"Gaining the Competitive Edge"

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No. 139 Late April 2011

Feature Article: “Gaining the Competitive Edge”

At the Quality Issues Forum on April 14, 2011 Penn State Director of Athletics Tim Curley talked with members of 47 innovation and improvement teams about “Gaining the Competitive Edge,” pointing out that “…great things can happen to improve the quality at Penn State when we get called to be on the team…”

Read more about the event, see a listing of the 47 teams, and a gallery of photos of the event…

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.

Read more…

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

On Tuesday, April 19, 2011, Zack Moore, Director of Federal Relations, and Mike DiRaimo, Director of Governmental Affairs, both in the Office of Governmental Affairs, talked with more than 100 attendees across multiple campuses about how changes at both the state and federal levels of government might impact higher education in general, and the operation of Penn State specifically.

Read more…

Quality Advocates: New Ideas

We are planning the Quality Advocates schedule for 2011-2012. If you have topics to suggest for upcoming sessions, contact us at psupia@psu.edu.

Do You Know? What type of plan will best suit your unit: Strategic? Tactical? Operational?

Learn more…

Cost Saving Ideas:

Some of the suggestions received recently

  • Require students to take at least one summer semester during their four-year degree. This will allow for courses that don’t fit the traditional one hour per day/three days per week model, and increase the likelihood of graduation in four years.
  • Incorporate student athletic clubs directly into the Office of Student Activities in the Student Affairs organization, rather than via Club Sports in the Athletic Department. One centralized office for all student clubs could be more efficient and effective.

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.

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 /s/5ztbIb.

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