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Diversity Strategic Planning


Penn State was among the first universities to approach diversity goals via a strategic planning process and has been nationally recognized for its considerable strides toward building a truly diverse, inclusive, and equitable institution and for establishing an infrastructure to facilitate effective diversity planning, implementation, and reporting processes. Fostering diversity must be recognized as being at the heart of our institutional viability and vitality, a core value of the academic mission, and a priority of the institution.

Initially launched in 1998,  A Framework to Foster Diversity at Penn State Framework is completing its third five-year cycle and diversity strategic planning is being merged into the University’s overall strategic planning, which includes unit strategic plans and the upcoming University Strategic plan, all of which are available on the website of the Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment . One of the greatest strengths of A Framework to Foster Diversity at Penn State is the comprehensive review process, begun in 2001. The 2014 Framework Review produced concise feedback reports for each of the University’s strategic planning units, evaluated best practices proposed by the units, and offered observations and recommendations regarding the University’s progress.

Penn State receives it's third Higher
Education Excellence in Diversity Award.




Quality Advocates Session/Best Practices in Strategic Planning Workshop:
“Diversity and Inclusion at Penn State: Where Are We Now and What’s Next?”
Findings from the University’s comprehensive external assessment of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence goals and implementation, presented by Dr. Rona Halualani, Founder and Principal, Halualani & Associates (diversity research/analytics firm)