Provost Update — October 2018

A Message from Kathleen Plinske, Executive Vice President and Provost

Help Identify the Conditions that Affect Student Learning at Valencia

At Valencia, one of our big ideas is that anyone can learn anything under the right conditions. One of our primary responsibilities is to establish the environment on our campuses and in our classrooms where learning occurs. While not all conditions that affect learning are within our control, many conditions are within our influence. And, while some conditions that affect learning appear to be outside of our control, we sometimes have the opportunity to influence them through creative partnerships (e.g. Valencia’s partnership with Lynx to address the needs of students with limited access to transportation).

We’d like to collect your thoughts about the conditions that affect student learning and success at Valencia. While we are not yet at the stage of identifying strategies to consider for implementation (we will engage in that work early in the spring), this is an important step to prepare us to identify strategies that have the potential to significantly impact student learning and success.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to share ideas by completing this online form.

Next Steps

Beginning Monday, October 15, 2018, we will review the ideas that you submit related to the conditions that you believe affect student learning and success at Valencia. The input will be shared with Learning Council at its November 2018 meeting when the Council will select the first set of ideas to explore further. The selected ideas, supported by additional quantitative and qualitative data, as well as feedback from students, will be reviewed at Big Meeting on Friday, February 8, 2019, leading to the development of strategies for implementation.

If you’d like to learn more about the next steps, please attend one of our upcoming Campus Forums:

  • Tuesday, October 16, 2018 – 1 – 2 p.m. – West Campus, Building 3, Room 111
  • Tuesday, October 23, 2018 – 1 – 2 p.m. – East Campus, Building 8, Room 101
  • Tuesday, October 30, 2018 – 1 – 2 p.m. – Osceola Campus, Building 1, Room 219B

Revised Student Outcomes Objectives

Over the last month, we’ve collected input about the draft student outcomes objectives that were developed by Executive Council — now known as the Leadership Forum — this summer and shared at Academic Assembly. As a result of your feedback, our revised student outcomes objectives are as follows:

Graduation Rate: The five-year disaggregated graduation rates for students of each race/ethnicity will exceed 50 percent so that more than half of all first-time-in-college (FTIC), degree-seeking students of each race/ethnicity who first enroll at Valencia in the fall 2025 term will complete an associate degree from Valencia by summer 2030.

Academic Momentum: As a leading indicator of Valencia’s graduation rate, more than 75 percent of all FTIC, degree-seeking students who first enroll at Valencia in fall 2021 will earn at least 15 college-level credit hours by summer 2023.

Early Course Success: As a leading indicator of Valencia’s graduation rate, more than 50 percent of all FTIC, degree-seeking students who first enroll at Valencia in fall 2023 will earn all attempted credit hours in their first five courses at Valencia as defined by earning an A, B or C in each course. (Because this is a measure of early course success rather than academic momentum, a time constraint is not an integral part of the objective. However, in order for this measure to serve as a leading indicator for the graduation rate of students entering in fall 2025, this measure will be calculated in spring 2025).

A special thank you to the more than 300 faculty and staff who attended one of our six campus forums to provide feedback on our draft objectives related to student outcomes. These revised objectives will be shared with Faculty Council in October for additional discussion and consideration.

As always, if you have any questions or would simply like to share your thoughts or ideas, please don’t hesitate to reach out directly to me at

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