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.

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

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

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

PSLV Enrollment Strategic Plan Progress

The Enrollment Management Department at Penn State Lehigh Valley, in conjunction with the Campus Office of Institutional Planning, is pleased to present the Progress Log for the 2012-2013 Enrollment Strategic Plan. The log is a compilation of information and data that helps to showcase the achievement of individual strategic initiatives within the plan and is linked to specific performance indicators developed by the Enrollment team.

Enrollment Progress Log 2012-13- Data Inputted

An updated Enrollment Strategic Plan will be developed for 2013-14.

New Round of University and Campus Strategic Planning Announced

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From the Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment at University Park (June 26, 2013):

During 2013-14, all budget executives will be leading development of strategic plans for the 2014-15 through 2018-19 cycle.

Penn State has had one of the most extensive commitments to strategic management of any major university in U.S. higher education, with an ongoing, institution-wide program dating to the early 1980s. The University has long relied on a combination of top-down/bottom-up planning. Within common guidelines, each major planning unit defines its own planning approach, implementation strategies, and performance metrics. This hybrid technique has served Penn State well for decades. The unit-level planning process is valuable in its own right, and it provides a backbone for University-level planning.  Among the features new in the upcoming round of planning is that both diversity planning and sustainability are being incorporated into the unit strategic planning process.

Penn State Lehigh Valley will engage in its own planning process in order to formulate a 2014-2019 Campus Strategic Plan. These efforts will be announced to campus faculty, staff, and students in the fall semester in order to articulate a plan by the July 2014 submission deadline. Questions about this upcoming process can be directed to the campus’ Office of Institutional Planning at

Adult Learner Information Shared with Enrollment Team

Recently the PSLV Campus Office of Institutional Planning shared a compilation of data and information regarding Adult Learners with the PSLV Enrollment Management team. The slides with this information are now available for the campus community.

Adult Learners: Data and Information Slides

PSLV Student Satisfaction Survey 2013 Launched


The Office of Institutional Planning and the Department of Student Affairs launched the Student Satisfaction and Demographics Survey for 2013 in April. The survey ran through the beginning of May.

The objective of the survey was to collect information regarding the current student body’s satisfaction pertaining to a range of student factors, programs, and services. It also aimed to collect demographic and educational status information about the current student body.

The data collected via the survey will be used by the Office of Institutional Planning and the Office of Student Affairs to more effectively gauge the satisfaction, interests, and backgrounds of the current body. Specifically, the Office of Institutional Planning will use the aggregate data to inform campus planning processes (development and implementation of strategic plans and departmental action plans) and the Office of Student Affairs will use the data in program and activity designs for current and future student populations.

Data from the survey will be shared with a variety of campus groups and committees to ensure continuous quality improvement on campus through a Survey Overview Report, which will be available over the summer months.

For more information about the survey, please contact Kristy Hove at

Updated Lehigh and Northampton County Population Projections

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In its latest newsletter, the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission released updated population growth projections for Lehigh and Northampton Counties (page 3). Highlights of this data include:

-Allentown (Lehigh County) is forecasted to be the fastest growing municipality in terms of absolute growth through the year 2040, while the City of Bethlehem (Northampton County) will have the largest growth in Northampton County.

-Lehigh County will increase by 34% from 2010 (349,497) to 2040 (469,975).

-Northampton County will increase by 36% from  2010 (297,735) to (403,979).

The regional population growth (combined Lehigh and Northampton) is projected at +35% (from 2010 to 2040).