Building Our New Strategic Plan

strategic-planning-groveValencia’s most recent strategic plan, commissioned in 2008, has run its course. The Division of Academic Affairs and Planning is leading the work to develop a process for creating the next iteration of Valencia’s strategic plan. As a part of this process, a Strategic Planning Steering Committee was formed in April 2015, led by Susan Ledlow, vice president of Academic Affairs and Planning, and Karen Borglum, assistant vice president of curriculum and assessment.

To date, input has been gathered from faculty and staff (and some students) during the Invitation to Reflection events held on each campus this spring. Feedback from the Learning in Our Community Symposium also served as a resource, providing information and insights on Valencia as a learning-centered institution — helping to frame the long-range vision of the College.

During this planning process, we will continue to build on our mission and vision. The four strategic goals, or pillars, from the previous plan will remain the focus of the new plan, incorporating the large initiatives that are currently underway, including the New Student Experience, the redesign of online learning, assessment for learning, part-time faculty development and DirectConnect 2.0. In addition, a concerted emphasis will be on deepening our work and impact within the community.

The committee has reviewed Dr. Shugart’s strategic visioning framework, along with the feedback from the Invitation to Reflection events and the Learning Symposium, which has informed the preliminary strategy for developing the plan. The strategic planning timeline has three phases with completion scheduled for August 2016. Phase One included the spring visioning sessions. Phase Two began in May and will involve selection of work team facilitators and members, data collection and review, and identification of major projects for each strategic initiative. Phase Three, set to begin in November 2015, will focus on the drafting and finalization of the strategic plan.

As we proceed with the strategic planning work, several opportunities for involvement in creating our strategic plan will be available and your input and participation are needed. This week, we will be forming strategic planning work teams that will assess the progress of current, collegewide initiatives and make recommendations on how to further the work over the next three to five years. Participation on work teams will be open, and faculty and staff will be able to sign up to serve on a strategic planning work team.

Additional information will be shared at this year’s Academic Assembly, in subsequent campus communications and in The Grove and The Juice newsletter. If you would like more information on the strategic planning process, contact Noelia Maldonado Rodriguez, planning support specialist, at or extension 3487.

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