The Vision, Values, and Mission Task Force, based on collegewide input at Learning Day on October 31, 2006, has developed the following first draft of revised statements of Vision, Values, and Mission for collegewide consideration. Your comments are welcome. Please contact Task Force convener David Rogers (firstname.lastname@example.org) to share your thoughts. We appreciate your taking time to consider these and share your ideas.
“Valencia Community College: an extraordinary learning community”
Valencia is a publicly supported, comprehensive community college that continually identifies and addresses the changing learning needs of the communities it serves. The College provides::
- Associate-degree programs that prepare learners to succeed in university studies.
- Courses and services that provide learners with the right start in their college careers.
- Associate degree, certificate, and continuing professional education programs that prepare learners for entering and progressing in the workforce
Valencia Community College supports the success of each learner by embracing our values and committing to partnerships with public, civic, and workforce organizations throughout our communities. Our mission is to provide opportunities for academic, technical, and life-long learning in a collaborative culture dedicated to inquiry, results, and excellence.
- Learning by committing to Valencia’s core competencies – Think, Value, Communicate, and Act – and the potential of each person to learn at the highest levels of achievement for personal and professional success.
- People by creating a caring, inclusive, and safe environment that inspires all people to achieve their goals, share their successes, and encourage others.
- Diversity by fostering the understanding it builds in learning relationships and appreciating the dimensions it adds to our quality of life.
- Access by reaching out to our communities, inviting and supporting all learners and partners to achieve their goals.
- Integrity by respecting the ideals of freedom, civic responsibility, academic honesty, personal ethics, and the courage to act.
How did the initial, discussion draft version of the Vision, Values, and Mission statements come about?
Responses from full-time college employees were collected during the morning Visioning Session on Learning Day, October 31, 2006. Two activities during that session produced over 1200 comments on Valencia’s existing Vision, Values, and Mission statements.
An initial sort of those responses was conducted by the Vision, Values, and Mission Task Force Core Editing Team. The team sorted responses based on the existing Vision, Values, and Mission statements to identify duplications and additions.
In November, the Vision, Values, and Mission Task Force identified six emergent themes in the sorted data and recommended the Core Editing Team perform another sorting around those themes. The Task Force reduced those six themes to five at their December meeting. There was consensus that these five, with brief explanatory statements, addressed both the comments received on Learning Day and the spirit of the existing Vision, Values, and Mission statements. The revisions presented the concepts in a simpler and more direct format. The Task Force authorized the Core Editing Team to proceed with a draft of the explanatory statements.
Preliminary drafts of the edited Values, Vision, and Mission statements were shared with the Vision, Values, and Mission Task Force for review and comments in mid-December and on January 16, 2007. This initial discussion draft was the product of that review.
Why do we need Vision, Values, and Mission statements?
One of the primary ways that our accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, evaluates the integrity of “educational quality” is by examining how well the college’s defined learning mission and core values impact student learning. When serious discussions of mission, goals, teaching, student aspirations, learning outcomes, and support services are regular and productive, college processes are more coherent, more meaningful, and more useful to students, employees, and the local community.
The Vision, Values, and Mission statements should guide discussions and actions toward improving learning, realizing aspirations, and identifying challenges and solutions. They should drive strategic thinking at Valencia.
Comments are welcome
In the coming weeks, opportunities for discussion on these draft revisions will be available on all campuses. For more information, for comments, or for scheduling a discussion time for your department or group, please contact David Rogers, Special Assistant, Learning-Centered Initiative.
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