Update on PSLV Strategic Planning

updateAs 2013 winds down, the PSLV Office of Institutional Planning is happy to provide a final update for the year as to the progress in developing the 2014-19 Campus Strategic Plan. Below are notes as to where we stand and where we are headed in the new year. There is quite a bit of information….but this is a true testament of the dedication and involvement of PSLV staff, faculty, students, Advisory Board, and alumni. Thanks to all for the many contributions, meetings, and insights!
+ Articulated Vision: The Visioning Committee (comprised of three Advisory Board sub-committees and faculty/staff representatives) have made changes to the Articulated Vision Draft based on committee and Town Hall meeting feedback. The draft is being used to finalize a series of action plans for each of the sub-committees. These documents will serve as an introduction to the strategic plan, providing a detailed look at our local and global contexts and our prioritized opportunities for the next 5+ years.
+ Vision, Mission, Goals, and Strategies: The Strategic Planning Committee met several times to review and finalize the vision and mission statements. Senior and Academic Managers then used information from the Visioning Process to develop three overarching goals for the campus, which have been approved and accepted by the campus community. Ideas of strategies for achieving these goals were collected at the Town Hall meeting on November 25 from all faculty/staff who were present. Additional feedback via email has been integrated into the templates. The Strategic Planning Committee will meet early in the new semester to begin drafting strategic initiatives for each goal. Individual departments and units will also be called upon to offer additional, concrete information to further develop these initiatives.
+ Diversity Component: The Diversity Committee has held a number of meetings to review the guidelines for the Diversity Strategic Plan, which is to be integrated into the campus plan. An assessment of diversity and inclusion at PSU was conducted throughout 2013 by an external consultant, and a presentation of the findings was recently made available via the Planning Office at UP. The committee will be using this information to develop further initiatives and to showcase best practices of diversity and inclusion at PSLV.
+ Sustainability Component: The first step of the guidelines for reporting sustainability practices and curricular components was completed: a Sustainability Quiz for PSLV which was submitted to the Sustainability Institute at UP. A report of suggestions for moving ahead with the planning process at our campus is expected to arrive soon. Upon receipt of this report, committee members will be reaching out to faculty and staff who wish to provide information pertinent to this initiative.
Next Steps:
+ Student Voices: A series of student forums will be held to collect student perspectives related to achieving our campus goals. This information will be supplemented by data from the 2013 Student Satisfaction and Demographics Survey and the 2014 Student Experience Survey launched via UP.
+ Alumni Involvement: The PSLV Alumni Society Board will be holding a strategic planning retreat in January 2014 to develop strategies towards the campus’ new goals.
+ Learning Outcomes: Information from the 2013 Undergraduate Program Reviews will be used to begin formulating a description of learning outcomes for PSLV programs. This component of the planning guidelines is also important in relation to supporting the campus’ acquisition of new programs over the next several years.
+ Data Collection: Considering the university is placing an increased emphasis on benchmarking and assessment measures in this new cycle of strategic planning, our campus will continue to collect, analyze, and report key data and information, including enrollment numbers and trends, demographics, service area descriptors, diversity indicators, performance measures related the Core Council initiatives, and many others related to specific projects/programs/policies (study abroad, online learning, course offerings, etc.)
+ Faculty/Staff Inventory: Please stay tuned in the new semester for a request in your inboxes to complete a survey about your efforts to progress diversity and sustainability at PSLV (including course content for faculty and business practices for staff). The survey will also serve to gather information about the kinds of committees, task forces, advisory boards, and other faculty/staff groups we have on campus in order to create a master inventory of these initiatives.
As always, if you have any questions or feedback to share, please contact Kristy Hove, Institutional Planner, at kmw14@psu.edu.

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