Appendix C



Progress on Implementation of the University’s Strategic Plan


Provost Jones will present information on the process and progress of the University’s Strategic Plan Implementation.


  • Richard Bundy III
  • Kevin Cockroft
  • Ann Douds
  • David Gray
  • Lisa Grigley
  • Nicholas Jones
  • David Lieb
  • Hector Lopez
  • Frantisek Marko
  • Margaret Michels
  • Mary Lou Ortiz
  • Nicholas Pearson
  • Laura Pauley, Chair
  • Tom Sarabok
  • Steinn Sigurdsson, Vice-Chair
  • William Sitzabee
  • Charles Specht
  • Mary Vollero
  • Ming Wang
  • Robert Zambanini

Slide 1: Introductory Slide:  Progress on Implementation of the University’s Strategis Plan – Dr. Nicholas P. Jones (All Text Slide)

Slide 2: “Our Commitment to Impact”

December 5, 2017 Senate Agenda, Appendix C, slide 1

Slide 3: How Our Plan Came Together

December 5, 2017, Senate Agenda, Appendix C, Slide 3

  • Penn State’s strategic plan was published in February 2016 after an inclusive two-year process.
  • Planning in 48 academic and administrative units drove development of the University’s plan for 2016-2020.
  • We are now well into the implementation phase of the planning cycle.

Slide 4: Implementation Committee Structure

December 5, 2017, Senate Agenda, Appendix C, Slide 4

The committee structure formed to implement the plan is built around its core components. This structure is made up of three levels: steering, executive, and oversight. Each steering and executive committee is tasked with focusing on a specific thematic priority or supporting element from the plan. The foundational areas of Enabling Access to Education, Engaging Our Students, Fostering and Embracing a Diverse World, Enhancing Global Engagement, Driving Economic Development, and Ensuring a Sustainable Future do not have a separate committee structure but do have representatives on each steering committee. The committees were designed this way in order to ensure that the initiatives developed for the thematic priorities and supporting elements would holistically incorporate aspects of the foundational areas.

Slide 5: Committee Membership (All Text Slide)

  • 56 members of the University faculty
  • 38 executives (provost, deans, vice presidents, vice provosts)
  • 33 administrators
  • 31 staff members
  • 29 academic administrators (associate deans, department heads)
  • 3 students
  • 1 member of the Board of Trustees

Slide 6: Faculty Senate Representation on Strategic Plan Committees (All Text Slide)

  • Michael Bérubé, Chair-Elect (Advancing the Arts and Humanities)
  • Carey Eckhardt, Senate Council (Advancing the Arts and Humanities)
  • Michael Krajsa, Global Programs Committee (Constituent Outreach and Engagement)
  • Binh Le, Special Centennial Committee (Oversight Committee)
  • Laura Pauley, Chair of University Planning Committee (Oversight Committee)
  • Elizabeth Seymour, Parliamentarian and Chair, Undergraduate Education (Transforming Education)
  • Erica Smithwick, Vice Chair of Faculty Benefits Committee (Stewarding Our Planet’s Resources)

Slide 7: Committee Information

December 5, 2017, Senate Agenda, Appendix C, Slide 7

Committee Page Screenshot

Slide 8: Where Do Unit Plans Fit? (All Text Slide)

  • The University plan is built around unit synergies, but respects unit individuality.
  • Unit plans and updates are incorporated into the University planning process.
  • We don’t expect unit plans to align with every University goal, but there will be some points of alignment.

Slide 9: Unit Progress (All Text Slide)

  • Units are three years into their five-year plans (2014-15 through 2018-19).
  • Campus highlights: New four-year majors, new and renovated facilities, increased regional collaboration
  • College highlights: Key faculty hires, new research centers, co-curricular learning experiences, entrepreneurial programs, more online offerings

Slide 10: University Progress (All Text Slide)

  • Identified synergies between unit plans and focal areas of the University plan
  • Committee goals developed
  • Short-, mid- and long-term strategies drafted
  • RFP process launched

Slide 11: Plan Taking Root Through University-wide Initiatives (All Text Slide)

  • “Energy University” and Center for Energy Law and Policy
  • “All In” Initiative
  • Invent Penn State (LaunchBox, innovation
    hubs across the Commonwealth, special
    conference in Spring 2018)
  • Global Engagement Network
  • 100&Change MacArthur Foundation Grant Proposal

Slide 12: Plan Supports Student Success (All Text Slide)

  • Increased support for student mental health programs
  • Penn State Startup Week
  • Student Engagement Network
  • Increase in number of programs offering senior capstone experiences
  • Pathways to Success: Summer Start (PaSSS)

Slide 13: Research Reflects Plan Priorities (All Text Slide)

  • Record-breaking $863 million
    in FY17 research expenditures
  • Launch of interdisciplinary research centers
  • Establishment of the 2D Crystal Consortium
  • Momentum building to secure National Cancer Institute designation

Slide 14: Strategic Initiative Funding

ScaleDescriptionRequest Process
$Projects focused in a single unit, typically requiring less than $50,000 in fundingRequest from unit budget executive
$$Seed grants for projects that cross unit boundaries and have the potential to develop into sustainable programs, $50,000-$250,000Strategic plan RFP
$$$Large-Scale projects that require a significant University investment and have executive support from multiple unitsProposal to the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost

Slide 15: How Our Fundraising and Strategic Plan Are Interrelated

Campaign ImperativesOpen DoorsCreate Transformative ExperiencesImpact the World
Strategic Plan Components-Transforming Education
-Enhancing Access
-Transforming Education
-Advancing the Arts and Humanities
-Driving Digital Innovation
-Student Engagement
-Global Engagement
-Diverse World
-Enhancing Health
-Stewarding Our Planet’s Resources
-Global Engagement
-Economic Development

Slide 16: Strategic Initiative RFPs (All Text Slide)

  • The request for proposal process is open to current students, faculty, and staff.
  • Submitters are strongly encouraged to work with the appropriate Steering Committee(s) to develop strong proposals.
  • The rolling submission process will continue through the end of spring 2018.
  • Committee review and award announcements will occur three times a year.
  • Learn more on the plan website.

Slide 17: Cycle 1: 64 Proposals Received (All Text Slide)

  • Advancing the Arts and Humanities:  4
  • Constituent Outreach and Engagement:  2
  • Driving Digital Innovation:  6
  • Enhancing Health:  15
  • Infrastructure and Support:  1
  • Organizational Processes:  1
  • Stewarding Our Planet’s Resources:  16
  • Transforming Education:  19

Slide 18: What Makes for a Great Proposal? (All Text Slide)


  • Have a well-explained connection to at least one plan priority
  • Incorporate the plan’s foundations
  • Have the potential to scale up and a plan for sustained funding beyond the award period
  • Incorporate committed collaborators from multiple units


  • Exceed the scale and scope of the funding
  • Seek strategic initiative funding where traditional funding sources would be more appropriate
  • Seek to replace funding more appropriately sourced at the unit level

Slide 19: 2017-2018 Timeline Overview (All Text Slide)

  • Unit progress reports due annually – May
  • Progress measures developed and communicated – June
  • Executive Committee progress reports due biannually – July and January
  • Community progress reports throughout the year
  • Initiative review cycles each semester

Slide 20: Our Ongoing Call to Action (All Text Slide)

What We’re Asking of Our Leaders:

  • Connect plan strategies to daily work
  • Be engaged, accountable, communicative
  • Embrace change and feedback

Key Message:
Without their focused leadership, Penn State cannot achieve its desired outcomes.

Slide 21: Thank You – Questions or Comments? (All Text Slide)

Send questions or comments to the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost