No. 140 May 2011

Progress and Performance Strategic Indicators for Priorities for Excellence: The Penn State Strategic Plan 2009-10 through 2013-14

The "Progress and Performance" Web site is a dynamic publication to track progress on the strategies in Priorities for Excellence: The Penn State Strategic Plan 2009-10 through 2013-14. With this initial release of the performance measures, information on approximately one-half of the 92 performance measures for the current strategic plan is posted.

Progress reports on the Year 2 strategies should be available on the Web site in early fall 2011. About that same time, we should be able to update several performance measures with new information following the end of the academic and fiscal years. Work will continue on developing data for the remaining performance measures and that information will be included in future releases.

Institutional Research Interest Group: Better Supporting the Data Needs of Decision Makers

On May 10, 2011 Penn State’s Institutional Research Interest Group sponsored a panel discussion addressing the intersection between “data producers” and “data consumers”. Tanya Furman, Assistant Vice President and Associate Dean, Office of Undergraduate Education, Norm Freed, Associate Dean, Eberly College of Science, and Kevin Snider, Chancellor, Penn State New Kensington spoke from their perspectives about challenges, opportunities, and ideas on how data consumers can and do work with data producers and how the results can fuel positive change.

View a recording of the discussion.

Quality Advocates: New Ideas

We are planning the Quality Advocates schedule for 2011-2012. If you have topics to suggest for upcoming sessions, contact us at

Do You Know? Where can you find the goals and a complete list of the strategies for each goal in Priorities for Excellence: The Penn State Strategic Plan 2009-10 through 2013-14?

Learn more...

Cost Saving Ideas:

Some of the suggestions received recently

  • Reduce the percentage of the discount for tuition received by employees.
  • Look at individual office processes where electronic information is printed and stored physically, duplicating what is stored in the electronic systems.

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

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