No. 127 March 2010

Feature Article: Cost Savings Approaches in Higher Education

As Penn State implements its strategic plan in the current economic environment, it may be helpful to look at how some other institutions of higher education are approaching similar situations. For the full article...

The complete feature articles series is available...

Submit your ideas for effectiveness and efficiencies at Penn State.

Presentation on University Strategic Plan Implementation

Implementing Priorities for Excellence: The Penn State Strategic Plan, 2009-10 through 2013-14, Monday, April 12, 2010, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., 508 Rider, Presenter: Rodney Erickson, Executive Vice President and Provost
For further information...

Quality Advocates:

Team Panel Discussion – Friday, April 30, 2010, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m., Alumni Fireside Lounge, Nittany Lion Inn

We will be honoring 60 teams at the Quality Issues Forum on April 30, 2010. Preceding the Quality Issues Forum, there will be an opportunity to learn more about three of the teams being honored. If you would like to learn how cross unit improvement initiatives really work in three very different teams, join us in the Alumni Fireside Lounge Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. For more information...

Workshop:

Continuous Quality Improvement - Closing the Gap, Friday, April 9, 2010, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 508 Rider, Louise Sandmeyer, Executive Director, Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment

For complete information on all workshops being offered...

Reports: Tenure-Flow and Faculty Salaries

The Faculty Tenure-Flow Rates: 2009-2010 Annual Report is now available. This report provides information about recent and longitudinal tenure achievement rates for provisionally appointed faculty. It shows, for example, that since 1990, fifty-seven percent of provisional faculty have achieved tenure within seven years at Penn State. The report also places Penn State’s data into a national context.

OPIA provides data each year to the Senate Committee on Faculty Benefits for its annual faculty salary report to the University Faculty Senate. The Committee’s March 16, 2010 summary report, which contains a link to all 62 pages of detailed tables, is publicly available at
http://www.senate.psu.edu/agenda/2009-2010/mar2010/appn.pdf

For a complete listing of the reports available...

Spotlight on Quality Improvement:

Maintaining Student Financial Aid during Financial Uncertainty

On February 27, 2008 the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA), which provided loans for 38,000 Penn State students at 23 campuses, announced it would no longer serve as a lender for federal loans. In four months, Penn State made the conversion to the Federal Direct Student Loan Program. For the full article, visit http://qualityspotlight.psu.edu/loans/. The complete Spotlight on Quality Improvement series is available at http://qualityspotlight.psu.edu/.

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/s/5ztbIb.

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