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VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: VCCS Audit of NVCC ()
Date: September 11, 2015 12:35PM

Has anyone heard about the audit VCCS is doing on Northern Virginia Community College's Human Resources? Gag order prevents administration from talking about it. Hiring freeze until investigation is complete. Internal promotions have increased pay 150% or more for some employees in the last few years. Surely this will be published online somewhere as the state is transparent. Usually watchdog is the first.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: BBB ()
Date: September 13, 2015 05:08PM

BUMP

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Professor Phustercluck ()
Date: September 15, 2015 06:23PM

Lots of new positions have been created in recent years, associate director of this and VP of that, all with 6-figure salaries that they promote internal people into. The resulting budget deficit for this high-level position boom is in the millions. All of this while teacher and support staff salaries have been stagnant for years... Joining the hiring freeze will be big budget cuts across all departments.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: pETPX ()
Date: September 15, 2015 07:10PM

Sounds like GMU.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: JBarnet@vccs.gov ()
Date: September 20, 2015 02:35PM

Right, too many VPs, associate VPs. Hope they strip salaries down considerably to all receiving over 100% increases. That would take care of the budget.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: R3G ()
Date: September 20, 2015 02:37PM

They need to focus on getting enrollment up and their salaries down.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Professor Phustercluck ()
Date: September 20, 2015 05:23PM

R3G Wrote:
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> They need to focus on getting enrollment up and
> their salaries down.

Going back to our roots and introducing more vocational/trade programs would be a great start. Plumbing, electrical, more in-depth HVAC courses that include systems design and management, building automation, general mechanical, etc.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Well Said. ()
Date: September 20, 2015 07:03PM

^ You're absolutely right. Why aren't they doing that? Not everyone wants to be or is cut out to be in a conventional college program. The trades can provide a good living. The idea that everyone should go to college and is entitled to a college education infuriates me. There is a generation of kids who are being misled. The best thing we could do for poor black and white kids would be to teach them a trade either in a community college or somewhere else.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Joke Insurance ()
Date: September 20, 2015 09:38PM

pETPX Wrote:
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> Sounds like GMU.


How so?

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: High cost of college ()
Date: September 21, 2015 11:26AM

Maybe it also has something to do with not only unauthorized salary increases for certain people, but for the creation of new jobs and new job titles (including increases in pay) being given out to certain people who have no clue what they are doing because they are friends with vice-presidents!

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: State Agency Salaries 2014 ()
Date: September 21, 2015 06:25PM


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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: NOVA Citizen ()
Date: September 21, 2015 07:41PM

Someone should look into the fact that most of the postions that got increases in pay or the people who were promoted never had to interview for these jobs. They were just given to them which is in violation of DHRM policy and the law. A large precentage work for the finance division....follow the money and the answers will come!

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: NOVA Citizen-1 ()
Date: September 22, 2015 10:18AM

Please look into the Northern Virginia Community College Audit, which was performed by the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). In the beginning of the year, the President retired and, soon thereafter, the VP of Administration resigned. The VP of Finance was appointed as the Acting VP of Administration, giving her much power, control and authority over NVCC (as VP over both Divisions). She began to create positions, appoint her “select” people into those positions, and provide huge salary increases (essentially building her own empire). As Acting VP of Administration, she supervised the HR Director and used her power over the Director to facilitate these actions. As VCCS began looking into this mess, the HR Director suddenly “disappeared”, essentially she was the VP’s “fall” person. The newly created positions were never advertised for anyone (internal or external to NVCC) to apply for them, a violation of VCCS and State DHRM Policy. I believe anyone who wanted to apply for any of these positions can take legal action against NVCC for not being given the opportunity to apply for the positions. Now that the Audit has confirmed more than a hundred violations, what is being done to provide fair hiring opportunities for people who did not get the opportunity to apply for the positions? Perhaps some of them were NVCC graduates who would have applied. To add fuel to the fire, a hiring freeze is now in place until July 2016 and Departmental budgets have been cut to almost nothing -- all because of the budget shortfall that this has created. And, the only ones paying the price for this are the ones “on the ground” doing all the work. Want to guess what the VP of Finance’s pay increase was for the past year? How about $49,831.00, a pay increase of 34% (her salary, according to Richmond Times Dispatch, is $197,299.00)! And, I am not sure whether that includes her Acting pay. The VCCS standard for “Acting” pay is 10%.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: High cost of college ()
Date: September 24, 2015 09:16AM

Maybe someone should look at how the College hired a Chief of Police that was in charge of the student beatings at the University of Maryland after the basketball game a few years ago. Seems that Chief Daniel Desseau was in charge of the division that beat the student. He was given the opportunity to retire before he was charged....then NOVA hired him as police chief. Let's expose more students to this type of policing!!

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: High cost of college ()
Date: September 29, 2015 07:23AM

Seems no one at the State or VCCS cares what goes on at the "flagship" of the Virginia Community College System....even it's illegal. The illegal activities of persons making $150,000 or more continues. These people feel like they are untouchable. Positions continue to be created with huge salary additions, while other positions continue to go vacant. When is the State Attorney General going to step in and start looking at the money trail? These people are robbing the State blind and everyone seems to turn away from facing the facts.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: not so high ()
Date: September 29, 2015 02:21PM

Hardly a 100% increase. NVCC does offer math classes that might help you.
Richmond Times Dispatch 2014
Dimitrina N. Dimkova
Administrative - Instructor
2014 total compensation

$197,299

Pay components

Base salary: $197,299
Ricmond Times Dispatch 2013

DIMITRINA N DIMKOVA Administrative - Instructor Northern Va Community College $147,468 $147,468

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: NVCC ()
Date: September 29, 2015 03:35PM

Good rebuttal, Ms. Dimkova..

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Worker bee ()
Date: September 30, 2015 10:52PM

Meh....we had an internal meeting where we were told that there was an audit and violations were found, but we're told that discrepancies were in budgets not being spent properly and overspending! No mention of HR or the privileged getting huge salary increases. Only admin and support staff positions are on this freeze. It's supposed to be revisited in November. Perhaps critical hires will be posted again, but no word for sure from the higher ups.

I wonder if the gag order prevents the campus leadership from being frank with us....or if they are being kept in the dark and being fed as much manure as we little people on the mushroom farms are.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Gunn Prag ()
Date: October 13, 2015 06:57PM

Where is the audit available?

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: GRIMREAPER ()
Date: October 22, 2015 09:19PM

The entire HR leadership should be fired. Liappis is a snake hell she probably forced Garcia out so she can get the position. And Dimkova is leading the pack with fraud, waste and abuse. The president needs to wipe out the current leadership and start over with competent people who actually love their job and are not ripping off the state by giving themselves higher salaries.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Google me ()
Date: October 22, 2015 09:21PM

Good question. But hey it's public information so all you have to do is request it. FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT!

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Oh, NOva ()
Date: October 25, 2015 07:49PM

I hadn't heard the freeze was in place until July 2016, but that is the start of the next fiscal year, so I guess that makes sense. The people making less than 50K, doing the real work, are the ones being fucked by this...so many empty positions, but no reduction in workload.

Unfortunately it's just about impossible to get rid of a state worker unless they agree to go quietly, so nothing's going to change any time soon...

(and, yeah, hiring the chief was a huge mistake!)

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Riddler ()
Date: October 29, 2015 06:44PM

Why hasn't Ina Dimkova been fired? She's the one covering up all the bullshit. Half her finance crew are fucking incompetent. They don't follow their own poor ass written policies. The procurement department is also incompetent rules change every damn day but yet they are the main ones violating the policies.
The results of the audit needs to be posted publicly for all tax payers to see. Hmmmmm

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Tax payer concerned ()
Date: October 29, 2015 07:02PM

Very interesting observation Riddler unfortunately it all starts with the leadership the directors!
Is this public information?

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Riddler 2 ()
Date: October 29, 2015 07:08PM

It should be public but these people are going to continue to cover up their mess until someone blows the whistle.
I just can't believe they are getting away with it right under the governor's nose.
Let's see what changes VCCS will implement

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Very. Ssd ()
Date: October 29, 2015 07:15PM

The real sadness is we are going to loose really good people because who want to continue to work in such a corrupt environment. The chancellor should,be ashamed

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Keepitreal100 ()
Date: October 30, 2015 11:33PM

Tru story,my frd got written up over BS (if they like such persons like them who will tell such fablications more- then so called ppl-or leaders (as I use it slightly) because to say they are makes me vomit.. n such leadership roles...Will/ and HAVE been proven to still believed it).Such ppl as these exist to get away with MURDER,SLANDER,AND OH Should DEFRAUDING THE SYSTEM POLICIES,be added? SUCH PPL have done setups to try to fire ppl,and HR TOSSES U ARROUND LIKE SPIN THE BOTTLE..Person to person with no resolve!!Yet morales go down.Such services are placed there for NOVA employees to seek out,correct me if I'm wrong.Well,I'M NOT!!Yet these treatments are allowed,,did anyone check into creation of positions in financial aid..that's another concern..
Defamation of valued person's characters,being treated poorly by others in certain higher up roles with either no or poor knowledge of what they're paid high dollars for,but greatly knowledgeable in favoritism and degration.Snakes that are sneaking,sliding,and gliding through policies set!!! that are not being enforced!!Just to be what they are snakes training little snakes(just ppl with NO ppl and or humanity skills,ppl without NO morals or gave what they had up-and answers to your inquiries that are never answered.That's correct, NONE OF THESE seem to apply under the Title:
MATTERS of concerns!sacastically speaking.
Now lesson 1:
If u don't attend religous services together,Are not friends, Not an office tattle tail, Not A NEWBIE-OR BEEN EMPLOYED 15 YEARS LESSER THAN OTHERS(whom have dedicated themselves 2 NOVA)JUST THERE FOR CHECK TYPE PERSONS.Then dont apply..
THE WANT ADS WILL READ..
If YOU R w/o these special Retarded/Miserable characteristics (MENTIONED ABOVE) and r tryg to work at NOVA OR DO work at NOVA;Then dont expect to get hired,extra pay,or promotions for real wk and character. Again,those who are applying please-the specific requirements and behaviors are mention to land you a created position!
You will get chopped and screwed
IF U CARE ABT NOVA,ABOUT YOUR SELF (due to the mental torture/no HR assistance and no resolve,and requesting to BE RESPECTED/Valued as a person (not Puppets or a no backboners),OR CARE ABOUT STUDENTS!!!Keepingitreal100,Truestories!!VCCS many are waiting for you to clean house- Not just in HR. Surveys are needed in ALLLLLL DEPARTMENTS,IT JUST DOESN'T STOP AT CLEANING UP JUST HR.IT MEANS,ATTICS,BEDROOMS,
CORNERS,
BASEBOARDS,EVERYTHING PARTS OF THE HOUSE . ALL DEPARTMENTS ON EVERYTHING CAMPUS.
DIRE NEED FOR SPRING CLEANING IS NECESSARY AND VALUED WORKERS ARE EXHAUSTED!!!

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Where'sMyTaxDollars,Needingitbac ()
Date: October 31, 2015 01:04AM

Well said! All these funds spent negatively, anyone check into the financial aid programs? What do these idiots do with our tax dollars(Overall)that's NOT THEIR? S? It's been said they too have many created positions as well(i.e)directors,supervisors,and etc.?
What are those position's salaries;all positioning?Richmond Times-Dispatch????

Proven:
You can be pre-coached on the interviews in some campuses for positions; when these people had/have jobs;where as millions did not/
and some currently still do not have positions in these desired areas and qualify!!!!!!!!
Those whom lost jobs that supported their families their children!!!!never having a chance, because they were not!!!preselected!!! yet go they proceed with interviews to cover their asses(AS IF those whom desperately needed jobs couldn't be at another interview -if their time wasn't UNKNOWINGLY WASTED),those persons are preselectively hired, increase in pay,and steadfastly moving up the chain..you could be a manager in 2 months or less..preselectively!!Heard.. yet..Believable-Concerns ARE Not just limited to HR.

Many more will retire
early or up and disappear.
Terribly disrespectful of the government entirely,and those whom assist in the coverups;yet people gossip'd about Wallstreet!!

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Dane Bramage ()
Date: October 31, 2015 08:03AM

Can someone translate the following gibberish into English? Guessing this may be from one of the adjunct faculty.

Thanks.

Keepitreal100 Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> Tru story,my frd got written up over BS (if they
> like such persons like them who will tell such
> fablications more- then so called ppl-or leaders
> (as I use it slightly) because to say they are
> makes me vomit.. n such leadership roles...Will/
> and HAVE been proven to still believed it).Such
> ppl as these exist to get away with
> MURDER,SLANDER,AND OH Should DEFRAUDING THE SYSTEM
> POLICIES,be added? SUCH PPL have done setups to
> try to fire ppl,and HR TOSSES U ARROUND LIKE SPIN
> THE BOTTLE..Person to person with no resolve!!Yet
> morales go down.Such services are placed there for
> NOVA employees to seek out,correct me if I'm
> wrong.Well,I'M NOT!!Yet these treatments are
> allowed,,did anyone check into creation of
> positions in financial aid..that's another
> concern..
> Defamation of valued person's characters,being
> treated poorly by others in certain higher up
> roles with either no or poor knowledge of what
> they're paid high dollars for,but greatly
> knowledgeable in favoritism and degration.Snakes
> that are sneaking,sliding,and gliding through
> policies set!!! that are not being enforced!!Just
> to be what they are snakes training little
> snakes(just ppl with NO ppl and or humanity
> skills,ppl without NO morals or gave what they had
> up-and answers to your inquiries that are never
> answered.That's correct, NONE OF THESE seem to
> apply under the Title:
> MATTERS of concerns!sacastically speaking.
> Now lesson 1:
> If u don't attend religous services together,Are
> not friends, Not an office tattle tail, Not A
> NEWBIE-OR BEEN EMPLOYED 15 YEARS LESSER THAN
> OTHERS(whom have dedicated themselves 2 NOVA)JUST
> THERE FOR CHECK TYPE PERSONS.Then dont apply..
> THE WANT ADS WILL READ..
> If YOU R w/o these special Retarded/Miserable
> characteristics (MENTIONED ABOVE) and r tryg to
> work at NOVA OR DO work at NOVA;Then dont expect
> to get hired,extra pay,or promotions for real wk
> and character. Again,those who are applying
> please-the specific requirements and behaviors are
> mention to land you a created position!
> You will get chopped and screwed
> IF U CARE ABT NOVA,ABOUT YOUR SELF (due to the
> mental torture/no HR assistance and no resolve,and
> requesting to BE RESPECTED/Valued as a person (not
> Puppets or a no backboners),OR CARE ABOUT
> STUDENTS!!!Keepingitreal100,Truestories!!VCCS many
> are waiting for you to clean house- Not just in
> HR. Surveys are needed in ALLLLLL DEPARTMENTS,IT
> JUST DOESN'T STOP AT CLEANING UP JUST HR.IT
> MEANS,ATTICS,BEDROOMS,
> CORNERS,
> BASEBOARDS,EVERYTHING PARTS OF THE HOUSE . ALL
> DEPARTMENTS ON EVERYTHING CAMPUS.
> DIRE NEED FOR SPRING CLEANING IS NECESSARY AND
> VALUED WORKERS ARE EXHAUSTED!!!

-------------------------------------------------
“We don’t have any rude, unpleasant people here. We’re different!”

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Trick or Treat ()
Date: October 31, 2015 11:56AM

Dane although it's jibberish I think it's pretty clear that the leadership at NOVA is corrupt even the new president if he doesn't do anything about it.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Hrrrrrr ()
Date: November 01, 2015 01:06AM

Went for an hr interview for the hr dept a few months ago but wasnt hired because I was not an internal hire. These jobs just hire internally for the most part so that may be why most are incompetent. A lot of butt kissing going on. Also at only a shameful 12 percent graduation rate for students the lowest in the area because the average grad is 24 or 26 nova should be ashamed.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Understaffed ()
Date: November 05, 2015 10:37AM

That is already happening. People are leaving and can't be replaced because of the hiring freeze.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Tim Tim TIMMEH! ()
Date: November 05, 2015 10:43AM

Trick or Treat Wrote:
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> Dane although it's jibberish I think it's pretty
> clear that the leadership at NOVA is corrupt even
> the new president if he doesn't do anything about
> it.

The new president is a good guy, but I think he's in for more than he bargained for. He has a PhD in industrial and organizational psychology, so if anyone can figure this mess out, he can.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: collegemeasures.org ()
Date: November 05, 2015 10:47AM

Hrrrrrr Wrote:
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> Went for an hr interview for the hr dept a few
> months ago but wasnt hired because I was not an
> internal hire. These jobs just hire internally for
> the most part so that may be why most are
> incompetent. A lot of butt kissing going on. Also
> at only a shameful 12 percent graduation rate for
> students the lowest in the area because the
> average grad is 24 or 26 nova should be ashamed.

http://www.collegemeasures.org/2-year_colleges/institution/Northern-Virginia-Community-College-VA/scorecard/graduation-rates/

Graduation rate: 21.8% overall

Transfer rate: 10.8% overall

Graduation + transfer rate: 32.6% overall (up from 25% in 2008)

Low, but not as low as your post indicates.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: The Spam Bot ()
Date: November 05, 2015 01:08PM

Hrrrrrr Wrote:
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> Went for an hr interview for the hr dept a few
> months ago but wasnt hired because I was not an
> internal hire. These jobs just hire internally for
> the most part so that may be why most are
> incompetent. A lot of butt kissing going on. Also
> at only a shameful 12 percent graduation rate for
> students the lowest in the area because the
> average grad is 24 or 26 nova should be ashamed.

So you're still unemployed? Sounds like sour grapes.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Ssd ()
Date: November 05, 2015 05:58PM

With human resources having so many violations and still counting and knowing that possible monetary sanctions are in play. I don't think this could be considered sour grapes. We should all try and be more senseative to one another. The hiring freeze is only the beginning and I hope everyone knows this. A lot of good people are going to be laid off and for what. The needs of a corrupt leadership that has possibly broke state and federal regulations and has made Nova a joke throughout the state.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Alpha Dog ()
Date: November 05, 2015 06:19PM

The Spam Bot and collemeasures.org are obviously the same person!
But I will say this if the president is this so called good guy he better start house cleaning.
The reputation of this institution is doomed. I mean people are on here calling out folks by their name so I think it's safe to say that the allegations are pretty serious and should be investigated. I'm happy that my child decided not to attend NOVA that place is horrible. After attending there myself and with drawing to attending GMU I received a letter from financial aid ofgice saying I owed them. Funny thing is my husband is a veteran and I'm using his post 9/11 so how exactly do I owe them? I'm still fighting with them to clear that up.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: The Spam Bot ()
Date: November 05, 2015 06:33PM

Alpha Dog Wrote:
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> The Spam Bot and collemeasures.org are obviously
> the same person!
> But I will say this if the president is this so
> called good guy he better start house cleaning.
> The reputation of this institution is doomed. I
> mean people are on here calling out folks by their
> name so I think it's safe to say that the
> allegations are pretty serious and should be
> investigated. I'm happy that my child decided not
> to attend NOVA that place is horrible. After
> attending there myself and with drawing to
> attending GMU I received a letter from financial
> aid ofgice saying I owed them. Funny thing is my
> husband is a veteran and I'm using his post 9/11
> so how exactly do I owe them? I'm still fighting
> with them to clear that up.

Well there are two pages of open positions on NVCC website so the hiring freeze is obviously a lie.

If you made schedule adjustments you could very well owe money, GI Bill or not. But best wishes with your fight. LOL

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: GhbjL ()
Date: November 05, 2015 06:45PM

Professor Phustercluck Wrote:
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> R3G Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > They need to focus on getting enrollment up and
> > their salaries down.
>
> Going back to our roots and introducing more
> vocational/trade programs would be a great start.
> Plumbing, electrical, more in-depth HVAC courses
> that include systems design and management,
> building automation, general mechanical, etc.

-1

WRONG

by "our" you mean europe or south america

VA never DID NOT require vocational courses be taken or certified by gov run schools (although some were offered in H.S.)

Furthermore, companies often ran their own schools using their own instructors (taken from the field when the masters had no work or were injured), the books were not chosen by publishing companies with outlets at campuses, and etc.

as a result vocational education had been cheaper, better, AND A HELL OF ALLOT MORE PERTINENT (minding they are taught to those already hired) AND FASTER

--------------------
college was not required for any gov position until the 90's when it became used for PREVENTING new employment (thus raising the bar to compete against those already in gov with high paychecks they wished not to share)

furthermore it was the democrat/communist "teachers association" in Dc who orchestrated such federal rules to push people into "getting government certification, govenrment school loans", etc. and guess where the niggas and foreigners were? in the school jobs and waiting in th ecorners for more "corruptable government jobs" to be created by it.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: EtVwX ()
Date: November 05, 2015 06:48PM

in private business they would never have paid teachers more than necessary as it ate up profits

anything except work out the door (that didn't come back in) was bullshit

many of the best products then (and even now) WERE NOT inveted by the most educated and where they were: %95 of that still was by mistake when looking for things never found intentionally

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: FunkyMonkeyFun ()
Date: November 05, 2015 07:00PM

The hiring freeze is not a lie. The job posted are teaching faculty, teaching faculty are considered critical need so none of those have been frozen. The positions that were frozen were staff positions and admin/professional faculty. If there are some of those staff/pro faculty positions that means the department had to write justifications to prove why it was a critical position that needs to be filled. Guess who approves the justifications....our pal Ina.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Ssd ()
Date: November 06, 2015 07:08PM

The fact that people can't even admit that the college is under a hiring freeze is unbelievable. Will this never stop.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Alpha Dog* ()
Date: November 09, 2015 07:34AM

Spam Bot you are clueless. There's no way I can possibly owe financial aid when I have never applied for it. Smh

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: High cost of college ()
Date: November 09, 2015 07:39AM

So, let's lay it out there for everyone....

The "boots on the ground" employees at NOVA are the best anywhere. They work hard for the State and the students. HOWEVER....
The leadership, including the new President, continue to allow BULLSHIT AND SELFISHNESS to define the College as a whole. Vice-Presidents who give themselves raises, promote those who kiss their ass, and continue to ride NOVA to the bottom of the barrel.
They have forgotten why we operate. We are here for the low-cost benefit of the student. These people need to remember this. High quality, low cost education is available at NOVA if the leadership allows it.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Dependa-potumas ()
Date: November 09, 2015 12:54PM

Alpha Dog* Wrote:
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> Spam Bot you are clueless. There's no way I can
> possibly owe financial aid when I have never
> applied for it. Smh

If you owe anyone it would be the school, not the aid office. And if you withdrew while using the GI Bill, you can have a debt, to both VA and NVCC.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: nvccprof ()
Date: November 09, 2015 01:07PM

Keepitreal100 Wrote:
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> Tru story,my frd got written up over BS (if they
> like such persons like them who will tell such
> fablications more- then so called ppl-or leaders
> (as I use it slightly) because to say they are
> makes me vomit.. n such leadership roles...Will/
> and HAVE been proven to still believed it).Such
> ppl as these exist to get away with
> MURDER,SLANDER,AND OH Should DEFRAUDING THE SYSTEM
> POLICIES,be added? SUCH PPL have done setups to
> try to fire ppl,and HR TOSSES U ARROUND LIKE SPIN
> THE BOTTLE..Person to person with no resolve!!Yet
> morales go down.Such services are placed there for
> NOVA employees to seek out,correct me if I'm
> wrong.Well,I'M NOT!!Yet these treatments are
> allowed,,did anyone check into creation of
> positions in financial aid..that's another
> concern..
> Defamation of valued person's characters,being
> treated poorly by others in certain higher up
> roles with either no or poor knowledge of what
> they're paid high dollars for,but greatly
> knowledgeable in favoritism and degration.Snakes
> that are sneaking,sliding,and gliding through
> policies set!!! that are not being enforced!!Just
> to be what they are snakes training little
> snakes(just ppl with NO ppl and or humanity
> skills,ppl without NO morals or gave what they had
> up-and answers to your inquiries that are never
> answered.That's correct, NONE OF THESE seem to
> apply under the Title:
> MATTERS of concerns!sacastically speaking.
> Now lesson 1:
> If u don't attend religous services together,Are
> not friends, Not an office tattle tail, Not A
> NEWBIE-OR BEEN EMPLOYED 15 YEARS LESSER THAN
> OTHERS(whom have dedicated themselves 2 NOVA)JUST
> THERE FOR CHECK TYPE PERSONS.Then dont apply..
> THE WANT ADS WILL READ..
> If YOU R w/o these special Retarded/Miserable
> characteristics (MENTIONED ABOVE) and r tryg to
> work at NOVA OR DO work at NOVA;Then dont expect
> to get hired,extra pay,or promotions for real wk
> and character. Again,those who are applying
> please-the specific requirements and behaviors are
> mention to land you a created position!
> You will get chopped and screwed
> IF U CARE ABT NOVA,ABOUT YOUR SELF (due to the
> mental torture/no HR assistance and no resolve,and
> requesting to BE RESPECTED/Valued as a person (not
> Puppets or a no backboners),OR CARE ABOUT
> STUDENTS!!!Keepingitreal100,Truestories!!VCCS many
> are waiting for you to clean house- Not just in
> HR. Surveys are needed in ALLLLLL DEPARTMENTS,IT
> JUST DOESN'T STOP AT CLEANING UP JUST HR.IT
> MEANS,ATTICS,BEDROOMS,
> CORNERS,
> BASEBOARDS,EVERYTHING PARTS OF THE HOUSE . ALL
> DEPARTMENTS ON EVERYTHING CAMPUS.
> DIRE NEED FOR SPRING CLEANING IS NECESSARY AND
> VALUED WORKERS ARE EXHAUSTED!!!

