The Learning-Centered Initiative
Welcome to the Learning-Centered Initiative,
the Learning College Project at
In 1995, Valencia College launched an institutional
transformation initiative focused on collaborating to become more
learning-centered. The work accomplished and the future plans designed
under the umbrella of the Valencia Learning-Centered Initiative
enabled the college to gain recognition in 2000 by the League for
Innovation in the Community College as one of 12 international Vanguard
Learning Colleges. This Web site provides information about Valencia's
Learning-Centered Initiative for Valencia's faculty, staff, students,
trustees, and interested community members, and serves also to share
our work with other community colleges and interested parties internationally.
Valencia is grateful to the American Council on Education (ACE)
and the W. K. Kellogg Foundation for their support during the formative
stages of our Learning-Centered Initiative, which Valencia developed
as part of the ACE Kellogg-funded project, "Leadership and
Valencia expresses special appreciation to Betty Overton of the
W. K. Kellogg Foundation, and to ACE staff members and consultants,
Madeleine Green, Mary Linda Armacost, Peter Eckel, Narcisa Polonio,
and Robert Shoenberg. Their early and strong belief in what we intend
to accomplish sustained us in the early stages of our work.
Valencia also appreciates the pioneering work of the League for
Innovation and Terry O'Banion in documenting, sharing, and encouraging
the early stages of the Learning College movement, and for their
support for the Vanguard Learning Colleges. The support of the League
and our sister institutions will help to carry us forward.
For additional information about Valencia's Learning-Centered
Initiative (LCI), contact Valencia's liaison to the Learning College Project, Susan Kelley,
Vice President for Resource Development and Governmental Relations,
phone (407) 299-5000, ext. 2967, or email.