Updates on Our Strategic Planning Process

A message from Susan Ledlow, Vice President, Academic Affairs and Planning

As part of our commitment to being open, inclusive and transparent, I wanted to give you an update on where we are in the strategic planning process.

This past spring, the process for developing the strategic plan and the existing work to be included in the plan was vetted through Executive Council. Following Academic Assembly, a call to join a strategic work team was sent, and I am very pleased to announce that 209 of our colleagues expressed interest in joining the work.

From that call for participation, we also received more than 30 suggestions for new strategic initiatives. The Strategic Planning Process Steering Committee reviewed all suggestions and found that some of them aligned to existing strategic planning teams. For example, there were a number of suggestions related to building pathways for students, which is included in both the NSE and DirectConnect work. Employees who suggested work that is already underway were invited to join the existing teams.

On Friday, September 25, 2015, our Strategic Planning Kick-Off event was held at the School of Public Safety, where 132 employees attended. President Shugart welcomed us and urged us to keep our thinking strategic and not operational. Participants then divided into five strategic planning work teams: Assessment for Learning, DirectConnect 2.0, New Student Experience, Online Learning and Part-Time Faculty Engagement.

Each of the five work teams had co-facilitators and assigned steering committee members who shared the history of the initiative and provided data relevant to the current state of the work. The teams then began to draft working theories, vision statements and goals for each strategic initiative. The day, though long, was exhilarating.

Next Steps
During October and November, the five teams will meet independently to write objectives and assessments for each goal, and a final draft report will be prepared by December. All progress on the goals will be updated on the Strategic Planning website.

Additionally, based on input and response to the call for participation, the Steering Committee determined that there was significant energy around the formation of a strategic teaching initiative, which is tentatively called Teaching for Learning in the 21st Century. The 21st century themes that were proposed included: education for sustainability, effective use of technology in the classroom, service learning, global learning, and peace, justice and inclusive excellence.

For those of you interested in participating in this new area, please send an email to Noelia Maldonado at nmaldonado5@valenciacollege.edu so that we can add you to the work team. The Steering Committee is meeting with the faculty and staff who made the initial suggestions on Thursday, October 22, 2015, from 9 – 10:30 a.m. at the District Office, Room 502. We will have more information about the logistics and the timeline posted on the Strategic Planning website.

Join the Conversation
The development of Valencia’s strategic plan is a collaborative, interactive process, and your input is welcome. A blog has been created for collegewide input on the ongoing strategic planning work, and we encourage you to provide your feedback and ideas to the conversation. Click the button below to access the site.


Remember that you can always get up-to-date information about the strategic planning process on our website and in The Grove.

Thank you to each and every one of you who have participated and offered ideas thus far. We are very excited and pleased by what is emerging!

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