An Update on the Strategic Planning Process

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A message from Susan Ledlow, Vice President, Academic Affairs and Planning

A very sincere thank you to those who attended the Big Meeting on Friday, February 5, 2016. We had a record high attendance of 171 participants. Faculty comprised the largest percentage of participants at 34 percent, with professional staff at 32 percent, administrators at 27 percent and career service staff at 7 percent. For additional meeting details, click here.

After Big Meeting, the Strategic Planning Steering Committee met and incorporated the feedback provided on each learning initiative. An update on the planning process was also presented to the Executive Council, which oversees the work.

Based upon the feedback from the Valencia community and the Executive Council, the only significant change was to the Teaching for Learning in the 21st Century initiative. There was a clear and consistent message that, while the initiative is important, the vision for the work has not been defined well enough to include it as a stand alone initiative. The Steering Committee incorporated some of the goals from the 21st Century team into the Evidence-Based Learning Initiative. In addition, the co-chairs of Governance Councils have been tasked with developing a plan to explore next steps in this area.

Another significant outcome of Big Meeting was that it led to further development on the community side of the strategic plan. Three themes consistently emerged from all the data we have reviewed, the feedback from our campus-based Year of Reflection sessions and the discussions at Big Meeting: we need new initiatives related to Community Connections, Purposeful Partnerships and the Educational Ecosystem of Central Florida. The draft vision, goals and some examples of the types of work that might emerge from those initiatives can be found on the Strategic Planning Web page.

Your feedback is encouraged and valued throughout the development of our plan. A link to our blog may be found on the strategic planning page provided above. The timeline for completion of this work is updated on the site as well, so that you can see more details about the plans for moving forward.

Thank you again for your continued engagement in this process. Should you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Karen Borglum, assistant vice president, curriculum and assessment, at kborglum@valenciacollege.edu or extension 3455; Noelia Maldonado Rodriguez, planning support specialist, at nmaldonado5@valenciacollege.edu or extension 3487, or me at sledlow@valenciacollege.edu or extension 3423.

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