Provost Update — March 2019

A Message from Kathleen Plinske, Executive Vice President and Provost

In this March 2019 Provost Update, I invite you to meet our finalists for the position of vice president of student affairs, provide an update on our work related to the hypotheses we developed related to the conditions that affect student learning and student outcomes at Valencia, and share an update on our next steps related to pre-majors and transfer plans.

Update on Search for Vice President of Student Affairs

I am delighted that we have three finalists for the position of vice president of student affairs who will be visiting Valencia the first week of April. We have scheduled forums at East, Lake Nona, Osceola, Poinciana, West and Winter Park to maximize the opportunity for you to meet them, and I hope that you will have the opportunity to do so. If not, we have made a recording of one of each candidate’s forums available for your review online. To provide feedback on each of the candidates, click here. Please provide feedback by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 5, 2019.

Our Finalists

Forum Schedule

East Campus (Building 8, Room 101)

  • Monday, April 1, 2019 – 1 – 2 p.m. – Dr. Joe Richardson
  • Tuesday, April 2, 2019 – 1 – 2 p.m. – Dr. Carmen Panlilio
  • Thursday, April 4, 2019 – 1 – 2 p.m. – Dr. Johnny Craig

Lake Nona Campus (Room 148)

  • Tuesday, April 2, 2019 – 1 – 1:45 p.m. – Dr. Joe Richardson
  • Tuesday, April 2, 2019 – 3 – 3:45 p.m. – Dr. Carmen Panlilio
  • Friday, April 5, 2019 – 2 – 2:45 p.m. – Dr. Johnny Craig

Osceola Campus (Building 1, Auditorium)

  • Tuesday, April 2, 2019 – 10 -11 a.m. – Dr. Joe Richardson
  • Wednesday, April 3, 2019 – 12:45 – 1:45 p.m. – Dr. Carmen Panlilio
  • Friday, April 5, 2019 – 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. – Dr. Johnny Craig

Poinciana Campus (Room 125A)

  • Tuesday, April 2, 2019 – 8:30 – 9:15 a.m. – Dr. Joe Richardson
  • Wednesday, April 3, 2019 – 2:15 – 3 p.m. – Dr. Carmen Panlilio
  • Friday, April 5, 2019 – 9:45 – 10:30 a.m. – Dr. Johnny Craig

West Campus (HSB 105)

  • Monday, April 1, 2019 – 10 – 11 a.m. – Dr. Joe Richardson
  • Wednesday, April 3, 2019 – 8 – 9 a.m. – Dr. Carmen Panlilio
  • Thursday, April 4, 2019 – 10 – 11 a.m. – Dr. Johnny Craig

Winter Park (Room 107)

  • Monday, April 1, 2019 – 3 – 3:45 p.m. – Dr. Joe Richardson
  • Tuesday, April 2, 2019 – 10:15 – 11 a.m. – Dr. Carmen Panlilio
  • Friday, April 5, 2019 – 3:45 – 4:30 p.m. – Dr. Johnny Craig

Our First Six Hypotheses

The Learning Council met on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, to review the feedback and recommendations collected at Big Meeting related to the first six hypotheses that we have been exploring related to the conditions that affect student learning and student outcomes at Valencia. A special thanks to our Insight Teams who researched these hypotheses and presented their findings at Big Meeting to move the work forward.

The next steps identified by the Learning Council for each hypothesis are as follows:

  • New students who attend New Student Orientation near the start of a term (or after a term starts) enroll in part-of-term courses or in course modalities that do not have a high likelihood of success: Learning Council commissioned a “Start Right” work team to design conditions to not only better support students who attend a New Student Orientation relatively late, but also to better support all new students at Valencia.
  • Students are unable to obtain instructional materials prior to the start of the term due to either a lack of financial resources or a lack of physical access: Learning Council endorsed Faculty Council’s commissioning of a work team to examine the instructional materials adoption process and communication plan.
  • Course attendance and withdrawal policies may have unintended consequences; students who are withdrawn may not experience a sense of belonging and may withdraw from courses on their own when it may not be advisable to do so: Learning Council agreed that this issue requires further study and plans to commission a new type of Focused Inquiry Team at its Wednesday, May 22, 2019 meeting.
  • Requirements for financial aid verification are cumbersome and lead students to withdraw, disproportionately affecting low-income students: Learning Council determined that this is an important issue, but one that does not rise to the level of our system of governance. The Learning Council asked Sonya Joseph, interim vice president of student affairs, to work with the Student Affairs team to identify ways to make the financial aid verification process less burdensome for students.
  • Many students would benefit from an opportunity to develop the non-cognitive skills and abilities necessary for success in college: Learning Council agreed that this issue requires further study and plans to commission a new type of Focused Inquiry Team at its Wednesday, May 22, 2019 meeting.
  • Students may benefit from more diverse pedagogical approaches to create a more inclusive learning environment that fosters a sense of belonging: Learning Council agreed that this issue requires further study and plans to commission a new type of Focused Inquiry Team at its Wednesday, May 22, 2019 meeting.

If you’d like more information about any of these next steps, or would like to express an interest in serving on one of the teams, please email me.

Update on Pre-majors and Transfer Plans

The Learning Council also commissioned a work team to develop a single tool for students to help them identify the courses in which they should enroll to not only meet graduation requirements at Valencia, but also meet program prerequisites and requirements for their intended baccalaureate programs. The work team will meet to develop recommendations in April and solicit feedback in May, including through campus forums. Please be on the lookout for this request for feedback; if you’d like to express an interest in serving on the work team, please email me.

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