Archive for the ‘Strategic Goal 1: Build Pathways’ Category

  • DirectConnect Program Among Nation’s Best for Increasing Hispanic College Success

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

    Valencia College’s DirectConnect to UCF program has been selected by Excelencia in Education, a Washington, D.C.-based organization, as America’s top program…

  • My Word: Valencia’s award a community achievement

    Tuesday, December 20, 2011

    Orlando Sentinel, My Word: Valencia’s award a community achievement By Sandy Shugart December 20, 2011 In the wake of the announcement that Valencia…

  • Valencia Wins Top Aspen Prize!

    Tuesday, December 13, 2011

    Dear Friends, Only moments ago, I enjoyed one of the highlights of my career and of Valencia College’s 43-year history when…

  • Take Stock in Children Golf Tournament Raises $55K for Scholarships

    Tuesday, April 26, 2011

    More kids will have a shot at college following yesterday’s Take Stock in Children Golf Tournament at Lake Nona Golf and…

  • National Spotlight on Florida Community Colleges Offering Bachelor’s Degrees

    Thursday, August 12, 2010

    Inside Higher Ed explores the issue of Florida’s community colleges offering bachelor’s degrees in this article published today.

    Not Just a Foot in the Door
    August 12, 2010

    “Given that there was still demand for these programs, Central Florida wanted Valencia to take on at least two of them. So, if Valencia wins the state board’s approval, it plans to begin offering baccalaureate degrees in engineering technology and radiology imaging. Shugart acknowledged that if his institution did not offer these degrees they probably would not be offered in and around the Orlando area. Still, he is not eager to add any more four-year degrees.

    ‘We would not have done this if [Central Florida] had not approached us,’ Shugart said. ‘We have our hands pretty full already. As long as the need was met elsewhere, we wouldn’t have done this. … At least for now, ‘community’ is our middle name. I’d like to keep it that way.'”

  • Exchange Agreement Signed with College in the Netherlands

    Sanford Shugart Signs Exchange Agreement

    Wednesday, April 28, 2010

    May 2010 Officials from Valencia Community College and Koning Willem I College in Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, signed an agreement this week…

  • Goal One Essay: Build Pathways

    Tuesday, October 20, 2009

    by Sandy Shugart
    October 2009

    Deepening Our Commitment To Access

    What has made Valencia a “better place to start” for more than forty years? There are many ways to answer this question, but as we have discussed this with hundreds of faculty, staff, and students over the past two years of planning, four cornerstones have emerged: access, excellence in teaching and learning, amazing colleagues in collaboration, and powerful partnerships. These will continue to serve as cornerstones of our shared work, but we have discovered that each will require renewal, a fresh commitment to stretch ourselves and our vision to serve students in the coming several years.

    In this and three essays to follow, I will explore the substance of our 2008-13 strategic plan by revisiting each of these four cornerstones and relating them to the directions emerging from our strategic planning. You will find the documents relating to the college’s strategic plan on the web at http://valenciacc/strategicplan. The full plan can be found at