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Academics in Motion program is a student support services (TRIO) program located at the Winter Park Campus. Students selected for the program receive intensive and comprehensive services including advising, mentoring, tutoring, faculty feedback, enrichment workshops, peer support and cultural trips.

Advanced Placement (AP) and CLEP

Students who transfer AP credit from high school are awarded college credit for specific courses. Students can take CLEP examinations in specific subject areas and earn college credit and satisfy degree requirements. Both programs provide accelerated mechanisms for degree completion at Valencia.

Advising Presentations

Students enrolled in the Student Success courses and in English-as-a-Second Language courses each semester receive special advising programs in their classrooms that review degree completion requirements and specifically prepare them for enrollment in courses for the next semester.

Bridges to Success

Recent high school graduates selected for this program (105 per year) enroll in courses during the summer semester as a transition to the first year in college. Students participate in workshops and support services designed to assist with college transition. Students who successfully complete the program are eligible for a two-year scholarship at Valencia.

Co-Curricular Workshops

Based on evaluations from new student orientation, workshops are designed and implemented to assist students with transition and academic success issues such as time management, stress management, study skills, note taking, reading textbooks, math anxiety, career planning, and substance abuse.

CPT Preparation Options:

The CPT is the standard assessment test used in all Florida colleges. Valencia has designed a multi-layer preparation program for entering students which is described in packets distributed in the admissions process. Options include sample test questions in the packet, practice tests designed by Valencia faculty on reserve in the library, CPT preparation workbooks available for sale in the bookstore, and CPT preparation 3-hour workshops taught by Valencia faculty.

Cyber Adviser

This educational planning software program was developed at Valencia and is very user-friendly. It enables students to plan their educational program to meet all graduation requirements and also to plan what courses to take when over future semesters. Students can adjust their course loads and enrollment plans to meet their educational completion goals.

Cyber Career

This on-line career-planning program is based on the Gordon and Sears (1997) career-decision making model. Through a roadmap theme, the program guides students through self-assessments to explore self, majors, and occupations; examine options and then set goals. Students can transmit their responses to Career Center staff for later discussion or can store their choices in Cyber Portfolio.

Cyber Registration

Cyber Reg is a PC-based, student-friendly interface to the registration system that allows students to view current (real time) open class listings and select courses and sections. The program visually displays when selected courses meet according to day of the week and time of the day which makes it easy for students to select courses and sections that fits their schedule.

Dimensions of Leadership

Leadership programs and workshops are offered to students who want to become involved in campus life and to develop their leadership skills. Students earn credits towards a Leadership Certificate that can be earned through a sequence of involvement in leadership programs throughout their degree program and enrollment at Valencia.

ESL Early Registration

English-as-a-Second Language students are able to receive advising in their classrooms and complete their registration for the next semester early through guided sessions with advisors in order to ensure smooth registration and appropriate course sequencing.

First Time in College Calls

All students who are enrolled at Valencia for the first time receive a phone call from the Enrollment Management Center to check on their experience with the college and offer any suggestions for assistance, if needed. Feedback from these phone calls also help to improve our systems for future new students.

First Time in College Advising

Students who are enrolled at Valencia for the first time and who are not enrolled in the Student Success course are assigned to an advisor for a phone call follow up and an invitation to come to the Advising Center for assistance in developing an educational plan and preparing for the next semesters' registration.

Honors Program

Students who qualify for the Honors Program and have not yet made application are identified through the New Student Orientation program and offered the opportunity to apply for acceptance. Students enrolled in the Honors Program receive special advising and registration prior to our regularly scheduled registration period. Honors courses are small and offer in-depth study of subject matter. Honors graduates have special opportunities for transfer scholarships and admission to competitive four-year colleges and universities.

Learning in Community (LINC)

Students enroll as a cohort into the same set of courses (usually 2 or 3 courses) that are taught collaboratively by faculty who coordinate their syllabi and learning activities. Learning communities support student success through shared support systems and complimentary curricular that enriches the learning experience.

Math and Communications Support Centers

Instructional assistants provide specialized learning systems including computer-based tutorials, supplemental instructional materials, practice assessments, and tutoring to support student success in these academic areas.

New Student Orientation

All degree-seeking students are required to attend an orientation session in which the curriculum introduces them to Valencia, core competencies and LIFEMAP, degree options and requirements, support services, and prepares them for registration in first semester courses. Students can register for courses immediately following orientation.

RoadMap to Success Award

Students enrolled in Student Success classes are given the opportunity to complete criteria based on "best practices" for academic success and to earn a $500.00 award. Students have one academic year and work with an advisor to certify their completion of the criteria.

Student Development

Student Government Associations, a wide variety of student clubs and organizations, campus activities, intramural sports, and Valencia Volunteer programs are actively available for students who want to get involved in campus life. Opportunities are promoted through Welcome Tables, Student Success classes, club and activity fairs, an annual day of celebration for faculty and students (Matador Day), and advertisements on campus.

Student Handbook

The Student Handbook is the "text" for LIFEMAP. It describes what LIFEMAP is, and provides self-assessments and information to guide students through Life Goals, Career Goals, Educational Plans, Building a Schedule, and Academic Success Skills. College information is provided in the chapter that is relevant to each topic. A weekly calendar provides key college dates and allows students to record their assignments and academic schedule. "To Do" cues are provided each week for students according to their LIFEMAP stage.

Student Success Program

The Student Success course is a 3-hour, elective college level credit course in which all new students are strongly encouraged to enroll.  The curriculum focuses on career and educational planning, understanding self and learning styles, and academic success skills. Student Success faculty employ active and collaborative learning strategies to engage students in the learning process. Students develop a Learning Portfolio which starts the documentation of their learning and achievement of Core Competencies at Valencia. Faculty who teach Student Success participate in faculty development workshops to prepare for the course and improve their teaching.

Student Success Support Centers

These centers have computers for student access to Cyber Adviser, Cyber Registration, Cyber Career, Cyber Portfolio, career-planning programs, the Internet, and e-mail. Student Success classes use the centers as learning laboratories for certain class periods. Students are welcome to drop into the Centers at any time.

Tutoring Centers

Free tutoring is available for students who need additional academic support through one-on-one tutoring in specific courses. Supplemental Instruction models are implemented on some campuses. Tutors who are hired have the opportunity to earn a supplemental income while working on campus.

Underprepared Students

Students who are not ready for college level course work in English, reading, and mathematics are  placed  in college  preparatory  courses  based on  their  assessment scores. Policies and procedures are in place to ensure appropriate placement into these courses. Faculty design and implement creative instructional strategies to improve student success. Support services such as the Math and Communications Support Centers, tutoring, students with disabilities services, and academic success workshops assist students in completing these courses.


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