Spring 2009 Programs

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What’s New

Juran Fellowships support doctoral students conducting research related to quality principles. In past years, recipients have included students from Penn State. Applications are due March 10, 2009. An information session will be held on Friday, January 30, 2009, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in 508 Rider. For further information, visit /events/juran/.

Penn State Berks Information Technology Services developed a five-year strategic plan, and the participants, staff and stakeholders, enjoyed the process. Read about how they did it in Pat Kohrman’s article at http://connect.educause.edu/Library/EDUCAUSE+Quarterly/NoFreeLunchACondensedStra/47685?time=1228310763

Quality Advocates

Globalizing Penn State
Friday, February 13, 2009, 10:30 a.m. - noon, 508 Rider

Panelists: Michael Adewumi, Vice Provost for International Programs and Professor of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, and Robert Crane, Director, Alliance for Earth Science, Engineering, and Development in Africa, Professor of Geography, and Chair, University Strategic Planning Council on Task Force on Internationalization
Moderator: Barbara Sherlock, Planning and Improvement Associate, Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment

For further information, visit /advocates/2009/02/.

Enhancing Student Success
Monday, April 6, 2009, 10:30 a.m. - noon, 508 Rider

Panelists: Yvonne Gaudelius, Assistant Vice President and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Chair, University Strategic Planning Council Task Force on Ensuring Student Success; W. Terrell Jones, Vice Provost for Educational Equity; and Damon Sims, Vice President for Student Affairs

For further information, visit /advocates/2009/04/.

For complete information about the Quality Advocates series, visit /advocates/.

Web Conference

Making the Case for Strategic Resource Allocation
Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 1:00 - 2:45 p.m., 508 Rider
Instructor: Larry Goldstein, President, Campus Strategies

The current economic slowdown is putting tremendous pressure on university budgets. Falling endowment income, projected cuts in state budgets, and reduced ability to pay are creating significant challenges for institutions struggling to meet increasing student expectations.
For further information about the web conference, visit /events/web/2009/01_20/.

Workshops

An Overview of Continuous Quality Improvement, Wednesday, February 18, 2009, 1:30 - 4:00 p.m., 508 Rider OR Friday, March 27, 2009, 8:30 - 11:00 a.m., 508 Rider

Louise Sandmeyer, Executive Director, Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment

Over 800 teams at Penn State have worked to improve or innovate their processes, resulting in such outcomes as cost savings, increased stakeholder satisfaction, and shorter turnaround times. This workshop introduces you to the basic concepts and tools of continuous quality improvement (CQI). The workshop covers the IMPROVE model and its role in process improvement and how CQI relates to planning at Penn State. For further information, visit /workshops/overview/.

DMADV: An Analytical Approach for Implementing New Strategies, Thursday, February 19, 2009, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon, 508 Rider

Presenters: Harriet Black Nembhard, Associate Professor and Bashore Career Professor, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, and Director, QUEST Lab, and Barbara Sherlock, Planning and Improvement Associate, Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment

With the recent completion of the strategic plans, many units are looking for ways to implement their initiatives. DMADV (Define, Measure, Analyze, Design, Verify) can be a useful approach in implementing new initiatives or strategies to accomplish planning goals. This workshop will provide hands-on activities and discussion about how DMADV can be used in implementing some of the strategies identified during Penn State’s current planning process.  For further information, visit /workshops/dmadv/.

Facilitating Planning, Improvement and Assessment Projects and Teams, Friday, March 20, 2009, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., 508 Rider

Marianne Guidos, Quality and Planning Research Associate, Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment, and Barbara Sherlock, Planning and Improvement Associate, Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment

This full-day workshop provides hands-on experience in the role of a facilitator working with a team addressing a planning, improvement, or assessment initiative. It also identifies the parallels between any of these approaches and classic project management, and the further considerations for the individual serving as both the group leader and facilitator. For further information, visit /workshops/facilitating/.

Applying Quality Principles in Daily Work, Friday, April 3, 2009, 8:30 - 11:00 a.m., 508 Rider

Marianne Guidos, Quality and Planning Research Associate, Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment, and Barbara Sherlock, Planning and Improvement Associate, Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment

Are you looking for ways to reduce the time you spend doing things over or correcting mistakes? By applying quality principles, you can identify ways to help you work more efficiently and more effectively. Activities in this program use sample applications and participant work situations to help reinforce basic quality principles. For further information, visit /workshops/quality_principles/.

For complete information on all workshops being offered, visit /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 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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