No. 119 April 2009

What’s New

Quality Issues Forum- Team Panel
Friday, May 1, 2009, 1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m., Alumni Fireside Lounge- Nittany Lion Inn

We will be honoring the work of 59 teams at the Quality Issues Forum May 1, 2009. Immediately following the Forum, there will be an opportunity to learn more about 3 of the teams being honored. If you would like to learn how cross functional improvement initiatives really work, join us in the Alumni Fireside Lounge at 1:15 pm when:

  • Jeanie Andrews of the Provost’s Office will share how the promotion and tenure process has become more efficient and less labor intensive.
  • David Gnage will discuss Mt. Alto’s efforts to improve retention rates and increase 6 year graduation rates.
  • Anna Griswold, Student Aid, will explain how 3 offices worked together in a short time frame to implement the direct student loan program.

Priorities for Excellence: Penn State's strategic plan for 2009-2010 through 2013-2014 DRAFT

Penn State is currently developing the next draft of the University's strategic plan. Penn State faculty, staff, and students are invited to read the most recent draft of the forthcoming strategic plan at http://www.psu.edu/president/pia/plans/.

2009 Juran Fellowship Awards

For the seventh year, Penn State doctoral students have competed for Juran Fellowships offered through the Juran Center at the University of Minnesota and Penn State. Of the 14 applicants for the Juran Fellowship Awards in 2009, 9 are from Penn State representing the College of Health and Human Development, Eberly College of Science, the College of Engineering, and the College of Education. The awards will be announced in June. The Juran Fellowship Awards Program is supported by Penn State’s Executive Vice President and Provost Rodney Erickson. More information on the Juran Fellowship Program can be found at http://www.csom.umn.edu/Page5331.aspx.

Feature Article:

Quality Issues Forum recognizes improvement and innovation at Penn State
At the Quality Issues Forum on May 1, 2009, 59 teams of staff, faculty and students will be recognized for their work in improving and innovating processes across the University. This year, the 59 teams are comprised of 508 individuals from five colleges, nine campuses, and eight support units.For the full article, visit http://www.psu.edu/president/pia/features/Issue119.html.
The complete feature articles series is available at http://www.psu.edu/president/pia/features/.

Workshop:

An Overview of Continuous Quality Improvement
Friday, April 17, 2009, 8:30 - 11:00 a.m., 508 Rider
Louise Sandmeyer, Executive Director, Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment

There is no charge for this workshop. To register, call OPIA at 814-863-8721 or e-mail at psupia@psu.edu. Please register by April 10 for the workshop. For further information, visit http://www.psu.edu/president/pia/workshops/overview/.

Support for Planning, Improvement, and Assessment in Your Unit

The Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment supports the University’s efforts to plan, assess, and improve programs and services. The Office is available, at no charge, to consult with units and use organizational change tools to help units assess their needs, develop strategic plans, improve key processes, and develop collaborative team environments. If you would like to discuss the planning, quality, or assessment needs of your unit with one of our consultants, please contact the Office at 814-863-8721 or e-mail psupia@psu.edu.

The Quality Endeavors newsletter is published several times each semester. If you have any questions or comments about what you read here, or if you would like to suggest items for future newsletters, please contact Louise Sandmeyer, Executive Director of the Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment, at 814-863-8721 or psupia@psu.edu. To read past issues, see the Office's Web site at http://www.psu.edu/president/pia/newsletter/archive.htm.

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