Penn State publishes status update as part of Plan for Continuous Improvement

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State has published a regular status update detailing the University’s progress on a variety of critical, ongoing strategic initiatives. With the recommendations from the Freeh Report substantially completed, Penn State administrators are moving into the second phase of the commitment to continuously review and improve its policies.

(View the latest update at http://progress.psu.edu/assets/content/Phase_II_update_Nov_2013.pdf.)

As part of the Plan for Continuous Improvement, University leadership will maintain the existing change management structure, which consists of an administrative response team, advisory council and a joint trustee/advisory council group. Regular meetings of those groups will continue, as will meetings with appropriate University leaders to discuss change initiatives. Penn State also will continue to publish status reports on a regular basis, in order to keep the community informed of progress.

The latest update outlines a comprehensive plan for a wide range of functional areas, including ethics, culture and values; governance; legal, risk, compliance and audit; safety and security; youth programs; training and development; human resources administration; communications; policy review and development; and athletics. Continuous improvement also will play a role in University-wide initiatives including the replacement of the student information system, and the Human Resources Transformation project.

David Gray, senior vice president for Finance and Business at Penn State, said the effort will build upon the positive momentum of the past year and a half.

“We are committed to the process of reform and improvement at the University, and the model we have established has been effective in helping us to meet our goals,” Gray said. “Ultimately, it is our charge as university leaders to maintain and strengthen Penn State’s position as a world-class academic institution and as a great place for faculty and staff members to build a rewarding career. A dedicated focus on continuous improvement always will be critical to those efforts.”

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