OPIA at UP Presentation: What Faculty Say About Adult Learners

The following information was shared by Penn State University’s Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment via Betty Harper, Senior Planning and Research Associate. For more information, visit psupia@psu.edu

Here Comes Generation A: What Faculty Say About Adult Learners

Thursday, October 25, 2012 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 508 Rider

Panelists: Martha Aynardi, Director of Academic Support and Special Projects, Penn State Berks; Martha Jordan, Director of Admission Services for Continuing Education and World Campus and Adult Learner Advocacy; Jane Owens, Senior Director of Continuing Education, Penn State Abington; Karen Pollack, Director of Academic Affairs for Undergraduate Programs, Penn State World Campus; and Patricia Shope, Prior Learning Assessment Coordinator, Continuing Education and World Campus

The Penn State Commission for Adult Learners, composed of faculty, staff, and students from across the University system exists to increase enrollment of and improve the adult learner experience at Penn State. In the fall of 2011 a total of 4,807 faculty members were invited to participate in a survey to gather information relative to (1) current attitudes toward adult learners at Penn State, (2) perceptions of the unique needs of adult learners, (3) the types of accommodations necessary for adult learners, and (4) identifying the needs of adult learners that are not currently being met. This panel will present the results of this survey, the background and methodology, and action steps that came about as a result. The panel will also focus on two specific initiatives – a joint effort with Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence to produce a faculty workshop that will inform and prepare faculty to better understand and work with adult learners and the Prior Learning Assessment Initiative.


Better Brainstorming!

In its Quality Endeavors Issue No. 149, May 2012, the Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment at University Park shares the results of a research project that analyzed idea generation through individual and group-based brainstorming.

At the end of the study, “The authors conclude that bringing a group together face to  face may not be the most effective way to begin the idea generation process. It  may be more useful to have those involved work independently before they come together  to share their individual ideas.”

For the full details, visit http://www.psu.edu/president/pia/extracts/

Dealing with Procrastination: Get More Done Today!

In its April 2012 Quality Endeavors, the Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment (OPIA) at University Park shared the following article:

Innovation Extract: Eat That Frog: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

“We will probably always have a ‘To Do’ list, and maybe more than one. The question we face is how to effectively and efficiently manage that list. In Eat That Frog: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time, Brian Tracy provides a set of 21 approaches to expend your time more effectively as well as more efficiently”

To access the article, visit: http://www.psu.edu/president/pia/extracts/

Penn State University’s Strategic Plan Update: Year 3

Penn State University has reached the half-way point in the implementation of the 2009-10 through 2013-14 Strategic Plan.

The March 2012 edition of Quality Endeavors shares highlights of progress.



Click here for information about Penn State Lehigh Valley’s Strategic Plan.

Using Email More Effectively

This is a professional development sharing from the University Park Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment:

Using E-mail More Effectively 

In this short brief, learn about the appropriate times to use (and not use) email as an form of organizational communication, evaluate the content of your email using the PASS system, and focus on the most effective ways to manage and respond to your email.

University Enrollment 2011: PSLV Double-Digit Increase

Penn State’s application and enrollment numbers increased university-wide once again for the 2011 school year.  The University’s total enrollment now stands at 96,519 students (an increase of 686 from 2010). Penn State Lehigh Valley was one of 4 Commonwealth campuses to see double or triple digit growth. The campus’ fall semester enrollment is 942, an increase from 920 in 2010.

The full story can be accessed at: http://live.psu.edu/story/55928

Penn State Lehigh Valley has seen a steady increase in its enrollment numbers over the past several years. Click here to access campus reports showcasing enrollment trends. 

OPIA News for October, including Core Council Review Letters

The Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment shared the following news with University Park and Penn State campuses for the month of October.

CORE COUNCIL REVIEW: Throughout 2010 and 2011, the Academic Program and Administrative Services Review Core Council evaluated all academic programs and many major administrative processes at the University. Recently, recommendation letters based on these reviews were made from the Provost to budget unit executives. Click here to access these letters: http://www.psu.edu/president/pia/newsletter/news0143.html

POSITIVE PLANNING: From Innovation Insights #26: “Penn State’s Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment has developed a Positive Planning approach that can generate a ‘can do’ climate and avoid the cynicism and jadedness that might result from initially focusing on prior problems within an organization. This Innovation Insight provides an overview of Penn State’s Positive Planning approach”: http://www.psu.edu/president/pia/innovation/positiveplanning.pdf

For additional information from the October OPIA newsletter, visit: http://www.psu.edu/president/pia/newsletter/news0143.html