Our Next Big Idea

Valencia History

In our process to develop the QEP, it was important to ensure the connection to the college's past in order to build an authentic continuation of our work. Guided by the QEP design principles, the QEP process should "demonstrate a tangible and meaningful connection to the College's Learning-Centered past," while focusing on the student experience. A review of Valencia's history is integral to this approach and will allow us to "build upon other institutional activities and priorities wherever possible (e.g. the 2008-2015 Strategic Plan, Campus Plans, Program Reviews for the Associate in Arts and Science Degrees, Direct Connect, etc.).

"Valencia Community College: A History of an Extraordinary Learning Community"

The history of Valencia chronicled here tells of a college populated by people of extraordinary commitment, talent, energy, and hope. These, and many other strengths, have made and continue to make Valencia a remarkable place to learn and work.

-Dr. Sanford Shugart, Valencia College President

Valencia History Milestones


Our Work


Institutional Assessment



Foundations of Excellence

Strategic Planning: Big Meeting 2012 PowerPoint

East and Winter Park Campus Plan

Osceola and Lake Nona Campus Plan

West Campus Plan

Valencia's Strategic Plan

Valencia's Advising Survey Results






Completion Agenda Websites

Completion Agenda Videos


Completion Agenda Data

Schneider, M., Yin, L.M. (2012) Completion Matters: The High Cost of Low Community College Graduation Rates. American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 2.

  • 30% of higher education students are enrolled in community colleges
  • The community college three-year graduation rate is 20%; 1 in 4 students in community colleges will graduate.
  • In 2009, over four hundred community colleges had graduation rates less than 15%
  • In 2009, over 320,000 full-time degree seeking students who entered community colleges in 2006 had not earned their degree, and most were no longer enrolled in any postsecondary institution.
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the nation has an unmet need of around 300,000 new employees with associate's degrees per year.


Possible solutions

  • Streamline remediation programs
  • Restructure traditional college programs
  • Provide more online delivery options for courses
  • Establish competency-based models of education - students progress through courses at their own pace as they master learning outcomes

Time is the Enemy: The surprising truth about why today's college students aren't graduating ... and what needs to change. Complete college America. Sept. 27, 2011. CCA National Embargo

Selingo, J. (2012) The Rise and Fall of the Graduation Rate. The Chronicle of Higher Education.

"About one-third of students now transfer from the college where they started, according to a recent report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center."

College Completion: Who graduates from college, who doesn't, and why it matters. The Chronicle of Higher Education.

  • 4.3 Million freshman started college in 2004
    • 2.1 million didn't officially graduate - includes dropouts
    • 1.2 million aren't counted. "It's impossible to know whether many freshmen graduated or not, because the U.S. government simply doesn't track them. Part-time students are among those not counted."


Reference Documents