Leading University and Community College in Northern Virginia Partner with InsideTrack to Boost Transfer Student Success

Consolidated coaching initiative will provide support to NOVA, George Mason University students enrolled in ADVANCE, a seamless transfer program

FAIRFAX, VA  (August 20, 2019) — George Mason University, Virginia’s largest public research university, and Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), the second-largest community college in the United States, have partnered with student success experts InsideTrack to provide a support solution for students in the ADVANCE partnership. 

ADVANCE is a nationally recognized, groundbreaking effort to provide an integrated education experience for NOVA students who intend to transfer and complete a four-year degree at Mason. Through the InsideTrack partnership, students enrolled in the ADVANCE program will receive consistent, personalized support throughout their time at both institutions.

According to Ashlie Prioleau, Executive Director of ADVANCE, 319 students have enrolled in ADVANCE since it began in 2018. The coaching program will ensure that ADVANCE students receive highly effective and tailored support at every phase of their journey.

“Improving collaboration between two- and four-year institutions is one of the most powerful levers available to improve college completion, and enhance social and economic mobility,” said Rose Pascarell, Vice President for University Life at George Mason University. “This is the focus of our partnership with NOVA around the ADVANCE program. It is also why we are working with InsideTrack, to ensure that students who begin their journey at NOVA and complete it at Mason enjoy consistent, holistic support that adapts to their evolving needs.”

The three-year partnership with InsideTrack will provide unified support for ADVANCE students. InsideTrack student success experts will work directly with Mason and NOVA advisers, faculty, and counselors, providing direct training, development, and certification of coaches, managers, and program partners. InsideTrack will also develop an ongoing training, certification and quality assurance program, and a success coaching handbook tailored to the needs of students looking to complete a four-year degree. 

To supplement institutional resources and model best practices, InsideTrack’s professional student success coaches will directly serve 125  students in each of the second and third years of the contract. InsideTrack will then share insights gleaned from this experience with leadership and managers at both NOVA and Mason to guide the continuing evolution of the coaching program and improve operational effectiveness.

“As a primary driver of upward mobility for Northern Virginians, NOVA is committed to both supporting our students in earning their NOVA credentials and in successfully pursuing their four-year degrees,” said Frances Villagran-Glover, Vice President of Student Services at NOVA. “Through this unprecedented partnership with Mason and InsideTrack, we are not just deploying new student support resources. We are reimagining the transfer process and creating a seamless transfer student experience.”

Over the past 18 years, InsideTrack has assisted thousands of individual academic programs and a number of state systems — including systems in California, Indiana, Montana, Oklahoma and Texas — in providing more consistent, professional and holistic student support. They bring deep experience and expertise in breaking through organizational silos and use training, consulting and organizational support to help institutions and systems identify program strengths and create new opportunities for collaboration and communication among student-facing teams.

“Despite the vast potential that laddered credentials hold for our economy and for students, the transfer experience is one too often fraught with complexity, red tape and cultural inconsistency,” said Pete Wheelan, CEO of InsideTrack. “Mason and NOVA are developing an entirely new way to think about the transfer experience and pave the way for student success. We applaud their innovation, leadership and laser focus on putting the needs of students first.”


About George Mason University

George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls 37,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states. Mason has grown rapidly over the last half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity and commitment to accessibility. Learn more at www2.gmu.edu

About Northern Virginia Community College

NVCC includes six campuses Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, MEC (Springfield) and Woodbridge; Reston Educational Center and NOVA Online. NOVA’s students come to the College from many backgrounds. Our international student population represents more than 180 different countries. Nearly 900 full-time faculty and administrators and 900 staff members serve our students. In addition, approximately 2,000 part-time faculty strengthen our ability to provide more courses and services. 

About InsideTrack

InsideTrack is passionate about student success. We partner with colleges and universities to improve enrollment, persistence, completion and career readiness. Our student support methodology uncovers first hand feedback about student goals and challenges. Through strategic guidance, staff training and student coaching, we help institutions turn this feedback into actionable insights that drive better student outcomes. As a member of the nonprofit Strada Education Network, we offer partners access to a comprehensive range of student success solutions as well as the latest research and insights on student success. We’ve supported more than 2 million students since 2001 and currently serve over 4,000 programs. Visit us at www.insidetrack.com and follow us on Twitter @InsideTrack.

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