Penn State CQI Team Accomplishments: Serving Students, Using Technology

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No. 144 November 2011

Update:  NCCI Request for Proposals for 2012 Annual Conference

Do you have information to share about initiatives in your unit that address innovation, collaboration, leadership, or change? Consider submitting a proposal to make a presentation at the 2012 conference of the National Consortium for Continuous Improvement in Higher Education, to be held in July 2012 in Alexandria, Virginia.

Read the complete feature articles series

Looking for Innovation and Improvement Teams to Spotlight

The Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment highlights the accomplishments of innovation and improvement teams at Penn State in the Spotlight on Quality Improvement  and in Quality Endeavors feature articles.

If you are the sponsor or leader of an innovation and improvement team that you would like to see highlighted, contact Barbara Sherlock at

Cancelled - Quality Advocates: Planning and Budgeting: Challenges and Approaches in Outreach and Agricultural Sciences

The Quality Advocates session on Planning and Budgeting: Challenges and Approaches in Outreach and Agricultural Sciences,  scheduled for November 22, 2011 is cancelled. Normally, this discussion by Dean Bruce McPheron and Vice President Craig Weidemann would have been timely and important, and we appreciate their willingness to contribute. But for the time being,  attention and energy have been overtaken by other events and concerns at the University. OPIA will continue to share information about future events as they are planned.

Penn State Institutional Research Interest Group: NSSE 360: Using National Survey of Student Engagement to Meet Multiple Assessment Goals

Panelists will share information about how they’ve used NSSE data in the past and plan to 2011 NSSE data. Topics include:

  • Using NSSE to review students’ participation in transformative co-curricular experiences
  • 3 NSSE cycles at Penn State Altoona and their impacts
  • Engaging faculty with NSSE data
  • Using NSSE to facilitate assessment of academic engagement

Read more…

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 Barbara Sherlock, Senior Planning and Improvement Associate, Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment, at 814-863-8721 or To read past issues, see the Office’s Web site at /s/5ztbIb.

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