Workshops - Fall 2008

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No. 111 August 2008

What’s New

Assessing the Impact of the Spellings Commission: The Message, the Messenger, and the Dynamics of Change in Higher Education

This report, written by Brent Ruben and co-authored with Louise Sandmeyer and Laurie Lewis, was recently published by the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO). The report reviews the work of the Commission, discusses how college and university leaders perceive the future impact of the Commission’s work, and examines the process of change in higher education. The full report and a summary of the report are available at

NCCI Leveraging Excellence Award

The Leveraging Excellence Award Program of the National Consortium for Continuous Improvement in Higher Education (NCCI) recognizes initiatives where effective academic and administrative practices have been successfully implemented beyond one department, campus, or institution. Innovative projects from the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) and Brigham Young University won the 2008 award; Penn State is one of the 16 major research universities from four continents that are part of the Worldwide Universities Network recognized for Honorable Mention this year. Applications for the 2009 award are due October 1, 2008. For more information, visit

Coming Workshops: Fall 2008

Facilitating Planning, Improvement, and Assessment Projects and Teams

Friday, November 14, 2008
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
508 Rider

This full-day workshop provides hands-on experience for those likely to be leading and/or facilitating a planning, improvement, or other project team. For more information, visit /workshops/facilitating/. To register, call OPIA at 814-863-8721. There is no cost to attendees.

Workshops for Western Campuses

OPIA will offer two workshops at Penn State New Kensington for those at Penn State’s western campuses:

An Overview of Continuous Quality Improvement
Monday, October 20, 2008
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Facilitating Planning, Improvement, and Assessment Projects and Teams
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

There is no cost to attendees for either workshop. Register via e-mail at by October 10, 2008. For more information about the workshops, visit /workshops/or contact Barbara Sherlock at or 814-863-8721.

OPIA is planning to offer workshops for the eastern campuses in spring 2009. Contact Barbara Sherlock at if you would like to find out more about how your campus can host the workshops.

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 read past issues, see the Office’s Web site at /newsletter/archive.htm.

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