Oh God, I hope you're not an NVCC grad. If so, this alone is evidence that the school sucks.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Rainmaker12 ()
Date: November 09, 2015 05:39PM

As a former employee of NVCC it is interesting to see that VCCS has taken this long to "officially" conduct an audit of NVCC's HR. In fact to be fair, an overall audit of the entire college needs to be performed. I mean corruption, gross mismanagement, nepotism, and butt kissing promotions, have been normal practice at NVCC for over 5 years. VCCS needs to investigate the current VP of Finance and Administration, and her croonies (all the current campus business managers and the VPs in the Finance Division).

On many occasions, employees who spoke up against these practices were either retaliated against or out-right dismissed without cause, and the VCCS brass never did anything about those cases. VCCS brass rarely did/do anything when employees complained to them via the Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Hotline about inproper hiring practices.

The new president, if he is any kind of leader, needs to terminate the VP of Finance and Administration and all her croonies because the positions the currently hold were not acquired through the proper VCCS vetting and hiring process, but rather via favoritism and being a part of the "Finance Division Click." If you are not a part of "the click" and believes in following established policies, procedures, and regulations, you will be targeted either for consistent harrassment or termination. That has been the NOVA way for the past 5 years and the previous president turned a blind eye to what was going on.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Alpha Dog** ()
Date: November 09, 2015 11:40PM

Depends I did not withdraw. I finished my classes with all A's the moment I decide to transfer NOVA tried to block it. But you can't cheat a cheater lol. The VA called the financial aid office and what do you know, Nova admitted it was a mistake. Slouches. Now I can get my transcripts and move on

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Boycott ()
Date: November 09, 2015 11:44PM

All NOVA EMPLOYEES SHOULD TAKE A STAND. BOYCOTT THE SCHOOL AND THE CURRENT LEADERSHIP AND FORCE THEIR ASSES OUT.
LOOK AT MIZZOU! THE BASTARDS PRESIDENT RESIGNED. SINCE THAT LEADERSHIP LOVES MONEY SO MUCH HIT THEM WHERE IT HURTS.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: not so high ()
Date: November 10, 2015 01:30PM

Not so sure how you miss $5M in personnel cost.

Good afternoon:

Having wrapped up my second month on the job, I am doing my best to visit each of the campuses to meet as many of you as possible through visits and faculty/staff forums. Each day I am here, I realize how big NOVA is and that communicating on a face-to-face basis with everyone is very challenging. That is the reason for this email.

I am aware of the growing concern over our college financial situation, which is understandable. Frankly, it has caused me more restless nights than I anticipated having to date. It is still somewhat of an evolving situation as we seek out all of the data to know specifically where we stand, and accordingly plan for steps to assure our funding is on solid ground for the remainder of the year. While we still await Spring enrollment figures, I want you to know that although the situation is more challenging than NOVA has faced in recent years, it is one that I believe is manageable and we are taking steps to limit impacts on student instruction.

Frankly, most community colleges in the nation are dealing with this issue, or have dealt with financial constraints since the recession ended and enrollments and revenues began declining. Our revenue picture started turning south on us last year with a 2.7% annualized decline, and continued into the current year with the 6% drop in summer (thankfully we are relatively even for Fall). Over the past five years, and including this year, our costs have consistently increased driven primarily by increasing personnel costs (position additions and salary increases). A third complicating factor is that we have expended all our reserve funds so that we no longer have the luxury of a savings safety net moving forward as we have in the past. So the budget picture for us is without a doubt more challenging than we have faced in several years.

Planning for these challenges began with the recommendations of the Budget Advisory Committee last year, and consistent with those recommendations, the college leadership prepared the budget allocations as we entered our current year. After the 6% decline in summer enrollments, and bracing for potential further enrollment challenges in Fall and Spring, an additional prudent step was taken to reduce the operating budget by an additional $3.6 million. These additional cuts came 70% from central administration and an additional 30% reduction in campus budgets as determined by the individual campus leaders.

Soon after I arrived in September, the Virginia Community College System was wrapping up a special audit of our Human Resources Systems which revealed some serious systems failures. This led to uncertainty as to whether all of our personnel obligations were accurately reflected in our budgeting, thus leading to the hiring freeze. For the last several weeks, staff in our finance, HR, and campuses have diligently worked to reconcile all of the information and we have also taken steps to prevent future lapses such as new policies for special payments/stipends that are appropriate with VCCS policy. During this process, we discovered as of last week an additional $5 million personnel obligations that had not been appropriately reflected in our current year budget. We believe at this point that we can address most of this additional budget challenge by maintaining our current hiring freeze for the remainder of the fiscal year, and making some additional cuts that we are focusing this time at the administrative level.

I believe that these steps will be sufficient for us to meet all of our budget obligations for the current year, as long as we are disciplined about operating within our budgeted allocations and our Spring semester enrollment does not drop.

I want to assure you that we will work collectively to minimize the impact on our students, faculty and staff, and have strategically attempted to minimize cuts that impact instruction. I have heard that some have referred to this as a “crisis.” Knowing that so many colleges are facing budget challenges that exceed ours, and having worked with many colleges that have faced budget challenges both during and after the recession, I see this more as a challenge that we have to collectively face, but not a crisis.

It is, nevertheless, a challenge that none of us would prefer to confront at this time, and one we do not want to have to respond to in such a reactive way as we move forward into future years. Therefore, we are also looking very carefully at our long-term budgeting strategies to help ensure our college is on solid financial footing going forward, and we can “be defined by our opportunities and not our challenges” as I like to say. As we move forward in this process, I will continue to look for more opportunities to engage with you for feedback and communications.

Scott

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Get a life ()
Date: November 10, 2015 09:43PM

I'm sorry that you all are disgruntled ex employees, but there are accusations be tossed against people who are working their ass off for this school. Go in early, leaving late, continuing working at home, sacrificing family time just to try to make this school a better place with what was given to them. But no, you all jump to the quickest conclusion and assume the worst. Instead of hiding behind an anonymous forum, why don't you bring up the issues individually face to face, instead of trying to ruin the reputation of the people that are actually trying to make a difference.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Dane Bramage ()
Date: November 10, 2015 10:23PM

Perhaps the NVCC football team can protest and not play.

Oh. Wait.

For those who don't like working at NOVA, one word:

Quit.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: NOVA EMPLOYEE ()
Date: November 11, 2015 09:28AM

Dear get a life:

I see you are brainwashed or you are one of the above mentioned. Are you certain that these people are former employees? The individual that posted the letter from Ralls is obviously still a NOVA employee as well as I. The problem is you post up here trying to defend the college because you're probably part of the problem. There's obviously some major issues going on and I see it every damn day voiced my concerns about certain matters and all they do is sweep it under the rug. But hey everything you do in the dark will come out into the light. Which is why the College is now dealing with this bullshit now.
So if you think for one second that only the former employees are pissed off and disgruntled you better think again. If you did a survey today you would see how people really feel about the culture of this place. I work with great people who work their asses off and are being screwed over so people have a right to be upset when auditors come to our college and discover the mess that they have. That tells me that folks been lying stealing and abusing their power for a long time. I sure hope that our new president can clean this mess up that he inherited.

So Get a Life as I sat here at I read your blurb why don't you expose who you are? Lol I promise we won't be surprised.

I know all these people are not former employees. Alot of the information is to detailed and specific. Sounds like an inside job to me. And if it is they need to make themselves known stand together with one voice and FORCE change.

I feel bad for the new president I really do. And I had the opportunity to speak with him one on one and he knows there's a problem.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: NalgeneBottle ()
Date: November 11, 2015 10:32AM

This is just crazy!

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: not so high ()
Date: November 11, 2015 11:58AM

So yeah some of us still work here and we see a lot of good people working well beyond their 40 hours every week trying to do the best they can with the resources that they have. We also see the bloat and increase in salaries in the "favored ones" departments while other departments languish, understaffed and underpaid.

We also see a lot of good people being ignored and trampled over on a regular basis as newer employees with a slightly different "me first" attitude rush to further their own pitiful careers.

It is sad to see how far this place has sunk, in part due to mismanagement and cronyism.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: One Good NOVA Cop ()
Date: November 11, 2015 12:26PM

First of all, we are not "ex-employees"! We are the people who show up to work on time, work late, and worry about doing what is RIGHT!
FOR YOU TO ASSUME DIFFERENT IS OFFENSIVE!
Myself and many others have expressed our opinions about how things are being ran, and we get black-balled by management and told to look the other way...or my favorite that I have heard from other employees that complain is "be more of a team player"....BULLSHIT, right is right and wrong is jail time.
Ina, you have no possibility of hiding behind a screen name and protecting yourself. It shines thru like a spotlight! You ask why we don't meet face to face....because I wouldn't have a job at the end of the meeting because you would be protecting yourself and your empire. It would be too easy to fire me because I don't agree with your "let's blame it on the old HR director" or "we'll find another scapegoat" logic.
You showed up at the grand opening in Loudoun dressed lime a cheap hooker, and acted cheaper! Everyone there saw it, you made no effort to socialize with anyone except the poor guy you hung on lime a cheap tie....he knows who he is...and he is not your "partner"!
You went from a part-time employee at MEC, to the Vice-President of the college in 7 years...guess all those dirty little secrets paid off for you eventually when dedicated employers can't get a decent raise, and your making $192,000 a year. Reminds me of a girl named Monica....

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: NOVA EMPLOYEE ()
Date: November 11, 2015 12:26PM

Not so High you hit the nail on the head.I'm waiting patiently to see this blow up in their faces.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Tired as hell ()
Date: November 11, 2015 01:45PM

Those of you denying .... Accusing....asking for FACE TO FACE meetings....did you even READ THE LETTER FROM PRESIDENT RALLS??!! A couple very telling passages in his letter are; 1. "Also, we have taken appropriate steps to prevent future lapses (very polite word for UNETHICAL PRACTICES) such as new policies for SPECIAL PAYMENTS/STIPENDS" 2. During this process,as of last week, an ADDITIONAL $5 million personnel obligations that had not been appropriately reflected in our current year budget". $5 MILLION....NOT "APPROPRIATELY REFLECTED!!!

So exactly where the hell was our esteemed VP of Finance...and how can the blame for something like that be placed solely on the shoulders of our recently hastily departed HR Director. This horrible misuse of power is certainly NOT coming from us "tired and fed up worker bees". But from those who have been made to feel they are beyond reproach and accountability.

I sincerely hope President RALLS has the stamina and wherewithal to clean up this mess thrust upon him!!

And yes...I am a current employee and yes, I want to keep my job. I , like most of us, need it! So, Dane Bramage...I won't "quit". As you suggest...I will stay and help in any way I can to ensure the needed changes and improvements are made.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Ssd ()
Date: November 12, 2015 07:27PM

Wow!! Have worked for the college for a very, very long time The statement has been made, just quit and the statement has also been made,we are working hard to make the school a better place. To the person that said just quit,you may fine this hard to believe, but we have family's, which is one of the reason we stay and have hoped that it would get better. You are going to fined this even more unbelievable, we have made life long friendships and in many,many cases respect each other throughout the campuses. Nova employees including myself should all be ashamed, we all have suspected fraud waste and abuse,workplace harassment,intimidation and unfair hiring practices could be occurring. Let keep it honest as we have all witnessed people hired for not what they know but who they know. To the person that wrote we are hiding behind a blog. You are very naive, just why do you think VCCS is performing this audit. Because the Governor and the Board of Directors, Chancellor, VCCS VP of Human resources VCCS Humanresouses Director and the new president and many others as well all know that this could be detrimental not only to Nova but to the state of Virginia. To both of you and your disrespectful comment. No one is hiding or going to quit. If fact I think voice's are going to get louder and louder and many more blogs are coming. Also you may want to stop asking about names. You never know, it could be someone who you interact with everyday and they may not be as happy as you think and they just don't trust you enough to let you know how they really feel. Be careful you might just get what you are asking for,along with hurt feeling!

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: To Ina Dimkova ()
Date: November 12, 2015 07:39PM

WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO RESIGN?
THAT'S IS ALL.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Date: November 12, 2015 10:58PM

President Ralls will do some good I believe. But like "Tim Tim" said in his comment exactly a week ago Ralls is fighting more than he bargained for. It's like one of those bait and switch situations. NVCC has a lot of hard worker grunts but "leaders" who only know academia are put in to (mis)manage programs and budgets. Ina has her big share responsibility and she needs to do the right thing and resign (or get fired). HR approves positions and doesn't consult with Accounting? I find this hard to believe, especially since the Administrative Council meets regularly.

Speaking of the Administrative Council, did anyone who works at NVCC now notice that the minutes from their meetings are only selectively placed online at http://www.nvcc.edu/president/administrative-council.html? The minutes of September 29, October 6, and November 3 all provide updates on the budget mess but yet they are not published online. This is not government accountability.

Ina is one of the biggest culprits but there are others as well. George Gabriel has his hand in everything and word is he plays a shell game with taxpayers dollars. There is a separate culture for the grunts than there is for the administration. It is too bad the diarrhea that falls from those on high craps down on the grunts.

Where is the college board throughout all of this? Surely they can do something right? We all pay taxes and those who live in Virginia deserve better. NVCC does great things for the community and the employees should have better leadership. I for one have no confidence in Ina or George. How do we get a vote of no confidence in their leadership?

What is sad is this financial mismanagement affects employees who can't get promotions and now can't get stipends, will be overworked when positions can't be backfilled, and can't get tuition assistance that is still listed as a benefit unless they are taking classes at NVCC. Gone are tuition assistance funds for pursuing an advanced degree. At least this will help with NVCC's headcount. But what is also said is the cost for this mismanagement will be passed down to the students. Affordability was what support Dr. Templin's student access boasts. Now that is in jeopardy.

It would be nice to see accountability, transparency. and new blood at the top changing the culture for the better.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Dane Bramage ()
Date: November 13, 2015 07:24AM

Tired as hell Wrote:
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>
> And yes...I am a current employee and yes, I want
> to keep my job. I , like most of us, need it!
> So, Dane Bramage...I won't "quit". As you
> suggest...I will stay and help in any way I can to
> ensure the needed changes and improvements are
> made.

Your choice, but the economy is great and there are a lot of wonderful opportunities in NOVA education; FCPS, Marymount, GMU, even DC universities. Life is too short to be miserable.

I don't believe the change some are looking for will happen or is even appropriate, especially if the catalyst are anonymous online posts. Some of the posts look like complaints about working hard with limited resources. Higher ed budgets suck unless you're in an academic unit/position. That is not going to change.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Mrs. Ilene Burke ()
Date: November 13, 2015 11:00AM

I heard about this blog from one of the employees at NOVA and it's sad to read about what's going on. My daughter attends NOVA and my son will be attending next fall. Or at least I thought he was. I think it's best that I consider other institutions because this is awful. Tax payers dollars down the drain. I have no problem identifying who I am come for me if you want to although I don't advise it. I have no problems bringing these accusations to the attention of the media!

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Community College Fan ()
Date: November 13, 2015 12:35PM

^ For future reference, please don't post your name in this forum. Nothing good will come from it. And it is indeed a shame if these allegations are true. NVCC is still a great deal, however.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Oh Damn ()
Date: November 13, 2015 12:39PM

Did she post her real name?

And she goes to the media NOVA will be forced to come clean and make changes. Mrs. Burke you ate Bold!

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Lmao!! ()
Date: November 13, 2015 12:51PM

Yes she is very bold. But hey she's not an employee so how will it affect her?
They better take precaution or NVCC will be like Missouri



Oh Damn Wrote:
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> Did she post her real name?
>
> And she goes to the media NOVA will be forced to
> come clean and make changes. Mrs. Burke you are
> Bold!

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Tired as hell ()
Date: November 13, 2015 01:30PM

Just to clarify ...never did I say I was "miserable"...as a matter of fact , I enjoy my job with NVCC , I have made some good friends here and have respect for most of my fellow employees. I do believe NVCC fills a critical roll in offering affordable, quality education to many. I wish we would expand our trades curriculum as I feel we could play an even bigger role there. HOWEVER; Changes are needed and preferably those changes should begin with some of the people in the "higher" echelons of the organization instead of on the backs of the "worker bees". It is now being said that 3 million of the 5 million UNACCOUNTED deficit will be made up in the hiring freeze....I happen to think that the onus should be placed square on the shoulders of those who are responsible for creating this deficit and on those that perpetuate it by accepting undeserved "promotions", "stipends" and salary increases. Just saying

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Dad ()
Date: November 13, 2015 05:59PM

As a small business owner, father of a freshman at NOVA and member of the community, I am disappointed to read this information. When upper management is corrupt in any business it's everyone underneath that suffers. As one person stated, it is not good for morale for staff or instructors.
I have done my homework and have read the state audit reports that are public. Your Veterans department isn't up to par as well. Your enrollment numbers will decrease by one more, I will not let my daughter or my money go to this corrupt institution. She will take online classes from from another institution.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: JustSad ()
Date: November 13, 2015 07:32PM

NOVA employs a lot of great people. I have a friend who works there who has been complaining for years about illegal hiring practices at the Manassas Campus. Reports filed with VCCS produce no action. Positions are created and filled with favorites who are often less qualified and interviews are either rigged or never happen. Nothing will happen. Higher ups, provosts, deans, are never held responsible. They know what they are doing is illegal. They wait until the spotlight is gone and just begin all over. It is a shame that NOVA hr is seen as responsible for all the wrongdoing. They just process paper work and hiring actions that were supposed to have been handled correctly by campus administrators.Meanwhile, NOVA will lose good students and lower paid employees and staff members will suffer the consequences of their admins actions.Very sad indeed.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: RealityCheck ()
Date: November 13, 2015 08:29PM

This is how it works at NOVA. If the provost likes you get promoted from first to third floor.

Wear a short skirt and tight shirts and fawn over the man but DO NOT wear TENNIS Shoes.

To be liked you have to be a yes person or have the same religion. You will watch people with less education and less experience move above more qualified individuals.

The poor suckers who apply for positions from the outside do not know that they are wasting their time cause the hiring committee is chosen by campus admins who tell them who to pick.

If the committee chooses someone else they are overruled.

If the dean is not allowed to hire for lack of funds or no such position exists, they create a position and appoint to that position and then that person will not get paid.

This is why NOVA has like 56 positions not accounted for in the budget.

The employee will not talk for fear of retribution.This is the meaning of acting positions.This is how it works at NOVA.

Will it ever change? Unlikely because THE STATE DOES NOT CARE! This is not a public entity, it is a private one funded with taxpayer money.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Disappointed ()
Date: November 15, 2015 12:19PM

All these years as a NOVA employee and I feel I have been lied to and manipulated. I do know that there are a LOT of very hard working people at NOVA, mostly bottom rung people,that love their jobs and feel like family. There are a lot of people who really do try to help students through the policies and paper mess that has become standard everyday BS. Even though there is a lot of mess going on, it is mostly internal...I hope the public can see that NOVA can still offer a great education.

I feel bad for the new guy coming in and having to clean up this mess. I hope others will be patient and do their best to help him....good things come to those who wait and maybe...once the rotten core is removed, maybe some of the people who have been suppressed by it all, will have a chance to shine and grow with the new improved nova.

Reality check, I think I know who you are...but your secret is safe with me. :)

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: PepsiTruckDriver ()
Date: November 15, 2015 10:36PM

Northern Virginia Commmunity College is a tremendous resource for our community, but this institution has hit a very rough patch. A good analogy is that of the 2008 Banking/Mortgage crash. For years, banks were pumping poorly underwritten loans that were doomed to go to foreclosure. All the bad loans were hidden and the executives knew the game would be up, so had to take care of themselves before that happened and they did while common shareholders and retirement plans were wiped out.

The same thing happened at NOVA under the Templin administration. I believe he spoke of a projected 25 year increase in enrollment. So what do he do? He started rapidly increasing expenditures on new growth and fabricated high-paying Vice President and directory level positions. While some colleges pride themselves on a high number of faculty members per student, I think that NOVA is going for the record on the highest number of Vice Presidents and Directors per student.

Well, now that the economy started to bounce back a little, NOVA enrollment a have flattened out and gone down in some recent semesters. And...NOVA is left with a a high number of V.P's who are in positions not because of of competence, but because they used to be lower level employees who had the goods on their crooked bosses...they knew/know where the bodies are buried.

It took too long in coming, but this is part of the reason for the HR audit. When the old head of NOVA HR was supposed to have been shown the door, she was "given" a new special position under the VP of IT...that is some thing to look into. Old head of HR....bet she had the good on some people...VP of IT maybe.

More to come...The real story of NOVA is one for reality TV...lots of plethora of dysfunction!

President Scott Ralls, talk to the boots on the ground and give them immunity from the retaliatory system currently in place if you speak up!

NOVA can be a healthy environment again...President Ernst and President Wheelan were realistic and treated employees as equal human beings

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: FmrNOVAEmployee ()
Date: November 17, 2015 10:30AM

Does anyone have a copy of the email that President Ralls sent out? It's saddening to see that NOVA has come to this.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Fed up employee ()
Date: November 18, 2015 05:50PM

DR. RALLS IS FUCKEN CLUELESS INSTEAD OF A PROBLEM SOLVER HE CAME AND MADE IT WORST. DR. RALLS CAN SUCK A DICK!

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Jeopardy ()
Date: November 18, 2015 07:57PM

Wow! Fed up employee you should look for another job. Especially if it's that bad for you.
Tsk,tsk,tsk, the leadership at NOVA should be ashamed. I have one foot out the door and it will be a surprise to many!

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Ssd ()
Date: November 21, 2015 02:30PM

Wow!!is a understatement and I am not impressed with Dr. Ralls either. After meeting him and hearing his vision for the future of the college. Every and I mean every Nova employee should be very concerned. I think anyone paying attention knows how bad it has become at the college. But trust me after listening to Dr.Ralls it is going to get far worse. To Nova's Administration Counsel please resign immediately. You have shamed and have brought the college to the brink of financial ruin. People are going to have to find job's based on your and Human Resources willfully breaking state policy and procedures and one has to ask, have any federal laws been broken as well. I don't believe all HR personal are involved just their leadership. How can a corrupt administration continue to lead when they know that the people they are leading don't believe in their leadership abilities.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: NOVA faculty ()
Date: November 22, 2015 01:40PM

In response to "fed up employee": this is why NOVA has problems, because it employs people like you. You should be ashamed of writing such dirt in an open forum.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: NOVA Alert ()
Date: November 30, 2015 04:48PM

All P14 jobs are being cut on January 1,2016.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: twocents ()
Date: November 30, 2015 05:39PM

There is a lot of gobbledegook here that is confusing to outsiders of the NVCC culture, so I will try to clarify some of it in hopes that people who can do something about it, will. There is no use actually addressing these things openly because the dysfunction is permeated the entire system and you'll get called a racist or a whatever-ist if you say something.

