Executive Council Meeting Summary – April 29, 2015

exec-council-apr15-groveValencia’s Executive Council met on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at the East Campus in Building 3, Room 113 from 2 – 5 p.m. The Council received training on effectively exploring disagreement as a strategy for effective collaboration and decision making.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Awardees

Valencia President Sandy Shugart announced that two Valencia College honors students, Faith Culhane and Bobi Stephenson, were among 90 students nationwide to earn the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. This scholarship is one of the most prestigious scholarships in the nation and awards up to $40,000 each year to cover recipients’ educational costs while completing their bachelor’s degrees as well as up to $50,000 per year to complete advanced degrees.

Learning in Our Community Symposium/Invitation to Reflection Updates

Karen Borglum, assistant vice president, curriculum and assessment, shared information about the Learning In Our Community Symposium held in March 2015 and the Invitation to Reflection sessions that were held on each campus and at the District Office from February through April 2015. For a recap on the Learning in Our Community Symposium, click here.

The Invitation to Reflection sessions were held on each campus and at the District Office from February through April 2015. These sessions provided an opportunity to engage faculty, staff, administrators and students in a dialogue about Valencia as a learning-centered institution and the long-range vision for the College. The discussions prompted how we, as a College, will impact student learning and our community and how the results will help to frame the strategic work for the next five years.

Value Proposition

Sandy noted that the College needs a value proposition that is authentic and broad enough for faculty and staff to relate to it and noted that we may need more than one because different parts of the College share in the mission in different ways. Moreover, if we are successful in the strategic planning process, Valencia will be able to uniquely design its value proposition to the community for a given period of time.

Revised Strategic Vision Diagram

Karen reviewed a revised strategic vision diagram. The revisions were based on feedback from the gaps that were identified during the Year of Reflection and things that the College has already committed to over the next five years, noting that still core to Valencia are the following:

  • Mission, Vision and Culture;
  • Four pillars that are the foundation of who we are: Invest in Each Other, Build Pathways, Purposeful Community Engagement and Learning Assured;
  • Philosophies/Big Ideas: Start Right, Anyone Can Learn Anything, Inclusive Excellence, Connection & Direction, etc.

Impact on Student Learning and Impact on Community

As for the Impact on Student Learning and Impact on Community components of the strategic vision, work teams will be formed to examine them in more depth. For Impact on Student Learning, work teams will be formed with an administrator and faculty member co-chairing each team. The Faculty Council will appoint faculty members to serve on these work teams as necessary. For Impact on Community, work teams will be co-chaired by individuals who are deeply connected to the work, not necessarily a faculty member and an administrator.

Strategic Planning

Karen reviewed the Strategic Planning Timeline, which is broken into three phases with expected completion and implementation by August 2016. Phase 1, which included the foregoing work, is complete.

Phase 2 will take place between May and October 2015 and will involve several work team discussions that will involve the collection and synthesis of data for each strategic initiative. Phase 3 will begin in November 2015 and end when the Strategic Plan is finalized and begins in August 2016.

The Council endorsed a purchase Xitracs software to capture the collegewide strategic plan.

College IDs

Joyce Romano, vice president, student affairs, presented recommendations from the College IDs Work Team, which were to:

  • Require obtaining a College ID for all students, faculty and staff.
  • Phase-in this requirement through induction processes for new members.
  • Incentivize obtaining a College ID for current Valencia members through the services integrated into the ID card.
  • Add access to College services to the College IDs as available.
  • Encourage College services to integrate the use of the College ID into their programs, as appropriate.
  • Require everyone in the College community to get a College ID and that we adopt this into our practice.

The next Executive Council  meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, from 2 – 5 p.m. at the East Campus in 5-112.

For more information on the Executive Council, click here.

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