From the Desk of the President
Dear Campus Community,
Welcome to the 2013-14 academic year. Here is a short update to start off the new year.
ACCREDITATION VISIT IN SPRING 2014
Our spring 2013 accreditation visit resulted in the college being placed on warning. While our accredited status remains in place, a small team will visit us in spring 2014 to review our progress on the recommendations from our comprehensive visit. This fall we will continue our work to link planning and budgeting and assessment of all student and service learning outcomes. An accreditation progress report will be presented to our Board of Trustees at the end of the fall semester. We must continue to remain focused on this work to assure our sanction is removed and our full accredited status is maintained. Accreditation information is posted on our web site at www.lavc.edu.
Los Angeles Valley College begins our second year with the national designation as a Tree Campus USA—the only California Community College to hold this distinction. We earned this honor in part because of our "Tree Master Plan", which is posted at: http://www.lavc.edu/revitalizingvalley/urbanforest.html. Our commitment to keeping our campus a beautiful destination that all can enjoy generates visible pride in Valley College.
We begin this academic year with four new full-time tenure-track faculty. You will see our new colleagues in the following departments—Child Development, Library, Counseling, and EOPS Counseling. Also, last spring we hired a new Speech instructor who has been hard at work since February. You will meet them all on opening day. Please join me in welcoming our new colleagues.
Our work to ReVitalize Valley College will continue for several more years.
- The Parking Structure/Monarch Center/Student Union, Athletics Training Facility and Community Services Building are all underway.
- The Workforce Development/Administration building is in final design and will break ground next summer.
- Campus Center Renovations will be ongoing.
One project still remains in the District Moratorium. We continue to work for the release of the Media Arts-Performing Arts (MAPA) Center and complete our ReVitalization of Valley College.
Professor Josh Miller, the chair of our college Institutional Effectiveness Council, will lead IEC for a second year. Our ability to link data to planning and decision-making will be a primary focus of the returning accreditation team. Check LAVC Communications Update for more details: http://www.lavc.edu/communicationsupdate/index.html
BUDGET AND ENROLLMENT
The directive from the District for 2013-14 remains twofold: do not exceed your budget allocation and meet your enrollment target. Our exhaustive work to try and balance our budget must continue. We have stopped cutting classes but remain under funded for the 2013-14 year, with a $3+ millon gap to start the year. Our Vice President of Administrative Services has provided more details in his campus communication and we will continue to update our Institutional Effectiveness Council and the college in general on this critical issue.
We continue with our LAVC-PASS (Preparing All Students for Success) plan. You will hear more about LAVC-PASS on opening day.
Thank you for your continued commitment to Valley College. Have a successful 2013-14.
Download a copy of the Fall 2013 Welcome Back Letter from President Carleo (PDF)
Archive - Letters from the President
- July 2013 President's Letter on Accreditation with Revised Actionable Improvement Plans and the ACCJC Team Recommendations (PDF)
- Spring 2013 Welcome Back Letter from President Carleo - February 2013 (PDF)
- Fall 2012 Welcome Back Letter from President Carleo - August 2012 (PDF)
- Spring 2012 Welcome Back Letter from President Carleo - February 2012 (PDF)
- Fall 2011 Welcome Back Letter from President Carleo - August 2011 (PDF)
- Spring 2011 Welcome Back Letter from President Carleo - February 2011 (PDF)
- Fall 2010 Welcome Back Letter from President Carleo - August 2010
- Spring 2010 Welcome Back Letter from President Carleo - February 2010 (PDF)
- Fall 2009 Welcome Back Letter from President Carleo - August 2009 (PDF)