No. 113 October 2008

What’s New: 2008-2013 Unit Strategic Plans Submitted

Strategic plans for each of Penn State’s colleges and budget units were submitted during summer 2008. Many of these plans are on the Web, and can be accessed at our Web site at University-wide plan is under development and will be published summer 2009. Information about the current University-wide planning process is at

Feature Article: Leveraging Excellence in Higher Education

The Leveraging Excellence award of the National Consortium for Continuous Improvement in Higher Education (NCCI), sponsored by Follett Higher Education Group, recognizes “effective academic and administrative practices [that] have been successfully implemented beyond one department, campus, or institution…[and]…have resulted in significant impact on quality, efficiency, service, or learning.” The projects of the 2008 award winners and honorable mention recipients illustrate the different ways a focus on collaboration, innovation, and improvement can enhance higher education. The award provides a means to share knowledge across institutions. Brigham Young University won the award for its Capital Needs Analysis project, expanded and refined over more than 20 years. Five Colleges, Inc., the Tennessee Board of Regents, and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis received honorable mention for projects related to faculty appointments and improvement of learning.

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Quality Advocates

Building the Tenure-Line Faculty
Thursday, October 30, 2008, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., 508 Rider

Outcomes Assessment: More than a Plan
Wednesday, December 3, 2008, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., 508 Rider

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To register for these free events 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.


University Park
Facilitating Planning, Improvement, and Assessment Projects and Teams - Friday, November 14, 2008, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., 508 Rider

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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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