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No. 130 August 2010

Feature: Implementation of Priorities for Excellence: The Penn State Strategic Plan 2009-10 through 2013-14

This August 2010 Penn State Live article highlights progress in Penn State’s Year 1 strategic plan initiatives in the areas of information technology in the Libraries, the Office of Global Programs,  and instructional productivity.

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Quality Advocates: Priorities for Excellence: The Penn State Strategic Plan 2009-10 through 2013-14 - Strategy 7.8 - Establish and Foster Sustainable Environments

The Environmental Stewardship Key Initiative within Finance and Business has evolved into a University-wide sustainability initiative, with a goal to integrate sustainable behavior throughout the University. This has resulted in operational efficiencies within Finance and Business, Outreach, and research and academics.

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Quality Advocates: Date Saver

Kevin Morooney, Vice Provost for Information Technology, will be the Quality Advocates speaker on Tuesday, October 26, 2010, from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

New OPIA Staff Member: Alexander Yin

Alexander Yin has joined the Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment as Senior Planning Research Associate. Alex comes to OPIA from Penn State’s Center for the Study of Higher Education.

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Innovation Insights #24 - Project Management: The Basics

Often there is uncertainty about the difference between a project management team and an innovation or improvement team. Innovation Insight #24, Project Management: The Basics compares the two approaches, and provides an overview of the nature of a project, roles within a project team, and the phases of a project.

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Did You Know? Tenure Flow Rates at Penn State

At Penn State, for the last thirteen entering cohorts of tenure-track faculty – that is, those beginning in 1990 through 2002 – 57 percent of new entrants had received tenure by the end of their seventh year.

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Cost Savings Idea: Keep Mailing Lists Up-to-Date

As we begin a new academic year, make sure your mailing lists are up-to-date. This not only eliminates duplicate mailings to the same person, but also saves money related to paper, mailing, distribution, and receipt.

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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 /s/5ztbIb.

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