also committed to assisting students with decisions concerning their occupational, educational, and personal goals.

New River Community College Local Board


Mr. F. Brad Denardo, Chair
Mrs. Barbara Straub, Vice Chair
Dr. Jack M. Lewis, Secretary

Dr. Jack Brockway
Mr. Steven Harvey
Mr. Walter B. Keister
Mr. James Loux
Dr. Douglas Martin
Mr. Michael S. Patton
Mr. Lane Penn
Mr. James Riffe, Jr.
Dr. Sue Thacker
Mrs. Karen Thompson

Completion/Graduation Rates and Transfer-Out Rates
  Completion/ Graduation Rate Cohort year 2010 Transfer-Out Rate
Cohort year 2010
OVERALL 22.1% 10.6%
Male 22.4% 10.4%
Female 21.8% 10.9%
Hispanic/Latino - -
Am. Indian/Alaska Native - -
Asian - -
Black or African American 10.0% 7.5%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander - -
White 25.0% 10.9%
Two or more races 7.1% -
Race and ethnicity unknown - -
Pell Grant Recipient 21.6% 5.2%
Subsidized Stafford Loan recipient who did not receive a Pell Grant 38.5% 11.5%
Did not receive either a Pell or subsidized Stafford Loan 20.1% 20.1%
- Indicates rates not disclosed. Graduation rates are not disclosed if category populations represent fewer than 10 students in a given cohort.


Retention Rates
Data for retention rate of first-time students (Fall 2013) are available from the IPEDS Feedback Report 2014 (page 5, Figure 10) which was delivered November, 2014. Updates from IPEDS should be available in October each year.
First-Time Retention Rate Fall 2013 - Full-time 57%
Placement rates are not calculated and therefore cannot be reported


Demographic data
Fall 2014, Full-Time student enrollments
  % Enrolled
Male 48.9%
Female 51.1%
Hispanic/Latino 1.0%
Am. Indian/Alaska Native 0.3%
Asian 2.4%
Black or African American 5.8%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2%
White 85.5%
Two or more races 4.2%
Race and ethnicity unknown 0.5%
Federal Pell Grant Recipients 53.2%

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at http://www.nr.edu/ge/.