About the Office

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The Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment supports improvement, planning, and assessment initiatives at the unit and institutional level and promotes the effective and efficient use of resources to maintain and improve institutional quality. We help units and teams assess their needs, develop strategic plans, improve key processes, and develop collaborative team environments. We also provide information and data to support University-wide decision-making and work to strengthen the capacity for leadership and innovation.

In 1983, Penn State established the Office of Planning and Analysis to support planning endeavors, and in 1992 created the Continuous Quality Improvement Center focusing on process improvement. Merging in 1996, they became the Center for Quality and Planning with an expanded mission that included benchmarking and developing performance indicators. In January 2003, the Center became the Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment and continues to promote institutional quality.

Services of the Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment are provided free of charge to The Pennsylvania State University and are adapted to the specific needs of departments or individuals.

About Penn State: A brief fact sheet to provide the context in which we work.