Tuesday, May 5, 2015
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
508 Rider Building
Speaker: Nicholas P. Jones, Executive Vice President and Provost
Moderator: Betty Harper, Interim Executive Director, Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment
Penn State has had perhaps the most extensive, ongoing, institution-wide planning experience of any major university in the United States. For over thirty years, Penn State has continued a commitment to strategic management both for the University as a whole, and for all academic and administrative units. The current strategic plan extends that productive, action- and impact-oriented approach.
The upcoming strategic plan will be the product of work over a period of about two years, involving conversations with and input from a wide range of stakeholders including trustees, faculty members, undergraduate and graduate students, staff members, academic and administrative leaders, and alumni. University-level planning for 2015-16 through 2019-20 was also informed by strategic plans that each college, campus, and major administrative unit (such as Finance & Business, and Information Technology Services) developed for 2014-15 through 2018-19. Especially pivotal to the planning process were the energy, expertise, and insights of Penn State’s University Strategic Planning Council (USPC) — an inclusive, 32-member body charged by President Eric J. Barron, and chaired by Executive Vice President and Provost Nicholas P. Jones. In this session, Dr. Jones provided the University community with a sneak peek of the new plan and shared his perspective on the plan moving forward.
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