A lot of the information on this forum relating to "religion" as a job qualification is in reference to a dean at one of the campuses, who was notoriously holding positions for church members and her family. Thankfully that one has been retired rather abruptly about a week ago. Her cynically dubbed, "friends and family program" is being disbanded as we speak, but it took over 5 years to do so, and morale on that campus is in the toilet. Many competant, credentialed, intelligent, and motivated people have left that campus in disgust because of that dean and her incompetence and corruption. The MEC campus is about the same, too. NVCC has too many of these Diversity Diva Dean hires who manage their departments like nasty high maintenance women who demand respect, rather than inspiring it.

The HR department gave these divas too much hiring power! IMHO Deans (and they) all really need an overhaul. So many campus positions are controlled by these diva deans who have the final say so on any position they choose....and they are academic snobs. So, you end up with them hiring PhDs as receptionists because they have more education than ordinary folks who interview for admin positions, and the Drs are useless because they only know how to go to school and make reports, they don't actually know how to work. NVCC needs people who actually get hired and stay in a position, instead of using it as a stepping stone to higher salaries where they can delegate all the work to the real employees.

If Ralls is smart he will start with retiring the VPs who have been there a long time---especially in Student Services-- he should ask them to take an early retirement starting Jan 1. Then he can start eliminating all these dozens of "Coordinator" positions, which are really just empty jobs that pay upwards of $79K to shift paperwork and plan endless, non-productive meetings. I sit in them all the time and while they make plans that go nowhere, I just quietly answer emails on my iPad, because I am trying to get real work done.

If the leadership really wanted to know what was going on they would have an anonymous suggestion box. This forum is an excellent place to start and I hope that Ralls is reading these so he knows the real deal. One of the people on the forum in an earlier post mentioned that the Veterans department needed to have some change. It definitely does and those who want to do so are hampered by the VP who is out of touch with what happens on the campuses and has allowed serious mismanagement of funds to occur on their watch. Instead of coming down from the ivory tower and talking to the worker bees she depends on one person to control everything without independent verification of what she says, and so she believes anything that she tells her. The current acting head of military services had a job description wired so specifically for her that nobody could even come close to the requirements and so nobody bothered to apply for it. It was a joke amongst the deans that they were not qualified for the position! It was also restricted to internal applicants only, and it was the wrong thing to do because the problems need to be solved by someone who is a change agent and is capable of actually managing and formulating a standardized operating procedure across all campuses (which is what the real problem is!). On this VPs and the acting director's watch there were two disaterous audits in a row, but they are in on it together and nothing will change! They just use funds to pay the VA back for the mistakes that are made, and do it fast to keep NVCC's name out of the paper.

As long as NVCC is addicted to diversity instead of competancy, people who fit quotas instead of having necessary leadership and management experience will be in these positions creating more problems.

just to be clear--the hiring freeze is on for staff positons--the ones that get things done--until the contracts for the nepotism candidates run out. They probably won't be renewed. Until then, they get paid! That money is set aside to fund those salaries. So until July when the contracts are up, we're all effed. A lot of jobs that were on the table for hiring got pulled because of the audit results. There are good people that I have tried to bring in to this place that are never able to get an interview. Its a (insert profanity here) shame.

I hope things change but I am a realist. We will see. Everybody starts out here full of energy and ready to charge the hill--and is totally beaten down in the end. It takes about six years till you get it through your thick head that this is NVCC, and it ain't gonna change.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: NOVA Mayor ()
Date: December 01, 2015 06:27PM

U.S. Department of Education Releases List of Higher Education Institutions with Open Title IX Sexual Violence Investigations

December 1, 2015

Contact: Press Office, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released today a list of the higher education institutions under investigation for possible violations of federal law over the handling of sexual violence and harassment complaints.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance. In the past, Department officials confirmed individual Title IX investigations at institutions, but today's list is the first comprehensive look at which campuses are under review by OCR for possible violations of the law's requirements around sexual violence.

"We are making this list available in an effort to bring more transparency to our enforcement work and to foster better public awareness of civil rights," Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine E. Lhamon said. "We hope this increased transparency will spur community dialogue about this important issue. I also want to make it clear that a college or university's appearance on this list and being the subject of a Title IX investigation in no way indicates at this stage that the college or university is violating or has violated the law."

As with all OCR investigations, the primary goal of a Title IX investigation is to ensure that the campus is in compliance with federal law, which demands that students are not denied the ability to participate fully in educational and other opportunities due to sex.

The Department will not disclose any case specific facts or details about the institutions under investigation. The list includes investigations opened because of complaints received by OCR and those initiated by OCR as compliance reviews. When an investigation concludes, the Department will disclose, upon request, whether OCR has entered into a resolution agreement to address compliance concerns at a particular campus or found insufficient evidence of a Title IX violation there.

The list of institutions under investigation for Title IX sexual violence issues will be updated regularly and made available to the public upon request by contacting OCR or to media by contacting the Press Office at press@ed.gov.

Releasing this list advances a key goal of President Obama's White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault to bring more transparency to the federal government's enforcement activities around this issue. The Obama administration is committed to putting an end to sexual violence particularly on college campuses. That's why the President established the Task Force earlier this year with a mandate to strengthen federal enforcement efforts and provide schools with additional tools to combat sexual assault on their campuses.

As part of that work, the Education Department released updated guidance earlier this week describing the responsibilities of colleges, universities and schools receiving federal funds to address sexual violence and other forms of sex discrimination under Title IX. The guidelines provide greater clarity about the requirements of the law around sexual violence as requested by institutions and students.

All colleges, and universities and K-12 schools receiving federal funds must comply with Title IX. Schools that violate the law and refuse to address the problems identified by OCR can lose federal funding or be referred to the U.S. Department of Justice for further action.

Under federal law, sexual violence refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person's will or where a person is incapable of giving consent including rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual abuse and sexual coercion.

OCR's mission is to ensure equal access to education and promote educational excellence throughout the nation through the vigorous enforcement of civil rights. OCR is responsible for enforcing federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination by educational institutions on the basis of disability, race, color, national origin, sex, and age, as well as the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act of 2001. Additional information about the office is available at http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html.

This list reflects investigations open as of July 1, 2015. Schools are listed alphabetically by state.

State Institution
AZ Arizona State University
CA Butte-Glen Community College District
CA Occidental College
CA University of California-Berkeley
CA University of Southern California
CO Regis University
CO University of Colorado at Boulder
CO University of Colorado at Denver
CO University of Denver
CT University of Connecticut
DC Catholic University of America
FL Florida State University
GA Emory University
HI University of Hawaii at Manoa
ID University of Idaho
IL Knox College
IL University of Chicago
IN Indiana University-Bloomington
IN Vincennes University
MA Amherst College
MA Boston University
MA Emerson College
MA Harvard College
MA Harvard University—Law School
MA University of Massachusetts-Amherst
MD Frostburg State University
MI Michigan State University
MI University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
NC Guilford College
NC University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
ND Minot State University
NH Dartmouth College
NJ Princeton University
NY Cuny Hunter College
NY Hobart and William Smith Colleges
NY Sarah Lawrence College
NY Suny at Binghamton
OH Denison University
OH Ohio State University
OH Wittenberg University
OK Oklahoma State University
PA Carnegie Mellon University
PA Franklin and Marshall College
PA Pennsylvania State University
PA Swarthmore College
PA Temple University
TN Vanderbilt University
TX Southern Methodist University
TX The University of Texas-Pan American
VA College of William and Mary
VA University of Virginia
VA Northern Virginia Community College
VA George Mason University
VA Virginia International University
VA Virginia Tech
VA James Madison University
VA Virginia Commonwealth University
VA Virginia Community College System
WA Washington State University
WI University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
WV Bethany College
WV West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: NOVA Mayor ()
Date: December 01, 2015 06:42PM

Letter from Department of Education Re: Schools’ Obligations to Remedy Financial Consequences of Violence

December 1, 2015

Dear Know Your IX and the United States Students Association:

Thank you for your organization's’ letter to Secretary Duncan and me, dated November 23, 2015, in which you shared your concern about the economic consequences faced by survivors of student on student sexual violence and urged the Department’s Office for Civil Rights to clarify schools’ obligations to address this problem under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

As your letter notes, OCR’s recent guidance has made clear that when student on student sexual violence creates a hostile environment, the school must take prompt and effective steps reasonably calculated to end the sexual violence, eliminate the hostile environment, and prevent its recurrence. Further, if a school delays responding to allegations of sexual violence or responds inappropriately, the school’s own inaction may subject the student to a hostile environment. If it does, the school will also be required to remedy the effects of the sexual violence that could reasonably have been prevented had the school responded promptly and appropriately.

Our most recent guidance on this topic specifically noted that "interim measures are determined by a school on a case by case basis.” We highlighted a concrete question about whether a school’s provision of access to all students to counseling on a fee basis would suffice for providing counseling as an interim measure before the completion of its investigation when necessary to ensure equal access to education programs and to protect a complainant. In our answer, we noted that “if a school determines that it needs to offer counseling to the complainant as part of its Title IX obligation to take steps to protect the complainant while the investigation is ongoing, it must not require the complainant to pay for this service.” The principles in that answer apply more broadly to the provision of remedies. If remedies are necessary to ensure equal access to education programs, a school cannot require a student to pay for receipt of those remedies. The specific remedies offered and the process for implementing those remedies will vary depending on the facts of each case. For example, if a school’s ignoring of a student’s complaints of sexual assault by a fellow student results in the complaining student having to remain in classes with the other student for several weeks and the complaining student’s grades suffer because he or she was unable to concentrate in these classes, the school may need to permit the complaining student to withdraw or retake the classes without an academic or financial penalty (in addition to any other remedies) in order to address the effects of the sexual violence. As you note in your letter, resolution agreements OCR has negotiated to resolve investigations have included agreements to reimburse survivors for educational expenses where those remedies are required to eliminate a hostile environment or remedy the effects of sexual violence, as appropriate. We hope and expect that greater transparency regarding resolutions of our investigations, coupled with our guidance, will cement the principles of Title IX.

Thank you for your continued leadership in advocating for the rights of survivors of sexual assault in our schools.

Sincerely,

Catherine E. Lhamon
U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Bldg
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-1100

Telephone: 800-421-3481
FAX: 202-453-6012; TDD: 800-877-8339
Email: OCR@ed.gov

Civil Rights Hotline
Call the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at 1-800-421-3481 to report any educational discrimination on the basis of race, sex, disability, etc., request information on civil rights compliance programs, procedures for filing discrimination complaints, or access to civil rights regulatory and policy documents. The local number in Washington, D.C. is 202-453-6100. Federal Relay Service. Email: ocr@ed.gov.

See the OCR Contact Us page to find the enforcement office serving your area or use the OCR Electronic Complaint Form. http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/complaintintro.html

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: NOVA Mayor ()
Date: December 01, 2015 06:52PM

SCHAEFFER v. NORTHERN VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE

NO. 1:14CV1128 (JCC/IDD).
TODD SCHAEFFER, Plaintiff, v. NORTHERN VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Defendant.

United States District Court, E.D. Virginia, Alexandria Division.
November 30, 2015.
Todd Schaeffer, Plaintiff, Pro Se.

Northern Virginia Community College, Defendant, represented by Noelle L. Shaw-Bell, Office of the Attorney General.

MEMORANDUM OPINION

JAMES C. CACHERIS, District Judge.

This matter is before the Court on Defendant Northern Virginia Community College's ("NVCC" or "Defendant") Motion to Dismiss for Failure to State a Claim and Subject Matter Jurisdiction. [Dkt. 29.] For the following reasons, the Court will grant the motion.

I. Background

Todd Schaeffer ("Schaeffer" or "Plaintiff") is a former student at NVCC who took several courses from 2006 to 2011. (Def.'s Mem. in Supp. [Dkt. 153-1] at 2.) Beginning in 2007, Schaeffer submitted grade appeals for seven of those courses. (Id.; see also Compl. [Dkt. 1], Ex. 1, at 17-24.) Pursuant to NVCC's grade appeal policy, he appealed to his professors, the dean, provost, and the president of NVCC. (Id.; see also Compl., Ex. 1, at 24-30.)

Schaeffer's complaint contains a litany of allegations. First, he alleges that "[a]ppeals, complaints, and grievances processes did not always follow policy manual but discretion of faculty," and that his "records were altered and not corrected." (Compl. at 1.) He also alleges that "modifications" to NVCC's computer resources rendered him "unable to perform the functions necessary for timely completion of courses." (Id.) "Requests for help and extension were wrongfully denied." (Id.) Additionally, Schaeffer alleges that a grievance panel was not appointed to hear "grievable matter" related to violations. (Id.)

As a remedy, Schaeffer seeks $1,9450.00 as reimbursement for thirteen credit hours, $400.00 in legal expenses, and $350.00 for administrative costs. (Id.) "Also, [NVCC] is to provide an official transcript reflecting accurate number of completed credits, correct grade point average (GPA), Bookkeeping and Contract Management (Cum Laude) Certificates with correct graduation dates, and Dean's List standing Spring, Summer, and Fall of 2009." (Id.)

It is unclear under what legal theory Schaeffer is asserting in his complaint. It appears from the complaint that he is bringing suit under 34 C.F.R. § 21.10 and 34 C.F.R. § 33.2. (Id. at 1.) NVCC has moved to dismiss for lack of subject matter jurisdiction pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(1) and for failure to state a claim on which relief can be granted pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6). (Def.'s Mem. in Supp.at 1.) Having been fully briefed and argued, this motion is ripe for disposition.

II. Legal Standard

A. Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Subject Matter Jurisdiction

"It is a principle of first importance that the

federal courts are tribunals of limited subject matter jurisdiction." 13 Charles Alan Wright & Arthur R. Miller, Federal Practice & Procedure § 3522. "ubject matter jurisdiction relates to a federal court's power to hear a case, and that power is generally conferred by the basic statutory grants of subject matter jurisdiction, such as 28 U.S.C. § 1331 or 28 U.S.C. § 1332." Holloway v. Pagan River Dockside Seafood, Inc., 669 F.3d 448, 453 (4th Cir. 2012). Section 1331, known as federal question jurisdiction, empowers a federal district court to hear "all civil actions arising under the Constitution, laws, or treaties of the United States." 28 U.S.C. § 1331. Section 1332, known as diversity jurisdiction, grants a federal district court jurisdiction over "all civil actions where the matter in controversy exceeds the sum or value of $75,000, exclusive of interest and costs, and is between citizens of different states[.]" 28 U.S.C. § 1332. The burden is on the party invoking the court's jurisdiction (typically the plaintiff) to establish subject matter jurisdiction. Allen v. College of William & Mary, 245 F.Supp.2d 777, 782 (E.D. Va. 2003). Dismissal is the only remedy when a federal court finds subject matter jurisdiction lacking. Matthews v. Fairfax Trucking, Inc., No. 1:14cv1219-GBL-IDD, 2015 WL 1906073, at *2 (E.D. Va. Apr. 15, 2015) (citing cases).

A defendant may challenge subject matter jurisdiction through a motion pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(1). "[A] defendant may present a facial attack on upon the complaint where the complaint fails to allege facts upon which subject matter jurisdiction may be based." Kerns v. United States, 585 F.3d 187, 192 (4th Cir. 2009) (citation and internal quotation marks omitted). In such a case, the court assumes the truth of all facts alleged by the plaintiff. Id.

Alternatively, a defendant may contend that "the jurisdictional allegations are not true." Id. (citation and internal quotation marks omitted). "In that situation, the presumption of truthfulness normally accorded a complaint's allegations does not apply, and the district court is entitled to decide disputed issues of fact with respect to subject matter jurisdiction." Id. Thus, a district court may go beyond the allegations of the complaint and hold an evidentiary hearing to determine if there are facts to support the jurisdictional allegations. Id.

B. Motion to Dismiss for Failure to State a Claim

In contrast to a 12(b)(1) motion, which addresses whether a plaintiff has a right to be in federal district court at all, a 12(b)(6) motion addresses whether the plaintiff has stated a cognizable claim, or, in other words, that a complaint is sufficient in that it details a legal cause of action. Holloway, 669 F.3d at 453. The Supreme Court has stated that in order "[t]o survive a motion to dismiss, a [c]omplaint must contain sufficient factual matter, accepted as true, to `state a claim to relief that is plausible on its face.'" Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556 U.S. 662, 678 (2009) (quoting Bell Atl. Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544, 570 (2007)). "A claim has facial plausibility when the pleaded factual content allows the court to draw the reasonable inference that the defendant is liable for the misconduct alleged." Id. The issue in resolving such a motion is not whether the non-movant will ultimately prevail, but whether the non-movant is entitled to offer evidence to support his or her claims.

"Determining whether a complaint states a plausible claim for relief [is] . . . a context-specific task that requires the reviewing court to draw on its judicial experience and common sense." Iqbal, 556 U.S. at 679 (citations omitted). To survive a motion to dismiss, a plaintiff's complaint must demand more than "an unadorned, the-defendant-unlawfully-harmed-me accusation." Iqbal, 556 U.S. at 678; Twombly, 550 U.S. at 555. Legal conclusions couched as factual allegations are not sufficient. Twombly, 550 U.S. at 555. Hence, a pleading that offers only "formulaic recitation of the elements of a cause of action will not do." Iqbal, 556 U.S. at 678; Twombly, 550 U.S. at 557. Nor will a complaint that tenders mere "naked assertion" devoid of "further factual enhancement." Iqbal, 556 U.S. at 678; Twombly, 550 U.S. at 557.

Moreover, the plaintiff does not have to show a likelihood of success on the merits. Rather, the complaint must merely allege — directly or indirectly — each element of a "viable legal theory." Twombly, 550 U.S. at 562-63.

III. Analysis

The Court first turns to whether it has jurisdiction to hear this case. This case is properly viewed as a facial attack on subject matter jurisdiction, as NVCC is alleging that there are no facts present that bring this action within the Court's jurisdiction.

There is no diversity jurisdiction here. Both Schaeffer and NVCC are citizens of Virginia, and the amount in controversy is well short of the $75,000.00 threshold. The only way this matter could be in federal court is if the cause of action is grounded in federal law. Schaeffer points to 34 C.F.R. § 21.10 and 34 C.R.F § 33.2 as the bases for this Court's jurisdiction. Neither are sufficient to vest this Court with jurisdiction.

The first regulation, 34 C.F.R. § 21.10, implements the Equal Access to Justice Act at the Department of Education. The Equal Access to Justice Act provides for the prevailing party in an action against the United States to collect attorney's fees and costs. 28 U.S.C. § 2412. This includes court proceedings of judicial review of agency action. Id. The regulation cited by Schaeffer details which Department of Justice adversary adjudications fall within the ambit of the Equal Access to Justice Act. 34 C.F.R. § 21.10. Since the regulation does not supply a cause of action but rather details when a prevailing party may recover costs, it does not meet the requirement that the cause of action "arise from" federal law. Thus, the regulation does not supply a source of jurisdiction under federal question jurisdiction.1

Likewise, 34 C.F.R. § 33.2 does not provide a source of jurisdiction for this Court. That regulation is a list of definitions for the regulatory scheme implementing the Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act at the Department of Education. The Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act imposes civil penalties and assessments on anyone who knowingly submits a false claim or statement to a federal agency. 31 U.S.C. § 3802. Because this regulation is part of the administrative scheme developed by the Department of Education to root out fraud in its programs, it does not implicate a federal court's jurisdiction.

Even if the complaint could be construed to properly assert a basis for this Court's jurisdiction, the result would still be the same. Schaeffer has failed to allege a prima facie case under any theory of law. The facts alleged do not describe any specific legal misconduct by NVCC. Rather, the complaint merely details his disagreement with NVCC about his academic performance and carefully details all of the administrative channels he pursued in pursuit of a grade change. Dissatisfaction with grades, while disappointing, does not make a federal lawsuit. See Regents of Univ. of Mich. V. Ewing, 474 U.S. 214, 226 (1985) ("If a federal court is not the appropriate forum in which to review the multitude of personnel decisions that are made daily by public agencies, far less is it suited to evaluate the substance of the multitude of academic decisions that are made daily by faculty members of public educational institutions — decisions that require an expert evaluation of cumulative information and [are] not readily adapted to the procedural tools of judicial or administrative decisionmaking.") (citation and internal quotation marks omitted). Therefore, even if the Court had jurisdiction over the case, the complaint must be dismissed for failing to state a claim upon which relief may be granted.

Additionally, the complaint fails to satisfy the pleading requirements under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 8, which requires "a short and plain statement of the claim showing that the pleader is entitled to relief." Fed. R. Civ. P. 8(a)(2). Rule 8's major function is to provide notice to the opposing party of the claims against it. See Sanyal v. Toyota Motor N. Am., No. 1:14cv960, at *2 (E.D. Va. Sept. 30, 3014) (citing 5 Wright & Miller, Federal Practice and Procedure § 1202)). Here, NVCC cannot properly respond to the complaint because the complaint is too speculative for NVCC to be on notice of the claims against it. See Garris v. Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC, No. 1:14cv118, 2014 WL 1385872, at *2 (E.D. Va. Apr. 9, 2014) ("Plaintiffs' claims are unintelligible. It is impossible to tell what any Defendant is alleged to have done wrong, let alone whether relief is appropriate."). Therefore, the complaint fails to meet the requirements of Rule 8 and, if the Court had jurisdiction, the complaint would be dismissed on these grounds as well.

IV. Conclusion

For the following reasons, the Court will dismiss this action. Schaeffer has thirty days from the date of this Memorandum Opinion and accompanying Order to notice his appeal.

FootNotes


1. As NVCC notes, the Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Education did not adjudicate Schaeffer's grade appeal. (Def.'s Mem. in Supp. at 7-8.) Thus, even if this regulation could support this Court's jurisdiction, there are no facts in this case that implicate 34 C.F.R. § 21.10.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Young and the restless ()
Date: December 01, 2015 08:05PM

Hmmm,

What was the purpose of your post Nova Mayor? Are you one of the attorneys working for NOVA trying to scare folks off?

If so you might want to try a different tactic people aren't afraid.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: NOVA Mayor ()
Date: December 01, 2015 08:27PM

I am not an attorneys working for Northern Virginia Community College. Thanks Young and the restless for you kind words.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Ssd ()
Date: December 01, 2015 08:41PM

Mr. or Ms. Mayor could you enlighten us or what you are sharing with the rest of the blog. Thank you for kind input and interested in learning more.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: NOVA2015 ()
Date: December 01, 2015 08:48PM

Keep up the outstanding work Mr. or Ms. NOVA Mayor. This is super interested to me.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: NOVA Alert ()
Date: December 01, 2015 08:53PM

I agree with NOVA2015 Wrote:
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> Keep up the outstanding work Mr. or Ms. NOVA
> Mayor. This is super interested to me.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: NOVA Mayor ()
Date: December 01, 2015 08:57PM

I want to give this blog group some good information about the Letter from Department of Education Re: Schools’ Obligations to Remedy Financial Consequences of Violence, U.S. Department of Education Releases List of Higher Education Institutions with Open Title IX Sexual Violence Investigations, SCHAEFFER v. NORTHERN VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE Court Case


Ssd Wrote:
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> Mr. or Ms. Mayor could you enlighten us or what
> you are sharing with the rest of the blog. Thank
> you for kind input and interested in learning
> more.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Hang man ()
Date: December 01, 2015 09:15PM

I smell a rat!! Hahaha


NOVA Mayor Wrote:
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> I want to give this blog group some good
> information about the Letter from Department of
> Education Re: Schools’ Obligations to Remedy
> Financial Consequences of Violence, U.S.
> Department of Education Releases List of Higher
> Education Institutions with Open Title IX Sexual
> Violence Investigations, SCHAEFFER v. NORTHERN
> VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE Court Case
>
>
> Ssd Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Mr. or Ms. Mayor could you enlighten us or what
> > you are sharing with the rest of the blog.
> Thank
> > you for kind input and interested in learning
> > more.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: FUBAR ()
Date: December 01, 2015 09:33PM

Has anyone heard the latest and greatest budgetary screw up by the wonderful minds of NOVA?

