Board of Trustees Learns About the Downtown Campus Experience from Students

The Valencia College District Board of Trustees celebrated the opening of the new Downtown Campus during its first meeting at the campus since its opening. During the Wednesday, February 26, 2020, meeting, trustees listened to a panel of students who shared their experiences about the new campus.

“It’s a sleepover that never ends,” exclaimed student Correay Crichlow, who appreciates being close to classes and her on-campus job. She explained that by not needing a car, she avoids traffic, which reduces her stress.

Student Courtney Burkhart, who is attending Valencia College’s Downtown Campus via the Disney Aspire program, shared that a benefit for her is learning on similar state-of-the-art culinary equipment that she would use in a culinary role at Disney, where she’d like to use her skills upon graduation.

Students from the Downtown Campus Student Government Association (SGA) introduced themselves to the board by sharing their goal to create events that make students feel at home on the new campus. They explained that, unlike other Valencia College SGAs, they serve a dual role: on the SGA, as well as on an integrated programming board with University of Central Florida (UCF) students called Downtown Student Life.

SGA recently conducted a Downtown Campus survey, which listed some of the benefits of being at the Downtown Campus, as perceived by students. Specifically, they listed opportunities in Downtown Orlando, campus engagement activities, affordable housing at UnionWest at Creative Village, proximity of classes to housing, and the recreation center.

Adding to the Downtown Campus conversation, Faculty Association President Stanton Reed shared a video about Learning Support services on the campus. View the video below.

Customer Relationship Management Vendor Approved
Valencia currently uses a variety of computer-based and manual processes to support the student lifecycle, from pre-enrollment, admissions, enrollment, advising, graduation, transfer and beyond. To provide intentional interaction for enhanced communication throughout the student lifecycle with functionality such as mobile-enabled, text/email/chat, multiple application types, early alert for advising, event scheduling and many other functions with advanced reporting, analytics and monitoring capabilities, the College issued an Invitation to Negotiate to identify a qualified service provider experienced in Customer Relationship Management (CRM). A CRM solution will support the entire student lifecycle with sophisticated, personalized and targeted communication, workflow and tracking capabilities.

Ten vendors submitted proposals, and a public evaluation meeting was held on Thursday, December 5, 2019, to review the proposals. Four firms were shortlisted and invited to present on Tuesday, December 17, 2019. The top two ranked firms were then invited to submit their best and final offer, and a public final evaluation meeting was held on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, where the selection committee recommended LLC as the service provider that best meets Valencia’s needs.

The District Board of Trustees authorized Valencia to enter into an agreement with LLC for the purchase of a license to use its CRM software solution for a five-year term. For details on, view the board presentation.

Spring 2020 Enrollment Report 

Spring 2020 enrollment increased 0.4% compared to spring 2019, stated Vice President of Student Affairs Joe Richardson. At the beginning of the spring 2020 semester, Valencia had 44,589 students, compared to 44,394 students at the beginning of the spring 2019 term. Spring 2020 enrollment in the Bachelor of Applied Science in Business and Organizational Leadership program has increased 77.5% since spring 2019. Currently, 1,207 students are enrolled in the program, compared to 680 in spring 2019. For the full enrollment report, click here.

Construction Report
Vice President of Business Operations and Finance Loren Bender shared with the board that construction will begin in late May on the West Campus to add a roundabout at the intersection of Valencia college Lane and Metro Center Blvd. to help reduce traffic. Additionally, construction is planned to begin in late May on the Osceola Campus to add a two-lane road to connect the south entrance to the back road that stops by Center for Accelerated Training. This will provide an additional pathway for vehicles to enter and exit the campus. Both the West and Osceola Campus projects are projected to be completed by fall 2020.

Valencia College Foundation Named Top-performing Community College Foundation
In January 2020, Valencia College Foundation maintained its top position on the roster of Top 10 Community College Foundations by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, based on endowment value per student and fundraising results, as well as additional metrics. Additionally, the 2019 NACUBO-TIAA endowment study revealed that Valencia College ranked second among two-year college endowments in North America. Miami Date College ranked first. Last year, Valencia College Foundation disbursed $8.2 million, including $2.4 million for student scholarships.

Board Member and Employee Recognition
College President Sandy Shugart honored Raymer Maguire III, eminent domain attorney with Maguire Lassman P.A., whose term of service on the board ended. Raymer served twice on the board, from June 2006 through May 2010 and again from February 2014 through August 2019.

Additionally, Vice President of Business Operations and Finance Loren Bender congratulated Assistant Vice President of Financial Services Jackie Lasch for recently receiving the Florida College Council of Business Affairs Ken Jarret award, which is awarded annually to someone who has made a contribution and provided ultimate resolution to a situation that benefits the entire Florida College system, shown exemplary service above and beyond the call of duty, and demonstrated leadership on a task force that resulted in major changes. Jackie was recognized for being a leader of both the Controllers Group and the Accounting Committee for years, leading updates and major revisions to the Florida College System Accounting Manual and leading efforts to unify the flow of general ledger codes into the automated financial reporting system.

Provost Update
Executive Vice President and Provost Kathleen Plinske and Vice President of Student Affairs Joe Richardson presented a high-level overview of financial aid at Valencia. In the 2018-19 academic year, nearly 21,000 of our degree-seeking students had the cost of tuition and fees covered by grants and scholarships; therefore, roughly one-third of our students paid nothing out of pocket to attend. To read more, visit Kathleen’s February Provost Update.

They also shared that students are borrowing significantly less than in past years, a result of financial literacy education and a change that students must now opt in to accept federal loans, rather than opt out, when they receive their financial aid packages.

Policies Approved
The board adopted the following amended policies to conform with applicable laws and regulations, and provide updates to reflect current College practices. Click on each policy below to review the changes made:

The board also repealed Policy 6Hx28:4-15 Offering Continuing Professional Education (Noncredit) Courses on a One-time Basis, as it’s now obsolete.

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

The next District Board of Trustees meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, at 9:30 a.m. at the Osceola Campus, Building 4, Room 105.

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