Spotlight on Goal 3: Within Larger Society

Within Larger Society

GOAL 3: Serve as a leader in our local and global societies through engaged citizenship and professional, academic collaborations


  • Collaboration with Business, Industry, and Alumni
  • Connection with Community Colleges and Other Institutions
  • Education of Local Communities
  • Economic Engine and Workforce Development
  • Change Agent

Strategy 3.1: Provide seamless transition from academic programs to the workforce

Strategy 3.2 Pursue ongoing connections with local and global educational institutions

Strategy 3.3: Further develop opportunities by the campus that enhance the education of our local communities

Strategy 3.4: Serve as an economic engine for the Penn State Lehigh Valley service area

Strategy 3.5: Uphold the campus’ commitment to serving as an agent of change and advocate for the common good

For additional strategic planning information, visit Campus Strategic Plan 2014-19.

Spotlight on Goal 2: Part of One University

Part of One University

GOAL 2: Operate as a viable and sustainable campus within the larger university system


  • Fiscally Responsible Practices
  • Enrollment and Local Landscape Monitoring
  • Effective Marketing and Communication Plans
  • Professional Development for Faculty and Staff
  • Resource Sharing
  • Assessment Practices

Strategy 2.1: Remain a fiscally responsible campus

Strategy 2.2 Continue to monitor enrollment, retention, and service area data in order to continue growth patterns

Strategy 2.3: Design effective external marketing campaigns and internal communication tools

Strategy 2.4: Build a community of professionals to maintain and support the high workplace standards of PSLV

Strategy 2.5: Distinguish our strengths within the University system and partner with other Commonwealth Campuses and UP

Strategy 2.6: Utilize evidence-based assessment practices to ensure continuous quality improvement

For additional strategic planning information, visit Campus Strategic Plan 2014-19.

Spotlight on Goal 1: One Campus

One Campus

GOAL 1: Enhance academic excellence to provide students with an integrated collegiate experience Description:

  • Innovative Teaching and Learning
  • Faculty/Student Research
  • Support Services
  • Programs and Leadership Opportunities
  • Pathways to a Penn State Education
  • Appropriate Resources and Spaces for Student Success

Strategy 1.1: Embrace innovative teaching and learning

Strategy 1.2 Enhance faculty and student research opportunities

Strategy 1.3: Provide a strong infrastructure of support services for students that facilitates personal and professional growth

Strategy 1.4: Design programming to engage students and offer opportunities for leadership, life, and social skills

Strategy 1.5: Recruit academically-focused students by enhancing pathways to a PSLV education and articulating new ones

Strategy 1.6: Provide appropriate facilities and spaces for student success and continued campus growth

Strategy 1.7: Enhance global education and international opportunities

For additional strategic planning information, visit Campus Strategic Plan 2014-19.

PSU-LV Service Area Tuition Comparisons

3D chrome Dollar symbolThe PSLV Office of Institutional Planning has compiled the 2013 tuition rates for local colleges and universities in the Penn State Lehigh Valley service area. The information is helpful as part of the enrollment strategic planning process.

Tuition and Fees Comparisons among Lehigh Valley Service Area Colleges and Universities

Retention Article: Who Gets to Graduate?

grad cap

The New York Times shared a piece entitled, “Who Gets to Graduate?” by Paul Tough on May 15, 2014. The article discusses the findings from a variety of retention strategies at the University of Texas at Austin aimed at changing the mind-sets of incoming students to build success towards graduation.

From the article (page 16):

“Every college freshman- rich or poor, white or minority, first-generation or legacy- experiences academic setbacks and awkward moments when they feel they don’t belong. But white students and wealthy students and students with college-graduate parents tend not to take those moments too seriously or too personally. Sure they feel bad when they fail a test or get in a fight with a roommate or are turned down for a date. But in general, they don’t interpret those setbacks as a sign that they don’t belong in college or that they’re not going to succeed there.”

Access the full article at:

Staying in College Longer Than Four Years Costs More Than You Might Think


The Association for Institutional Research shared the following publication of interest for higher education professionals. The article summary is credited to the Electronic AIR Newsletter (September 2014 edition).

Staying in College Longer Than Four Years Costs More Than You Might Think (Teri Lyn Hinds)

This second in a series of blog posts by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Liberty Street Economics examines the costs of taking longer than four years to graduate with a baccalaureate degree. Taking tuition and fees (not room and board, as those would need to be purchased regardless of enrollment in college) as well as the opportunity cost of forgone earnings, the post projects the net present value lost by an additional year or two in college over the course of a lifetime of expected earnings.

From the article:

All in all, an extra year of staying in school costs more than $85,000, and for those who take two extra years to finish, it costs about $174,000. The net present value of these totals, using a 5 percent discount rate, yields a cost of about $65,000 for each additional year spent in school.

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

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


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.