PSU-LV Service Area Tuition Comparisons

3D chrome Dollar symbolThe PSLV Office of Institutional Planning has compiled the 2013 tuition rates for local colleges and universities in the Penn State Lehigh Valley service area. The information is helpful as part of the enrollment strategic planning process.

Tuition and Fees Comparisons among Lehigh Valley Service Area Colleges and Universities


Retention Article: Who Gets to Graduate?

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The New York Times shared a piece entitled, “Who Gets to Graduate?” by Paul Tough on May 15, 2014. The article discusses the findings from a variety of retention strategies at the University of Texas at Austin aimed at changing the mind-sets of incoming students to build success towards graduation.

From the article (page 16):

“Every college freshman- rich or poor, white or minority, first-generation or legacy- experiences academic setbacks and awkward moments when they feel they don’t belong. But white students and wealthy students and students with college-graduate parents tend not to take those moments too seriously or too personally. Sure they feel bad when they fail a test or get in a fight with a roommate or are turned down for a date. But in general, they don’t interpret those setbacks as a sign that they don’t belong in college or that they’re not going to succeed there.”

Access the full article at:

Staying in College Longer Than Four Years Costs More Than You Might Think


The Association for Institutional Research shared the following publication of interest for higher education professionals. The article summary is credited to the Electronic AIR Newsletter (September 2014 edition).

Staying in College Longer Than Four Years Costs More Than You Might Think (Teri Lyn Hinds)

This second in a series of blog posts by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Liberty Street Economics examines the costs of taking longer than four years to graduate with a baccalaureate degree. Taking tuition and fees (not room and board, as those would need to be purchased regardless of enrollment in college) as well as the opportunity cost of forgone earnings, the post projects the net present value lost by an additional year or two in college over the course of a lifetime of expected earnings.

From the article:

All in all, an extra year of staying in school costs more than $85,000, and for those who take two extra years to finish, it costs about $174,000. The net present value of these totals, using a 5 percent discount rate, yields a cost of about $65,000 for each additional year spent in school.

Update of Strategic Planning: All Campus Day, August 2014

The Office of Institutional Planning provided an update regarding the 2014-19 Campus Strategic Planning Process for all Penn State Lehigh Valley faculty and staff attending All Campus Day on August 22, 2014.

CoverThe All Campus Day Strategic Planning 2014 PowerPoint provides details of the presentation. For additional information, contact the Planning Office at

Faculty and staff can continue to check the 2014-19 Campus Strategic Planning Page for updated information.

WE ARE…       One Campus,

                         Part of One University,

                         Within Larger Society

Problem Solving Skills of 15 Year-Olds (NCES International Report)

world-2In a three-page brief, the U.S. Department of Education and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) share the findings of a 2012 assessment through the Program of International Student Assessment (PISA) that measured the ability of 15-year-olds to problem solve when confronted with common issues in the 21st century. 65 international education systems participated.

The U.S. average score was 508, which was higher than the average of 500. The U.S. average was lower than the average in ten education systems, higher than the average in twenty-two education systems, and not measurably different from the average in eleven education systems.

Singapore scored the highest; Colombia the lowest. View the brief: nces-pisa.pdf

To try out some of the test questions, visit

Online Expectations of Prospective College Students (Survey 2014)

In Spring 2014, Noel-Levitz conducted the 9th annual E-Expectations of Prospective College Students and Parents. According to the survey report:

The helicopter parent has been a mainstay of college admissions for years, and the era of social media, mobile devices, and constant contact appears to have made it easier for those parents to hover. While campus personnel may sometimes wish parents were less involved in the lives of students, it’s also true that as parents have become more involved in the admissions process, they also have become advocates for campuses. Colleges and universities now have many, many ways to recruit parents in addition to recruiting students.


Key findings of the survey for 2014 include:

–62% of students prefer web-based resources for learning about colleges (compared to 51% of parents; parents prefer more traditional ways such as phone calls and brochures)

–71% of students have looked at a college’s website on their mobile device (compared to 45% of parents)

–73% of students use YouTube (compared to 32% of parents)

View the full report and findings here: 2014 E-Expectations Report

Lehigh Valley Quick Facts 2014

question 1Recently the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation shared a user-friendly infographic showcasing interesting and informative Lehigh Valley data and information. Visit the website to check out the facts and download the infographic:

Some quick facts include:

  • Total Population: 651,948
  • Bachelor’s Degree: 16.6%
  • Labor Force (w/in 45-minute drive of Lehigh Valley International Airport): 502,433
  • Employment: Educational services, and health care and social assistance: 26%