Archive for the ‘Strategic Goal 2: Learning Assured’ 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…

  • Goal Two Essay: Learning Assured

    Sunday, March 14, 2010

    March 14, 2010
    by Sandy Shugart

    The title of this goal – “Learning Assured” – generated deep and challenging discussions at every stage of collaboration in shaping the strategic learning plan. No one can guarantee that every student will learn. That kind of assurance is beyond our control, even as a learning college. But the discussions led us to keep the language of assurance both as an aspirational goal and to describe a kind of mindfulness about our results. This mindfulness has already proven to be essential to the significant progress the college has made in fostering steadily improving student learning results for the past decade. Make no mistake, these improving results are both real and important. The college achieves graduation rates that are nearly three times as high as our peer institutions. Student persistence rates from term to term and year to year have risen by some twenty percentage points above our results in the mid-nineteen nineties and most of our peers’ current results. Rates of success in gateway courses have improved and gaps in achievement among various student groups have been narrowed, though this work poses ongoing challenges. These are the ways we represent results formally, and they are remarkable enough. But even more remarkable are the thousands of individual student stories they represent – thousands more succeeding, their lives and perhaps their families transformed by the power of an opportunity made real in performance.