Enhancing Health

Thanks to a seed grant supporting Penn State strategic priorities, University researchers hope to realize the promise and potential of big data to advance biomedical research by creating a Digital Collaboratory for Precision Health Research.

Transforming Education

A select cohort of Penn State faculty is investigating dynamic models for student engagement, breaking through traditional classroom instruction and redefining the meaning of transformative education.

Driving Digital Innovation

A group of Penn State researchers is developing a system — WearIT — utilizing wearable devices as tools to help individuals battle addiction.

Stewarding Our Planet’s Resources

A National Science Foundation grant totaling $1.2 million over three years has been awarded to researchers at Penn State and Cornell universities who are exploring how to most efficiently separate water into hydrogen and oxygen, so hydrogen can be collected and serve as a sustainable fuel source.

Advancing the Arts and Humanities

Projects by students at Penn State Behrend support local artists and cultural organizations.

Our Commitment to Impact
The Pennsylvania State University’s Strategic Plan for 2016 to 2025



November 1, 2019: Campus Arts Initiative exhibition “Extended Sunset” at the Eisenhower Auditorium.

October 15, 2019: Campus Arts Initiative exhibition “Color Walk” at Penn State Behrend.

October 8, 2019: Campus Arts Initiative exhibition in Borland Project Space.

October 2, 2019: Penn State Shenango now offers a stress-free zone in collaboration with Penn State LionPulse.

September 6, 2019: Abington announces public art installation focusing on climate change.

September 4, 2019: Employee wellness a top priority at Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center.

June 24, 2019:  Strategic plan seed grant supports green stormwater infrastructure research.

June 20, 2019: Penn State strategic planning units are working on reflection reports for their 2014-2020 strategic plans. Further details and instructions are here.

April 30, 2019: Twelve projects will receive Penn State Strategic Plan Seed Grants: Sustainability, education, arts, communications projects win strategic support

March 21, 2019: The Board of Trustees has supported extending the University Strategic Plan to 2025. This extension is explained in a letter from Nicholas Jones, executive vice president and provost.

January 28, 2019:  Nine additional projects will receive Penn State Strategic Plan Seed Grants

January 23, 2019: Town Hall offers look at success and the future of the University’s strategic plan
Nick Jones, executive vice president and provost, hosted the town hall with panelists from across the University.  The panel discussed the importance of the strategic plan at Penn State and how it is vital in higher learning due to ever changing issues that face the University, surrounding community, and country. 

January 9, 2019:  Forum on Stewarding Our Planet’s Resources to be held Jan. 21
Save the date: Monday, January 21, 2018. The Committees for Stewarding Our Planet’s Resources will provide a progress update and and seek input for future direction and focus. Registration is requested



Penn State’s University-wide Strategic Plan

During the past four decades, strategic planning has paved the way for Penn State to be recognized as one of the world’s great research universities. Penn State’s current strategic plan, titled “Our Commitment to Impact,” establishes and elucidates the University’s priorities and goals through 2020. The complete text of the plan is published on this website, along with content that explains how the plan is being implemented. Visit the Events page to learn more about upcoming opportunities to learn more about and engage in the strategic plan implementation process.