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Ssd ()
Date: December 01, 2015 09:39PM

Now,now we need to thank Mr.or Ms. mayor for providing this helpful information on who to contact to file a federal EEOC complaint or a class action suit. I know many Nova employee's have be trying to figure out who to contact. Thank you Mr.or Ms. Mayor for such good information.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: FUBAR ()
Date: December 01, 2015 09:44PM

Ssd Wrote:
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> Now,now we need to thank Mr.or Ms. mayor for
> providing this helpful information on who to
> contact to file a federal EEOC complaint or a
> class action suit. I know many Nova employee's
> have be trying to figure out who to contact. Thank
> you Mr.or Ms. Mayor for such good information.


I'm still not really following what his post is trying to help with.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: muckrackerNVCC ()
Date: December 01, 2015 11:52PM

NOVA faculty Wrote:
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> In response to "fed up employee": this is why NOVA
> has problems, because it employs people like you.
> You should be ashamed of writing such dirt in an
> open forum.

How can you say such a thing?

This is the last place anybody should resort to writing dirt like list, but they were driven to it. Using any more proper of a channel would cause unfair consequences to the complainers.

If they're wrong, they're just an idiot barking at a tree.

If they're right - and THEY certainly believe that THEY are right - they care more to bring it out in an anonymous forum than to just quit and leave their peers.

I didn't read closely enough to see if the claims are specific enough to be truly libelous. I'm sure some freak will jump up and scream "libel," but thankfully he won't be the one judging.

It will take much to right this organization. There will be casualties both wanted and unwanted.

Throwing such a hateful comment exhibits exactly why they had no proper means.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: predictions ()
Date: December 02, 2015 12:14AM

I have a prediction regarding how this will play out. I have one. Who wants to make good guesses at how this plays out?

My prediction:
-Those at the top of most things will stay - such as positions that appear at every college system.

-The illegal/poor hiring will be passively and slowly corrected via the means that most protect the organization from lawsuits and backlash.

-The financial consequences will be bourne by neither of the two groups above.

-The employees with no power or voice will suffer overwork from inadequate staffing.

-The employees with value will leave because it is the only way they can show any power or voice.

-Maintenance will be under-funded. The place won't fall apart but it will go from "not yet remodeled" Target to "Jermantown" K-Mart before long.

-Students will be negatively affected. This is the bad one. Projected tuition numbers supporting this plan will initially hold. It will eventually fail as the under-funded sad K-Mart feel drives down enrollment. Unrelated good U.S. economic news will drive it down further.


TLDR: If they fix this the right way - all that money saved by removing the fools will be spent on the lawyers. Student enrollment will drop regardless - making whatever plan they choose hard to execute.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Rat Man ()
Date: December 02, 2015 06:58AM

This is from some blog website. U.S. Department of Education Releases List of Higher Education Institutions with Open Title IX Sexual Violence Investigations - There are no Title IX Sexual Violence Investigations at Northern Virginia Community College or at Virginia Community College System at this time. Also SCHAEFFER v. NORTHERN VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE Court Case is about six months old.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: NOVA Mayor ()
Date: December 02, 2015 08:48AM

U.S. Department of Education Releases List of Higher Education Institutions with Open Title IX Sexual Violence Investigations. This information is true. DOE is meeting with NOVA staff this morning. I will posted updates after the meeting today.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Ray Man ()
Date: December 02, 2015 09:35AM

There is not meeting today with DOE with NOVA staff. You are joking NOVA Mayor.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: NOVA Mayor ()
Date: December 02, 2015 09:38AM

I was joking about the DOE meeting today with NOVA staff lol. I hope things change at NOVA for our students and staff. We need to come together as one college again not as six campuses.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: twocents ()
Date: December 02, 2015 11:59AM

I unfortunately have to agree with predictions' bullet points.

I would like to add one thing to this sad list of predictions. I hope and pray that it is not true, but I predict that we will have a situation with an active shooter or worse, and our police presence will not be adequate enough to address it without many casualties. he police train and train and are professionals, but they are woefully understaffed and are 20 years behind other police departments in major metropolitan areas as far as having the proper equipment. We are too big an organization to not have more officers to cover the campus on their shifts. The events of the past year have culminated in an atmosphere where all police are under attack because of the actions of a few bad apples. Not having enough police presence here not only is bad for us safety-wise, but it also puts the police at risk when responding to situations.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: NOVA Mayor ()
Date: December 02, 2015 12:21PM

I see other community colleges around the United States doing lockdown drills every semester. NOVA doesn't do them. They need to get more police officers at NOVA. OEM just got a brand new alert system in placed at all NOVA campuses. I think NOVAPD should have police dogs at each campus and center.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: FUBAR ()
Date: December 02, 2015 12:38PM

twocents Wrote:
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> I unfortunately have to agree with predictions'
> bullet points.
>
> I would like to add one thing to this sad list of
> predictions. I hope and pray that it is not true,
> but I predict that we will have a situation with
> an active shooter or worse, and our police
> presence will not be adequate enough to address it
> without many casualties. he police train and
> train and are professionals, but they are woefully
> understaffed and are 20 years behind other police
> departments in major metropolitan areas as far as
> having the proper equipment. We are too big an
> organization to not have more officers to cover
> the campus on their shifts. The events of the past
> year have culminated in an atmosphere where all
> police are under attack because of the actions of
> a few bad apples. Not having enough police
> presence here not only is bad for us safety-wise,
> but it also puts the police at risk when
> responding to situations.

I completely agree with you, twocents. I don't even think a lot of the faculty at NOVA know how bad the situation is with manpower at the police department. For about half of the day, there is only one officer on duty at any campus; more specifically from 7-11 am and pm. The low man power makes it difficult to be able to call off for a sick day or to schedule leave because they have to pull people from other campuses to cover the shifts. I've been told overtime isn't allowed and if an officer has to stay late they have to leave early to "flex" off the time that they had to work overtime.

When the active shooter event happened at the Woodbridge campus the Police Department was thrown money at them because it was a knee jerk reaction from the college. Slowly but surely that money has gone down year after year. Safety of the students and faculty should ALWAYS be the number one thing on the list. With the hiring freeze they can't even hire more officers who were/are in the process of being hired. They have officers who have left and are retiring but have no way of being able to fill the positions. But they are able to keep hiring faculty positions because they're "essential to the mission of the college." I'm sorry, but no.

Again, twocents I agree. The events of the past year or two have made an atmosphere where the police have a target on their back. I find it strange that all the county police officers and even officers at George Mason University have switched to the bullet proof vests that they wear on the outside instead of the inside. Why don't the NOVA police have those, or is it something they are working on getting but can't get the funding to do so? Also, with all the filming of police officers why don't the campus police wear video cameras or have them in their cars? It seems like they're being set up for failure if something serious actually happens.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: FUBAR ()
Date: December 02, 2015 12:43PM

NOVA Mayor Wrote:
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> I see other community colleges around the United
> States doing lockdown drills every semester. NOVA
> doesn't do them. They need to get more police
> officers at NOVA. OEM just got a brand new alert
> system in placed at all NOVA campuses. I think
> NOVAPD should have police dogs at each campus and
> center.


Dogs at each campus and center would be difficult to do. But at least one or two dogs that would be able to respond to any campus would be an awesome thing for them to have.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Spam B0t ()
Date: December 02, 2015 01:18PM

Looks like NVCC is missing enrollment targets and ran out of stimulus money:

https://www.nvcc.edu/president/pdf/2015/admin-council-notes-110315.pdf

Time for worker bees to get busy or get fired.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: FUBAR ()
Date: December 02, 2015 01:29PM

Spam B0t Wrote:
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> Looks like NVCC is missing enrollment targets and
> ran out of stimulus money:
>
> https://www.nvcc.edu/president/pdf/2015/admin-coun
> cil-notes-110315.pdf
>
> Time for worker bees to get busy or get fired.


They've said nobody is going to be losing their job due to funding, at least no full time positions. P-14 positions are getting terminated almost on a daily basis.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Spam B0t ()
Date: December 02, 2015 02:29PM

FUBAR Wrote:
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> Spam B0t Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Looks like NVCC is missing enrollment targets
> and
> > ran out of stimulus money:
> >
> >
> https://www.nvcc.edu/president/pdf/2015/admin-coun
>
> > cil-notes-110315.pdf
> >
> > Time for worker bees to get busy or get fired.
>
>
> They've said nobody is going to be losing their
> job due to funding, at least no full time
> positions. P-14 positions are getting terminated
> almost on a daily basis.

Read between the lines of those budget saving recommendation bullets. Tough times are ahead if our Spring enrollment doesn't turn around.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: FUBAR ()
Date: December 02, 2015 02:52PM

Spam B0t Wrote:
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> FUBAR Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Spam B0t Wrote:
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> > -----
> > > Looks like NVCC is missing enrollment targets
> > and
> > > ran out of stimulus money:
> > >
> > >
> >
> https://www.nvcc.edu/president/pdf/2015/admin-coun
>
> >
> > > cil-notes-110315.pdf
> > >
> > > Time for worker bees to get busy or get
> fired.
> >
> >
> > They've said nobody is going to be losing their
> > job due to funding, at least no full time
> > positions. P-14 positions are getting
> terminated
> > almost on a daily basis.
>
> Read between the lines of those budget saving
> recommendation bullets. Tough times are ahead if
> our Spring enrollment doesn't turn around.

Spam B0t, seems like you have a pretty good idea of what is going on. Have you heard about the latest egregious misuse of funds? It has to do with the Manassas Campus.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Twocents ()
Date: December 02, 2015 11:40PM

FUBAR and Mayor.....There is a veterinary program on one campus so the K9s could be kenneled there. One officer suggested it and the resources could have been provided to make that happen. Deaf ears.

The cops all are trying to make lemonade from lemons but it's hard. Not to mention that they are up against this fear the execs have of cops looking, shall we say.... too "tactical".

My idea of a safe space isn't a room where nobody judges me on my sexuality or race. It's where I can work and students can learn without fear of backpacking crazies and the cops are allowed to look like what they are....a deterrent. PC never saved one life. I'm not intimidated by them because I'm not breaking laws.

Again, not holding my breath. There's no cure for stupid. The fact that this whole clustereff takes place at an institute of higher learning, is an irony that is not lost upon me.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Inside for 20 Years ()
Date: December 08, 2015 07:27AM

Dane Bramage, it's nice that you can take the time to badmouth the adjunct faculty. NOVA's instruction is built on the backs of adjuncts, who make up about half of the instruction positions.

Most of the people posting on here have NO CLUE how bad the situation really is. Dysfunctional doesn't even begin to describe it.

The good people are being kept down, but the great people are being forced out and passed over.

The campuses don't do things the same way, so it's no surprise to me that there's an audit going on and that Annandale Campus especially is being singled out. Staff there are largely working at cross purposes, with nobody know what anybody else is doing. Getting anything meaningful accomplished has become nearly impossible.

Several have mentioned that diversity is more important than competency and that is a spot-on criticism. I've seen it in action, where incredible teachers in the system for years were passed over for brand new freshly minted PhDs held by people of color who lasted just a few semesters as instructors. They failed miserably for a lot of reasons - no teaching experience, the inability to connect with NOVA student demographics, and perhaps more than anything, the lack of respect for NOVA as an institution. The ones I observed first hand were using NOVA as a springboard to try to get into a "real" (4-yr) college on a tenure track and never intended to give NOVA their 100% effort. It reflects poorly on them as people but it HURTS NOVA and its students.

The vocational & tech programs need to come back. It was said elsewhere in the thread that not everybody needs to or should go to college - and I can tell you as an instructor this is 100% accurate and on point. There are many students wasting their time and money taking core curriculum classes when their efforts (and money) could be better directed to the auto tech, HVAC, welding, etc. programs so they could GET A JOB.

My students that graduate and/or transfer to 4-yr institutions are the exception rather than the rule now. It's sad. I was looking forward to sending my child to NOVA next year, but am sadly looking elsewhere since all this has started up at NOVA.

Nothing will change until and unless people start getting fired and even prosecuted for their behavior. NOVA needs to be purged from the highest levels and the kingdoms some have built broken down by force if necessary. Waiting until contracts expire is myopic - people need to be FIRED and referred to state prosecutors for further action.

Remember this is the state with its most recent governor convicted of corruption!! NOVA is no different. There are many corrupt VPs, managers, directors, etc. that need to go NOW.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Twocents ()
Date: December 08, 2015 03:05PM

FUBAR....asked a few posts back why NVCC police don't wear protective vests on the outside of their uniforms, like George Mason and FFX County etc. do.

Do you know how hard it is for the police to get so much as a new replacement HAT at the college? To get their cruisers spot-painted when they are chipped and rusting in spots? Look closely. Raggedy mess is what you see. It's not right.

Protective Vests are serviceable.....but worn and faded from age. It'd be an embarrassment to wear outside their fraying uniforms. As it should be....not embarrassing for the officers, who do the best they can with less....but for the folks who control budgets and spend money on nonsense giveaway key chains and t shirts rather than equipment and salaries! They are the ones who should be ashamed of themselves!

Hope that answers your question.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Jane Doe ()
Date: December 09, 2015 06:43PM

Ia still around because Mel Schiavelli has her back. They have each other back...
It's a mess

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Ssd ()
Date: December 09, 2015 08:09PM

A mess is a understatement and VCCS continues to try and put out the fires to protect themselves. At this point it is very clear that everyone knows and no-one give a dam and all the provost seem to be people of low charter. What a shame.

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should she allow to teach our children?
Posted by: Allows to teach after ()
Date: December 09, 2015 08:38PM


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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: watchingfromafar ()
Date: December 12, 2015 06:26PM

How lucky NVCC was to acquire VP Schiavelli! NOT. Guess when he first went to NVCC, no one seemed to know him or his past.Heard he was collecting a six figure salary. Wonder if NVCC knew he left Harrisburg University HU, on the brink of bankruptcy?

http://www.watchinghu.com/2012/06/is-harrisburg-university-doomed.html
There are a lot of negative HU blogs about Schiavelli's financial mis-management.
HU calls him “ Do Nothing Mel” and when he finally did something reports are that he was making lots of misstatements

http://www.watchinghu.com/2011/11/mel-nothing-schiavelli-does-something.html

Schiavelli supposedly authorized HU payments to Harrisburg's former Mayor Reed as a ghost instructor for HU. The reports say the class didn't exist and it isn't in the HU curriculum. Reed was indicted in July this past year for financial mis-management of Harrisburg which led to the city declaring bankruptcy.It's in a book Capital Murder by Papst. Wonder if Schiavelli will testify for Reed? Wonder if there will be another book about NVCC and Schiavelli?
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/07/grand_jury_reed_was_a_paid_gho.html

There are some interesting coincidences between the HR Audit findings of financial mis-management at NVCC, and the financial mess at HU. Seems it didn't help that your VP Finance Ina D was also appointed. Is she another ghost employee? Only NVCC can check that out.Hopefully your new President will check out these interesting coincidences.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Dane Bramage ()
Date: December 13, 2015 08:27AM

Inside for 20 Years Wrote:
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> Dane Bramage, it's nice that you can take the time
> to badmouth the adjunct faculty. NOVA's
> instruction is built on the backs of adjuncts, who
> make up about half of the instruction positions.

Fair point, my bad. You're right and my comment was inappropriate.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Twocents ()
Date: December 13, 2015 09:54PM

Watchingfromafar.....
Incredible information.
I have recommended several competent executives to apply for some of the executive business development positions here.... They never make the cut. I am beginning to see why.
Sometimes I wonder myself how some of the best folks at the campuses ever got hired....note, NOT appointed. There seems to be a litmus test for cronyism and nepotism that's got to be passed to move on to Braldt or Pender or Pitney Bowes.
Thanks for the info.

This blog is being read by many others who are afraid to post but want to. Do not enable by staying silent, people! We need your support! The word is everywhere and these posts are being read!

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Date: December 18, 2015 09:00AM

Guess the new president is brining his old North Carolina lackeys to NVCC with him. Did anyone see the email announcement sent after hours? I wonder if VCCS objected to this with their "oversight" of HR.

NOVA appoints workforce development expert as vice president

Northern Virginia Community College is pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Partridge as its new vice president of workforce development.

"Steve comes to NOVA with a deep and wide-ranging expertise in the area of organizational relations and workforce development,” said NOVA President Scott Ralls. “We are thrilled to welcome him to the NOVA community this spring and to get underway taking our Workforce Development efforts to the next level to benefit the region."

For the past six years, Partridge has been president and CEO of Charlotte Works in North Carolina. There, he successfully transformed Charlotte’s Workforce Development Board into a demand-driven agency assisting more than 1,300 businesses and hosting more than 125,000 job-seeker visits. In this role he became adept at understanding employer needs and economy-driving, public- and private-sector demands, making Charlotte Works a national benchmark for workforce reform. He also created intense educational partnerships from elementary through college institutions and formed a volunteer corps that saved employers more than $100,000 a year.

He previously served as managing director of the Charlotte Regional Economic Workforce Recovery Initiative, and in senior leadership roles for the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and the Arizona Department of Commerce. In short, Partridge holds extensive workforce development expertise dating back to the beginning of his professional career. He will be able to directly apply this expertise to both the benefit of the Northern Virginia economy and NOVA.

Partridge holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona; and a Master of Public Administration from Arizona State. He will begin at NOVA in February 2016.

NOVA’s Workforce Development programs offer a wide array of non-credit certificate programs that allow attendees to gain entry-level skills to get into the workforce, to switch careers or to advance their careers. NOVA offers certificates in high-demand healthcare fields, information technology and cybersecurity, and many other areas that will be critical to the regional economy.



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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Twocents ()
Date: December 19, 2015 07:50AM

I know there were over 500 applicants for that position, narrowed down to 35 when I last spoke to one of the folks on the search committee. I did think it odd that the person selected was not from this area.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: watchingfromafar ()
Date: December 20, 2015 08:11PM

For NVCC’s entertainment during your quest for answers in your missing money and your audit:

“Sweet deal” for Schiavelli’s Harrisburg University HU’s purchase of the Ivory tower, with a cast of characters including Reed, Schiavelli and HU Board of Trustees Pascotti, among others. We found the relationships among the players rather curious:

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2013/10/genesis_of_harrisburg_universi.html

Maybe you have your own Ivory Tower purchases.


And, here is just one example of a reported effort to increase HU Science and Technology enrollments: the month long China trip

http://www.watchinghu.com/2011/11/harrisburg-university-president.html


Only NVCC can unfold "the rest of the story."

Good luck……still watching….

Interesting quote at the end of one of our HU blogs: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing” –Edmund Burke –

We know. Hopefully NVCC will do something.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Ssd ()
Date: December 27, 2015 07:18PM

I hope you are right and VCCS and Nova will do something about how tax payers fund have been misused. So many high paid administrators that caused this. It also appears that VCCS has stopped informing staff about where we are with their finding dealing with the audit. At this point the least they can do is to continue to have transparency so people can see what really happened and what action are being taken to never let it happen again. Tax payers money being used in this manner is serious offensive.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Dane Bramage ()
Date: December 27, 2015 10:02PM

Audits are public information and it shouldn't be too difficult to get the report once the review is concluded (if an audit is actually ongoing). It does look like NVCC's financial issues go back years: http://watchdog.org/43283/va-state-auditor-pinpoints-potential-pitfalls-in-community-college-system/

An employee who suspects wrongdoing is required to report it. https://osig.virginia.gov/program-areas/citizen-services/report-fraud-waste-and-abuse/state-fraud-waste-and-abuse-hotline-faqs/

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Just retired ()
Date: December 28, 2015 09:39PM

Ina is a real employee. I worked in the same building as her for the last 6 years. She spends a ton of time outdoors smoking and chatting to Mel.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Date: December 30, 2015 03:04PM

Dane Bramage, that report is useless. Once it is filed and logged, it is turned over to the President to handle internally.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: twocents ()
Date: January 02, 2016 11:18PM

All-
Since the NVCC Human Resources has lost all delegation, Jerry Armstong has had to travel a few days a week from Richmond to Northern Virginia to act on behalf of NVCC HR and Financial Services. He has agreed to attend the January College Senate Meeting on January 21st at 1pm due to the overwhelming response from the College on the VCCS HR audit results that haven't been disclosed to the Commonwealth of Virginia public.

This should be an open forum for questions and answers. Contact your Campus or Senate College representatives for more information.


"We are delighted to join you at the meeting on 1/21/16 and appreciate the invitation.
Dr. Chris Lee, VCCS Associate Vice Chancellor Human Resources, along with other VCCS HR colleagues, including myself will join the conversation."

Jerry Armstrong
Director of Human Resources, VCCS
jarmstrong@vccs.edu
804-819-4933

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Ssd ()
Date: January 03, 2016 08:35PM

Dane Bramage you are correct and employees should report suspect activities. Most employees have done as required only to be targeted by Nova administration. You cannot go to your supervisor nor the Human Resources department and it would be a deadly error to address your concerns with Nova's legal department. What is more frightening is when you go to the VCCS. I have spoken to Mr.Jerry Armstrong about wrong doing before. The only advice he gave me was to go back to the same people that I was reporting the wrongdoing on.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Dane Bramage ()
Date: January 03, 2016 09:14PM

You should report it to the Commonwealth of Virginia, not NVCC or VCCS. The IG or Auditor of Public Accounts should and will look into questionable acts. This stuff is under a magnifying glass after McDonnell was convicted. Good luck!

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: novastudent101 ()
Date: January 05, 2016 08:18AM

Agree about nvcc police. The ones they have seem pretty good, but there are only a couple of them. To save money, the administration gets professors to volunteer to lead emergency drills, but they have little training and don't really have the temperament for that kind of work. If we have an active shooter or other emergency, I definitely don't want to trust my life to an 80 year old English lit professor.

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Northern Virginia Community College
Posted by: Whoru2me ()
Date: January 06, 2016 12:15PM

NOVA in Spanish literally means don't go. I am still wondering why the college choose that nickname-obviously no one did their research which is common at NOVA.

I have been at this college for over 10 years. If any of you are trying to get a job at the Extended Learning Institute of NOVA, don't get your hopes up. Dr. Jennifer Lerner (speaking of her, she didn't get the VP job because she earned it but because Steve Sachs felt sorry for her. She did not make the cut during her first interview so they rewrote the entire job description for her to get it. Ask anyone at Loudoun who knew Jennifer and they will practically curse you out.) only hires people close to her age (she will be 39 this year) and that she can manipulate. Keyshawna or Keyshauna Davis is a prime example. She was hired as the director of Student Services at ELI and has ran that place to the ground. ELI has lost so many people because of the two of them. The employees and faculty are miserable. Favoritism and but-kissing are a norm at ELI.

Then you have the MEC campus which is practically ran by M. Beatrice Veney of Student Services kissing HUGE butt with the new provost who is clueless to anything else about the college because she is new. They have practically lost all of their clinical sites and faculty because of Veney. That campus is practically holding on by a thread and unless the new provost gets her head out of the gutter and start listening to other departments instead of praising the main department that is killing the campus-Student Services, she will not only lose her job but the campus respect. Wake up provost of the MEC!!! You are one of the main causes of the problems there!! You need to be approachable not telling people "if you don't like my style of ruling, you can leave."

By the way-as a side note, if anyone has to deal with Maria Liappis of HR, she is the biggest joke of a human resource representative and she is now co-director of HR-she should be fired...


Last but certainly not least is the Alexandria campus. The Student Services department got rid of their main problem, Deloris Scott, the former dean of students because she retired while her friend, acting provost Buchannan is in charge. She was hated by students, staff and faculty but was allowed to keep her job because of Buchannan and HR shoving the complaints and issues about her under the rug.

The HR representative, Jessica is a joke as well. She acts like she is listening to you but will not follow protocol in terms of moving your complaint up the chain. Don't go to her if you need to complain about anyone. Go directly to the VCCS!!!

