Report: Adult Learner Use of Financial Aid and Degree Completion

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No. 104 October 2007

Quality Advocates:

Understanding the Penn State Budgeting Process, Monday, October 15, 2007, 1:30-3:00 p.m., 508 Rider II, Speaker: Steve Curley, University Budget Officer

Leadership and Organizational Performance, Friday, November 9, 2007, 8:30-10:00 a.m., 508 Rider II, Speaker: James B. Thomas, Dean, Smeal College of Business

Using Data to Inform Strategic Planning, Monday, December 3, 2007, 3:00-4:30 p.m., 508 Rider II, Speakers: Nancy L. Eaton, Dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications, and Madlyn L. Hanes, Chancellor, Penn State Harrisburg, Moderator: Michael J. Dooris, Director, Planning Research and Assessment

For complete information on all Quality Advocates being offered, visit, /advocates/

Workshop: Scenario Planning

Tuesday, October 30, 2007, 1:30-4:00 p.m., 508 Rider II, Led by Kevin Grigsby, Vice Dean for Faculty and Administrative Affairs, Penn State College of Medicine at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. This workshop will provide tools and approaches that you can use in your unit planning. For more information, visit, /workshops/scenario/.

For a complete listing of scheduled workshops, visit /workshops/.

Report: Adult Learner Use of Financial Aid and Degree Completion

The Adult Learner Use of Financial Aid and Degree Completion study builds on a previous report which looked at degree completion for a cohort of traditional students and examines a cohort of 1,269 adult learners. Older students face a different environment than their traditional age counterparts and family responsibilities, employment obligations, and other factors can affect their enrollment and persistence towards a degree.
For a complete listing of the reports available, visit /planning_research/reports/.

Spotlight on Quality Improvement: Offering the Best Financial Options to Pay for College

The Payment Plan CQI team was asked to review Penn State’s current tuition payment options, how they were communicated, and what other alternatives were available. Find out about their research and recommendations at
The complete Spotlight on Quality Improvement series is available at

Support for Planning, Improvement, and Assessment in Your Unit

The Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment supports the University’s efforts to plan, assess, and improve programs and services. The Office is available, at no charge, to consult with units and use organizational change tools to help units assess their needs, develop strategic plans, improve key processes, and develop collaborative team environments. If you would like to discuss the planning, quality, or assessment needs of your unit with one of our consultants, please contact the Office at 814-863-8721 or e-mail

The Quality Endeavors newsletter is published several times each semester. If you have any questions or comments about what you read here, or if you would like to suggest items for future newsletters, please contact Louise Sandmeyer, Executive Director of the Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment, at 814-863-8721 or  To read past issues, see the Office’s Web site at /newsletter/archive.htm.

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