No. 158 April 2013

Innovation Extract: The Click Moment: Seizing Opportunity in an Unpredictable World

If you missed keynote speaker Frans Johansson at Penn State’s Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology on March 16, 2013, find out what he has written in The Click Moment: Seizing Opportunity in an Unpredictable World about injecting the randomness of events into planning and action.

Workshop: Applying Quality Principles in Daily Work

Find out how to apply the activity based analysis improvement tool outlined in Innovation Insights #6: Doing the Right Things Right  to your work situation. Learn how you can apply basic quality principles to develop more effective and efficient work processes.

Workshop: Facilitating Planning, Improvement, Assessment Projects and Teams

This full-day workshop provides hands-on experience in the role of a facilitator working with a team, as well as insights into the concepts behind facilitation. Facilitative approaches and tools can be used by the group leader, a designated facilitator, or individual group members. Effective facilitation can be helpful in developing desired results at a meeting whether the group is working on improving a process, managing a project, or assessing a program.

Report on Veterans at Penn State: A profile of undergraduate and graduate students and limitations of Penn State's data related to these students

The Post-9/11 GI Bill offers veterans “the most comprehensive education benefits since the original 1944 Bill” and expectations for its payoff are high. As a result, there is a growing push for colleges to better document veteran populations and their outcomes. As a first step in this process, this report provides a profile of the veteran population at Penn State.

Report on Faculty Salaries: Academic Year 2012-2013

The Report on Faculty Salaries is an informational report of the Committee on Faculty Benefits offering an analysis of faculty salaries at Penn State.

Quality Team Highlights: New Teams

The highlighted teams this month are:

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 and assist units to assess their needs, develop strategic plans, improve key processes, and develop collaborative team environments.

The Quality Endeavors newsletter is published several times each semester. We welcome your questions, comments, and suggested topics for future newsletters. Read past issues at the Office's Web site.

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