The LTR department is no different. Dr. Francis Villigram-Glover only got the dean job because the provost wasn't man enough to fire her for being a horrible acting dean of student services and made a position for her. The IT department hate her. She only hires people who have something military in their life-hence the hiring of Ella Gilliam as the Testing Center Supervisor-her husband is a contractor for the military.

From my many sources, she certainly has her favorites-Shehla and Dustin. She made sure to give them the 8-4:30 shift instead of asking the other staff which shift they liked. Shehla has certainly screwed up-some royally but she has never been reprimanded or written up. She can lie and Ella won't do anything about it. As long as Shehla kisses her tail, she is ok.
Patrick also works in the center and has been verbally rude to both faculty, students and staff on numerous occasions; Ella has been told about it and he still has a job. At any other place, he would have been let go.

We are still trying to figure out how the staff know more than the supervisor??? I have been in the center and have heard her ask the staff-"how do you do this or where is that or what is that?" It's called get your fat tail out of your office and those cameras and you might know and learn something!!

The only two people I will ever deal with in that center is two staff members named Nadia and Tracee. They know more than all of those people in that center combined and are very polite and are willing to go the extra mile for you. Those others, including the supervisor, are a joke.

Manassas campus' provost is another joke. Basically all of the provosts at NOVA are jokes. The entire HR department, provosts and the Administration department all need to be fired. This college is a freaking joke. This college NEVER listens to their staff or anyone else for that matter. This college is famous for covering stuff up and losing stuff like the $5 million that the VCCS audit found was missing. They are liars, cheaters back-stabbers, kiss-ups-the whole nine. I pray I will be able to leave this hellish place soon.

NOVA-DON'T GO OR WORK HERE!!!!

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Re: Northern Virginia Community College
Posted by: tGyPY ()
Date: January 06, 2016 12:40PM

Whoru2me Wrote:
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> I
> pray I will be able to leave this hellish place
> soon.

Then go already.

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Re: Northern Virginia Community College
Posted by: Whoru2me ()
Date: January 06, 2016 07:11PM

To tGyPY

It's called find another job first before leaving so that you can have an income but people like you probably can't comprehend that.



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Re: Northern Virginia Community College
Posted by: X6xbH ()
Date: January 06, 2016 08:09PM

Whoru2me Wrote:
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> To tGyPY
>
> It's called find another job first before leaving
> so that you can have an income but people like you
> probably can't comprehend that.

I comprehend you're a loser if you can't find a new job with the large number of IHLs in the area and our low unemployment rate. Keep whining here, that will help. lol

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Twocents ()
Date: January 10, 2016 09:39PM

Look, I want to respond to the last few posts and call time out. The information about the provosts is accurate! It's absolutely correct, especially MEC and Alexandia. MEC has lost so many people because of Veney. Phil Magalong literally walked out in frustration, as did Nathan, and that was because of her. She and Delores Scott are the diversity divas who are impossible to work for and are hated. Military Services is also headed by a diva who is despised by those unfortunate to work with her.

It is hard to find jobs these days, please be charitable. We are all in a hard place now and suffering due to poor management and unethical people in positions of leadership. Come on, no reason to be nasty because the truth is being told. I'm glad this forum is here, because the first step toward change in a closed dysfunctional system is to open it to outsiders and tell the truth.

The problem isn't the staff in lower mgmt and entry positions, it's the VPs, many of the executives and many of the Deans. Some are really great. Charlotte and Ellen at Annandale are good people, for example, and Jimmy at Alexandria. There just are too few that are great while the rest suck and it's extremely lopsided. The search committee method of hire is not working and nobody has accountability. Something has to change. For all the disdain state educators have toward for-profit institutions, they certainly should learn something from them about performance expectations and weeding out the chaff. The hardest working folks at NVCC come from corporate and for-profit education backgrounds where they were expected to produce and they bring that work ethic to NVCC. Those who came from one state education position to another and never had to meet or exceed performance metrics, are the norm at NVCC. Our police are having to deal with the bullsh*t and silliness too that prevents them from doing their jobs with lesser risk to keep us safe....too much red tape and the VPs keep trying to turn them into crossing guards, instead of the LEOs they trained to be and are.

Rate My Professor keeps the faculty on point. Wish we had something like it for ALL the other positions.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Dane Bramage ()
Date: January 10, 2016 10:21PM

Twocents Wrote:
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>
> It is hard to find jobs these days, please be
> charitable.

Fair enough, but recognize you're a state worker and (apparently) in higher ed. This is a great area for work; for-profits, private colleges, Mason is a huge employer, and the state has all sorts of openings if you actively look for them. I recognize things are sucky, but you have choices. I seriously question whether posts in this forum will lead to any meaningful change at NVCC, so dust off the resume and take charge of your future. Life is too short to be miserable.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Teocents ()
Date: January 11, 2016 10:26PM

Dane.....tap your brakes, please, you've voiced lots of assumptions. Many of us are actively looking, me included. Mason is very much geared to hire their own graduates, it's very hard to move there. They also do not pay well at the staff level. My own staff position is low paying but still higher than mason salaries. They are all low there, without masters or a PhD. That's pretty standard, you know. The game in higher education is to stay in school and not work in education until you have a doctorate in education! You have no job experience, but you can delegate everything in your job in education, while collecting a six figure salary for something you've never done before ( or done well). The previously cited situation with alexandria's Dean of Students, Delores Scott, is a prime example of an education administrator with no clue how to actually administrate. That post was spot on.

I do think the new president is going to eliminate some of these positions. Which is as it should be. NVCC is too top heavy. The low enrollments have made the correction a necessity. They can't continue to fund these six figure nonsense positions.

I've been on the grind for a long time interviewing. Nothing better than what I'm making has come up in other state positions in this area, or in higher Ed jobs not requiring a PhD. While I'm applying and interviewing, I'm still taking classes....and while I'm still waiting for a better opportunity, I will continue bring my very best to my current position every single day. I always will.

You are of the opinion that this forum is not going to do any good. I post with this purpose: It is right to discuss these things because it's the right thing to do.

Change always starts with a change agent. There are a lot of brave folks out there telling the truth. A lot of them, me included, love our jobs and our students, just not the culture of dysfunction in upper mgmt we have here.

Sooner or later the issues will be addressed for real. After their contracts are up, I think lots of these overpaid folks will not be there in August. I'm certain that it will come down to money in the end. They can't afford to go on business as usual. There are already early retirements being offered to some.

It won't change completely overnight. BUT....Baby steps....taken one at a time!

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Dane Bramage ()
Date: January 12, 2016 07:05AM

Teocents Wrote:
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> Dane.....tap your brakes, please, you've voiced
> lots of assumptions. Many of us are actively
> looking, me included. Mason is very much geared
> to hire their own graduates, it's very hard to
> move there. They also do not pay well at the
> staff level. My own staff position is low paying
> but still higher than mason salaries. They are
> all low there, without masters or a PhD. That's
> pretty standard, you know. The game in higher
> education is to stay in school and not work in
> education until you have a doctorate in education!
> You have no job experience, but you can delegate
> everything in your job in education, while
> collecting a six figure salary for something
> you've never done before ( or done well). The
> previously cited situation with alexandria's Dean
> of Students, Delores Scott, is a prime example of
> an education administrator with no clue how to
> actually administrate. That post was spot on.
>
> I do think the new president is going to eliminate
> some of these positions. Which is as it should
> be. NVCC is too top heavy. The low enrollments
> have made the correction a necessity. They can't
> continue to fund these six figure nonsense
> positions.
>
> I've been on the grind for a long time
> interviewing. Nothing better than what I'm making
> has come up in other state positions in this area,
> or in higher Ed jobs not requiring a PhD. While
> I'm applying and interviewing, I'm still taking
> classes....and while I'm still waiting for a
> better opportunity, I will continue bring my very
> best to my current position every single day. I
> always will.
>
> You are of the opinion that this forum is not
> going to do any good. I post with this purpose: It
> is right to discuss these things because it's the
> right thing to do.
>
> Change always starts with a change agent. There
> are a lot of brave folks out there telling the
> truth. A lot of them, me included, love our jobs
> and our students, just not the culture of
> dysfunction in upper mgmt we have here.
>
> Sooner or later the issues will be addressed for
> real. After their contracts are up, I think lots
> of these overpaid folks will not be there in
> August. I'm certain that it will come down to
> money in the end. They can't afford to go on
> business as usual. There are already early
> retirements being offered to some.
>
> It won't change completely overnight. BUT....Baby
> steps....taken one at a time!

So you're apparently overpaid for what you do. lol

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Lockdown? ()
Date: January 12, 2016 02:32PM

NOVA Mayor Wrote:
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> I see other community colleges around the United
> States doing lockdown drills every semester. NOVA
> doesn't do them. They need to get more police
> officers at NOVA. OEM just got a brand new alert
> system in placed at all NOVA campuses. I think
> NOVAPD should have police dogs at each campus and
> center.

You probably won't be surprised when I tell you that NOVA's "lock-down" systems do not work correctly, and that's why we don't do lock-down drills.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Jantenot ()
Date: January 17, 2016 09:45PM

We have strayed from the origin of this headline: Who knows the contents of the audit?

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Twocents ()
Date: January 18, 2016 04:13AM

It's frustrating to see it kept under wraps. News is trickling out but unless it's in writing, who's to say what's true or not? The audit is still going on, I've heard. I hear that our pal Ina can't account for over 8 million. That is something that would definitely be classified as a material finding in an audit!

There's a special admin council meeting on Tuesday the 19th for all provosts etc. And there's the meeting on the 21st (not advertised to most but mentioned on this forum) that I think is open to all(if you hear about where it is being held.). I was told that the audit will be discussed in these meetings. None of this was shared in general college wide emails to staff and faculty. I admit that's not the same as seeing the results of the audit published.....

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Ssd ()
Date: January 20, 2016 02:27PM

Test

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: "Snow day" ()
Date: January 21, 2016 08:53AM

NOVA shuts down for a snow day on the day the Senate Meets to confront the VCCS Director of HR regarding this audit debacle. Mason has a delay. Well played NOVA, well played.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Ssd ()
Date: January 21, 2016 07:18PM

Well VCCS and NVCC are going to have to deal with the faculty and staff at some point. At this point I don't think either VCCS or NVCC are even comprehending how disturb faculty and staff are by how they are handling the audit as well as other issues dealing with Humanresources. Clearly the president was upset when he responded to the Washington Post article. The president was right about one thing many of us do care about the student's and each other. Some of the president comment in his response took many employees aback. In fact some of his comments made him look out of touch and a bit arrogant. The simple fact is most of his administrative staff if not all have put him in an a horrible position. It's probably not a good idea to invite the press and other to visit the campuses until the audit is completed and Humanresoutrces and his administrative staff are purged of the individual that got us in this situation.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: WvhUK ()
Date: January 21, 2016 10:05PM

Ralls response to the Jay Mathews article illustrates exactly why great care should be taken in hiring administrators completely unfamiliar with the "community" part of their "community college".

Jay Mathews is a self-aggrandizing hack. He knows little about the school systems of which he writes (I should know, having corresponded off and on with him for years about FCPS), and his reporting style seems to be "write up the unsubstantiated accusations and uninvestigated claims as truth", provided they embarass some local institution. Oh, and be sure to serve with a side of self-righteousness with the imprimatur of the Washington Post.

The appropriate response for Ralls would have been to challenge Mathews in an editoral, and invite him to personally come to the campuses and research the claims. Assuming he did so, Mathews would have found a very different institution than the one he described and the matter, like all the other windmills at which he has tilted, would have simply faded away.

Instead, president Ralls, obviously without knowing the players, releases an infuriating letter to the faculty and staff of the college, stating in a very patronizing manner that "we must do better". Somehow, we have managed to survive and even thrive for over 50 years without such pithy observations and detailed instructions.

Dr. Ralls, I for one have absolutely no idea why you would move into my neighborhood at this point in your career, but I would ask you to put your trashcan out on the same day as the rest of us.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: A Parent ()
Date: January 21, 2016 11:13PM

I know nothing about the inner machinations of the NVCC administration - I just know what I saw when my son attended NVCC several years ago. For the most part, we were pleased with the caliber of the instructors/professors at the school and their enthusiasm for teaching. Most were at least as good as the professors at GMU.

But the advising staff was just AWFUL, especially in terms of supporting special needs kids. The GMU transfer guidance sheets were just flat out wrong in my son's major, a fact that we didn't know until he transferred. The staff was non-responsive - especially to parents. The administrator of the special needs program taught the mandatory study skills class that my son took and she didn't even bother showing up half the time. Then she cancelled the final exam at the last minute with a completely incoherent explanation. Inexcusable. If I recall, these were some of the kinds of issues rightly addressed by Jay Matthews.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Dane Bramage ()
Date: January 21, 2016 11:40PM

The biggest issue with NVCC are administrative employees and staff who cling to inefficient processes because 'we've always done it this way'. Employees are just as tenured as faculty and it is impossible to get rid of incompetent staff and discipline problems. Their budget is a mess, the business office is inefficient, the military services problematic, and certifying officials couldn't care less if they create student debt with VA. And that is just the proverbial tip of the iceberg. Remove the administrative bloat at NVCC and tuition rates could be cut as much as 30%. Fact.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Twocents ()
Date: January 25, 2016 04:04PM

Where is the cancelled senate meeting going to be held? I saw the email about it, with no mention of the place. I asked several people on different campuses and none of us could find any reference to a building or campus. Can anyone clarify for us? Supposedly anyone can attend, but who do you email to ask if you can go? Lots of missing information. Thoughts, anyone?

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Ssd ()
Date: January 30, 2016 03:58PM

Not sure where new meeting will be held but you should be able to find out from your campus counsel member. I know a lot of faculty and staff member's were ready with question's and wanted answers about the audit.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Ssd ()
Date: January 30, 2016 04:04PM

Not sure where the new meeting will be held. But you should be able to find out from your campus counsel member's should be able to tell you. I know a lot of faculty and staff member's have many questions about the audit findings or status.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Empld#1234567 ()
Date: February 04, 2016 10:01PM

Tentative date for VCCS HR Director and Vice Chancellor visit is scheduled for Feb. 25th at 3:15. Waiting for confirmation. And an email to announce visit.
Not sure what would be more pressing than this within the Commonwealth?
Stay tuned. If you haven't seen the distributed questioned that will be ask, contact your senator or campus council rep. Add what may be missing. More to follow.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: NOVA12345 ()
Date: February 07, 2016 12:11PM

Police investigating sexual assault at NOVA Loudoun Campus - 2/5/16

Police at Northern Virginia Community College's Loudoun campus are searching for a man who inappropriately touched a woman as she walked to her car last night.

The woman, according to reports, was walking in the B4 parking lot toward her vehicle at about 9 p.m. when she was approached from behind.

The man then laughed and ran off in an unknown direction, according to reports.

NOVA police are patrolling the area.

They ask anyone with any knowledge of the incident to call Investigator Brunelle at 703-503-6370.

The victim described the man as having tan hands. He was last seen wearing a dark gray hooded sweatshirt and dark blue jeans. His face was obscured.

http://www.loudountimes.com/news/article/police_investigating_sexual_assault_at_nova_loudoun_campus909

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: NOVA12345 ()
Date: February 07, 2016 12:12PM

On Campus Sexual Assault at NOVA Loudoun Campus

Sexual Assault reported on Loudoun Campus 2-4-16 @ 8:15pm. Please see NOVA's Crime Alerts page for more info. Submitted By: Brunelle, Stephen P. (sbrunelle@nvcc.edu) From: 10.31.235.15 On 2/4/2016 10:38:27 PM

https://support.nvcc.edu/news/274/on-campus-sexual-assault-at-loudoun-campus.aspx

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: NOVA12345 ()
Date: February 07, 2016 12:14PM

Clery Timely Warning - NOVA Alexandria Campus Attempted Robbery

Attempted robbery on the NOVA Alexandria Campus which occurred on 2-1-16. Please see NOVA website for details. Submitted By: Brunelle, Stephen P. (sbrunelle@nvcc.edu) From: 10.5.75.7 On 2/2/2016 12:45:35 PM

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: NOVA12345 ()
Date: February 07, 2016 12:14PM

Clery Timely Warning - NOVA Alexandria Campus Attempted Robbery

Attempted robbery on the NOVA Alexandria Campus which occurred on 2-1-16. Please see NOVA website for details. Submitted By: Brunelle, Stephen P. (sbrunelle@nvcc.edu) From: 10.5.75.7 On 2/2/2016 12:45:35 PM

https://support.nvcc.edu/news/273/clery-timely-warning-alexandria-campus-attempted-robbery.aspx

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: NOVA12345 ()
Date: February 07, 2016 12:16PM

Dr. Molly Lynch Appointed Acting Provost At Manassas Campus Of Northern Virginia Community College

Northern Virginia Community College President Scott Ralls has named Molly Lynch as acting provost for NOVA’s Manassas Campus while a search is conducted for a new provost to replace Roger Ramsammy.
“I am very pleased that Dr. Molly Lynch has agreed to serve as acting provost starting Feb. 1,” Ralls said. “Molly brings considerable experience and respect to this position. I’m confident she will enjoy the help and support of the campus community as she assumes her new role.”
“I am delighted to have this opportunity and look forward to supporting the Manassas Campus faculty and staff as they continue to serve our students and community,” Lynch said.
Lynch joined the NOVA faculty in July 2003 and quickly became involved in campus, college and statewide initiatives. She has served on a number of major NOVA committees, including the Policy Change Implementation Committee, the SACS Reaccreditation Steering Committee and Curriculum Committee. PWL She chaired the Instructional and Student Services Committee and the collegewide Achieving the Dream team. She has also represented NOVA at several conferences where she gave presentations on a variety of student success topics.
Since 2014, Lynch has served as dean of the Manassas Campus Communications Technologies and Social Sciences Division, responsible for managing the division budget, reviewing curriculum and programs, supervising and evaluating full-time faculty, and coordinating the class schedule.
Previously, Lynch taught at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Palo Alto College, St. Philips College and the University of the Incarnate Word. Immediately prior to joining NOVA, Lynch was a research associate at Vanderbilt Institute of Public Policy Studies in Washington, D.C.
She holds a doctorate in social psychology from The Ohio State University and lives in Ashburn, Virginia, with husband Jerry, daughter Allyson and son Kieran.
As chief executive officer for the campus, the provost is responsible for all academic and student services, as well as campus management. The Manassas Campus serves more than 10,500 students in credit programs and another 2,500 students in noncredit programs annually. The campus has two academic divisions that offer transfer and occupational/technical programs, a comprehensive student development outreach program, and a strong workforce development office. Nearly 100 full-time faculty and administrators, 290 adjunct faculty, and 70 staff members work at the campus.


http://princewilliamliving.com/2016/02/dr-molly-lynch-appointed-acting-provost-manassas-campus-northern-virginia-community-college/

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: NOVA12345 ()
Date: February 07, 2016 12:20PM

It is with great sadness that I write to inform you that Mr. Aurang Zeb passed away yesterday. His prayer service was held today and he was buried at National Cemetery in Falls Church, Virginia. Zeb worked tirelessly in the community as well as here at NOVA. In his 38 years of service at NOVA, primarily as Facilities Manager at Alexandria Campus, he took great pride in his work and in the work of his staff. Through his efforts, many improvements to the campus buildings and grounds were completed under his direction. He will be greatly missed by all.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Audit Audit ()
Date: February 12, 2016 01:21PM

Suddenly silent.

crickets.

chirp chirp

No updates?

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: College Senate Meetings ()
Date: February 17, 2016 04:55PM

Ssd Wrote:
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> Not sure where new meeting will be held but you
> should be able to find out from your campus
> counsel member. I know a lot of faculty and staff
> member's were ready with question's and wanted
> answers about the audit.

Dear NOVA Community,

"The College Senate shall serve as an instrument for the formulation and expression of faculty, student, and staff points of view, generally reserving its deliberations for major questions that are important to the faculty, the student body, the staff, and the institution as a whole." -- Constitution and Bylaws of the College Forum, Faculty Handbook

Senate meetings convene on the third Thursday of every month at 1 p.m. in the Brault Building on the Annandale Campus. College constituents are represented on the Senate through their Campus Councils. All members of the College community are welcome to observe. The next regularly scheduled Senate meeting will take place on Thursday, February 18 at 1 p.m. in the Executive Board Room of the Brault Building.

January's Senate meeting that was cancelled due to weather, has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 25 at 1 p.m. in the Executive Board Room of the Brault Building. Representatives from VCCS Human Resources will be guest presenters at this meeting.

Additional information about the College Senate can be found on the NOVA website at:
http://www.nvcc.edu/about/leadership/collegeforum/senate.html
or in the Faculty Handbook:
http://www.nvcc.edu/faculty-staff/handbooks/facultyhandbook.html

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: NOVA2016 ()
Date: February 22, 2016 06:20AM

Last Thursday (2/18/16) and Friday (2/19/16) at the NOVA Alexandria Campus had provost interviews on campus. 10 people applied for the job. Three academic divisions deans applied for the job too. Dr. Chad Knights, Dr. Ivy Beringer and Frances Villagran-Glover. The other seven people are out of state. More info soon.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: NOVA2015 ()
Date: February 22, 2016 06:22AM

Suddenly silent.

Crickets.

No news?

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Re: NEW SESSION STARTS SOON AT NORTHERN VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Posted by: NOVA2014 ()
Date: February 22, 2016 06:27AM

Registration is taking place now for an eight week session that begins March 14 at Northern Virginia Community College. Courses in the eight week session cover the same material and award the same credits as semester long classes.

Students may enroll online 24 hours a day at www.nvcc.edu or receive in person assistance during regular office hours at NOVA’s campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge.

For students who prefer independent study, NOVA’s Extended Learning Institute offers dozens of online courses starting in March. A large variety of degrees and certificates can be completed entirely online. See http://eli.nvcc.edu for more information.

NOVA’s instate tuition is the best educational value in the area. To help make college even more affordable, all students are encouraged to explore financial aid options that include scholarships, grants, loans and student employment.

To learn more about NOVA, call 703-323-3000 or click www.nvcc.edu.

http://www.nvcc.edu/news/press-releases/2016/new-session-starts.html

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Re: NEW SESSION STARTS SOON AT NORTHERN VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Posted by: Auditor ()
Date: February 25, 2016 12:18AM

College Senate meeting tomorrow in HR building at 1:00. Guest speakers to address questions about VCCS audit. Stop by and watch!

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Date: February 27, 2016 08:55PM

Did anyone attend the senate meeting with the VCCS administrators? What did they say?

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: flushthetoilet ()
Date: February 28, 2016 04:05PM

Senate meeting hosted by Loquacious Lee from the VCCS audit team. Took half the time talking about himself. A true politician. Admitted he has less experience than anyone on the audit team. Said NOVA has to move on so it can be fixed. Rules only apply to faculty, not administrators. Doesn’t matter whose faults led to numerous Hotline and complaints and audits. Blamed the entire financial mess on strong personalities, such as Bully Bob Templin. Said no one, not even the VCCS personnel, would stand up to Bully Bob. Threw Bully Bob under the proverbial bus for continually conducting business the NOVA WAY not by policy. Asked for the shared governance of the college to pull things together. He sounded like Rafiki from Lion King as he spoke to Simba ‘It cannot hurt you, it’s in the past.” NEWSFLASH: the shared governance of the Senate prepared pages of questions for the audit team which he would not answer, dismissing them as “in the past.” Virtually every one of only a few questions posed to him resulted in non-responsive replies, except for the clear message that no one would be held accountable. As questions got tougher, his aide reminded him of a time crunch. It was clear no one agreed with Loquacious.
“Ruh-roh “ Ralls is apparently too busy flying around the country to take action against Inept Ina – whose very limited financial experience somehow got her appointed Financial Vice President under Manipulator Mel who was hired by Bully Bob Templin and it’s” business as usual” once again. Sounds like the farmer and the dell.
NOVA deserves better! Fix NOVA NOW by cleaning house. We have a few incompetent administrators with strong personalities who run fast and furious spending money from where ever they can find it and intimidate the VCCS ghost, uh, budget busters’ team. Ralls, stop “ruh-rohing” and clean house. Someone needs to be the adult!

