Penn State Intercom......April
5 , 2001
Quality Expo 2001
to be held April 12
By Bill Campbell
Special to Intercom
If you're interested
in the latest in electronic learning, programs aimed at enhancing the
climate for diversity or student efforts to improve classroom learning,
make plans to visit the University's Quality Expo on Thursday, April 12.
The theme of
Quality Expo 2001 is "An Innovative Odyssey of Discovery." Exhibits will
be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Ballroom of The Nittany Lion Inn
on the University Park campus.
Penn State exhibitors representing 42 teams, as well as exhibitors from
four other universities, including the University of Wisconsin and the
California State University, will share their experiences using quality
improvement principles and tools. Two of this year's Central Pennsylvania
Quality Award winners, C-Cor and HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation
Hospital, also will have exhibits.
The annual demonstration
of the University's commitment to improvement, innovation and teamwork
is sponsored by the University Council on Continuous Quality Improvement
and the Center for Quality and Planning.
also will have the opportunity to engage several of the University's leaders
in conversations about institutional change. At 9 a.m., Rodney Erickson,
executive vice president and provost, and Gary Schultz, senior vice president
for finance and business, will lead an informal discussion on "Leadership
for Institutional Innovation." At 11:30 a.m., Judy Olian, dean of The
Smeal College of Business Administration, and Nirmal Pal, executive director
of the Center for e-Business Research, will discuss "e-Technology as a
Tool for Change and Process Improvement." The sessions are open to all
members of the University community.
At the "Students
Improving the Classroom" exhibit, visitors will be able to view a video
showing quality teams at work and featuring reactions from students, faculty
members and team leaders involved in the program. The Schreyer Institute
for Innovation in Learning sponsors a completely student-run initiative
in which student quality teams monitor the work processes of students
and instructors to find opportunities for changes that lead to better
learning outcomes. The teams, composed of 125 student team members, have
worked successfully over the last three years to improve the education
of almost 3,000 students.
"The team works
closely with the faculty member to survey the class and collaboratively
develop different ways to improve the class and learning outcomes in the
class," Matt Levendusky, team leader, said. "It gives students in the
class a sense of ownership and heightens their awareness of their own
role in the classroom.
"We hope the
video shows how working with quality teams helped change students' attitudes
toward learning and promoted innovation in the classroom. We also plan
to have some students and team leaders on hand to discuss the program."
The exhibit on
"Inter-unit Collaborations Aimed at Enhancing the Climate for Diversity"
is sponsored by the Office of the President and the Office of the Vice
Provost for Educational Equity. It will feature information on the Commission
on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equity, Commission on Racial/Ethnic
Diversity, Commission for Women and other units within the Office of the
Vice Provost for Educational Equity.
"Our goal is
to highlight some of the programming improvements that we have initiated
over the last few years in the Office of the Vice Provost," Michael Blanco,
team member, said.
The School of
Information Sciences and Technology will have three computer terminals
at which Expo visitors can try their hand at a Web-based version of the
school's foundation course, IST 110, Introduction to Information Sciences
and Technology. The latest in e-learning, it was piloted last semester
and now is available on a rolling enrollment basis. Members of the IST
Solutions Institute, who created the course, will be available to answer
questions and guide visitors through the course.
Expo 2001 will
be preceded by a workshop, "Using the Balanced Scorecard to Improve Performance,"
to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, at The Nittany
Lion Inn. The workshop, sponsored by the National Consortium for Continuous
Improvement, will be led by Chet Warzynski, director of organizational
development and employment services at Cornell University, and Ron Coley,
associate vice chancellor for business and administrative services at
the University of California-Berkeley. James Ryan, vice president for
Outreach and Cooperative Extension, will be the luncheon speaker.
For more information
on the workshop, check the Web at http://www.ncci-cu.org/.
To learn more about the Quality Expo, visit http://www.psu.edu/president/cqi/expo2001/index.htm.
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