Provost Update — February 2019

A Message from Kathleen Plinske, Executive Vice President and Provost

In this February 2019 Provost Update, I welcome our new Vice President of Academic Affairs Isis Artze-Vega, provide an update on our search for our new vice president of student affairs and share upcoming conversations on student learning outcomes, pre-majors and a collegewide model for the Honors program.

Welcome to Isis Artze-Vega, Our New Vice President of Academic Affairs

I am delighted to share that Isis Artze-Vega started as Valencia College’s vice president of academic affairs earlier this month. Isis comes to us from Florida International University (FIU), where she served as the assistant vice president for teaching and learning. Prior to joining FIU, Isis taught English Composition at the University of Miami. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and French from Duke University, a Master of Arts in literature from the University of Miami and a Doctorate of Education in higher education leadership from the University of Miami. To read Isis’ full biography, click here.

Update on Our Search for Our New Vice President of Student Affairs

We received more than 300 applications for the position of vice president of student affairs and are pleased with the depth of the applicant pool. The search committee is currently in the process of reviewing HireVue submissions from 36 applicants, and we expect to schedule finalist interviews in late March or early April. You will have the opportunity to meet our finalists for the position during campus forums that will be scheduled at our East, Lake Nona, Osceola, Poinciana, West and Winter Park Campuses — stay tuned for a more detailed schedule in the next few weeks.

Upcoming Conversations

  • Thanks to the more than 250 of you who participated in Big Meeting on Friday, February 8, 2019. At Big Meeting, we heard from our six Insight Teams who have been exploring some of the hypotheses that we generated together about the conditions that affect student learning and student outcomes at Valencia. At the next Learning Council meeting on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, we will review the feedback collected at Big Meeting and outline our next steps related to changing the conditions that affect student learning and student outcomes so that more students can experience success at Valencia.
  • You may remember that in December, students who had selected a pre-major received notification that their program of study had been updated to AA-General. This spring, we’ll convene a collaborative process to review our pre-majors, transfer plans, degree maps, academic blueprints and other tools that we have developed to better understand what model will work best for our students. Faculty and staff will be invited to participate in this design process — please be on the lookout for more information in an upcoming email.
  • As we look to develop a coordinated, collegewide model for Honors with local campus expressions, Robyn Brighton, director, curriculum initiatives, will convene conversations this spring to gather feedback about the elements of our Honors program that must be consistent across all of our campuses, as well as formulate a vision for the design of a new Honors model by which campuses can propose their own unique expressions of the Honors program. You can expect to see an invitation from Robyn within the next few weeks.

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.

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