Inquiry: The Journal of the Virginia Community Colleges

Author Bio(s)

Dr. McClellan joined the faculty of Northern Virginia Community College in 1975. He was a founder of the Virginia Community Colleges Association and its third President. He has been Dean at NOVA since 2006. He holds a Master of Arts in History, a Master of Philosophy in History, a PhD in American Political History, and an Honorary Doctor of Education.


The community college is an attempt to realize the promise of the Declaration of Independence: the ideal that all are created equal. It is to higher education what universal suffrage is to the ballot, voting rights for all, higher education for all. The mission of the community college is to provide access to education for those to whom it has traditionally been denied.



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