Our Next Big Idea

Valencia's QEP

Beginning in November 2011, Valencia College faculty and staff members were involved in a deliberate collaborative process to discuss and design the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) that is part of the decennial review of accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Valencia’s QEP effort is a reflection of the intersection between our past initiatives, work completed by QEP design teams, new requirements regarding developmental education from the Florida legislature, and the practical demands of committing to a Quality Enhancement Plan that is both meaningful and manageable.

The design process was formally presented and adopted by multiple levels of College governance and consisted of four phases: Education and Planning, Narrowing the College's Strategic Focus, Building Consensus, and QEP Design and Articulation. The process invited and engaged substantial numbers of students, faculty and staff.

Valencia College’s QEP is to create a New Student Experience that will provide a coordinated experience for all new students with fewer than 15 college-level credits at Valencia. The plan has curricular and co-curricular components that will be implemented and enhanced over the next five years, but with the majority of the scale of proposed initiatives achieved within the first three years. The New Student Experience will include a required credit-earning course and an extended orientation to college; student success skills integrated into select program introduction courses; front door general education alignment, and career and academic advising to include the development of an individualized education plan. We envision the new student experience will result in enhanced curricular and co-curricular student engagement, leading to the successful completion of the first 15 college-level credits at Valencia. Wherever possible, the curricular aspects of the new student experience will be offered in partnership with faculty in academic and career programs.