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  • Papers accepted for each issue will be published in both Inquiry and the Inquiry Electronic Edition.
  • Papers should be prepared according to the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th edition, or the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition.
  • Manuscripts should not exceed 6,000 words.
  • By email, send the manuscript and a two- to six-line biography as Microsoft Word attachments
  • Submissions of student artwork for the 2014 issue are due by August 16. Please see Call for Art or contact Ghazala Hashmi for more information.
Cover Artwork Contest
Open to All Virginia Community College System students. Inquiry invites community college students to submit their best artwork for possible publication on the front cover of the journal. Works may be photographs, drawings, paintings, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, and digital images. Prize: $250 and copies of the journal. Please contact Ghazala Hashmi at
  • Artwork must be original, previously unpublished, and created by a student enrolled in a Virginia community college.
  • A student may submit up to three images for consideration.
  • Photographs, drawings, paintings, ceramics, sculpture, print making, and digital images are welcome.
  • Images should be submitted in digital form by email attachment. The winning artwork will be selected by the journal’s editors,

Volume 5, Number 1
Spring 2000

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Virginia Currency, 1777

What Is Transfer Like? Vignettes from Interviews of Community College Transfer Students
by Patricia L. Harrison

The degree of difficulty in students making the transition to a four-year institution after graduating from a two-year institution is illustrated by two vignettes and a discussion of the importance of establishing a niche.
Curriculum Design for Workforce Development: A Common Language
by Louis L. McGinty
This article follows up on an article published in the Spring 1999 edition of Inquiry regarding the Work Keys system being advanced by several of the community colleges of Virginia. The first article evaluated the system from the perspectives of educational philosophies and andragogical principles. This article evaluates the Work Keys system relative to accepted curriculum design use as the system continues to grow with Virginia's business and industry community.
The Teaching Fellows Program: A Collaboration between Piedmont Virginia Community College and the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia
by Eleanor Vernon Wilson
Piedmont Virginia Community College and the University of Virginia have worked collaboratively to recruit, prepare, and mentor non-traditional students in teacher education. The partnership involves faculty at both institutions and includes provisions for facilitating the transfer of community college students into the five-year teacher education program in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia.

Deterring Plagiarism in the Age of the Internet
by Elizabeth Guiliano

Guiliano suggests some effective means of identifying and preventing plagiarism in our era of high technology.
Field Trips and Developmental Education
by Gladdys W. Church
A teacher of developmental English details her methods for increasing student ability to process and analyze information.
Making Culture and Language Real in a Rural Setting: The Technology Connection
by Elizabeth A. Smith
Technology can help rural community colleges find a way to provide cross-cultural contacts for language students.
Making Large Classes More Interactive
by John Brenner
A sociology instructor describes his method of using prompts to allow students to have more "voice" in a large class.
Entrepreneurship Education in the Virginia Community College System
by Richard L. Drury and Walter D. Mallory
Research findings in this study indicate that entrepreneurship training and education is not a priority at all Virginia community colleges.  This same research indicates that there is strong demand for such offerings from students enrolled in the VCCS.
The Integration of Technology at Loudoun Campus, Northern Virginia Community College: A Faculty Survey
by Debbie Naquin
Naquin examines key factors influencing how faculty have integrated technology into the classrooms at the Loudoun campus of NVCC.
The Use of Part-Time Faculty in the Community College
by David Brewster
Brewster examines the problem of the community colleges' increasing reliance upon part-time faculty.