College Update — June 2015

A special message from Dr. Sandy Shugart, Valencia College President

Yesterday, the Board of Trustees passed what we must consider a landmark budget for Valencia College. For many years, we have challenged the legislature to redress the serious inequity in state funding to Valencia and a few other high-growth colleges. This year, the legislature appropriated and the governor approved a significant increase to Valencia’s base budget, closing the gap in our funding almost halfway.

With these new resources, the Board passed a budget today that:

  • adds a substantial number of new tenure track faculty positions;
  • adds a substantial number of new college advisor positions;
  • continues to scale the New Student Experience to all new students;
  • fills out the staffing of the Lake Nona and Osceola Campuses;
  • provides for some significant improvements in organization and staffing in academic divisions;
  • expands international student services and enrollment;
  • continues to refresh the College’s technology infrastructure;
  • budgets for a new bachelor’s degree in ASL Interpreter and an A.S. in Biotechnology;
  • makes some significant new investments in safety and security;
  • prepares the College to plan for and open a new campus in Poinciana; and
  • enables us to do all these things with no increase in tuition and fees.

In addition, the Trustees approved changes in compensation, to be effective in August, including a:

  • 3.75 percent increase to full-time staff and annually appointed faculty;
  • 3.75 percent increase in part-time faculty and overload pay;
  • one step ($1,113) plus 1.9 percent cost of living increase for tenured and tenure track faculty; and
  • 2 percent increase to part-time staff.

You may also have read that the legislature appropriated the next installment of funding ($11.9 million) for construction of the Poinciana Campus. One more installment is anticipated next spring, but the Board moved us toward construction by selecting an architecture firm to work with us on the design this year so we are ready to break ground next summer.

You may have heard in the news that funding for the joint University of Central Florida/Valencia Downtown Campus was not approved. Rest assured that we, along with our partners at UCF and the city of Orlando, remain deeply committed to the project and the mission.

More details on all of this will be shared in the next couple of weeks. Please be alert to them.

Hope this news adds to your enjoyment of the summer and sense of purpose and progress at Valencia.

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