Academic Affairs and Planning
Strengthening Relationships that Build Valencia
The Division of Academic Affairs and Planning includes the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Planning and four departments that report to the Vice President: Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness, Career and Workforce Education, Curriculum and Articulation, and Resource Development.
Faculty and staff receive services directly through all of these offices:
Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs & Planning
In addition to responsibility for the four departments that report to the Vice President for Academic Affairs & Planning, the Vice President is also responsible for the College's relationships with the Federal Government. The office monitors Federal policy that impacts the College and coordinates communications with Members of Congress and the staff of Federal agencies to ensure that Valencia's needs are taken into account at the Federal level.
Also, the Vice President serves as co-chair of the College Planning Council, and in that role is responsible for coordinating the strategic planning process of the College. The Council ensures that faculty and staff are provided with the opportunity to be involved in a collaborative process through which commitments are made to the future direction of the College and through which budget decisions are made in support of the strategic plan.
Office of the Career and Workforce Education
Consistent with the Mission of Valencia College, the Office of Career and Workforce Education works collaboratively college-wide and in partnership with business/industry and the community to develop and strengthen learning opportunities for students that prepare them for a successful transition from college to the workplace while addressing the economic needs of our Central Florida community.
The department includes facets of assessment of workforce demands, program development and review of performance and relevancy of programs to meet the workforce needs, work based learning experiences for students, faculty/staff, internships and workforce services for students, and award of credit opportunities through articulation and Career Pathways for students.
Office of Curriculum and Articulation
The Office of Curriculum and Articulation has the responsibility for the Collegewide Curriculum Committee, the College Catalog, Articulation agreements, and the Course Substitution Committee. Additionally, the office provides collegewide oversight to the Honors College, Supplemental Learning, Learning in Communities, Service Learning, the Developmental Education Initiative, and the Study Abroad program.
The Assistant Vice President serves as the co-chair of the Collegewide Curriculum Committee, and the chair of the Course Substitution Committee. In these roles, the office provides shared responsibility for curriculum development and support in maintaining integrity of program standards.
Office of Resource Development
The Office of Resource Development supports Valencia’s strategic plan through grant development and management, providing services to faculty and staff. Services include facilitating the development of grant proposals; submitting all grant proposals on behalf of the college; providing post-award support including orientation, implementation, and close-out meetings during the life of the grant.
If a faculty or staff member is contacted by another college or organization seeking a partnership with Valencia in a grant-funded activity, the Office of Resource Development coordinates the College's response, including the provision of letters of support and the development of agreements for Valencia's participation in a grant awarded to another entity.
Office of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness
The Office of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness is organized to support the demands of meaningful institutional effectiveness planning and implementation efforts within Academic Affairs and throughout the college. Institutional effectiveness requires the annual articulation of expected outcomes, the development and implementation of appropriate means for assessing results, the collection and analysis of data, and on-going professional development in order to act on assessment results. The department supports these efforts through the work of Institutional Assessment, Faculty Development and the Centers for Teaching/Learning Innovation, the Teaching / Learning Academy for tenure-track faculty, and Institutional Research.
The Assistant Vice President for Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness co-chairs the College Learning Council - the college-wide governing body responsible for quality learning at Valencia College. Members of the department provide college-wide leadership for Valencia’s learning-centered work on a range of committees that include: The Learning Assessment Committee, the Alternative Delivery Steering Committee, the College Data Team, the Institutional Review Board, and the Quality Enhancement Plan leadership teams. In order to support the College’s learning assessment goals; the department hosts an annual State Assessment Meeting for the 28 Colleges in the State College System of Florida and is currently organizing the Community College Conference on Learning Assessment – a national conference scheduled for February 17-19, 2013.
The Assistant Vice President serves as Valencia’s accreditation liaison with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC). The reaffirmation of Valencia’s accreditation with SACS-COC is scheduled for 2014.
For more information, contact:
Susan Ledlow - Vice President for Academic Affairs & Planning, x3423
Nasser Hedayat - Assistant Vice President for Career & Workforce Education, x3327
Karen Marie Borglum - Assistant Vice President for Curriculum & Articulation, x3455
Kristeen Christian - Assistant Vice President for Resource Development, x2909
Kurt Ewen - Assistant Vice President of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness, x3413