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Welcome to the Center for the Advancement of Virtual Organizations

CAVO blog

Northcentral University (NCU) was founded in 1996 as a remote institution of higher education with a unique, one-to-one model. Since the start, NCU has grown to encompass six Schools and over 550 remote employees, both full and part-time. Over the years, we have learned how to lead teams and projects remotely, to challenge the status quo, and to challenge ourselves and our own standards to consistently seek institutional improvement and opportunity. 

Our NCU School of Business has decided to launch the Center for the Advancement of Virtual Organizations to leverage our expertise in the remote leadership and team management arena and to share successes and opportunities with businesses, organizations, and other institutions of higher education. 

In Center for the Advancement of Virtual Organizations, you will find: 

  • Blogs
  • Podcasts
  • School of Business experts
  • Technology Tips, Tools, and Tricks
  • A forthcoming free course on virtual leadership and team management

And resources on subjects such as:

  • Communication
  • Engagement
  • Virtual work-life and work-life balance
  • Emergency Preparedness

We have been planning the development of this Center for a while, but with the recent COVID-19 pandemic we knew now was the time to share. Though most of our NCU employees are remote, not all were, and several of our partnering organizations and stakeholders have abruptly transitioned to now working from home. Planning for emergency preparedness is something all individuals, households, and organizations wrestle with; COVID-19 is highlighting new areas of emergency preparedness contingency planning many of us never considered. The initial information you’ll find in this Center for the Advancement of Virtual Organizations will be about emergency preparedness and the logistics of abruptly shifting from face-to-face to remote work. 

We invite you to join us on this journey. We welcome feedback and suggestions for topics to cover related to virtual work. Please email us at

Dr. Abigail Scheg
Associate Dean of Faculty
NCU School of Business