Archive for the ‘Strategic Goal 3: Invest in Each Other’ Category

  • 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!

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    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 Three: Invest in Each Other

    Professor Gustavo Morales

    Monday, March 15, 2010

    March 15, 2010
    by Sandy Shugart

    The first two goals in this strategic learning plan – Build Pathways and Learning Assured – are fundamental to our mission as a learning college. They describe where we will focus our attention and resources for the next several years toward improving learning and opportunity for our students. Goals Three and Four are more instrumental in nature, describing how we will work together and in partnership with the community to grow our capacity to achieve the first two goals. They are important means to important ends.

    Extraordinary work requires extraordinary people working in extraordinary ways. Valencia has long been blessed with these vital conditions. The college has given regular attention to hiring the best. In recent years, the hiring processes were substantially modified to recruit earlier and more compellingly. The faculty developed a written summary of what they hoped to see in new colleagues (The Competencies of a Valencia Educator), a document that continues to be revised and to guide search committees. Compensation was modified to make Valencia much more competitive in hiring generally and to enable the college to hire more seasoned educators when they are the best fit by recognizing in the system relevant experience outside the college. More important than these pragmatic changes, though, is a deep culture of looking for and hiring the best.