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: DisgustedSenator ()
Date: February 29, 2016 04:54PM

Flushthetoilet-OMG! So funny,but so sad! It was a total waste of time for everyone and absolutely disrespectful!There was no shared governance! There was no respect at all for the voice of the Senate.Now there is no respect for VCCS to let this go on and on. I am afraid NOVA could lose its accreditation because SACCs will look at the financial management.My friend’s son’s college was dinged for that and the college eventually closed.Maybe THEN something will get done.It was unbelievable how many times Dr. Lee admitted the VCCS knew what was going on and did nothing and how good people left because of it.How can his team fix things when the same financial VP and her team and the one who hired her are still there? You can’t fix corruption and incompetence, you get rid of them.Too much lipservice and too little leadership.It’s disgusting!

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: 6dWC6 ()
Date: March 01, 2016 09:03AM

6dWC6

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: novaneeds ()
Date: March 01, 2016 09:27PM

want change? go secret ballot, no confidence vote at all committeess. send to board of college. name the ones responsible that's it. it will work

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Ssd ()
Date: March 09, 2016 06:51PM

After listening to many NVCC personail that attended the Senate Committee meeting with the VP. All I can say is unbelievable and now it has been confirmed that they VCCS knew that all this was occurring. Five millions and probably many more millions gone like a puff of smoke.Then the blame game start. It was not VCCS it was the previous NVCC president Templin and VP Bansal that allowed the mismanagement of federal and state funds. It was Judy and Maria the previous VP and Assistant Humanresoutrces directors that allowed irregular hiring and compensation practices. One of the many problems with your oh so sad explanation VP Lee is who did Dr. Templin report to sir.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: musicinmyears ()
Date: April 03, 2016 09:57PM

Ralls doesn't want any waves from the audit. He has a vision and it’s called guided pathways. Apparently, he is hand picking those who will follow blindly to make it work on his short ended calendar. Just like an oldie but goodie song…..

If you ever heard Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Boxer”, just put these words to it; if you don’t think you have just check it out on YouTube and listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYPJOCxSUFc


And here are the new words:

The Climber: (To be sung to Simon and Garfunkle’s The Boxer)

I am just a country boy;
My journey yet untold;
I will stifle my resisters
For a future full of grandeur
Make my promises,
With lines and quests;
Still I’ll hear just what I want to hear
And disregard the rest

So I left my home and my family,
To create my dreams come true,
With guided Pathways
I will conquer
From within the lines of the campuses
They will all run scared,
I will lay low,
Seeking out all those
Who disagree
Making puppets
Only I will know

I will belie, I lay low and proclaim Pathways,
I will belie,
la la la la la la la la la la lie

Asking only President's wages,
I came looking for this job,
So I got my offer,
Now my come-on with the Pathways
On the campuses
I do declare, there are times
That I’m so crafty
That they think I truly care,
la la la la la

…I will belie

I’ll pretend that it’s share governance
I will belie; I’ll belie, yes I’ll belie yes I’ll belie

Now I’ve laid out all my strategies
Let the rebels all be gone,
Going home
Where dissenters
Cannot interfere
Or disagree,
Going home



Not too long I’ll be the victor
And success I will achieve,
I’m ambitious, got my ego
And I’ll strike out all those in my way
And leave behind the Kingdom,
And rise up to better things,
I’ll be leaving
I’ll be King then
And the puppets will remain



I will belie, I will make those guided pathways
I’ll be high
And to hell with all those who remain;
la la la la la la la la la
I will belie,
I will make those guided pathways,
Flying high,
Those who disagree
Will not survive
Just sweet goodbye,
Let the discontents go bye-bye
So will I, I’ll be high, lalala la la la l


Guess we better stay tuned for Bridge over Troubled Waters…….

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: ..... ()
Date: April 07, 2016 06:24PM

How about Shelli Jarvis, who got housing during her time as an HR director. And is now an IT director who sends email every now and then to remind staff how to up date outlook info. Seriously, she was asked to leave the HR position but must have some good dirt so they gave her the IT position.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: ..... ()
Date: April 10, 2016 10:26PM

Did she really get housing? Why would she need it

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Dr. Annette Haggray appointed as NOVA’s Alexandria Campus Provost
Posted by: NOVARAT ()
Date: April 22, 2016 08:02AM

Northern Virginia Community College’s President, Dr. Scott Ralls, is pleased to announce Dr. M. Annette Haggray as the next provost of the college’s Alexandria Campus. Currently, vice president for academic affairs at Harford Community College in Bel Air, Md., Haggray starts at NOVA this summer.

Haggray became vice president for Academic Affairs at Harford Community College in Bel Air, Md., in 2009. There, she has served as the chief academic officer for a community college of nearly 10,000 for-credit and 12,000 non-credit students. She supervised more than 600 faculty, staff and administrators. She led seven academic divisions, Continuing Education and Training, the library and other administrative and academic areas.

She began her career in education in 1974 as a high school History teacher in Charlottesville, Va. From 1976 through 1980, she was an assistant professor and coordinator in the Educational Media Department at St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh, NC. From 1980 through 1986, she was coordinator of physician recruitment for the North Carolina Department of Human Resources; from 1986 through 1988, she was coordinator of community services for Kaiser Permanente in Raleigh. From 1988 through 2009, she held various staff and administrative positions at Iowa State University (1988-1993); El Centro College, Dallas (1993-1996) and College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Ill. (1997-2009).

Haggray holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Iowa State University, Ames; an M.A. in Instructional Technology and Educational Media and a B.A. in History and Education from North Carolina Central University.

Northern Virginia Community College recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. The college was established in 1964 as Northern Virginia Technical College. In 1966, it was renamed Northern Virginia Community College. In 1971, the college opened the Eastern Campus, now known as the Alexandria Campus.

http://www.nvcc.edu/news/press-releases/2016/alexandria-provost-haggray.html

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NOVA appoints Dr. Pamela Hilbert as Annandale Campus Provost
Posted by: NOVARAT123456789101112131415 ()
Date: April 22, 2016 08:04AM

Northern Virginia Community College’s President, Dr. Scott Ralls, is pleased to announce Dr. Pamela Tipton Hilbert as the next provost of Northern Virginia Community College’s Annandale Campus. Hilbert, currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Robeson Community College in Lumberton, NC, starts at NOVA this summer.

Dr. Hilbert brings more than 30 years of higher education experience that will benefit NOVA and the Annandale Campus. Hilbert has headed Robeson Community College, or RCC, since March 2013. Established in 1965, RCC has more than 10,000 students and a variety of programs.

Prior to her time as president of RCC, Hilbert was vice president of academic affairs at Pitt Community College in Greenville, NC where she had oversight of all academic divisions, continuing education, the NC BioProcessing Center, library, distance learning, global education, high school programs and more.

She began her career in higher education in 1986 as an adjunct instructor teaching Adult Basic Education and GED courses at Wake Technical Community College. She moved up the ranks, becoming dean of the evening division. In 1999, she became vice president of instruction and student support at Carteret Community College in Morehead City, NC.

Hilbert holds an Ed.D. and an M.S. in Adult and Community College Education with a minor in Public Administration, both from North Carolina State University and a B.A. in Theatre Arts with a minor in Speech Communication from UNC Greensboro. She also has completed various higher education leadership institutes between 1999 and 2009.

Northern Virginia Community College recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. The college was established in 1964 as Northern Virginia Technical College. In 1966, it was renamed Northern Virginia Community College and purchased land in Annandale. The Annandale Campus remains NOVA’s largest campus.


http://www.nvcc.edu/news/press-releases/2016/annandale-hilbert-provost.html

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NOVA Fall Registration Starts May 2, 2016
Posted by: NOVARAT ()
Date: April 22, 2016 08:08AM

Open registration for Northern Virginia Community College’s fall 2016 semester begins May 2, 2016.

Students may secure classes early in the registration period while the most choices are available and not pay tuition until July 25. Starting July 25, tuition is due by 5:00 pm on the next business day after registering.

Students must register no later than 11:59 pm on the day before a session begins. The 16 week fall semester starts 8/22/16 with several shorter sessions beginning later in the semester.

Students can register 24 hours a day at www.nvcc.edu/startstrong or get in person service during normal business hours at NOVA campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge.

Online courses start on various dates throughout the year. Nearly 40 degrees and certificates can be completed entirely online through NOVA’s Extended Learning Institute.

In addition, registration is underway for NOVA’s summer session. Most summer classes begin May 16, 2016 or June 27, 2016.

To learn more about NOVA please call 703-323-3000.

http://www.nvcc.edu/news/press-releases/2016/nova-fall-registration.html

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NOVA renames Annandale Campus’ Student Services Building to honor work and advocacy of Virginia Sen. Mark Warner
Posted by: NOVARAT123456789101112131415 ()
Date: April 22, 2016 08:10AM

NOVA held a ceremony renaming the Student Services Building on the Annandale Campus the Mark R. Warner Student Services Building in honor of the Virginia Senator who was instrumental in acquiring critical capital funding for Virginia’s community colleges during his time as Governor of Virginia (2002-2006).

The ceremony was attended by an array of guests, including Hon. Belle Wheelan, president, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and former president of NOVA; Hon. Charles J. Colgan, former president pro tempore of the Senate of Virginia and Sen. Mark Warner and his family.

NOVA President, Dr. Scott Ralls said this week he was on Capitol Hill with George Mason University President Angél Cabrera. They ran into a staffer who said that, because of the opportunities available at NOVA, it is not a question of whether she will be the first in her family to graduate from college, but it is only a question of from which four-year school she will graduate.

“It is fitting,” Ralls said, “that as NOVA celebrates its 50th year, we do so by recognizing this one, particular individual who has done so much for the college and its students.”

Dr. Belle Wheelan spoke from an insider’s perspective. Wheelan was Virginia Secretary of Education for then-Governor Warner. She said that Warner was the first in his family to graduate from college. He was an honor scholar. He lived in his car at times, determined to make a better life for himself.

“Many words can be used to describe Mark Warner,” she said. “Scholar, politician, businessman, leader. But the best word is Friend.”

In Sept. 2002, Warner chose NOVA-Annandale as the site to begin the campaign for the first higher education bond in a decade. More than a dozen business organizations from across the state endorsed the bond including the Northern Virginia Technology Council. Over the ensuing months, Warner continued to personally and tirelessly work to secure support and ultimately passage for $846 million in capital funding to maintain quality facilities and accommodate enrollment growth. But this was only the start; higher education would remain a funding priority for Warner throughout several, challenging budget seasons.

In Dec. 2005, Warner introduced his final proposed budget as Governor. Once again, this included a vitally-needed, major capital budget initiative in support of the Commonwealth’s higher education facilities. Of the $632.4 million in general fund dollars proposed, over one third ($232 million) was dedicated to buildings urgently needed by the Virginia Community College System.

In appreciation of Warner’s advocacy and support, NOVA’s College Board approved the following resolution:

The Northern Virginia Community College Board, in recognition of the Honorable Mark Warner’s personal leadership and tireless dedication to significantly expand investments in Virginia Community College facilities statewide while serving as Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, does hereby approve the naming of the CA Building at Northern Virginia Community College’s Annandale Campus in his honor. Henceforth, the facility will officially be known as the Mark Warner Student Services Building.

Warner reminisced about the importance of parties working together to keep the people in mind.

“When I was Governor, the legislature was 2-to-1 Republican. Yet, we somehow put Virginia first, and Virginians benefitted,” he said. “NOVA is a starting point to have the opportunity to go on for a four-year degree.”

“I am so grateful for Dr. Ralls and Dr. Templin and Dr. Wheelan,” he said. “Candidates today go out and talk about what’s wrong with America. Well, there’s an awful lot right, and it takes place at community colleges. I wish those candidates would sit and talk with students here. Community colleges are the unique ‘secret sauce’ that makes America so special.”

Mark R. Warner was elected to the U.S. Senate in Nov. 2008 and reelected in Nov. 2014. He serves on the Senate Finance, Banking, Budget, and Intelligence committees. During his time in the Senate, he has worked with Republicans and Democrats to cut red tape, increase government performance and accountability, and promote private sector innovation and job creation. He has fought for military men and women and veterans, and worked to find bipartisan, balanced solutions to address the country's debt and deficit. Previously, he served as Governor of Virginia from 2002 to 2006. When he left office in 2006, Virginia was ranked as the best state for business, the best managed state, and the best state in which to receive a public education.

http://www.nvcc.edu/news/press-releases/2016/annandale-building-warner.html

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NOVA Alexandria Campus to host 50th anniversary celebration concert
Posted by: NOVARAT123456789101112131415 ()
Date: April 22, 2016 08:12AM

As part of the 50th anniversary celebration, Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus will host a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 6 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. The 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert is free and open to the public.

The concert will include performances by the NOVA Chorus, NOVA Band, Jazz Ensemble and the Manassas Symphony and an address by NOVA President Scott Ralls. Many of the performances will include classic musical selections that were composed 50 years ago during NOVA’s inaugural year, including “Chichester Psalms” by Leonard Bernstein, “Trittico” by Vaclav Nelhybel, “Variations on a Korean Folk Song” by John Barnes Chance and “Song for My Father” by Horace Siler.

During this event, NOVA Alexandria Campus will also recognize some of its influential faculty and staff members through the years, including Provost Don Bisdorf and former head of the Early Childhood Education Program Eula Miller.

Throughout the day before the event, there will be various opportunities for the community, NOVA faculty, staff and students to volunteer to serve with different NOVA student clubs and organizations. For more information about NOVA volunteer opportunities on May 6, 2016 visit NOVA Serves.

No tickets are required for the concert, but monetary donations will be accepted during the event. Free parking will also be available in the parking garage across from the concert hall. For more information about the concert, contact Jonathan Kolm at 703.845.6026 or jkolm@nvcc.edu.

http://www.nvcc.edu/news/press-releases/2016/alexandria-50-concert.html

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NOVA Police Department Investigates Sexual Battery
Posted by: Twocents ()
Date: April 22, 2016 05:26PM

On April 22, 2016, at approximately 11:30 a.m., the NOVA Police Department was notified of a reported sexual battery on the Northern Virginia Community College's Alexandria Campus.

The victim had arrived at the Tyler Building on Thursday, April 21, to participate in a club activity and met with an unknown male subject. During the course of that meeting the victim reports having been touched inappropriately.

Suspect’s Description:
Unknown male wearing blue jeans described as skinny between the height of 5’11 and 6’.

If you have any knowledge of this incident, please contact Investigator Brunelle at 703.503.6370. If you have any information about this crime, call the Northern Virginia Community College Police at 703.764.5000.

http://www.alexandrianews.org/2016/04/nova-police-department-investigates-sexual-battery/

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Re: NOVA Police Department Investigates Sexual Battery
Posted by: Onecents ()
Date: April 22, 2016 05:27PM

On April 22, 2016, at approximately 11:30 a.m., the NOVA Police Department was notified of a reported sexual battery on the Northern Virginia Community College's Alexandria Campus.

The victim had arrived at the Tyler Building on Thursday, April 21, 2016 to participate in a club activity and met with an unknown male subject. During the course of that meeting the victim reports having been touched inappropriately.

Suspect’s Description:

Unknown male wearing blue jeans described as skinny between the height of 5’11 and 6’.

If you have any knowledge of this incident, please contact Investigator Brunelle at 703.503.6370. If you have any information about this crime, call the Northern Virginia Community College Police at 703.764.5000.

http://www.alexandrianews.org/2016/04/nova-police-department-investigates-sexual-battery/

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Re: NOVA Police Department Investigates Sexual Battery
Posted by: Twocents ()
Date: April 22, 2016 05:29PM

Initial Post: April 22, 2016, 3:10 p.m.

Northern Virginia Community College is providing this notice of a criminal incident(s) that occurred in our community in order to provide information that may help in avoiding a similar crime or provide information to solve the crime(s). This notice is also intended to meet the requirements of the “Timely Warning” provision of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Statistics Act of 1998, Amended 2008, effective August 14, 2008.

On-Campus Sexual Battery at Alexandria Campus

Date & Time of Occurrence:
April 21, 2016, between 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Date & Time of Reporting:
April 22, 2016, at 11:30 a.m.

Location:
In the 1st floor Tyler Building on the Alexandria Campus

Reported Offense:
On April 22, 2016, at approximately 11:30 a.m., the NOVA PD was notified of a reported sexual battery on the NOVA Alexandria Campus.

The victim had arrived at the Tyler Building on Thursday, April 21, to participate in a club activity and met with an unknown male subject. During the course of that meeting the victim reports having been touched inappropriately.

If you have any knowledge of this incident, please contact Investigator Brunelle at 703.503.6370.

Suspect’s Description:
Unknown male wearing blue jeans described as skinny between the height of 5’11 and 6’.

If you have any information about this crime, call the Northern Virginia Community College Police at 703.764.5000.

Take a Stand Against Crime

Request escorts from police.
Report suspicious activity to police immediately.
Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
Click here for the NOVA Daily crime log.
http://blogs.nvcc.edu/crimelog/
http://www.nvcc.edu/police/crime-alerts.html

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Dr. Jill Biden to Deliver Commencement Address at Northern Virginia Community College
Posted by: Onecents ()
Date: April 22, 2016 05:36PM

On Saturday, May 14, Dr. Jill Biden will deliver the commencement address to graduates of Northern Virginia Community College. Dr. Biden, an educator for more than 30 years, has continued to teach as a full-time English professor at Northern Virginia Community College since 2009 while serving as Second Lady of the United States. Northern Virginia Community College is the largest public institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and one of America’s largest community colleges, with more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through its Extended Learning Institute.

Additional information on Commencement Addresses by Dr. Biden:

This will be the seventh time Dr. Biden has delivered a commencement address at a community college. In 2009, Dr. Biden addressed graduates at Kingsborough Community College. In 2010, Dr. Biden delivered commencement addresses at the University of Delaware and at the Columbia University Teachers College. In 2011, Dr. Biden spoke at the graduation of Montgomery County Community College and Salve Regina University. In 2012, Dr. Biden addressed graduates at Southwestern Community College and Broward College. In 2013, Dr. Biden delivered the commencement address at Navajo Technical College. In 2014, Dr. Biden addressed graduates at Owensboro Community and Technical College, and spoke at Villanova University. In 2015, Dr. Biden delivered the commencement address at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/04/22/dr-jill-biden-deliver-commencement-address-northern-virginia-community

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: NovaRat ()
Date: April 27, 2016 04:39PM

Dr. Ralls will hold a open forum at Alexandria Campus May 6. I hope someone talks about how people are getting jobs without posting the position for everyone to apply. They should also ask why HR person is never at the office but she is "teleworking".

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Twocents ()
Date: April 27, 2016 10:10PM

NOVA's Loudoun Campus Provost is the Semi Finalists for President of Minneapolis Community and Technology College Named.

http://www.mnscu.edu/media/newsreleases/2016/021116.html

http://www.startribune.com/four-semifinalists-for-mctc-president-named/368623161/

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Dane Bramage ()
Date: April 27, 2016 10:13PM

NovaRat Wrote:
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> Dr. Ralls will hold a open forum at Alexandria
> Campus May 6. I hope someone talks about how
> people are getting jobs without posting the
> position for everyone to apply. They should also
> ask why HR person is never at the office but she
> is "teleworking".

Some teleworkers get more done than those who are at the office.

Just sayin

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“We don’t have any rude, unpleasant people here. We’re different!”

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: NovaRat ()
Date: April 28, 2016 08:53AM

The HR person should be at the campus helping and assisting the employees. That is great that you do more at home than at the office but I don't care what you do. I am talking about HR. Just saying

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: FW6Gk ()
Date: April 28, 2016 09:53AM

NovaRat Wrote:
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> The HR person should be at the campus helping and
> assisting the employees. That is great that you
> do more at home than at the office but I don't
> care what you do. I am talking about HR. Just
> saying

That's stupid.

A large number of HR positions do not interact with employees at all. Keep them home so traffic doesn't suck even more.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: 50cent ()
Date: April 28, 2016 04:23PM

That is a lazy HR person talking... That is why they are getting investigated.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: VckbM ()
Date: April 28, 2016 09:34PM

You know what's really cool?...you can't get rid of lazy HR or other workers if you tried because of worker protections. That's what makes VCCS and NVCC so great of a place to work. Do little to nuttin, get paid, and be secure. Unless you get caught stealing or viewing porn at work - no worries, be happy.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: NovaRat ()
Date: April 29, 2016 06:17AM

The Purge is coming!!!

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: worker b ()
Date: April 29, 2016 06:34AM

NovaRat Wrote:
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> The Purge is coming!!!

Come at me brah!

http://www.dhrm.virginia.gov/employmentdisputeresolution/grievanceprocedure

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Eminem Rat ()
Date: April 29, 2016 01:50PM

No thanks brah! Just wait for the pruge! Crick crick......

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: NOVA Purge ()
Date: May 09, 2016 07:26AM

All P-14 jobs will be cut on July 1, 2016. NOVA is cutting five million dollars from the 2016 - 2017 budget. Another 15 to 25 million dollars will be cut from the whole budget in 2017. The state of higher education board meeting soon to raise tuition for all VCCS colleges from $157.00 to $200.00 credit a hour.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: novarat ()
Date: May 09, 2016 07:28AM

When is the nova purge coming lol?


NOVA Purge Wrote:
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> All P-14 jobs will be cut on July 1, 2016. NOVA is
> cutting five million dollars from the 2016 - 2017
> budget. Another 15 to 25 million dollars will be
> cut from the whole budget in 2017. The state of
> higher education board meeting soon to raise
> tuition for all VCCS colleges from $157.00 to
> $200.00 credit a hour.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: ignoredvoices ()
Date: May 11, 2016 01:00PM

ABOUT THE OUTRAGEOUS PROPOSED REORGANIZATION OF NOVA: 34 reasons to FORGET IT!

1. A group of overzealous deans decided it is time to gain more power, money or self-recognition
2. They didn’t offer any research that anyone has seen unique to NOVA for the need of a reorganization; just limited anecdotal information
3. They resented the faculty overloads and summer pay they no longer had, the 12 months they have to work, and all the duties that surprisingly go with being a dean
4. Deans began building an empire by creating the positions of associate deans
5. Associate deans handled the dirty work of the deans, like student complaints, and were glorified administrative assistants for the deans, most of them with too much time on their hands
6. Two inexperienced new deans, among some vocal, self- dubbed experienced deans with faltering programs and histories of incompetence, formed the “we the deans” group- a self-perceived omnipotent group
7. These deans have less experience or less credentials, than many they supervise.
8. They didn’t have much oversight of their decisions in overseeing the programs below them because those above them, the provosts, were temporary, acting, or leaving for one reason or another. Some of those temporary provosts unsuccessfully competed for the very position they held on other campuses
9. The new President came aboard, and well, he just couldn’t believe no one was in charge of the IT program, or other programs
10. After little time here, he proclaimed NOVA a cafeteria style college in need of guided pathways
11. What he didn’t know is, he picked one of the worst examples of NOVA programs to review, because four year colleges only accepted IT credits from some campuses – not from the largest IT program- due to poor management of the program by at least one of the “we the deans”
12. The “we the deans” gained the ear of the formerly Acting President, who had been virtually invisible for the Templin years
13. He wants power too
14. He seems to be enabling the “we the deans” and listening their whining over those below them
15. He seems to be endorsing the “we the deans” who propose creating lead deans and provosts as CEOs while demoting titles, but increasing the responsibilities, of those below them
16. Funny how no one leaked the word to the very groups that keep the college running – those below the “we the deans”
17. Those who design the schedules, hire the adjuncts and advise students for success in the programs were ignored
18. Those doing all the administrative support of those above them were ignored
19. Those measuring student success in programs were ignored
20. “We the Deans’” unite before meetings to stifle recommendations or intimidate those below them, especially at the PSC and ISSC and Senate
21. And, Administration, it is obvious there is an increasing guided pathway of personnel from NC (President’s from NC) to No VA
22. Administration, you continue to hire and advertise for Associate VPs who have salaries over $145 asking ONLY for a master’s degree and specific experience in the area as though it is already tailored for someone, like the current VP opening
23. Looks like there is no hiring freeze for new VPs and who knows what other administrative creative job titles are to come
24. We have a dire need for truly qualified professional HR and Payroll leaders with proper credentialing and experience, but what will THOSE announcements look like? What degree? What salary? What HR and Payroll experience?
25. If you want NOVA to reorganize to look more professional, begin with the top! What a disservice to have lower qualified administrators supervising higher qualified employees
26. What a disservice to have self-proclaimed lead deans to recommend changes on programs they know little about, have little experience, resent those below them or have already managed poorly
27. Many classified staff and P14s have equal or higher degrees than deans and VPs; check it out
28. You have a VP in Finance with very limited experience except in sports, and Associate VPs with degrees or experience less than faculty and classified staff
29. They’re in the problem areas of NOVA – check out their reviews and performances-or maybe they were misplaced with all the money in the budget
30. Sounds like nepotism at the highest levels
31. No wonder NOVA has major HR and Payroll problems
32. Where are the professionals in these areas? What do those job ads look like?
33. The reorganization proposal is BALONEY, unpopular to all EXCEPT to those provosts or deans who have titles and more money and power to gain
34. It is rejected by those who keep the college running and will be a huge disservice to students, as surely a drop in enrollments will reflect

More to come….we’re a catalyst and collaborative partner committed to revealing the truth

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Change is good ()
Date: May 12, 2016 10:31PM

How silly you are. Change can be good. I am not a dean or a high paid administrator and I look forward to the reorganization. Many of the long time employees are so stuck in their ways. It is time for change....as long as it's done with thoughtful consideration.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: truthbtold ()
Date: May 13, 2016 12:00PM

OK - giant elephant in the room that has been mentioned many times but not explained:

*How did NOVA lose" $5 million? It's not an accident*

There is an inherent contradiction in what Ralls letter stated and what admin has told faculty. Here is Ralls letter:

a) "We discovered as of last week an additional $5 million personnel obligations that had not been appropriately reflected in our current year budget."

b) "Vice President Dimkova... distributed results of a review indicating 62 positions were not accounted for in the FY 2016 budget creating an estimated shortfall of 4.9 million dollars."


