No. 132 October 2010

Feature Article: 2010 Leveraging Excellence Awards

The Kuali Foundation and the MIT Venture Mentoring Service received the 2010 Leveraging Excellence Award, recognizing examples of innovation and improvement implemented beyond one department, campus or institution.


Quality Advocates:

Strategic Management for Information Technology

Within Priorities for Excellence: The Penn State Strategic Plan 2009-10 through 2013-14, one of seven university-wide goals is “Use Technology to Expand Access and Opportunities.” That goal includes three strategies in the information technology (IT) realm: to address the robustness and flexibility of the IT infrastructure; to review and adjust the balance between centralized and dispersed IT facilities and services to increase efficiencies; and to maintain and enhance the security and integrity of the IT infrastructure. Kevin Morooney will discuss Penn State’s progress in these areas, as well as how Penn State’s approaches to these initiatives fit with the evolving worldwide technology environment.


Priorities for Excellence: The Penn State Strategic Plan 2009-10 through 2013-14 - Strategy 7.8: Establish and Foster Sustainable Environments

At the September 30, 2010 Quality Advocates session, Steve Maruszewski, Assistant Vice President, Physical Plant and manager of Strategy 7.8 provided an overview of Penn State’s  approach to and progress on developing a “clearly articulated strategy” for sustainability throughout the University.


Workshop: Facilitating Planning, Improvement, and Assessment Projects and Teams

This full-day workshop provides hands-on experience in the role of a facilitator working with a team addressing a planning, improvement, or assessment initiative. It also identifies the parallels between any of these approaches and classic project management, and the further considerations for the individual serving as both the group leader and facilitator.


Spotlight on Quality Improvement: STATERs Recycle

STATERs, Students Taking Action to Encourage Recycling, take the lead in increasing recycling at home football games and across campus.


Do You Know? Implementing Penn State’s Strategic Plan

Do you know how Penn State is tracking implementation of its current strategic plan?

Learn more...

Cost Saving Idea: Friday Night Lights Out

Students call it Friday Night Lights Out. Turn off lights, printers, and monitors when you will be out of the office for a while or at night and on weekends.

Submit your ideas for increased efficiency and effectiveness at Penn State.

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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