PSU by the Numbers

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Penn State University recently shared Penn State by the Numbers in the Penn State News for January 2014. Highlights include:


-Since 2009, enrollment at the University has displayed solid growth, bumping up 4 percent overall, 9 percent among graduate students and 4 percent among undergraduates.

-The student body shows greater diversity as well. Minority students make up 23 percent of fall enrollment at the campuses and 17 percent at University Park compared to 13 percent a decade ago.


-Penn State has since 2009, seen an 88 percent increase in its endowment, a 49 percent increase in annual fundraising and a 17 percent increase in the number of donors. In 2013-14, the University received support from 190,502 donors.


-Penn State has seen a 10 percent increase in federal research dollars since 2009, climbing from $446 million to $492.4 million. In addition to federal support, industry and other private sources accounted for $100.9 million of Penn State’s research expenditures in 2014.

Click here for the complete article.


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.

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

Changing Perspectives: Coaching, Management, and Introverts

penn-state-shield-logoIn its Newsletter #156, February 2013, the Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment at University Park (OPIA) shared the following quick looks at planning resources. The two resources below highlight coaching and managerial styles.

Innovation Extract: Perspectives on Change – Changing Your Perspectives

In Masterful Coaching Robert Hargrove points out the different levels at which change and improvement can be made: skills, processes, and relationships.

In Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking Susan Cain describes and challenges American perspectives on our styles in interacting with others. In Western culture we tend to think of the extrovert as the model for leadership. Where is the responsibility for including the introverted, thoughtful perspective in decision making and planning?

2012 in Review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 3 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

What Faculty Say About Adult Learners


The Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment (OPIA) at University Park, in its Quality Endeavors Newsletter #154, shared a synopsis of a recent panel presentation entitled, “Here Comes Generation A: What Faculty Say About Adult Learners.”

On Thursday, October 25, 2012 four panelists shared information from the Commission for Adult Learners (CAL) 2011 faculty survey and discussed ways to recruit and retain adult learners.

Some key points included:

–506 surveys were completed (66.8% Commonwealth Campuses, 33.2%)

–94% have taught adults in undergraduate credit of non-credit courses

–89.4% feel that adult students are highly motivated

–87.5% feel that adult students bring life experiences that make some courses more interesting

–26% believe that adult students require more advising time

To access the full article and presentation slides, visit