May Articles of Interest for Higher Education Professionals


The Association for Institutional Research shared the following publications of interest for higher education professionals. Click on the title to access the full article. This article summary is credited to the Electronic AIR Newsletter (April 2015 edition).

Contribution of Two-Year Institutions to Four-Year Completions (Teri Lyn Hinds)

In its most recent Snapshot Report, the National Student Clearinghouse reports on the percentage of students completing degrees at four-year institutions who were enrolled at two-year institution within the previous 10 years by state. Results reveal that in 14 states more than half of four-year degree recipients attended a two-year institution. Nearly 40% of graduates had attended a two-year institution 2-3 years prior to receiving their degree and over one-fifth of students were enrolled at a two-year institution for only a single term.

Achievement Gap Narrows as High School Graduation Rates for Minority Students Improve Faster than Rest of Nation (Zhao Yang)

New data released from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) shows that high school graduation rates for black and Hispanic students increased by nearly 4 percentage points from 2011 to 2013. The rate of increase outpaced the growth for all students in the nation, narrowing the gap between white students and black and Hispanic students receiving high school diplomas for the past two years.  The overall U.S. high school graduation rate hit 81% in 2012-13, the highest level in history.  This trend will impact higher education enrollment and student demographics.

Stats In Brief: What is the Price of College? Total, Net, and Out-of-Pocket Prices by Type of Institution in 2011-12 (Christine Keller)

This US Department of Education publication describes college costs for students using three measures:  average total price of attendance, average net price of attendance after grants, and average out-of-pocket net price.  The national cost figures are provided for public 2-year and 4-year institutions as well as for-profit and private nonprofit 4-year institutions.  The information is based on the 2011-12 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:12).


2014 in Review: PSLV Planning Website

The 2014 annual report for

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,400 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 40 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Official PSU-LV Enrollment Numbers, 2014-15


The Campus Office of Institutional Planning is happy to release the 2014-15 Official Enrollment Numbers for Penn State Lehigh Valley.

Official campus enrollment currently stands 913 students. For a comprehensive look at the breakdowns and figures:

PSLV Official Numbers 2014-15

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.

Spotlight on Goal 3: Within Larger Society

Within Larger Society

GOAL 3: Serve as a leader in our local and global societies through engaged citizenship and professional, academic collaborations


  • Collaboration with Business, Industry, and Alumni
  • Connection with Community Colleges and Other Institutions
  • Education of Local Communities
  • Economic Engine and Workforce Development
  • Change Agent

Strategy 3.1: Provide seamless transition from academic programs to the workforce

Strategy 3.2 Pursue ongoing connections with local and global educational institutions

Strategy 3.3: Further develop opportunities by the campus that enhance the education of our local communities

Strategy 3.4: Serve as an economic engine for the Penn State Lehigh Valley service area

Strategy 3.5: Uphold the campus’ commitment to serving as an agent of change and advocate for the common good

For additional strategic planning information, visit Campus Strategic Plan 2014-19.

Spotlight on Goal 2: Part of One University

Part of One University

GOAL 2: Operate as a viable and sustainable campus within the larger university system


  • Fiscally Responsible Practices
  • Enrollment and Local Landscape Monitoring
  • Effective Marketing and Communication Plans
  • Professional Development for Faculty and Staff
  • Resource Sharing
  • Assessment Practices

Strategy 2.1: Remain a fiscally responsible campus

Strategy 2.2 Continue to monitor enrollment, retention, and service area data in order to continue growth patterns

Strategy 2.3: Design effective external marketing campaigns and internal communication tools

Strategy 2.4: Build a community of professionals to maintain and support the high workplace standards of PSLV

Strategy 2.5: Distinguish our strengths within the University system and partner with other Commonwealth Campuses and UP

Strategy 2.6: Utilize evidence-based assessment practices to ensure continuous quality improvement

For additional strategic planning information, visit Campus Strategic Plan 2014-19.

Spotlight on Goal 1: One Campus

One Campus

GOAL 1: Enhance academic excellence to provide students with an integrated collegiate experience Description:

  • Innovative Teaching and Learning
  • Faculty/Student Research
  • Support Services
  • Programs and Leadership Opportunities
  • Pathways to a Penn State Education
  • Appropriate Resources and Spaces for Student Success

Strategy 1.1: Embrace innovative teaching and learning

Strategy 1.2 Enhance faculty and student research opportunities

Strategy 1.3: Provide a strong infrastructure of support services for students that facilitates personal and professional growth

Strategy 1.4: Design programming to engage students and offer opportunities for leadership, life, and social skills

Strategy 1.5: Recruit academically-focused students by enhancing pathways to a PSLV education and articulating new ones

Strategy 1.6: Provide appropriate facilities and spaces for student success and continued campus growth

Strategy 1.7: Enhance global education and international opportunities

For additional strategic planning information, visit Campus Strategic Plan 2014-19.