No. 124 December 2009

Feature Article: Dealing with Mother Nature: The Game Will Go On

It may not be possible to beat Mother Nature. But in preparation for the October 17, 2009 football game against Minnesota, Penn State showed that, as a result of planning, collaboration, and teamwork, Mother Nature may have met her match.

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Web Conference: Prioritizing Academic Programs and Services

Tuesday, January 19, 2010, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., 508 Rider

  • Robert C. Dickeson, President Emeritus, University of Northern Colorado
  • Victoria Payseur, Vice President for Business & Finance and Treasurer, Drake University (IA)
  • Richard Staisloff II, Vice President for Business & Finance and Administration, College of Notre Dame of Maryland

Based on the new edition of Prioritizing Academic Programs and Services by Bob Dickeson, the author and co-presenters guide participants to make budget reallocation choices where resources are limited.

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Best of the Blog

Fall 2009 Quality Advocates sessions focused on student success. To join the discussion visit Student Success- part II at

Nominations for the National Consortium for Continuous Improvement in Higher Education’s Leveraging Excellence Award are due February 15, 2010. For more information see Best Practices in Higher Education 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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