We Want You to Succeed!
It is our mission to create a supportive environment and opportunities for our students to succeed. We aim to provide student support services which will aid our students throughout their entire course of study here and work to promote individual student excellence. We are still developing some innovative services, but below are a few services in place now...
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The Student Handbook is filled with information pertinent to practical and personal student needs. The information provided in the handbook is critical to the VBC experience, policy, procedures and personal development. Each student is required to read the Handbook and provide a signed statement for the College to maintain in each student's file.
New Student Orientation (NSO): All students must participate in new student orientation, which is now offered in a new digital platform in order to accommodate students’ busy schedules. All new students are required to watch an orientation slide show by the 2nd week of each semester and sign at the end, signifying that they’ve reviewed the content. For students who do not complete this by the 2nd week of the semester will have some sort of correspondence (email and/or phone call) encouraging them to do so by the end of the 3rd week of the semester. If the student does not comply, their account will be locked until they comply.
Students are also instructed to download the latest version of the student handbook from the website and sign, signifying that they’ve reviewed the content.
Communication Seminar (CS): A communication seminar is offered periodically throughout the school year. This seminar covers, writing techniques, research techniques, citation styles, preparing and delivering oral presentations, creating and using visual aids (i.e., powerpoint, videos, audio). This is not required, but highly recommended for all students.
Mentored Academic Success
All students will receive academic and student support through the Mentored Academic Success Program, in which they will be assigned a Faculty Advisor and Student Success Coach. The faculty and peer mentors teach strategies for college success assess students’ progress in their courses and sharpen study skills. Mentored Academic Success was designed to provide academic support and develop the competencies necessary to thrive in a college setting.
Faculty Advisors: Each student will be assigned a Faculty Advisor who will provide information that will assist students in planning their degree plan and meeting their specific educational goals. This includes access to course rotations and course recommendations to meet the general education and specific degree requirements for graduation. Students are responsible for their degree progression and completion. Advisors are available to guide students’ course selections each semester to help ensure that the courses being taken are a part of the degree plan for their major. It is the responsibility of the student to notify their advisor of any changes they make to their course selections. Failure to do so may result in additional time to complete their Virginia Bible College degree. Students should talk with their advisor when considering any changes to their major, minor, or course selections. The process of changing majors, adding or dropping a minor, adding or dropping a class or requesting a course substitution is initiated at the VBC office so a student must talk with their advisor before any of these actions can be taken.
Student Success Coaches: Each student is assigned Success Coach who will track with them throughout the entire matriculation here at VBC. The Coaches are Spirit-filled VBC Alums and/or CPE Doctoral students who are here to ensure that students grow spiritually, thrive, and succeed here at VBC! Usually, students last name A-G, CPE Doctoral Student 1 is your Coach. Students H-M, CPE Doctoral Student 2 is your Coach. Students N-Z, CPE Doctoral Student 3 is your Coach. Given that these are students, your coach may change from time-to-time. Doctoral students, your Coach is Dr. Shennell January.
Opportunities for Ministry and Student Outreach
There are several services that students who join VBC can access and enjoy. Among them are the following:
Acts of Service – Students will volunteer at a designated area of outreach once a semester. There will be a list of venues provided for students to choose from. Students will have the head of the venue to complete a service log at the conclusion of the event.
Mission Trip – Students are required to participate in missions trips. There will be a trip scheduled each summer. Announcements will be made via the website, Populi, and social media.
Café: The café area, which is direct to the front-facing left of the sanctuary, is here for your use. There is a microwave you can use and tables to sit and eat or rest.
Wi-Fi: There is free Wi-Fi for your use.
Student IDs: Every student will get a Student ID, which can be used for student discounts at various venues.
Grace Resource Center: Each student qualifies for a Gift Certificate to use at the Grace Church Resources Center to purchase books.
Free Parking: VBC provides plenty of free parking on campus, with over 150 spaces. There are multiple public parking options available close to campus as well.
Free Copying: Students have access to free copying services. The copier is located in the Ambassador Center right outside the back entrance of the multipurpose room.
Virginia Bible College maintains records about each student in hard copy and computerized forms, both for internal use in connection with its academic programs and records. Student records will be retained for five (5) years beyond the student's final term of enrollment, with the exception of transcripts and academic records which shall be retained and preserved for fifty (50) years.
Confidentiality of Student Records
Virginia Bible College provides confidentiality of student records. Academic records will be preserved in both hard copy and on computer disc. Information on either format will be held in confidence and will be available only to recognized authorities or to the student himself. The hard copy records will be protected in a locked file, the key to which shall remain in the custody of either the Vice President of Academic Affairs or the Registrar. Computerized information will be protected by a password system. This policy is also in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) as amended.
FERPA is designed to protect the privacy of education records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review their records, and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal and formal hearings. Students also have the right to file complaints with the FERPA office concerning alleged violations by the College or failure to comply with the act. The College is committed to following the FERPA, and The College’s institutional policy concerning privacy rights of students explains in detail the procedures to be used by the College for compliance with the provisions of the act. VBC reserves the right to forward education records to other institutions that have requested the records and in which the student seeks or intends to enroll or is already enrolled so long as the disclosure is for purposes related to the student’s enrollment. Copies of the College’s institutional policy and a list of all records maintained on students by the College are available from the VBC office.
Change of Student Information
Students who began their educational journey with VBC after fall of 2014 should change their information through the College’s education management system, Populi. However, those enrolled prior to that time should immediately notify the Office of any changes in name, mailing address, telephone, E-mail, Fax, pager, or cell phone numbers.