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).


June Article of Interest for Higher Education Professionals: Financial Aid


The Association for Institutional Research shared the following publication 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 (June 2014 edition).

Campus-Based Practices for Promoting Student Success: Financial Aid (Teri Lyn Hinds)

In the research brief Campus-Based Practices for Promoting Student Success: Financial Aid, the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) explores the differential effects of institutional grant aid and work-study programs on students, paying particular attention to how low-income students may be effected by both. The brief concludes with a set of recommended practices.

Recommended Practices include:

• Minimize the use of loans in financial aid packages.

• Target students with high financial need to maximize the effect of grant aid.

• Consider front-loading grant aid during the first half of the college program.

• Ensure that aid packages do not inadvertently force students to work more than 15 hours per week.

• Provide aid during intersessions (e.g., winter, summer, J-term, May term) to promote continuous enrollment.

• Provide sites for high-value work-study experiences that inform academic coursework, promote civic service, build social capital, and foster work skills and achievements relevant to vocational aspirations.

• Ensure that work-study programs provide a living wage.


Update on Strategic Planning: April-May 2014

Below is an outline of the actions completed towards the development of the 2014-19 Campus Strategic Plan in April and May 2014:


10: Meeting with Faculty Affairs Committee (of the Faculty Senate) to review and update action items under each strategy within the draft

22: Diversity Committee and Sustainability planning meetings to flesh out parts of the sub-plans

* Additional refinement of the actions within the plan and other components of the document occurred throughout April, including meetings with various campus departments and faculty/staff, collection of data and information, and ongoing formatting of the plan’s structure.


1: Visit by Dr. Eric Barron to the campus; alignment of PSLV Planning Principles with University Imperatives (as shared in his talk)

5: Visit by Provost Nick Jones to the campus; creation of Executive Summary of the Campus Strategic Plan to showcase progress and important components

8: Executive Summary shared with all campus faculty and staff via the campus list-serv

Week of 12-18: Performance Measures Charts created for each campus goal (targets and timeframes incorporated)

20: Meeting with Dr. Williams and Dr. Thigpen to review the draft to-date

22: Update provided to the Campus Advisory Board as to progress and next steps (supplied with Executive Summary)

27: Financial Planning meeting to review budgetary components of the plan

Remainder of May: Updates and finalizations to the main plan draft

Upcoming in June: Updates and finalizations to Diversity, Sustainability, and Ethics Sub-plans; Final draft of entire document completed and sent to University Park to review (due June 30)

For additional information about the planning process, please click here.


Update on Strategic Planning: January-March 2014

The Penn State Lehigh Valley campus community has remained active in the 2014-2019 Strategic Planning Process at the beginning of the Spring semester.  Below is an outline of the progress from January-March 2014 in the development of the campus strategic plan.

Beginning of January: Articulated Vision and Sub-Committee Action Plans formatted and finalized

January 11: Alumni Planning Retreat held to align alumni initiatives with new campus goals

January 14: Update provided to Faculty Senate

January 16: Advisory Board updated about the planning process and next steps

Beginning February: Initial lay-out of plan with all essential elements is designed; narrative pieces begin to take shape

February 11: Update provided to Faculty Senate

February 7: Strategies and action items are reviewed by campus administration

February 26 & 27: Strategic Planning Committee meetings held to discuss strategic initiatives and review action items

March 5: Ethics and Integrity information from UP is reviewed; initial group establishes framework for plan

March 10: Faculty and Staff Online Questionnaire on Sustainability and Diversity is launched

March 18: Senior and Academic Managers meet to discuss actions, timeframes, and measures

March 21: Sustainability and Diversity Online Questionnaire closes and inventory is compiled

March 26: Diversity Committee meets with Dr. Terrell Jones to showcase the diversity plan framework

*Various departmental meetings held in January-March to flesh out and develop action items

For additional information about the 2014-2019 Strategic Planning Process, click here.

Provost Jones’ Talk on Strategic Planning

The Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment (OPIA) at University Park has shared a web recording of Provost Nicholas Jones’ presentation to university and campus faculty, staff, and students. The talk, “The Provost’s Perspective on Strategic Planning,” was held on February 12, 2014, and highlights the current unit-level process and the upcoming university-level planning stages.

Provost Jones presented the emerging themes (still in draft form), including:

  • Promoting Our Health
  • Stewarding Our Resources
  • Transforming Education
  • Building Our Digital Future
  • Valuing and Exploring Our Cultures
  • and other/s, TBD

Also discussed was the importance of the university mission statement, values, foundational principles, supporting strategies, and guiding principles for resource allocation.

Click here to view the entire webcast.


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