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Strategic Planning at Penn State

In recent decades, strategic planning has paved the way for Penn State's remarkable ascension among the ranks of the world's great research universities. As we continue to move forward, our new strategic plan will lead to even greater achievements. During the past year, Nicholas P. Jones, Executive Vice President and Provost, and the 32-member University Strategic Planning Council have been working diligently to identify and articulate the University's priorities and goals for the five calendar years comprising 2016 through 2020.

At its heart, strategic planning comes down to intentionality. In this new plan, we identify our goals at a macro level and set a strong foundation for their pursuit. Once the high-level strategies are unveiled, the University will begin to articulate specific steps, responsibilities, and metrics for implementation.

After considerable research and collegial debate, the Council developed a draft plan, tentatively titled “A Commitment to Impact,” that was broadly circulated for feedback in late October and early November 2015. We appreciate the input that was provided by members of the University community, and are working to incorporate that feedback into a revised version of the plan.

The final plan is slated for rollout in early 2016, with periodic updates and the final plan to be published here.

Looking for information about Penn State's last strategic plan? Priorities for Excellence was Penn State's strategic plan for the period from academic years 2009-2010 through 2013-2014. Read updates on progress made under that plan.