Progress and Performance

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Progress and Performance includes information about annual progress on Penn State’s University-level strategic plan and performance data previously included in Penn State’s Strategic Indicators reports. To measure progress toward goals and to answer the question, “How well are we doing?” Penn State has since 1999 tracked and published strategic performance indicators.

Penn State has progressed through several strategic planning cycles since 1999 and the University has revised the set of strategic performance indicators to reflect the goals and strategies of each strategic plan. While some indicators remain consistent from cycle to cycle, some indicators are removed and other new indicators are defined. Strategic indicators provides information on indicators from earlier plans.

Priorities for Excellence: The Penn State Strategic Plan 2009-10 through 2013-14 identifies seven goals and related University-wide strategies, targeted for implementation over the first three years of the plan. Penn State has also identified a set of strategic performance indicators to reflect the goals and strategies described in that plan. Those goals, strategies, and strategic performance indicators are listed in the “Strategy Implementation Matrix” that accompanies the strategic plan. See “Implementing the Plan and Measuring Progress” for a description of how strategic performance indicators are used in the planning process at Penn State.

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

Goal 1 : Enhance Student Success.


1.1 - Expand learning outcomes assessment

1.2 - Expand and promote opportunities for students to engage in research and Active Learning

1.3 - Improve key student student transition experiences

1.4 - Encourage better advising and student ownership of education

1.5 - Promote and support high quality graduate education

1.6 - Assist students to explore ethical issues in their processional and personal lives

Selected Performance Measures

Goal 2 : Advance Academic Excellence and Research Prominence.


2.1 - Focus on Faculty Recruitment and Retention for Excellence

2.2 - Foster Research, Instruction, and Outreach in Emerging Interdisciplinary Fields of Great Societal Importance

2.3 - Enhance the College of Medicine’s Research and Clinical Capabilities in Central Pennsylvania

2.4 - Consolidate Academic and Administrative Programs through Targeted Reviews

2.5 - Acquire Additional Endowments to Enhance Faculty and Student Quality

Selected Performance Measures

Goal 3 : Realize Penn State’s Potential as a Global University.

Goal 4 : Maintain Access/Affordability and Enhance Diversity.


4.1 - Position the Commonwealth Campuses for Access and Affordability

4.2 - Invest Selectively in Capital Improvements and Student Services at the Campuses

4.3 - Allocate Additional Funds from Tuition for Need-Based Student Aid

4.4 - Sustain Investment in For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students

4.5 - Build on the Framework to Foster Diversity

Selected Performance Measures

Goal 5 : Serve the People of the Commonwealth and Beyond.

Goal 6 : Use Technology to Expand Access and Opportunities.


6.1 - Expand the World Campus and Other Online Educational Offerings

6.2 - Invest in Robust/Flexible IT Infrastructure for Teaching, Research, and Administration

6.3 - Re-Balance Centralized/Dispersed Facilities/Services for Greater Efficiency and Effectiveness

6.4 - Protect the Security and Integrity of the IT Infrastructure

Selected Performance Measures

  • Enrollment in World Campus programs
  • “Return on investment” for World Campus programs
  • Usage and growth of digital repositories
  • Percentage of faculty reporting use of Open Educational Resources (OER) materials
  • Cost for “commodity” information technology services
  • Percentage of faculty and staff computers with anti-virus software, spyware detection software, and adware detection software installed
  • Percentage of faculty and staff laptops with full disk-drive encryption
  • Percentage of Penn State’s merchants who are Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliant
  • Percentage of University units meeting current security standards

Goal 7 : Control Costs and Generate Additional Efficiencies.


7.1 - Improve Instructional Productivity

7.2 - Better Utilize Instructional and Research Facilities

7.3 - Reduce the Rate of Increase of Health Care Costs

7.4 - Develop Frameworks for Greater Budgeting and Staffing Flexibility

7.5 - Modify Central Recycling and Introduce Investment Models for New Initiatives

7.6 - Cap University Allocations to Outreach Beginning 2010-11

7.7 - Promote Continuous Quality Improvement and Reward Innovation

7.8 - Establish and Foster Sustainable Environments

Selected Performance Measures

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