Penn State publishes status update as part of Plan for Continuous Improvement
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State has published the latest update to its ongoing work on policies, training, communications, governance, safety, security, compliance and a host of other matters -- all aimed at improving University operations, mitigating risk and maintaining a leadership role in higher education. To view the report, go here: http://www.psu.edu/ur/2014/Phase_II_update_Aug_2014.pdf.
In November 2013, administrators announced plans to renew the University’s pledge to improvement and change management that had been started as part of fulfilling the 119 recommendations of the Freeh Report. Known as the Plan for Continuous Improvement, it is the second phase of a comprehensive effort by Penn State leadership to review and improve policies, operations and critical strategic initiatives.
“The Plan for Continuous Improvement is yielding a large number of changes and improvements that are putting Penn State in the forefront of compliance, ethics, governance and organizational restructuring within higher education,” said David Gray, senior vice president for finance and business. “Our latest update focuses on a wide range of functional areas that we believe can be more productive, more innovative and the best example of a world-class institution.”
Most of the ongoing initiatives listed in the online update involve policy review and development, education, communications, safety, administration, athletics, compliance, culture and values and youth programs.
Some projects in the update, such as the implementation of a new student information system and a new human resources information system, and the modifications required to control and monitor access to the University’s recreational facilities, require large capital investments and currently involve formal project management teams that are overseeing the process and monitoring progress.