Some College Graduates Paid to Live in Southwest or Southside VA

4/30/2021 by The VCF Board

The Tobacco Commission (Virginia Tobacco Region and Revitalization Commission) has come up with a program that does not involve pork-barrel grants.

Two of the problems afflicting the area served by the Commission, Southside and Southwest, are a shortage of people to fill certain jobs and a shortage of young adults putting down roots in the area. Read the full article from Bacon's… Read More

Financial Aid Available for Virginia's Seniors

3/22/2021 by The VCF Board

If you’ve thrown up your hands attempting to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you’re not alone.

FAFSA completion rates are down almost 10% in Virginia as compared to the same date last year. That statistic by itself would be disconcerting, but it only tells part of the story. Decreases are prevalent for students who need financial aid the most.

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Averett University to Join ODAC in 2022-23

3/9/2021 by The VCF Board

Averett University has announced that its Department of Athletics has been offered and has accepted membership to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC), beginning with the 2022-23 academic year.

Averett, with 17 NCAA sports and three varsity club sports, will become the 15th full-time member of the ODAC on July 1, 2022.

Read the full article on the Averett website HERE.… Read More

EMU President Interviewed on Richmond's Morning News

3/4/2021 by The VCF Board

We are so proud to announce our own Dr. Susan Huxman, the President of Eastern Mennonite University and Chair of the Council of Independent Colleges of Virginia, was interviewed on Richmond's Morning News with John Reid. Dr. Susan Huxman discusses the differences our smaller, rural colleges make in the Commonwealth.

You can find Richmond's Morning News with John Reid in Richmond on the… Read More

Interest Surges in Top Colleges, While Struggling Ones Scrape for Applicants

2/24/2021 by The VCF Board

Waiving standardized test requirements during the pandemic brought more hopefuls to the Ivy League and large state schools, while less-selective colleges face an alarming drop.

Prestigious universities like Cornell never have a hard time attracting students. But this year, the admissions office in Ithaca, N.Y., is swimming in 17,000 more applications than it has… Read More

Rural Public Colleges Are Underfunded

2/1/2021 by The VCF Board

A new report by the Alliance for Research on Regional Colleges has found that rural public colleges are underfunded compared to their peers.

The report looked at 118 rural public colleges and universities that admit a large portion of applicants, including four schools in the UNC System — Appalachian State University, Elizabeth City State University, Western Carolina University and UNC… Read More

Bluefield College Earns ‘A’ Rating for Core Curriculum

1/25/2021 by The VCF Board

Bluefield, VA – For the eighth year in a row, Bluefield College has earned an “A” rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for its outstanding core curriculum — a prestigious recognition reserved for 24 colleges and universities in the nation in 2020-‘21.

Read the full article on the Bluefield College website HERE.

Bluefield College Finalizes Agreement with VCOM

1/22/2021 by The VCF Board

Bluefield, VA – With a centennial celebration on the horizon, the Bluefield College Board of Trustees set the stage for the next 100 years with a major decision to join the educational consortium of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) schools last March. On January 12, 2021, the agreement between the two institutions was finalized.

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Allison Kelley Featured on Helping Families in Need on #SteppingUp

1/14/2021 by The VCF Board

“I…have always been someone who wants to help someone who cannot help themselves”

Allison Kelly, cheerleader for Averett University Cougars on why she and other

Averett University students worked to make sure families don’t go hungry on #SteppingUp

Watch the video HERE.

Averett Announces Addition of Women's Golf Program

1/14/2021 by The VCF Board

DANVILLE, Va. — Averett University announced the addition of a varsity women’s golf program, which will begin play during the 2021-22 academic year.

“We are excited to add a women’s golf program, which will help us provide additional opportunities for female student-athletes,” said Meg Stevens, Averett Vice President, Director of Athletics and Campus Operations. “The addition of a… Read More