47 Penn State Innovation and Improvement Teams Recognized

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No. 138 April 2011

Feature Article: 47 Penn State Innovation and Improvement Teams Recognized

At the Quality Issues Forum on April 14, 2011, 47 teams and over 500 staff, faculty, and students are recognized for their work in improving and innovating processes across the University.

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Quality Advocates: The Political and Economic Landscape for Higher Education in Pennsylvania

Since 2008, state budgets across the U.S. have had to cope with about $400 billion in deficits. In Pennsylvania, the Governor has proposed a $182 million reduction in the Commonwealth’s appropriation to Penn State. Nationally and in Pennsylvania, the coming fiscal year may be especially difficult because $54 billion in federal stimulus funds directed to education spending will likely be gone. How are these and related factors – including the pace of economic recovery, and political change nationally and in Pennsylvania – likely to impact Penn State?

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Institutional Research Interest Group Formed

Penn State’s recently formed Institutional Research Interest Group is guided by the belief that although there are many excellent data and analysis resources at Penn State, there are opportunities to do a better job of coordination, communication, and sharing in the increasingly pertinent domain of institutional research.

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Institutional Research Interest Group: Building Institutional Research Capacity (webinar recording)

On April 11, 2011 Penn State’s Institutional Research Interest Group sponsored its first public event, a panel discussion addressing “Building Institutional Research Capacity” and the goals of an interest group. The panelists were Mike Dooris (OPIA), Frank Miller (Penn State York), Marta Miguel (Information Technology Services) and Betty Harper (Student Affairs Research and Assessment). About 150 attended – half in person in 508 Rider Building, and half from multiple locations via Adobe Connect Pro.

You can view a recording of the discussion.

Institutional Research Interest Group: Better Supporting the Data Needs of Decision Makers

On May 10, 2011 Penn State’s Institutional Research Interest Group will sponsor a panel discussion addressing the intersection between “data producers” and “data consumers”. Three data-driven decision makers will speak from their perspective about challenges, opportunities, and ideas on how data consumers can and do work with data producers and how the results can fuel positive change.

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Do You Know? What is ‘Institutional Research’?

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Cost Saving Ideas:

Some of the suggestions received recently:

  • Reduce to fit on one page the IBIS form ROCR (daily deposit) that prints a second page for a blank notepad and approver.
  • When sharing PowerPoint presentations, send and print them with six slides to a page, rather than one full sized slide per page.
  • Set printers to print on both sides as the default setting.

Submit your ideas for increased efficiency and effectiveness at Penn State.

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.

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