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Penn State’s extensive, ongoing, institution-wide planning experience rivals that of any other major U.S. university. For decades, Penn State has continued a commitment to strategic management both for the University as a whole, and for all academic and administrative units. This strategic plan extends that action- and impact-oriented approach.

Penn State is at an exciting crossroads. It is well situated to advance its position among the world’s top research universities. This plan lays out in broad strokes the basis for action toward that end from 2016 through 2020. Pursuant to this plan’s publication, Penn State will work with all of its stakeholders to develop specific plans, programs, and initiatives that support the University’s aforementioned mission, vision, foundations, and thematic priorities. These efforts will include identification of clear goals and metrics to assess if and when they have been accomplished.

As an extraordinary, 21st-century, global institution, Penn State has an impressive depth, breadth, and variety of collaborative talent across disciplines, along with tremendous resolve and energy. With all key stakeholders working together, the elements are in place for Penn State to extend its reach and impact through teaching and learning, research, and service.