All Campus Day, Spring 2017

Penn State Lehigh Valley held its Spring 2017 All Campus Day on Friday, January 6, for nearly 100 faculty and staff. The program included the following:

  • State of the Campus
  • Academic Affairs
  • Priorities: Enrollment, Visibility, and Academic Excellence
  • Safety and Security on Campus

To access the day’s PowerPoint slides: All Campus Day Spring 2017

Other resources from the day:

Official 2016 Enrollment Figures Results- 3 Priorities

Development Talking Points

All Campus Day: Fall 2016

Penn State Lehigh Valley held its Fall 2016 All Campus Day on August 19, 2016. Highlights of the day can be found within the slide presentation:

All Campus Day Fall 2016

An important discussion was held around the progress of the campus’ three main priorities of:

1-Academic Excellence

2-Increasing Enrollment

3-Enhancing Visibility

Penn State Lehigh Valley Priorities: Progress Graphic

Findings from the 2016 Student Engagement and Demographics Survey were also released.

PSULV 2016 Student Survey Highlights: Infographic

For more information about All Campus Day or the provided resources, please email


All Campus Day, Spring 2016: Focus on Enrollment and Retention

All Campus Day was held on January 8, 2016, for all Penn State Lehigh Valley faculty and staff. A part of the day was dedicated updating the campus with current enrollment and retention figures. Data from the presentation can be found here: All Campus Day Spring 2016- Enrollment and Retention Data

Highlights include:

-An updated target of 1,000 students for 2016-17

-A detailed set of recruitment priorities

-An ongoing emphasis on retention of all students

-A look at dedicated retention strategies supported by key data


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.)