Keywords = *personnel* obligations, i.e. the $5 million went to employees--or people the school thought were employees--not just any old budget concerns

now

**I (adjunct) was told by a NOVA employee in close contact with the Comptroller's office that the $5 million went to "ghost employees" i.e. people who do not even work at NOVA. This fits exactly with Ralls statement, again:

"62 positions were not accounted for in the FY 2016 budget"

The most important thing is what that statement leaves out--that some (or all?) of those 62 positions *do not even exist.* They were not real people, not real employees. They were ghost employees with ghost bank accounts that collected money. Every indication is that someone inside finance rigged the system and essentially stole $5 million.

By Ralls' own statement, the $5 million "lost" has nothing to do with BS like low enrollment and all the other phony excuses put out by admin.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: truthbtold ()
Date: May 13, 2016 12:12PM

...then

to make back the $5 million

NOVA cuts half the classes on the schedule--to gouge the money administrators lost out of adjunct salaries--which have already taken a hit after Obamacare.

Could there possibly be a lower bang-for-your-buck in the budget than to cut miniscule adjunct salaries of $2800 one at a time?
Is there a better way to destroy a school's finances than to cut enrollment in half?
Has there ever been a dumber idea in the history of educational administration--literally?

Of all the endless waste at NOVA... they cut the one thing that makes the school actually a school: teachers.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Yuppooool ()
Date: May 14, 2016 07:27AM

Went on an interview at nvcc with the hr staff who consisted of only asian, black, and middle eastern women. I wondered why. I wasnt hired though probably because of my skin color. All had rbf.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Disgruntled ()
Date: May 16, 2016 07:33AM

Really? Because there is a hiring freeze. Unless you are applying for a provost or other "essential" position. And trust me, you Do Not want to work there

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: MUmkj ()
Date: May 16, 2016 09:41AM

Disgruntled Wrote:
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> Really? Because there is a hiring freeze.
> Unless you are applying for a provost or other
> "essential" position. And trust me, you Do Not
> want to work there

That's true, because they really expect us to work, unlike other state agencies like DMV. This is hard.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: NOVA Mayor ()
Date: May 16, 2016 06:30PM

Northern Virginia Community College Math Teacher Charged With Raping, Sexually Assaulting 2 Students

http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Math-Teacher-Charged-With-Raping-Sexually-Assaulting-2-Students-379677671.html

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Thfghcvgg ()
Date: May 16, 2016 07:18PM

Typical NVCC employee, crime de la creme

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: mymkj ()
Date: May 16, 2016 09:28PM

State Council of Higher Education for Virginia Budget Info 2016


2016 - 2018 Systemwide Operating Budget and Financial Aid Recommendations Report

http://www.schev.edu/Reportstats/Budget/2015SOCOpbudgetRec.pdf

2016 - 2018 Systemwide Capital Outlay Budget Recommendations

http://www.schev.edu/Reportstats/Budget/2015SOCcapitaloutlaybudgetrecommendations.pdf

2015 - 2016 Tuition and Fees Report

http://www.schev.edu/Reportstats/TuitionFees/2015-16TFreport.pdf

2013 - 2014 Degree Completions by In-State
Undergraduate Students Report

http://www.schev.edu/Reportstats/2013-14DegreeCompletionsReport.pdf

Demography, Planning and Measuring Success: Why They Matter Report

http://www.schev.edu/council/presentations/JointSubHigherEd91415.pdf

SCHEV and Dominion Resources Announce 2016 Outstanding Faculty Award Recipients

http://www.schev.edu/SCHEV/newsReleases/nr-dec2015/nr121615.asp

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: NOVA Fortnightly ()
Date: May 16, 2016 09:32PM

Final Update: May 13, 2016, 5:00 pm

The suspect in a reported sexual battery, which took place in the Tyler Building of the Alexandria Campus on April 21, and was reported to NOVA Police on April 22, has been identified and subsequently arrested.

If you have any information about this or other crimes, call the Northern Virginia Community College Police at 703.764.5000.

Take a Stand Against Crime

Request escorts from police.
Report suspicious activity to police immediately.
Be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Click here for the NOVA Daily crime log.

http://www.nvcc.edu/police/crime-alerts.html

http://blogs.nvcc.edu/crimelog/

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: NOVA Fortnightly Rat ()
Date: May 16, 2016 09:33PM

Initial Post: May 5, 2016, 5:30 p.m.

Northern Virginia Community College is providing this notice of a criminal incident(s) that occurred in our community in order to provide information that may help in avoiding a similar crime or provide information to solve the crime(s). This notice is also intended to meet the requirements of the “Timely Warning” provision of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Statistics Act of 1998, Amended 2008, effective August 14, 2008.

On-Campus Sexual Battery at Manassas Campus

Date & Time of Occurrence:
May 3, 2016, at approximately 1:00 p.m. with previous incidents occurring in March and April of 2016.

Date & Time of Reporting:
May 5, 2016, at 9:30 a.m.

Location:
In the MH Building on the Manassas Campus

Reported Offense:
On May 5, 2016, at approximately 9:30 a.m., the NOVA PD was notified of a reported sexual assault on the NOVA Manassas Campus.

The victim had arrived at the MH Building on Tuesday, May 3, to meet with a known male subject. During the course of that meeting the victim reported having been touched inappropriately. During the course of the investigation, it was revealed that the suspect committed several sexual assaults between March of 2016 and Tuesday, May 3, 2016.

If you have any knowledge of this incident, or any similar incidents that have occurred, please contact Investigator Brunelle at 703.503.6370.

Suspect’s Description:
The suspect in this case has been identified and arrested.

If you have any information about this crime, call the Northern Virginia Community College Police at 703.764.5000.

Take a Stand Against Crime

Request escorts from police.
Report suspicious activity to police immediately.
Be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Click here for the NOVA Daily crime log.

http://www.nvcc.edu/police/crime-alerts.html

http://blogs.nvcc.edu/crimelog/

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Nonotrecently ()
Date: May 17, 2016 04:31AM

Disgruntled Wrote:
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> Really? Because there is a hiring freeze.
> Unless you are applying for a provost or other
> "essential" position. And trust me, you Do Not
> want to work there


I was applying for an hr job and not recently. The staff didn't seem genuine or happy to work with. Also most didn't eve go to a U.S. or 4 yr college.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Capt. Obvi ()
Date: May 17, 2016 09:49AM

Apparently, neither did you.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: DywMe ()
Date: May 18, 2016 08:51AM

DywMe

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: unseenunheard ()
Date: May 18, 2016 09:19AM

I agree; NOVA is in need of reorganization. Many of the larger community colleges already use the organizational model NOVA is considering. I'm not certain the division deans and other deans are driving this either. At my campus, they seem to be running scared. I

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Community Colleges Targeted In Financial Aid Fraud Scheme
Posted by: NOVA RAT ()
Date: May 20, 2016 04:30PM

Community Colleges Targeted In Financial Aid Fraud Scheme
May 19th 2016
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Ernest Xavier Taylor, Jr., 31, and Tracie Laverne Mixon, 34, both of Hammond, Louisiana, were indicted by a federal grand jury today on charges relating to stealing the identities of four people to fraudulently obtain federal student loans from Northern Virginia Community College and other schools.

According to the indictment, Taylor Jr. and Mixon are charged with conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud, financial aid fraud, and aggravated identity theft. In 2015, Taylor Jr. and Mixon engaged in a conspiracy to use the identity of four different people to fraudulently obtain federal student aid from NVCC and other schools. The four different people included three who were in prison at the time their identities were used, and the fourth person was recovering in a military hospital after suffering injuries while deployed as a member of the U.S. Army in Afghanistan.

The indictment alleges that Taylor Jr. and Mixon would use the names, dates of birth, and social security numbers of these four different people on various submissions, but Taylor Jr. and Mixon would supply their own addresses, emails, and telephone numbers to ensure that communications from the Department of Education, NVCC, and the other schools would be directed to Taylor Jr. and Mixon. The indictment also alleges that recorded telephone calls captured Taylor Jr. pretending to be the four different identities when calling to check on the status of financial aid from NVCC. Taylor Jr. and Mixon’s fraudulent actions allegedly caused NVCC and other schools to offer approximately $67,000 in federal student aid to the various identities used by Taylor Jr. and Mixon.

In addition to NVCC, the other schools targeted by Taylor Jr. and Mixon are: Front Range Community College; Community College of Denver; Portland Community College; and Black Hills State University.

Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys Brian D. Harrison and Edward P. Sullivan are prosecuting the case. The case is being investigated by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General and the FBI. The investigation received assistance from the Northern Virginia Community College Police Department.

http://www.alexandrianews.org/2016/05/community-colleges-targeted-in-financial-aid-fraud-scheme/

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Community Colleges Targeted In Financial Aid Fraud Scheme
Posted by: NOVA RAT MAN ()
Date: May 20, 2016 04:35PM

Ernest Xavier Taylor, Jr., 31, and Tracie Laverne Mixon, 34, both of Hammond, Louisiana, were indicted by a federal grand jury today on charges relating to stealing the identities of four people to fraudulently obtain federal student loans from Northern Virginia Community College and other schools.

According to the indictment, Taylor Jr. and Mixon are charged with conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud, financial aid fraud, and aggravated identity theft. In 2015, Taylor Jr. and Mixon engaged in a conspiracy to use the identity of four different people to fraudulently obtain federal student aid from NVCC and other schools. The four different people included three who were in prison at the time their identities were used, and the fourth person was recovering in a military hospital after suffering injuries while deployed as a member of the U.S. Army in Afghanistan.

The indictment alleges that Taylor Jr. and Mixon would use the names, dates of birth, and social security numbers of these four different people on various submissions, but Taylor Jr. and Mixon would supply their own addresses, emails, and telephone numbers to ensure that communications from the Department of Education, NVCC, and the other schools would be directed to Taylor Jr. and Mixon. The indictment also alleges that recorded telephone calls captured Taylor Jr. pretending to be the four different identities when calling to check on the status of financial aid from NVCC. Taylor Jr. and Mixon’s fraudulent actions allegedly caused NVCC and other schools to offer approximately $67,000 in federal student aid to the various identities used by Taylor Jr. and Mixon.

In addition to NVCC, the other schools targeted by Taylor Jr. and Mixon are: Front Range Community College; Community College of Denver; Portland Community College; and Black Hills State University.

Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys Brian D. Harrison and Edward P. Sullivan are prosecuting the case. The case is being investigated by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General and the FBI. The investigation received assistance from the Northern Virginia Community College Police Department.

http://www.alexandrianews.org/2016/05/community-colleges-targeted-in-financial-aid-fraud-scheme/

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: watchingthefools ()
Date: May 20, 2016 05:22PM

Ignoredvoices: Your 34 reasons on page 2 of this thread really must have hit some nerves.Standby for an onslaught of defenders and distractors who pursue their agendas.No matter how much they deny being the benefactors,only fools would advocate for a reorganization that has details for only the deans, provosts and who knows how many new VPs?They reveal themselves.

To “change is good” Yes change can be good.Changes need to be made.There is a difference between change and the need for reorganization.Thoughtful consideration?That’s the problem – there wasn’t any.Those who advocate a reorganization are the fools and the silly ones.Duh,a reorganization hasn’t even been clearly defined but you supposedly want it.
You can fix problem areas without a reorganization.It’s like advocating for a new college or splitting this college, before you know the details.
Clearly, there are forced advocates out there to advance the power for those who will benefit.Your cheerleading is as spurious as the proposal is shallow.

Unseenunheard – who are you kidding?The only people running,are the ones you’re stepping on to get ahead.You too reveal yourself.

Keep it coming Ignoredvoices!!

blahblahblah

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Dane Bramage ()
Date: May 20, 2016 10:17PM

watchingthefools Wrote:
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> Ignoredvoices: Your 34 reasons on page 2 of this
> thread really must have hit some nerves.Standby
> for an onslaught of defenders and distractors who
> pursue their agendas.

Guessing no nerves were hit. Post was almost two weeks ago and......crickets.

It really seems like a few disgruntled employees are trying to unsuccessfully rabble rouse?

Prove me wrong.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: haveabandaid ()
Date: May 21, 2016 12:53PM

DaneBramage: Lame. You must be sitting around timing responses. Your history of posting reveals who you are too.If this is your litmus test,you’re pathetic; but, we already knew that from your degrading comments about adjuncts.We have some of the best adjuncts and are proud of most of them. There are bad apples everywhere – like you.You have no respect for those “below” you.You represent the exact mentality displayed by some,of ignorance, snobbery,and narrow-mindedness.

Rabble rouser?The crowds came out to get answers from Ralls with standing room only. He picked his forums. The crowds were fed mostly budget info.A few audience plants or self-serving rants distracted the purpose of the meeting. When the tough questions on reorganization came, the time ran out.It’s a pattern. Reckless.

When the enrollments go down,the accreditation is endangered and we lose some of the best, you’ll have your proof.It isn’t instantaneous like your naïve and petty need to have immediate responses on this thread.You ARE brain damaged. But you don’t care, because you and those like you will retire or move on. Those of us in positions generating and supporting enrollments and student success have vision and patience and we will pick up the pieces and start over. We’ve seen your contemptible comments and flimsy tactics before. Having vision and careful review of what is wrong is what is needed; not distracting threads, or an insatiable need to win your agenda, under false pretenses, for power, ambition and money.

If the unsupported reorganization occurs, and opposing viewpoints are dismissed or ignored, the enrollments will go down, the accreditation may be damaged and you and those like you will disappear. It is predictable and based on history. We actually have a history of what works unlike the new models for reorganization. But, a dedicated group will remain, pick up the pieces and start over.It was done before. It will be done again. Besides talent, we have patience,oh yeah, and wisdom and dedication. Look those words up in your dictionary and those under character. You may learn something during your idle time.

DaneBramage, keep timing the responses. Go catch some crickets and eat them like the lizard you are. Go flap your tail in the wind and fantasize about rabble rousers. Maybe you’ll convince yourself. Most delusional people do.You are, after all, brain damaged.
OH, ouch, there goes that nerve again!Go ahead & lash back, but, you may have to be patient for the next replies; some of us have better things to do, like work our jobs.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: SickofIt ()
Date: May 21, 2016 02:16PM

SO SICK of ADMINS doing whatever they want and hiring whoever they want!They watch these posts but it seems to make no difference.Some people are afraid to post because who knows if they canfindout?Idon't care. Watch and let's see who gets promoted or transferred in next!I'llbet you they won't be qualified.If you suck up around here,you go farther.Those sucking up like the re-organization which many of us do not. Who's coming or being promoted next?Bet they support it!Going on summer break. Can't wait to see who is hired or promoted over the summer when I get back!SICK OF IT!

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Dane Bramage ()
Date: May 21, 2016 04:37PM

haveabandaid Wrote:
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>
> OH, ouch, there goes that nerve again!Go ahead &
> lash back, but, you may have to be patient for the
> next replies; some of us have better things to
> do, like work our jobs.

Lotsa butt-hurt in your message.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: T74jEnova ()
Date: May 22, 2016 08:43AM

Dane Bramage – Gigantic Cartoon characters! Wow! Thank you so much for perfectly reflecting the level of your ability to respond! What a great representation of how you and some Administrators think and act!! Congratulations on your silly but accurate metaphor of how NOVA is managed! Maybe they’ll promote you too!

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Noshame ()
Date: May 24, 2016 08:17PM

Is it true that an Assistant to the Attorney General Office is now going to be housed at Pender or the Brault building? Just how bad is it at Nova and are we the only Community that has this distinction? If so WOW!!!

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Disgruntled ()
Date: May 25, 2016 08:57AM

Wow, that could be good news if it is true and the person actually MAKES people do what they are suppose to do as opposed to what they feel like doing.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: freestyle ()
Date: May 25, 2016 12:01PM

*How did NOVA lose" $5 million? It's not an accident*

Ralls letter:

a) "We discovered as of last week an additional $5 million personnel obligations that had not been appropriately reflected in our current year budget."

b) "Vice President Dimkova... distributed results of a review indicating 62 positions were not accounted for in the FY 2016 budget creating an estimated shortfall of 4.9 million dollars."


Keywords = *personnel* obligations, i.e. the $5 million went to people the school thought were employees--not just any old budget concerns. And definitely not anything to do with low enrollment.

now


**A NOVA employee working with the Comptroller's office says the $5 million went to "ghost employees" i.e. people who do not even work at NOVA. This fits exactly with Ralls statement, again:

"62 positions were not accounted for in the FY 2016 budget"

The most important thing is what that statement leaves out--that some (or all?) of those 62 positions *do not even exist.* They were not real people, not real employees. They were ghost employees with ghost bank accounts that collected money. Every indication is that someone inside finance rigged the system and essentially stole $5 million.

By Ralls' own statement, the $5 million "lost" has nothing--absolutely nothing--to do with low enrollment and all the other phony excuses put out by admin.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: freestyle ()
Date: May 25, 2016 12:09PM

In 2012, VCCS audit pointed out exactly the problem of have NOVA finance office personnel write checks to themselves i.e. steal money:

VA: State auditor pinpoints potential pitfalls in community college system
http://watchdog.org/43283/va-state-auditor-pinpoints-potential-pitfalls-in-community-college-system/

“If I can set myself as a vendor, I can then authorize me to get a check,” Kucharski said.

And this is exactly what happened with the "ghost employees" who received money from the $5 million that NOVA "lost."

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: justsaying... ()
Date: May 25, 2016 07:08PM

GHOST EMPLOYEES?? Hmm, last time THAT came up was with Mel Schiavelli in Harrisburg –

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/07/grand_jury_reed_was_a_paid_gho.html

Is it just coincidental that NOW Nova is experiencing the same thing and the same person was in both places? Maybe he has influence with Ina? That’s almost too obvious!

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Dane Bramage ()
Date: May 25, 2016 11:31PM

If there really were fake employees and $5 million stolen, rather un-budgeted positions, it would be easy to to track down the culprits and make arrests. Still, unbudgeted positions is a serious issue, but the ignorance in this thread is rampant, as well as borderline defamation. I advise that you use Tor or an anonymous IP browser.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Disgruntled ()
Date: May 26, 2016 11:00AM

Lots of talk when Mel was brought on board. And trust me, many knew of his destruction of another college. BUT, he was Bob's friend so that could be overlooked. Rather how Bob had friends (Randall Edwards) as consultants. As for other staff members double dipping. Yep. Alex siminearo (sp), recommended a company for some work, that of course wasn't bid out, and was well over $5M over several years, oh, did he forget the fact that the company was his?

Then there are the employees who were still getting salaries long after they resigned. Pay roll blamed HR for not passing the information along; HR blamed pay roll for not paying attention.

the fix? Dismantle every department and re-write every policy and MAKE PEOPLE FOLLOW IT

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: breal ()
Date: May 26, 2016 12:19PM

Dane Bramage, I've got news for you:

-when someone gets paid off the budget while no longer working at NOVA, that person is a ghost employee by definition.

-no, it is not "easy to track down the culprits and make arrests" because you can't take money back from someone you already paid. Duh.

Which ignorance and defamation on this thread were referring to? Your own?

Dictionary: "A ghost employee is someone recorded on the payroll system, but who does not work for the business. The ghost can be a real person who knowingly or not is placed on the payroll, or a fictitious person invented by the dishonest employee."


Here's my count

a.Ghost employees
b. Retired professors still getting paid years afterward
c. 62 people getting paid outside the budget
d. Fake contracts paying out millions of dollars (see below)
e. The lie NOVA admin has told profs that "low enrollment" is the reason they slashed half the course schedule

all backed up:


Ralls statements:

"Vice President Dimkova... distributed results of a review indicating 62 positions were not accounted for in the FY 2016 budget creating an estimated
shortfall of 4.9 million dollars."

Left out the most important part: How many of the 62 actually work at NOVA?

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VA: State auditor pinpoints potential pitfalls in community college system
http://watchdog.org/43283/va-state-auditor-pinpoints-potential-pitfalls-in-community-college-system/

“If I can set myself as a vendor, I can then authorize me to get a check,” Kucharski said.

NOVA had an "internal controls collapse [said] Kucharski."


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Audit: VA community college wasted up to $1.3 million on sketchy contracts
http://watchdog.org/176297/college-audit-contracts/


"Northern Virginia Community College paid $1.3 million in hourly rates of up to $290 to a firm it didn’t even hold accountable to make good on its contracts."

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: NOVA Rat ()
Date: May 26, 2016 12:23PM

The NOVA Reston Center is closing in July 1, 2016 due to budget cuts. People need to do there jobs at nova. More cuts and layoff are planned for July 1, 2016. Nova is getting suited by two students that were raped on campus by there teacher. Is very sad that nova doesn't care about it staff and student.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: justsaying............ ()
Date: May 26, 2016 12:32PM

NOVA will do a full shutdown of all campuses and center on July 1, 2017. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on College told nova to clean house and get there act together or they will force nova to close forever. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on College gave nova until June 1, 2016 to come up with a plan on how they will fix the budget and get more student to sign up for classes in the fall, spring and summer semesters.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Forum man ()
Date: May 26, 2016 12:41PM

NOVA will do a full shutdown of all campuses and center on July 1, 2017. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on College told
> nova to clean house and get there act together or they will force nova to close forever. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on College gave nova until June 1, 2016 to come up with a plan on how they will fix the budget and get more students to sign up for classes in the fall, spring and summer semesters.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Audit ()
Date: May 26, 2016 12:47PM

I hope this is not true??? Can anyone find out if this is true or not?



Forum man Wrote:
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> NOVA will do a full shutdown of all campuses and
> center on July 1, 2017. The Southern Association
> of Colleges and Schools Commission on College
> told
> > nova to clean house and get there act together
> or they will force nova to close forever. The
> Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
> Commission on College gave nova until June 1, 2016
> to come up with a plan on how they will fix the
> budget and get more students to sign up for
> classes in the fall, spring and summer semesters.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Audit van ()
Date: May 26, 2016 12:47PM

Is this true too???????????

justsaying............ Wrote:
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> NOVA will do a full shutdown of all campuses and
> center on July 1, 2017. The Southern Association
> of Colleges and Schools Commission on College told
> nova to clean house and get there act together or
> they will force nova to close forever. The
> Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
> Commission on College gave nova until June 1, 2016
> to come up with a plan on how they will fix the
> budget and get more student to sign up for classes
> in the fall, spring and summer semesters.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: 12346789 ()
Date: May 26, 2016 01:34PM

This is not true at all................

