Welcome to the Student Affairs web site!
Our Student Affairs division has focused since the mid-1990’s on the design and implementation of systems that support students in the achievement of their career and educational goals. This work has been accomplished through the development of three major systems: LifeMap, Atlas, and Learning-Centered Student Services.
LifeMap is our developmental advising model that promotes social and academic integration, education and career planning, and acquisition of study and life skills. Organized into a five stage model of student progression, the focus is on student planning and goal setting, creating a normative expectation that student have life, career and academic goals, and setting up a system of engagement to establish and document those goals for each student.
We went live in 2002 with our Atlas portal that was designed to support our learning-centered focus and create "connection and direction" for students, faculty and staff. In Atlas students can get information about their educational plans, academic progress, services to support their goals, and receive just in time prompts through a series of automated communications (e-mails) that lets them know where they are in various educational processes (e.g. application to enrollment, degree audits, graduation processing). We have Atlas labs on each campus in which students can get help in using Atlas.
Finally, in 2003, we reorganized our service delivery model with a focus on student learning the end-to-end processes they need to complete their educational goals at Valencia. Students begin their on-campus interactions at the Answer Center where staff cross-trained in admissions to enrollment processes, advising, financial aid, student records, and graduation can help them learn the educational processes they need to complete at that point of their degree programs. The staff help the student understand the complete process they are engaging rather than just answer their first question. Our goal is to have each student leave the Answer Center with an understanding of the process and knowing what their "next step" is. Other student affairs staff continues to engage students through these processes based on their area of expertise (advising and counseling, assessment, career counseling, financial aid, student development, international students, students with disabilities, honors).
We’ve provided links on this page to information that might help you better understand our focus and organization. Please email me if I can provide additional information to help you.
Dr. Kim Sepich
Vice President for Student Affairs