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.

Read the full article on the… Read More

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

Averett University Holds Reimagined Graduation

1/14/2021 by The VCF Board

DANVILLE, Va. (WDBJ) - New COVID restrictions meant Averett University had to rethink its graduation plans once again. Despite the changes limiting gatherings to just 10 people, students are still able to celebrate this weekend. The university quickly switched from an outdoor graduation to a more intimate one.

Although the Averett University Fall Graduation looked very different than… Read More

Averett Joins Holiday Light Movement

1/13/2021 by The VCF Board

This month, Averett University will be keeping its holiday lights up throughout the month to honor local health care heroes.

As part of the “Keep Your Lights Up for Healthcare Heroes” campaign launched by HCA Virginia, the University’s Christmas ball lights lining the Averett stretch of West Main Street and Woodland Drive will continue shining, as well as the other lights around campus… Read More

Ferrum College Gears Up for Spring Semester

1/11/2021 by The VCF Board

FERRUM, Va. (WDBJ) - Students are getting ready to head back to class, and Ferrum College says it is going into the spring semester with more confidence than before.

The campus is quiet before students return Jan. 19 for the first day of class.

College President Dr. David Johns said the pandemic has thrown its punches, but it’s also brought new opportunities.

“When… Read More

Rural Enrollment Article from the Washington Post

12/15/2020 by The VCF Board

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Tenn. — You could easily find reasons Kali Lindsay should not be in college right now. She lost her mother at age 8. At 16, for her own good, she left home.

To support herself (she moved in with an older brother) in high school she worked 30 hours a week at an Arby’s next to a weed-studded field in a retail park, earning $8.20 an hour. She closed, at 1 a.m., forcing a… Read More