Forum man Wrote:
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> NOVA will do a full shutdown of all campuses and
> center on July 1, 2017. The Southern Association
> of Colleges and Schools Commission on College
> told
> > nova to clean house and get there act together
> or they will force nova to close forever. The
> Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
> Commission on College gave nova until June 1, 2016
> to come up with a plan on how they will fix the
> budget and get more students to sign up for
> classes in the fall, spring and summer semesters.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Spam ()
Date: May 26, 2016 01:37PM

Why are people making stuff up and posting it on here? If it's not true don't post it on here. I am just saying. You will get fired from nova for posting things that are not true about your work place.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: ITChecker ()
Date: May 26, 2016 07:28PM

ITchecker
Well, well. Now we have impersonators posting on this thread using names already there but slightly altering the post name. Check out the added words, extra dots, numbers or dashes on names already there. It makes it appear the original posters aren’t credible and are posting false info. Guess they think it will discredit the thread. Ghost employees, ghost writers and ghost posters. Idiots.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: sugarfree ()
Date: May 28, 2016 11:39AM

A little mathematics:

-Ralls stated 62 personnel received $4.9 million off the books.

-So the average salary paid out off the books was $79,000. It would be hard to find 62 people at NOVA making an average of $79,000 even ON the books--they'd be the among highest-paid employees.

So those paid off the books were chosen as among the very highest paid employees. Certainly does not sound like an accident or a glitch in the system.

Why would they do this?

Finance sends out $5 million in salaries off the books, as we know they did, but there have to be taxes withheld. So where do they go? Ahh.

Finance then pockets the taxes withheld off the books. At just 20% tax withheld (low estimate) on $5 million, that would be $1 million dollars in the pocket. I've never heard of Uncle Sam collecting taxes and salaries that did not exist.

So in a nutshell, pay out very high salary checks to former employees (and/or whoever else got the checks) off the books to maximize the tax base, then pocket $1 million of their tax witholdings off the books as well.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: wdf ()
Date: May 28, 2016 11:50AM

What I want to know is, if VCCS auditors "discovered" $5 million in "personnel obligations" not in the budget way back in September, how was that money already lost i.e. paid out at that point at the beginning of the year? What "personnel obligations" get an entire year's paycheck by September? It's pretty clear these were not normal paychecks. The system was set up to pay out all the $5 million up front, since it was already gone by September.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Stale News ()
Date: May 29, 2016 10:58PM

This is such old news .. Tell us something we don't already know..

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Noshame ()
Date: May 30, 2016 10:46AM

Come on guys stop saying 5 million. It was way more than that and why do you think an Assistant to the Attorney General office is now being housed at the Brault building. I am having a hard time trusting the president. But let's be fair here. To eliminate the legal department and the other changes he has made is a bold move. The Humanresoutrces Director from VCCS run's our HR department or is keeping a very close eye on them. The Attorney General Office will be running our legal department and thank God they will be. Stale news just why do you think these moves are being made.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: wantnovastrongagain ()
Date: May 30, 2016 12:41PM

To Stalenews:
Yes new moves were made. Old news? No. The recent new legal positions could have been avoided if answers were given when asked. We want to work together. We don’t want to be the continued targets of the budget issues and mismanagement.

To wdf and sugar free and noshame: Agree.

There was never a so called “budget crisis.” There was a complete failure to manage the budget by some administrators and those under them. There was and continues to be a managerial effort to control and take away full time faculty and adjunct overloads, summer pays and overall cap on our earnings and reduce classified staff positions. Some deans are generating emails to full time faculty and adjuncts of new rules, new advising responsibilities effective immediately EVEN after semesters or summer session HAVE BEGUN. These new rules and decisions are poorly thought out, untimely and unapologetic, almost retaliatory. There appear to be jealousies by some administrators of what faculty choose to do, and how they make their teaching loads. Some administrators make enrollment cuts through scheduling restrictions and teaching load cuts under the pretenses of budget problems. Some Administrators mishandled the budget. They keep making mistakes that are costly, and try to justify reducing our budgets as the solution. They keep hiring unqualified people and they refuse to replace or reassign them into areas where they would be better suited. There does not appear to be proper oversight of some of the administrators. A few are causing great undercurrents of demoralizing mismanagement problems and are going unnoticed. There is still much to be said and more to be done.

The hiring and evaluation process used for the faculty has a scrutiny we expect to take place for the administrators. The past poor hiring practices at administrator levels has to change and stop. The same people are making the same bad decisions while making six figure salaries, which we wouldn't mind if they were otherwise effective administrators.

We would hope the administrators would RESTORE the respect among ALL of NOVA’s players – administrators, faculty, and classified staff with POSITIVE actions that are well thought out, timely and productive. Reductions in pay, or teaching loads, or decreasing positions, however disguised, should not be taken against those who actually generate the enrollments and revenue. There are remedies available to remove those at the levels where the mistakes were (and continue to be) made.

WE’RE NOT YOUR PROBLEMS – WE’RE the GENERATORS OF REVENUE. WE ARE YOUR SOLUTIONS!

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: unseenunheard ()
Date: May 30, 2016 05:41PM

Watchingthefools: Unseenunheard – who are you kidding?The only people running,are the ones you’re stepping on to get ahead.You too reveal yourself.

Reveal myself as what? I'm not a dean and have no aspirations to be one nor have I ever stepped on anyone to get ahead; I'm leaving NOVA for a better job-that's how sane people move up. You fit right in at NOVA; I'm sure you'll be there forever making these illogical comments.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Nothingschanged ()
Date: June 12, 2016 07:39PM

Two announcements – two mistakes.

Problems in HR? Solved by appointing a VP with ZERO HR certification.
Need a CETL Director? Solved by appointing a very junior dean with LIMITED teaching experience

Nothing's changed.

Way to go NOVA!

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: notsohigh ()
Date: June 12, 2016 08:04PM

If Nova has so many financial problems then how did the Facilities department go from having 2 project managers to 8, hire 2 "opps coordinators", get authorization for filling this position https://nvcc.peopleadmin.com/postings/15113 and bring in additional technical support staff under contract but not fill a single maintenance position. I guess if you know the right people then freezes don't apply to you.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Dane Bramage ()
Date: June 12, 2016 10:53PM

wdf Wrote:
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> What I want to know is, if VCCS auditors
> "discovered" $5 million in "personnel obligations"
> not in the budget way back in September...

They didn't.

Pack of lies.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Disgruntled ()
Date: June 13, 2016 08:34AM

How did Facilities go from 2 project managers to 8?

That is an easy answer. FIRST you hire a director of facilities who doesn't actually HAVE any experience in facilities maintenance or building management. In fact he doesn't have any trade experience at all. Oh, but he has grand ideas about setting up a 10 million dollar "central control" facility. AND he expects to be reimbursed for lunches out because "they were business lunches". Dude, you don't get to charge the state for your meals with co-workers and friends. AND in case you hadn't heard, your budget can't afford to cover normal maintenance and repair items.

Then you allow said new Director to run amok. Allow him to hire friends, while seemingly following the rules for hiring. Yeah, you posted positions and set up the hiring pane, and interviewed applicants. But when you tell the interview committee (and just about everyone you see) that you want to hire THIS person only, it rather negates the state required hiring process, don't you think? Oh, by the way the friends he hires in also have little to no experience in maintenance or building management. Then you allow him to run off all the current, experienced staff and let him quick, fast and in a hurry hire new staff before the new president comes in. Because everyone knew that between the new President coming in and the State/VCCS finally getting off their asses to try and stop the bad behavior, there would be a hold on hiring.

THEN, you allow only P-14s (part-time workers) to be hired and you let said director hire yet more friends as P-14s, while saying out loud that as soon as the hiring freeze is over, he is going to ease them into full time employees, thus circumventing the hiring process yet again.

NVCC where the N stands for knowledge.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Sour grapes at NVCC ()
Date: June 13, 2016 10:20PM

Disgruntled Wrote:
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> FIRST you hire a director
> of facilities who doesn't actually HAVE any
> experience in facilities maintenance or building
> management.

I think you're on crack. Stop with the smears. When we find out who you are, and if you posted this from work, you can say goodbye to your job. The network and system engineers are on this, be afraid.

For the record, you dumbass:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/steve-patterson-pe-cem-07b6a45

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: notsohigh ()
Date: June 17, 2016 08:36PM

Sour grapes at NVCC, it sounds more like Disgruntled is calling it like it is.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Sour Grapes ()
Date: June 17, 2016 11:07PM

I understand Disgruntle's new name is Recently Unemployed.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Xepheldon ()
Date: July 13, 2016 03:15PM

A Washington Post education reporter has officially picked this story up and is investigating! I can confirm personally that this is about to blow up in a few weeks!

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: not disgruntled ()
Date: July 14, 2016 01:56PM

Ooooooo, name calling. Very professional.

Does however sound like some hit a little too close to home, and if Xepheldon is correct, I can't wait to see what the post comes up with.

Surprised Richmond Times hasn't picked up on any of this.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: NetWork ()
Date: August 17, 2016 03:56PM

Riddle me this..... why is it that the Facilities Director, who according to you has his shit together and knows what he is doing, has now posted for a "Facilities Management Consulting Services" to come in and tell him how to do his job? Shouldn't he be able to do this himself? I'd hazard to guess the hourly fee for this one will be about $350/hr. Talk about wasting money.....

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Offendedminority ()
Date: August 17, 2016 03:59PM

President Ralls’ welcome back address was naïve and insulting. Naïve, not because of his “Dare to be Naïve” mantra but because of the epiphany he revealed he only recently had. Without further imposing an embarrassment upon the individuals he referenced, his message assumed the audience, apparently like himself, had incorrectly labeled low income minorities (why show pictures?) as having a” lower intellect.“He declared that his own latest observations of the individuals he referenced, changed his thinking.
He faced an audience of professors with years of experience in a very diverse college. His message was totally inappropriate. His own inexperience and biases were manifested loud and clear. Unacceptable and shameful from the President of one of the most internationally diverse colleges in the nation.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Pres. Rails' clone ()
Date: August 17, 2016 05:08PM

Offendedminority Wrote:
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> President Ralls’ welcome back address was naïve
> and insulting. Naïve, not because of his “Dare
> to be Naïve” mantra but because of the epiphany
> he revealed he only recently had. Without further
> imposing an embarrassment upon the individuals he
> referenced, his message assumed the audience,
> apparently like himself, had incorrectly labeled
> low income minorities (why show pictures?) as
> having a” lower intellect.“He declared that
> his own latest observations of the individuals he
> referenced, changed his thinking.
> He faced an audience of professors with years of
> experience in a very diverse college. His message
> was totally inappropriate. His own inexperience
> and biases were manifested loud and clear.
> Unacceptable and shameful from the President of
> one of the most internationally diverse colleges
> in the nation.

You better not have posted that from one of my NVCC computers! Cyber security is sniffing you out, malcontent.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: offendedminoritysupporter ()
Date: August 17, 2016 07:05PM

To Rall’s clone (who cannot spell)
Don’t suggest people don’t have the right to express their opinions with your ignorant cybersecurity threats. If that welcome back address was livestreamed, maybe the ACLU would be interested in hearing the comments made as well as your response.People DO own computers outside of work and if freedom to express opinions based on facts are cybersecurity concerns, you betterbe mindful ofthe threats you’re making by labeling those who disagree about minority concerns as” malcontents.” No cyber bullying allowed.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Pres. Rails' clone ()
Date: August 17, 2016 10:18PM

offendedminoritysupporter Wrote:
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> To Rall’s clone (who cannot spell)
> Don’t suggest people don’t have the right to
> express their opinions with your ignorant
> cybersecurity threats. If that welcome back
> address was livestreamed, maybe the ACLU would be
> interested in hearing the comments made as well as
> your response.People DO own computers outside of
> work and if freedom to express opinions based on
> facts are cybersecurity concerns, you betterbe
> mindful ofthe threats you’re making by labeling
> those who disagree about minority concerns as”
> malcontents.” No cyber bullying allowed.

lol, shut the fuck up. This ain't your class you pompous asshole.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: not disgruntled ()
Date: August 18, 2016 09:17AM

Sadly, I'm not surprised. I knew about Ralls a few years ago when he was chancellor of the NC Community College System. His staff wasn't very impressed with him and didn't have anything good to say.

It is rather telling, that VCCS spent a long time looking for a new President, and that during the first round, of their top three candidates who came to participate in the interview process, two candidates took their names out of the running after that visit and one said that more money would have to be offered - apparently all three could see the problems and the amount of work that it would take to bring things up to snuff.

Oh, and to the person telling everyone they are going to be fired for telling the truth, yeah. You can be let go for many reasons, but the minute someone is fired for telling the truth, the backlash will be huge. I would think since HR and Legal are now not the leader of their own destiny, the days of being fired because you wore the wrong colored shoes are over.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: klwekler, ()
Date: August 18, 2016 10:26AM

lol, bunch of liars and malcontents.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: truthrevealed ()
Date: August 19, 2016 03:05PM

klwekler/Pres. Rails' clone; “ W”
As you call out others as malcontents and liars by quoting Jack Nicholson’s character portrayed in “A Few Good Men” you should know he was arrested at the end of the movie.As Pres. Ralls’ clone, wonder how HE likes your emotional, unprofessional,immature,and defensive rants.Despite how you portray yourself to others,YOU do not have honor,integrity,or truth on your side. YOU are not among “A Few Good Men” in ANY way at all!It’s time YOU’RE DISMISSED!

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Pres. Rails' clone ()
Date: August 19, 2016 10:09PM

You still can't handle the truth, malcontent.

1st amendment rights prevail!

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: amused ()
Date: August 25, 2016 07:45PM

clone: just remember the 5th amendment rights.......oh that's right....YOU already know them....you just don't know how to USE them and USING them is really the most important part.

truthrevealed:no sense in trying to make a point with the clone .....you can't fix stupid. At least no profanity was used this time.......yet.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Clon3 ()
Date: August 25, 2016 09:51PM

Hey amused, I'm more familiar with my second and first amendment rights. In that order.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: amused. ()
Date: September 02, 2016 03:53PM

Clon3 wrote: "I'm more familiar with my second and first amendment rights. In that order."

The suggestion in what you posted has crossed the thin blue line. If NVCC is monitoring your remarks, particularly those as ralls clone,and, especially in your position, you should be fired immediately.Most posts on this thread do not contain the profanity of yours, let alone the inference of using the second amendment over the first. Shameful.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Whnwj. ()
Date: September 02, 2016 06:36PM

amused. Wrote:
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> Clon3 wrote: "I'm more familiar with my second and
> first amendment rights. In that order."
>
> The suggestion in what you posted has crossed the
> thin blue line. If NVCC is monitoring your
> remarks, particularly those as ralls clone,and,
> especially in your position, you should be fired
> immediately.Most posts on this thread do not
> contain the profanity of yours, let alone the
> inference of using the second amendment over the
> first. Shameful.

You must be new here.

Welcome to Fairfax Underground, where the fun never stops!

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: sup ()
Date: September 08, 2016 09:05AM

For those who missed it, Ralls letter in May:

"We are eliminating our Office of Legal Affairs and instead will have an Assistant Attorney General residing at our college with responsibility for all of our college legal matters."

A state Assistant Attorney General had to take over legal affairs at a community college. Our HR has been run by a NOVA Mafia who fleeced the school and its teachers of $5 million (that we know about, maybe more).

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Zetto ()
Date: December 01, 2016 02:55PM

PennLive.com, which had documented the troubles of Harrisburg University of Science and Technology (HUST), formerly headed by current NVCC Executive Vice President Mel Schiavelli, has been scrubbed of the majority of pages referencing him.

Go ahead, do a quick google of:

Schiavelli site:pennlive.com

and see what happens. Most of the cached versions remain. That being said, some basic scouring of public records paint an arguably incriminating picture of the man.

Political Campaign Contributions for "Melvyn Schiavelli":
2010 - $2400 to FRIENDS OF CONGRESSMAN TIM HOLDEN - Democrat
2006 - $500 to FRIENDS OF CONGRESSMAN TIM HOLDEN - Democrat
2004 - $500 to FRIENDS OF CONGRESSMAN TIM HOLDEN - Democrat

http://www.campaignmoney.com/political/contributions/melvyn-schiavelli.asp?cycle=10

Political Campaign Contributions for "Mel Schiavelli":
03/31/2006 - $250 to BOB CASEY FOR PENNSYLVANIA COMMITTEE (CASEY, ROBERT P JR)

http://www.city-data.com/elec2/06/elec-HARRISBURG-PA-06.html#ixzz4RcL4ymMi


It should be mentioned that in 2007, Bob Casey presented HUST a $2 million NSF grant and, in 2010, Tim Holden presented HUST with a $400,000 grant:
http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:RrAjPYNVwroJ:connect.pennlive.com/dashboard/eopilo/posts-5.html+&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

There is nothing illegal about this, but given that until a few days ago, this information could be searched within PennLive's archives (http://blog.pennlive.com/patriotnews/archive/), which seem to be unavailable at present, it appears as though attempts are being made to revise the record.

For those interested in courtroom drama and peering a glimpse of our EVP's past while Provost of UDelaware where he faced two lawsuits, here's some juicy reading for you:

http://law.justia.com/cases/delaware/superior-court/2003/11290-1.html

http://www.leagle.com/decision/20041055846A2d209_11031/IN%20RE%20ESTATE%20OF%20BARTOL

ctrl + f is your friend, although cutting corners can paint false narratives, so I would advise thorough research.

Having said that, how in good graces does this man have a job?

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: lol, whut? ()
Date: December 01, 2016 05:32PM

Or perhaps it's simply old news that is being deleted from Penn Live because NO ONE IS INTERESTED.

As evidenced by no comments in this thread in three months.

lol, whut?

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: $5MillionBaby ()
Date: December 01, 2016 06:04PM

Pretty sure $5 million unaccounted for is still $5 million unaccounted for, and a lack of explanation is still a lack of explanation.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: lol, whut? ()
Date: December 01, 2016 07:51PM

$5MillionBaby Wrote:
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> Pretty sure $5 million unaccounted for is still $5
> million unaccounted for, and a lack of explanation
> is still a lack of explanation.

Yet Mel has a much better place in life than you.

The butthurt, it burns.

lol, whut?

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: $5MillionBaby ()
Date: December 01, 2016 08:40PM

Have I upset you? Easy enough.

https://archive.org/stream/ArtifactsHarrisburg/ArtifactsHarrisburg_djvu.txt

"Another, similar, contract was created for 201 1. [Chief Financial Officer of Harrisburg University] Maun testified [former Harrisburg indicted for corruption and theft Stephen] Reed knew the University was about to come into $10 million dollars in loan proceeds. Maun testified that the relationship between Schiavelli and Reed was "pretty secret." The two held closed' door off site meetings. Maun testified that this new contract for 201 1 was limited to six (6) months and that limitation was intended to communicate to Schiavelli the distaste by the University's administrators for paying Reed for another year.

...

Maun testified-, with respect to the 201 1 contract, Reed didn't perform any of the services for which the University contracted. The class for which Reed was supposed to lecture did not even exist in the University's curriculum.

...

That notwithstanding, another contract between Reed and the University for the remaining six (6) months of 20 1 1 was drafted. Maun testified that this occurred during a period when the University was in financial distress. In fact, the University missed its debt service payments in 2012 and the County has been paying $1 .5 million per year for the past several years due to lack of sufficient funds to pay operations and debt service on the bonds.


Maun testified no contract was drafted between the University and Reed in 2012.
Schiavelli was looking for new employment himself and, Maun testified, was no longer focused on "feeding a friend." Maun testified he was not aware that Reed created any work product under any of these contracts. No syllabi, time cards, class materials or any other tangible product which the University might use for the benefit of its students."

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC
Posted by: Lol, whut ()
Date: December 01, 2016 10:46PM

This is Fairfax, not PA

No one cares and you're stupid.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC
Posted by: LiterallyEatMyShorts ()
Date: December 02, 2016 09:43AM

http://law.justia.com/cases/delaware/superior-court/2003/11290-1.html

"Plaintiff asserts that in the summer of 2000, Dr. Schiavelli, in his capacity as Provost, appointed an evaluation committee to review Dr. Nye's performance. Dr. Schiavelli then appointed defecdant Dr. Thomas M. DiLorenzo ("Dr. DiLorenzo") as chair of this committee. Plaintiff alleges that Dr. Schiavelli encouraged faculty members to circulate a petition of "no confidence" against Dean Nye. Though the petition supposedly garnered only limited support, Drs. Schiavelli and DiLorenzo told the evaluation committee that most respondents indeed lacked confidence in Dean Nye and were opposed to his reappointment. They purportedly refused to allow members of the committee to see internal or external letters or the petition results, refused to allow Dean Nye to meet with the committee, and lied to Dean Nye by telling him that the committee was not interested in his side of the story with respect to his job performance.

"Plaintiff claims that Dr. Schiavelli personally appeared before the committee and demanded the rejection of Dean Nye's reappointment; it is allegedly highly unusual for the University Provost to appear before such a committee. According to plaintiff, Dr. Schiavelli threatened to destroy the College if Dean Nye was reappointed."

*cough*

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC
Posted by: Disgruntled ()
Date: December 02, 2016 10:18AM

True this happened in PA. However, what he did there is what everyone feared he would do in VA.

He got the job at NVCC because he was best buds with Bob Templin. He needed a job after he got kicked out of PA. We'll not go into Bob's mismanagement during his tenure. I will say I was surprised that things aren't much worse with Mel in charge for a year.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: Poopdood ()
Date: December 04, 2016 08:25PM

Well, the pennlive articles are suddenly back up

related: http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/07/grand_jury_reed_was_a_paid_gho.html

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: U9N9W ()
Date: December 04, 2016 10:47PM

oh was that a lie?

here's what's not lie, and cannot defy the eyes:

huge increase in COST TO STUDENTS and not just for credit hr (it had been low cost compared to Privately run gmu)

huge increase in green card workers

huge increase in green card students

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a communist's dream, where takeover can come within funded by the opponent

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: 9ec6m ()
Date: December 05, 2016 06:58AM

U9N9W Wrote:
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>
> huge increase in COST TO STUDENTS and not just for
> credit hr (it had been low cost compared to
> Privately run gmu)
>

The stupid in this thread overfloweth.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: notsohigh ()
Date: January 12, 2017 05:45PM

With funding so tight, why is there a project that plans to expand the Annandale Campus athletic field to a regulation size soccer field? The process of enlarging the field could cost as much as $500K. There are several large fields in the general area – one not 2 miles away. It looks like a very special interest stealth project that will cost the tax payers hundreds of thousands and add no benefit to the students, campus or community. Whose pet project is this and why? Shouldn't they be using that money to improve the run down classrooms in the older buildings.

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: WaterMan ()
Date: March 21, 2017 01:19PM

1Cxr.gif
Are these disgruntled employees posting?

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: bickled peets ()
Date: June 11, 2017 08:17PM

WaterMan Wrote:
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> 1Cxr.gif
> Are these disgruntled employees posting?


Some must be. Who else would need to bump these old topics over and over?

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: FCLCX ()
Date: June 11, 2017 11:49PM

i would assume that means allot of obama illegals "got in during obama" and, opposite of their calling card and liberalism, are acting in a hostile manner to keep new employees out: especially white ones

my guesses rarely fall far from the tree

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: bickled peets ()
Date: June 12, 2017 09:00PM

Do guesses grow on trees?

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: EMWTK ()
Date: August 02, 2018 11:03AM

VP of Finance next on the list to go.
Took a few years didn’t it?

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Re: VCCS Audit of NVCC HR
Posted by: iseeyoutrolls ()
Date: March 14, 2019 05:20PM

There are enough facts incriminating NOVA just on this thread to write a front page article, not to mention the slightest bit of research. Too bad WashPost dropped the ball.

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