Board of Trustees Approves New Orlando Mid-town Center for Accelerated Training

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Valencia College’s District Board of Trustees authorized a lease agreement with Princeton Oaks Industrial Investors to open a new Orlando Mid-town Center for Accelerated Training north of State Road 50, off of John Young Parkway. This facility will be Valencia College’s largest Center for Accelerated Training at 26,400 square feet and will increase our Accelerated Skills Training offerings beyond our existing facilities: the Advanced Manufacturing Training Center in Kissimmee and three Centers for Accelerated Training on Downtown, Osceola and Poinciana Campuses.

The new center is expected to serve more than 400 students per year and could grow to over 500 per year in programs such as apartment/maintenance technology, carpentry/home building, masonry, distribution operations, certified fork lift technician, medical office specialist, clinical medical assistant, information technology networking support specialist, electronic board assembly, welding and commercial truck driving. The location of the center, in an industrial park, will also provide opportunities for partnerships with employers. For the full presentation, click here. 

Additional topics discussed at the meeting included:

Strategic Impact Plan Metrics
Vice President of Analytics and Planning Brandon McKelvey and Executive Vice President and Provost Kathleen Plinske updated the board on metrics for Valencia’s next Strategic Impact Plan. Draft goal areas had previously been presented to the board during the July 2020 District Board of Trustees meeting.

In September and October 2020, 16 Impact Plan forums were held for employees to provide feedback on the four proposed Impact Plan goal areas. There were nearly 400 participants in these meetings who provided feedback. An additional 130 recommendations were received through surveys or email. Student Government Association leaders also provided their feedback through the Provost Student Advisory Board.

Employee feedback revealed strong support for the four goal areas with a large majority of employees reporting that the goal areas both represented Valencia College’s most important work and were aligned with their job roles. Employees and students shared recommendations for revisions to the names of several of the goal areas to increase clarity. Revisions included changing “Access” to “College Access”; “Transfer” to “Transfer Success”; and “Workforce” to “Career Readiness.” The goal area name, “Graduation” would remain unchanged.

In addition to feedback from employees and students, leaders from the school districts of Orange and Osceola counties provided feedback on the College Access goal area, and leaders from the University of Central Florida provided feedback on the Transfer Success goal area. A synthesis of all feedback was then shared with the Leadership Forum, Valencia’s governance council composed of administrators and faculty leaders from across the College, to advise on a final draft of the metrics and targets for each goal area. The following four metrics and targets represent the results from the collaboration of these groups.

  • College Access – By 2030, 80% of Orange and Osceola county students of each race/ethnicity for each county will attend a postsecondary institution in the year following their high school graduation.
  • Graduation – By 2030, the five-year disaggregated graduation rates for degree-seeking students of each race/ethnicity will exceed 50% so that more than half of all degree-seeking students of each race/ethnicity who enroll at Valencia in the 2025-26 academic year will complete an associate degree from Valencia by summer 2030.
  • Transfer Success – By 2030, 65% of students of each race/ethnicity who earn an A.A. or A.S. degree from Valencia College and enroll in a baccalaureate degree program at the University of Central Florida or Valencia College will earn their bachelor’s degree within four years of matriculating to a baccalaureate program.
  • Career Readiness – By 2030, Valencia College students will earn 12,000 high-quality workforce credentials annually. These credentials will include A.S., B.A.S. and B.S. degree completions, Accelerated Skills Training completions, postsecondary adult vocational certificate (PSAV) completions and qualifying technical certificate completions. To move toward equity in educational attainment and factoring in expected changes in demographics, we would expect at least 50% of these credentials to be awarded to Hispanic students and at least 25% to be awarded to Black students.

View the full Strategic Impact Plan metrics presentation.

Semi-finalist Candidates for College President Position
Trustees approved the unranked slate of semi-finalists for the Valencia College presidency, as recommended by the Presidential Search Committee. For a list of semi-finalists as well as dates, times and Zoom links for employees to meet the semi-finalist candidates during town halls, visit the Presidential Search website. To read about the next steps in the presidential search process, read this update from Vice President of Organizational Development and Human Resources Amy Bosley.

Provost Update
During Kathleen Plinske’s provost update, she shared the College’s October 2020 student outcomes and that our five-year graduation rate is the highest ever — including when disaggregated by race/ethnicity — and surpasses that of our peer institutions. To view the student outcomes, click here.

Valencia Foundation Annual Audit Review
For the 19th consecutive year, Valencia College Foundation received an unmodified opinion — the highest level of approval — from an independent audit team. Foundation President and CEO Geraldine Gallagher presented the annual audit to the trustee board, along with key financial elements. For the 2019-2020 fiscal year ending March 31, 2020, the foundation’s net assets were $86.6 million and its endowment value was $75.9 million. The foundation disbursed $7.9 million, which included: $2.6 million for student scholarships; $5.1 million for programs, equipment and faculty support; $49,000 for community support;  and $157,000 for college administrative support. View the full audit report.

COVID-19 and Spring Term 2021 Update
Amy Bosley shared that as of Wednesday, October 21, 2020, Valencia College had 38 students or employees with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis who had been onsite, low in comparison with other institutions. Since August 2020, only one class required to be quarantined due to close contact with someone who had a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. Compliance with safety protocols has significantly reduced the need to disrupt educational experiences for students and faculty.

Kathleen Plinske explained that course success rates for online courses during the Summer 2020 term were comparable to the success rates for face-to-face courses in the Summer 2019 term. Additionally, she shared that for the Spring 2021 term, the majority of our courses will remain online with a limited number offered on our campuses. The College will offer about 50 additional courses in a face-to-face or mixed-mode format this spring as compared to fall. For the full presentation, click here.

East Campus Report 
As the board meeting was originally scheduled to take place on the East Campus before moving online, Interim President of the East and Winter Park Campuses Wendy Givoglu presented the East Campus report. Currently, there are 273 students taking face-to-face courses on the East Campus in 27 sections.

Dean of Learning Support Leonard Bass also shared the Learning Support collaborative leadership model designed to: provide a common experience for students across the College; develop collegewide goals and strategies; increase efficiencies and share resources; improve communication throughout the division collegewide; focus on innovation and collaboration; and leave space for campus-based decision making and honor the unique needs of each campus. View the East Campus report.

Additionally, East Campus Student Government (SGA) Association President Esther Perceval and Vice President Fioranny Santana presented the East Campus SGA report, which included an update on the First 15, a peer-to-peer calling campaign to encourage other students to remain in their courses, participating in the Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education and providing feedback on Strategic Impact Plan goals.

Financial Report
During the financial report, Vice President of Business Operations and Finance Loren Bender thanked faculty and staff for their financial stewardship as the College addresses an approximately $9 million revenue shortfall created by state budget reductions offset by some aggressive cost management actions taken to avoid employee layoffs and furloughs. Read the financial report here. 

For more information on the meeting, visit the meeting webpage.

The District Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at the West Campus. During this meeting, the Presidential Search Committee will present an unranked slate of finalists for the college president role to the board.

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