Welcome Back! Fall 2015 Planning Update


Information related to Institutional Planning at Penn State Lehigh Valley was shared at All Campus Day on August 21, 2015.

Highlights included:

  • Sneak peek at the Faculty & Staff Priorities and Opportunities Survey
  • Update on the Campus Strategic Plan, including Action Items for 2015-16
  • A Look at Upcoming Assessments
  • Data-Sharing Hand-out of New Student Demographics

PowerPoint Presentation: Fall 2015 Update- All Campus Day

Hand-Out: Demographics of Incoming Students- Fall 2015

Visit the Campus Strategic Plan 2014-19 Page for additional resources.

Happy Fall 2015!

State of the Lehigh Valley 2014-15


Recently, the Lehigh Valley Research Consortium presented the 2014-15 State of the Lehigh Valley: Community Trends at a Glance.

Each year, the Lehigh Valley Research Consortium publishes the State of the Lehigh Valley: Community Trends at a Glance, a report that showcases consortial faculty research on the quality of life in the Lehigh Valley region.  The report is released at an annual event each spring, which provides a venue for local business and community leaders to gather, listen to findings, and discuss opportunities for collaborative action. (LVAIC Website, May 2015)

The report focuses on 6 sections:

  • Providing Context for Thinking About Inequalities and Disparities
  • Economics/Employment
  • Educational Opportunities
  • Health, Accessibility, and Inclusion
  • Spotlight on the Counties
  • Special Focus: Urban Economic Development and its Effect on Housing, Unemployment, and Housing

Lehigh Valley Economic Development Resources- Spring 2015

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Below are two new resources available regarding Economic Development and the Workforce within the Lehigh Valley.

From the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC):

Lehigh Valley GDP Breakdown by Sector Shows Diverse Economy

Excerpted from the full article:

The four biggest sectors that make up the Lehigh Valley’s GDP all fall within $350 million of each other, demonstrating an extraordinary balance in the region’s economy.

The category of “finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing” is the single biggest contributor to the Lehigh Valley’s gross domestic product, making up $4.93 billion of the region’s total $34.3 billion GDP, according to data compiled by the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC).

But only slightly behind it are manufacturing ($4.77 billion), professional and business services ($4.71 billion) and educational services, health care and social assistance ($4.58 billion), according to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis.

This extremely close split demonstrates how diverse and multi-faceted the Lehigh Valley’s economy has become. It’s a vast difference from 20 years ago, when the region was largely dominated by one industry in traditional heavy industry and manufacturing, anchored by the Bethlehem Steel Corporation.


                                                                                                                                         Graph Source: LVEDC website

From the Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board (LVWIB):

 Job and Labor Market Outlook Report, May 2015

Data highlights from the report include:

Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Area

  • Unemployment is 5.6%, down 1.1% from a year-ago.
  • The workforce is down by 1,400 and employment 2,300 higher than a year-ago.
  • Estimated Jobs are up by 3,100, to 285,100.
  • Manufacturing jobs were up 700; transportation & warehousing jobs up by 900.
  • Educational Services jobs up by 200 and Health Care jobs down by 600.
  • Government employment is down by 1,000.

Industry Openings

  • Total, All Industries 20,465
  • Health Care and Social Assistance 2,312
  • Administrative, Support & Waste Mgmt 1,518
  • Retail Trade 1,355
  • Manufacturing 1,002

Source: PA Labor & Industry, Center for Workforce Information & Analysis

New Strategic Planning Documents

The Office of Institutional Planning has added two significant strategic planning documents to the Campus Strategic Planning page. These include:

Brief- Lehigh Valley Campus Strategic Plan 2014-19 (This document is a brief overview of the essential elements within the full campus strategic plan. The brief includes the campus’ vision, mission, goals, strategies, and progress-to-date in a clear and concise report for ease of use by the campus community.)

2014-19 Priorities for Penn State Lehigh Valley (This document is a compilation of recent progress and key data for 2014-15 based on a series of priorities related to the three campus goals established in the campus strategic plan. The priorities paper serves as an overview of progress and next steps as the campus works towards the achievement of various initiatives.)

May Articles of Interest for Higher Education Professionals


The Association for Institutional Research shared the following publications of interest for higher education professionals. Click on the title to access the full article. This article summary is credited to the Electronic AIR Newsletter (April 2015 edition).

Contribution of Two-Year Institutions to Four-Year Completions (Teri Lyn Hinds)

In its most recent Snapshot Report, the National Student Clearinghouse reports on the percentage of students completing degrees at four-year institutions who were enrolled at two-year institution within the previous 10 years by state. Results reveal that in 14 states more than half of four-year degree recipients attended a two-year institution. Nearly 40% of graduates had attended a two-year institution 2-3 years prior to receiving their degree and over one-fifth of students were enrolled at a two-year institution for only a single term.

Achievement Gap Narrows as High School Graduation Rates for Minority Students Improve Faster than Rest of Nation (Zhao Yang)

New data released from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) shows that high school graduation rates for black and Hispanic students increased by nearly 4 percentage points from 2011 to 2013. The rate of increase outpaced the growth for all students in the nation, narrowing the gap between white students and black and Hispanic students receiving high school diplomas for the past two years.  The overall U.S. high school graduation rate hit 81% in 2012-13, the highest level in history.  This trend will impact higher education enrollment and student demographics.

Stats In Brief: What is the Price of College? Total, Net, and Out-of-Pocket Prices by Type of Institution in 2011-12 (Christine Keller)

This US Department of Education publication describes college costs for students using three measures:  average total price of attendance, average net price of attendance after grants, and average out-of-pocket net price.  The national cost figures are provided for public 2-year and 4-year institutions as well as for-profit and private nonprofit 4-year institutions.  The information is based on the 2011-12 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:12).

2014 in Review: PSLV Planning Website

The 2014 annual report for pslvplanning.com:

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,400 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 40 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Official PSU-LV Enrollment Numbers, 2014-15


The Campus Office of Institutional Planning is happy to release the 2014-15 Official Enrollment Numbers for Penn State Lehigh Valley.

Official campus enrollment currently stands 913 students. For a comprehensive look at the breakdowns and figures:

PSLV Official Numbers 2014-15


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