No. 106 January 2008

Quality Advocates Topics for Spring 2008

If you would like to attend any of these events, please call the Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment at 814-863-8721 or e-mail Penn State campuses interested in participating in Quality Advocates via videoconference should contact the Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment.

Thinking Strategically about Future Information Technology Investments
Wednesday, February 6, 2008, 10:00-11:30 a.m., 508 Rider II
Speaker: Kevin Morooney, Vice Provost for Information Technology

Planning from a Department Head or Director’s Perspective
Tuesday, February 26, 2008, 1:30-3:00 p.m., 508 Rider II
Speakers: James Dillard, Head, Department of Communication Arts and Sciences, The College of the Liberal Arts, and James Myers, Director, Facilities Engineering Institute, College of Engineering

Leadership and Organizational Performance
Wednesday, March 5, 2008, 1:30-3:00 p.m., 508 Rider II
Speaker: James B. Thomas, Dean, Smeal College of Business

For complete information about the Quality Advocates series, visit

Workshops for Spring 2008

Facilitating Planning, Improvement, and Assessment Projects and Teams
Friday, February 22, 2008, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., 508 Rider II

Applying Quality Principles in Daily Work
Friday, April 4, 2008, 8:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m., 508 Rider II

Off the Shelf: From Ideas to Results
Thursday morning, May 1, 2008
Presenter: Maury Cotter, Director, Office of Quality Improvement, University of Wisconsin, Madison

For complete information on all workshops being offered, visit

To register for any of these workshops, please call the Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment at 814-863-8721 or e-mail

Report: Understanding Adult Learner Program Completion

This paper explores factors affecting degree completion and the use of student financial aid for adult learners and provides some comparison with traditional age students. It was presented at the North East Association for Institutional Research 34th Annual Conference, November 2007. For the full report, visit
For a complete listing of the reports available, visit

Innovation Extracts: 56 Smart Business Ideas for Higher Education

In their December 2007 issue the staff of University Business magazine brought together information on 56 ways institutions of higher education have found to operate more efficiently and effectively. You can read the article at

The complete Innovation Extracts series is available at

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

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 read past issues, see the Office's Web site at

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