The Governance structure of Valencia College is based on a shared governance model. As practiced at Valencia, shared governance is a set of processes and procedures through which college faculty, staff, and administrators collaborate in making significant decisions about the College's strategic direction, goals, and related implementation plans. There are four governing councils at Valencia: College Learning Council, College Operations Council, College Planning Council, and the Faculty Council. The four governing councils are responsible to the college community and the District Board of Trustees.
- Oversee curriculum approval (receives recommendations from Collegewide Curriculum Committee), program approval and review, credit and non-credit schedules, and Catalog
- Oversee faculty/professional development, faculty orientation, induction, tenure, and review in collaboration with the Faculty Council
- Oversee College assessment programs, distance learning, learning support, learning resources, libraries, and learning technology, school and university partnerships and articulation
- Coordinate fundraising plans, endowed chairs, scholarships, grants, and awards with Valencia Foundation
- Coordinate learning-related grants (Perkins, Title III, Title V, etc.)
- Coordinate enrollment plans
- Oversee development and management of operational systems
- Perform triage and address management issues beyond the scope of campus leadership or a single division
- Oversee facility master planning
- Oversee technology master planning
- Approve minor staffing and budget adjustments, calendar, commencement, and campus-to-campus coordination issues
- Oversee the Strategic Equipment Process
- Coordinate the development and revision of the Strategic Learning Plan
- Coordinate the development of the annual budget
- Recommend multi-year budget and staffing plans
- Oversee the measurement of institutional effectiveness
- Function as Steering Committee for institutional accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
- Oversee the College's Diversity Plan
- Acts as the official voice of the faculty in matters of college governance, faculty rights, privileges, responsibilities, curriculum, and teaching/learning matters.
- Appoints faculty representatives to other Councils and college-wide standing committees.
- Represents the Faculty Association, which comprises all full-time faculty (though the Association votes on policy-level issues concerning compensation and workload benefits and other matters of special faculty concern).
- Provides meaningful input on formal policy decisions prior to presentation to the District Board of Trustees.
- In collaboration with the Learning Council, participates in planning and decision making related to faculty/professional development, faculty orientation, induction, tenure, and review.
- Legally vested with final decision-making power in all matters of College policy, programs, building, budget, and personnel