Learning Leadership Council Meeting Summary — September 16, 2015

llc-banner-groveValencia’s Learning Leadership Council (LLC) met on Wednesday, September 16, 2015, at the District Office. The following items were discussed:

Incentive Components of the Faculty Compensation Plan Redesign

Amy Bosley, vice president, organizational development and human resources, and Carl Creasman, professor of history, and immediate past president, Collegewide Faculty Association, provided the Council with a revised proposal of the Incentive Component of the Faculty Compensation Plan. These changes were made based on feedback provided by the LLC and the Faculty Council. The LLC reviewed the changes and endorsed the revised proposal, and the work team will move forward with implementation. A timeline was presented beginning in August 2017 and ending in June 2019.

Internship and Workforce Services Redesign

Joan Tiller, special assistant, and Nasser Hedayat, assistant vice president, career and workforce education, along with core team representatives from each campus and from Student Affairs, shared the core team findings and recommendations for the Internship and Workforce Services redesign. The Council broke into small groups and provided feedback on the findings.

The Council partially endorsed the recommendations. Suggestions related to improving processes and operations of the internship office were endorsed, but the Council wanted to see the proposed Career Prep course and revised Internship course piloted and evaluated before a full-scale implementation would be approved. It was also agreed that there will be further work on course fees, faculty workloads, faculty compensation for the one-to-one and class-size of model of teaching and increasing the participation of AA and AS students in the program.

Hybrid Design

Wendi Dew, assistant vice president, teaching and learning, and Page Jerzak, associate director, online teaching/learning, presented a work proposal to establish a short-term work team that will look at hybrid design.

The team will examine literature and current practices at Valencia to refine the definition of hybrid learning and design models that meaningfully integrate online and face-to-face instruction in a “planned and pedagogically valuable manner.”

The Council endorsed this work proposal. Going forward, the Council asked that the work teams consider the various models and how they will be communicated and clarified to students.

Academic Initiative Review (AIR) Report

Robyn Brighton, director, curriculum initiatives, and Laura Blasi, director, institutional advancement, shared an Academic Initiative Review (AIR) Report for LinC. Academic initiatives at Valencia are sustained at the college or campus level (like INZ or the LinC program), and they have been developed to impact student learning outside of the degree programs and the disciplines. The AIR is an evaluative process that was developed to better understand the impact of an initiative in order to inform decisions collegewide.

The LLC endorsed the recommendations, and the team will move forward with developing strategies. Also, Karen Borglum, assistant vice president, curriculum and assessment, Laura Blasi, Robyn Brighton and the deans of learning support will work together to develop a process by which AIR can be applied to other initiatives.

Online Learning Teams

Wendi Dew and Page Jerzak provided an update on the Online Learning Teams.

  • The online student preparedness work team is moving toward implementation by February 2015.
  • Multiple work teams, including faculty preparedness, dean/chair development, course and curriculum design and online student services and support, will be bringing proposals to the November LLC meeting for consideration.
  • The course and curriculum design team will be meeting several times over the next month to finalize the products that will be created and outline guidelines for creating or moving courses to online and hybrid formats.
  • The online data and evaluation work team will be meeting monthly to address data and assessment needs for the work teams.

Essential Competencies

Celine Kavalec-Miller, faculty director, TLA, and Carl Creasman provided an update on the Essential Competencies work. For more information, click here.

Strategic Planning Work Teams

Karen Borglum shared that 209 people responded collegewide to join a work team. The strategic planning kick-off will be held on Friday, September 25, 2015.

The next Learning Leadership Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 4, 2015, from 2 – 5 p.m. at the East Campus in Building 3, Room 113.

For more information on the Learning Leadership Council, click here.


  • Karen Cowden said:

    Thank you, Susan for your leadership on this new governance design structure. As our college grows there is a need for space and time set aside to renew relationships and thoughtfully plan big work in order to not grow too fast or unwieldy. As a faculty member knowing our key leaders, such as yourself, Dr. Shugart, and others invest in the efforts to focus on Learning/Leadership at our college allows me to feel protected and as well as proud that we are, even as we expand, still a Valencia "family".

    AMThu, 24 Sep 2015 04:09:34 +0000Thu, 24 Sep 2015 04:09:34 +0000am15,4:09 am

  • Susan Ledlow said:

    Karen, I will need to share your thanks with a very large group of people–it has been a team effort! I'm very encouraged by the number of people who have volunteered their time to serve on the Councils and work teams. We have over 60 faculty and staff working on the online teams alone! Even with growth, reflection and collaboration are still very much a part of our culture. I believe that the new governance processes will help us to reinforce the values that have made us a great place to learn and work.

    PMMon, 05 Oct 2015 19:14:38 +0000Mon, 05 Oct 2015 19:14:38 +0000pm15,7:14 pm

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