Update of Strategic Planning: All Campus Day, August 2014

The Office of Institutional Planning provided an update regarding the 2014-19 Campus Strategic Planning Process for all Penn State Lehigh Valley faculty and staff attending All Campus Day on August 22, 2014.

CoverThe All Campus Day Strategic Planning 2014 PowerPoint provides details of the presentation. For additional information, contact the Planning Office at kmw14@psu.edu.

Faculty and staff can continue to check the 2014-19 Campus Strategic Planning Page for updated information.

WE ARE…       One Campus,

                         Part of One University,

                         Within Larger Society

Problem Solving Skills of 15 Year-Olds (NCES International Report)

world-2In a three-page brief, the U.S. Department of Education and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) share the findings of a 2012 assessment through the Program of International Student Assessment (PISA) that measured the ability of 15-year-olds to problem solve when confronted with common issues in the 21st century. 65 international education systems participated.

The U.S. average score was 508, which was higher than the average of 500. The U.S. average was lower than the average in ten education systems, higher than the average in twenty-two education systems, and not measurably different from the average in eleven education systems.

Singapore scored the highest; Colombia the lowest. View the brief: nces-pisa.pdf

To try out some of the test questions, visit http://www.oecd.org/pisa/test/

Online Expectations of Prospective College Students (Survey 2014)

In Spring 2014, Noel-Levitz conducted the 9th annual E-Expectations of Prospective College Students and Parents. According to the survey report:

The helicopter parent has been a mainstay of college admissions for years, and the era of social media, mobile devices, and constant contact appears to have made it easier for those parents to hover. While campus personnel may sometimes wish parents were less involved in the lives of students, it’s also true that as parents have become more involved in the admissions process, they also have become advocates for campuses. Colleges and universities now have many, many ways to recruit parents in addition to recruiting students.


Key findings of the survey for 2014 include:

–62% of students prefer web-based resources for learning about colleges (compared to 51% of parents; parents prefer more traditional ways such as phone calls and brochures)

–71% of students have looked at a college’s website on their mobile device (compared to 45% of parents)

–73% of students use YouTube (compared to 32% of parents)

View the full report and findings here: 2014 E-Expectations Report

Lehigh Valley Quick Facts 2014

question 1Recently the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation shared a user-friendly infographic showcasing interesting and informative Lehigh Valley data and information. Visit the website to check out the facts and download the infographic: http://www.lehighvalley.org/regional_data/lehigh-valley-economic-data/

Some quick facts include:

  • Total Population: 651,948
  • Bachelor’s Degree: 16.6%
  • Labor Force (w/in 45-minute drive of Lehigh Valley International Airport): 502,433
  • Employment: Educational services, and health care and social assistance: 26%

Update on Strategic Planning: June 2014, Plan Submitted

The Penn State Lehigh Valley Office of Institutional Planning is pleased to report that the 2014-15 to 2018-19 Campus Strategic Plan has been completed and submitted to the Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment (OPIA) at University Park for review by the Provost’s Office and numerous planning committees.

Thank you to everyone who shared his/her feedback and insights as part of this valuable process.

Further information will be shared with faculty and staff at All Campus Day, August 2014.

PSLV Official Trends Table, 2013-14

The Official Enrollment Figures Trends Table for the Penn State Lehigh Valley Campus has been updated to include the 2013-14 school year. (Click on the picture to expand.) Additional enrollment information can be found on the Enrollment Data page.



Detailed PA County Census Estimates 2013

On June 26, 2014, the PA State Data Center shared the 2013 Detailed State and County Population Estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau in the following brief:

2013 Detailed PA County Estimates

Highlights include:

  • All minority groups in the Keystone State experienced growth since 2010, while the White alone, non-Hispanic population was the sole race and ethnic group to decline in population.
  • Between 2010 and 2013, Pennsylvania’s minority population increased by 169,539, or 6.5 percent.
  • Lehigh County has the largest percentage (20.7 percent) of its total population reporting Hispanic ethnicity. Berks County followed with 18.1 percent. Since 2010, these two counties gained 7,941 and 7,328 Hispanic residents, respectively.
  • As of July 1, 2013, more than two-million commonwealth residents were age 65 years and over (16.4% of the total population).



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