Quality Advocates Sessions - Fall 2008

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No. 112 September 2008

Coming Quality Advocates: Fall 2008

Topics for the fall Quality Advocates series focus on issues related to planning within and across the university.

Implementing Your Strategic Plan
Wednesday, October 1, 2008, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., 508 Rider

The work isn’t over when you publish your plan. Implementing your plan successfully is critical to accomplishing your goals. Panelists will share their experiences bringing plans to life in both the academic and academic support areas.

Jack Burke
, Chancellor, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
Al Horvath, Vice President for Finance and Business
Louise Sandmeyer, Executive Director, Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment

Building the Tenure-Line Faculty
Thursday, October 30, 2008, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., 508 Rider

Deans, chancellors and department heads face many constraints and challenges in one of their most important responsibilities, developing and sustaining a strong faculty. This session will explore some of the issues involved in building tenure-line faculty and, importantly, ideas for how to deal with those challenges.

David H. Monk, Dean, College of Education
Karen Wiley Sandler, Chancellor, Penn State Abington
Michael J. Dooris, Director, Planning Research and Assessment, Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment

Outcomes Assessment: More than a Plan
Wednesday, December 3, 2008, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., 508 Rider

An assessment plan will serve its purpose only if it helps to support and improve the learning environment. In this session, experienced academic leaders will discuss ways to get beyond simply planning for assessment, to conducting assessment and using results to enhance the quality of teaching and learning.

Lori J. Bechtel-Wherry, Chancellor, Penn State Altoona
Nan Crouter, Dean, College of Health and Human Development
Robert N. Pangborn, Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education

For further information, visit /advocates/.

Workshops: Fall 2008

University Park
Facilitating Planning, Improvement, and Assessment Projects and Teams - Friday, November 14, 2008, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Penn State New Kensington
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.

For further information, visit /workshops/.


Characteristics of At-Risk Students - presented at the 2008 Association for Institutional Research annual conference by Michael Dooris and Marianne Guidos
This paper examines correlates of success for lower-income students who have a rocky academic start at Penn State. It addresses the question of: What are the characteristics of those lower-income, lower-ability students who – unlike the other 80% of freshmen in that same high-risk category – overcome financial and academic barriers to earn degrees? For the full report, visit /planning_research/reports/AIR_at_risk_students_08.pdf.

Toward Research Transparency: Fostering Collaboration, Increasing Accountability, and Building a Knowledgebase Using Open Source Methods - presented at the 2008 Association for Institutional Research annual conference by Daniel Nugent and Nicholas Warcholak
A complex project often requires greater collaboration among team members, increased accountability, and the creation of a robust knowledgebase. This report proposes that adopting some existing practices and tools primarily used by open source software engineering communities can facilitate these efforts. For the full report, visit /planning_research/reports/AIR_collaboration_08.pdf.

For a complete listing of the reports available, visit /planning_research/reports/.

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 psupia@psu.edu.

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 psupia@psu.edu.To read past issues, see the Office’s Web site at /newsletter/archive.htm.

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