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Framework Review and Planning Updates

Penn State has a long history of valuing diversity and advancing its diversity goals through strategic planning. While initial efforts were largely ad-hoc, a diversity strategic planning approach was adopted in the late 1990s, resulting in the University's first diversity strategic plan, A Framework to Foster Diversity at Penn State: 1998-2003. This approach has been institutionalized and we are currently concluding our third cycle of diversity strategic planning, A Framework to Foster Diversity at Penn State: 2010-15, and merging diversity strategic planning into the University’s overall strategic planning, which will include unit strategic plans (2014-15 through 2018-19) and the upcoming University Strategic Plan 2015-2020, all of which are available on the website of the Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment

The most unique feature of A Framework to Foster Diversity at Penn State and one of its greatest strengths is the comprehensive review process, begun in 2001 and which includes the significant public accountability feature of having final materials posted on the web. Most recently, Penn State has completed its review of the 2010-15 Framework cycle. Framework Review Teams were charged by Provost Nick Jones to evaluate the diversity updates and planning contained in the unit 2014–15 through 2018–19 strategic plans. The Review Teams met in fall 2014 and focused on macro-level progress in achieving goals for each of the seven Framework Challenges, with an emphasis on evidence-based decision making and impact. The Review Teams produced concise feedback reports for each of the University’s strategic planning units. Review Team feedback reports were provided to the Provost and the Vice Provost for Educational Equity, who met with each unit executive to discuss their feedback. Campus chancellors also met with the Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses. The units had an opportunity to make a written response to the feedback reports following the meeting. The Review Teams also evaluated best practices proposed by the units as per the strategic planning guidelines.

Overview and History

Calendar of Events

A Framework to Foster Diversity at Penn State: 2010-15

Analysis and Best Practices: 2014 Framework Review

Framework Best Practices

2010-15 Framework Diversity Strategic Planning

Framework to Foster Diversity Archives

Informational Reports