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.

PSU’s Statistical Snapshot

Penn State University’s Office of Strategic Communications offers a unique webpage with user-friendly stats for anyone wanting to know more about the university. Visit Penn State at a Glance: A Statistical Snapshot of the University for interesting, informative stats, including:

  • Penn State’s total enrollment, from all 24 campuses: 98,097. This is a 4 percent increase from 2009, when the enrollment was 94,301.
  • Penn State awarded 21,385 degrees in 2013.
  • Penn State encompasses more than 22,000 acres and more than 1,784 buildings statewide.
  • The value of Penn State’s endowment is $2.03 billion, representing a 59 percent increase from the $1.28 billion mark of 2009.
  • Alumni were responsible for $87.6 million of the $237.8 million in funds raised by Penn State in 2013.
  • Penn State has about 582,000 living addressable alumni, 326,000 of whom live in Pennsylvania.
  • Penn State graduates 88 percent of its athletes, compared to the NCAA’s Division I mean rate of 80 percent.

Sustainability and Diversity Questionnaire

Two important components of the 2014-19 campus strategic plan are a Campus Diversity Plan and a Campus Sustainability Plan. Each of these sub-plans asks the campus to showcase the progress made in these two areas (sustainability and diversity) and to outline strategies to further achievements in these areas.

In order to continue framing these two plans, the Office of Institutional Planning has asked each faculty and staff member to complete a short questionnaire to share information and ideas related to both sustainability and diversity on campus through an online link sent via the faculty/staff list-serv.

The questionnaire is meant to be a starting point for further conversations and planning efforts. Faculty and staff who have additional information to contribute beyond this questionnaire in regards to either sustainability or diversity, should contact the Office of Institutional Planning to share these in an expanded format or meeting.

Questions about this questionnaire can be directed to Kristy Hove, Institutional Planner, at kmw14@psu.edu.

PSLV Shares Timeline for Strategic Planning

calendarThe Office of Institutional Planning is pleased to share the Timeline for Campus Strategic Planning for Fall 2013-Spring 2014 for the 2013-2018 Campus Strategic Plan.

More information about this new planning cycle can be found on the 2014-2019 Campus Strategic Plan page.

PSLV Implements New Visioning Committee

Vision Road Sign with dramatic blue sky and clouds.

As a kick-off to the new round of University and campus-based strategic planning, Penn State Lehigh Valley has implemented a new Visioning Committee comprised of faculty, staff, and Advisory Board members. The committee will develop the Articulated Vision of the new 2014-19 Campus Strategic Plan. In doing so, the committee will look at forces shaping the current context in which PSLV operates, identify key marketable strengths of PSLV, and outline resources and innovations that could be beneficial for the campus to continue to grow and thrive.

The Visioning Committee will meet for the first time on September 18, 2013, for a Mini-Retreat at the Center Valley campus featuring guest facilitators from the Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment at University Park.

For more information about strategic planning at PSLV, please email the Office of Institutional Planning at kmw14@psu.edu

Welcome Back, PSLV Faculty and Staff!

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The Penn State Lehigh Valley Office of Institutional Planning is happy to present planning updates to all faculty and staff at All Campus Day, Fall Semester 2013, on August 23, 2013. (This is also the 100th post on the planning website!)

The items to be discussed include:

Planning Updates: Current Initiatives

  • Campus Strategic Plans
  • Surveys, including the Student Satisfaction & Demographics Survey 2013
  • Service Area Data and Fast Facts for the Campus

New Strategic Plan: Future Initiatives

  • Framework for the New Plan, 2014-2019
  • New Visioning Endeavor
  • Collaboration and Putting the Pieces Together

For questions, ideas, or feedback, please contact Kristy Hove, PSLV Institutional Planner, at kmw14@psu.edu