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    Annual Strategic Planning Progress Report

    May 30, 2017

    Transforming Education

    Goal 1: Improve Access and Affordability for All Forms of Post-Secondary Education

    Key Indicator 1: Create the Penn State Center for Ensuring Student Success in Higher Education

    Progress Report – Planning in progress. 

    Key Indicator 2: Strengthen the Penn State/University of Pittsburgh Partnership

    Progress Report – The second annual summit for researchers and policy makers will take place on June 15-16, 2017 at the Nittany Lion Inn. This is a “by invitation” summit that brings leaders from state agencies together with researchers from the two universities. The goal is to strengthen links between research and practice; break down barriers across the education, health, and social service sectors; and strengthen ties between Penn State and Pitt.

    Goal 2: Improve the Function of K-12 Education

    Key Indicator 1: Establish the Penn State Center for Education and Civil Rights

    Progress Report -- The Center has been established and has become quite active. Dr. Erica Frankenberg is the Director and the Center’s next sponsored event is an all-day symposium that will take place in Washington, D.C. on June 1, 2017 at the Georgetown Law Center with a focus on Furthering Diversity in K-12 Schools through Student Assignment.

    Key Indicator 2: Establish the Penn State Center for Education Disparities Research (CEDR)

    Progress Report -- The CEDR has been established and Dr. Paul Morgan is the Director. The Center is quite active with sponsored projects and is engaging faculty members from across the University. The College of Education and the Social Science Research Institute have provided seed dollars to launch the CEDR.

    Unanticipated Opportunity 1 – The College has decided to expand the Summer College Opportunity Program in Education (SCOPE) which was established in 2001 for rising high school juniors from underrepresented groups to include a follow-up opportunity for participants between their junior and senior years in high school. The first test of this new model will take place during the coming summer (2017).

    Unanticipated Opportunity 2 -- The College of Education has been pursuing a partnership with the Hazleton Community Center that provides educational opportunities for Hazleton youth as well as Penn State students. The College recently received $2,689,549 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to enhance the effort, which includes collaboration with the Hazleton Area School District. This is a multi-year commitment that will conclude in 2021.

    Goal 3: Improve the Function of Post-Secondary Education

    Key Indicator 1: Launch a Learning Sciences Initiative

    Progress Report -- The College of Education will be pursuing a cluster hire search for four new tenure line faculty members who will be focused on the Learning Sciences. The cluster hires will complement the existing strengths in the Learning Sciences within the College and the larger University. Progress is also being made on developing a dual-title graduate degree program that will involve multiple Colleges and Campuses.

    Key Indicator 2: Create a Faculty Fellows Program in the Krause Innovation Studio

    Progress Report -- Planning in progress.

    Unanticipated Opportunity 1 -- The Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) initiative is working to create a new Center for Data Empowered Learning. The College of Education is actively working closely with the leadership of the TLT to make connections with The Learning Sciences Initiative.

    Unanticipated Opportunity 2 -- The College of Education has begun to explore a Restorative Justice initiative that involves providing post-secondary educational opportunities for incarcerated populations. There is faculty interest in this area and there is some indication of donor interest.

    Enhancing Health

    Goal 1: Improve the Mental Health of Students in Post-Secondary Learning Environments

    Key Indicator 1: Create the Penn State Center for the Promotion of Mentally Healthy Learning Environments

    Progress Report – Planning in progress.

    Goal 2: Improve the Learning and Career Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities

    Key Indicator 1: Create the Penn State Center for the Support of Students with Disabilities

    Progress Report – Planning in progress.

    Key Indicator 2: Support the WorkLink Program

    Progress Report -- Plans were made to apply for a planning grant to launch the WorkLink program which would have brought a small number of college age students with intellectual disabilities to the University Park campus. Good progress was made toward engaging all of the offices at Penn State that would need to be involved (e.g., admissions, housing, student affairs, etc.), but the funding was curtailed and the proposal is currently “on hold.”

    Stewarding our Planet’s Resources

    Goal 1: Improve the Preparation of K-12 Teachers in STEM

    Key Indicator 1: Renovate the Science Education Wing of Chambers Building

    Progress Report -- This is a $5 million project that will transform a significant part of the student part of Chambers Building and bring it into alignment with previous renovations of teaching and learning spaces in Chambers Building. Donor support has been identified which will complement University funding which has also been identified. Construction will begin in January 2018 and will likely take the entire calendar year.

    Goal 2: Improve Adult Literacy About Energy

    Key Indicator 1: Participate in the Penn State Center for Energy and Society

    Progress Report -- Meetings have been held and donors have been approached. The College of Education is not in the lead on this initiative but is participating.

    Elevating the Arts and Humanities

    Goal 1: Gain Insight Into and Harness the Power of Narrative in the Arts and Humanities

    Key Indicator 1: Create the Penn State Center for the Story

    Progress Report -- An anonymous donor has been identified to endow the Center. The gift will be an estate gift and the focus at this time is to identify funding that can serve to early activate the Center. The goal of the Center will be to understand and enhance the effective role of narrative in pedagogy and leadership.

    Driving Digital Innovation

    Goal 1: Gain Insight into the Proper Complementary Role Digital Innovation Can and Should Play in Teaching and Learning

    Key Indicator 1: Complete the Renovation of Chambers Building to Create the Krause Learning Space

    Progress Report -- Construction is in progress on this $3 million renovation thanks in part to a generous gift from Gay and Bill Krause. The new space will open in the fall of 2017 and a ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for October of 2017.

    Key Indicator 2: Continue to Strengthen and Refine the Krause Studios for Innovation

    Progress Report -- The College has broadened the mission of the Krause Innovation Studio which was established in 2011 into what will be known as the Krause Studios for Innovation. One of the emerging priorities for the Krause Studios is entrepreneurship and what can be done to diversify engagement in entrepreneurial activities so that entrepreneurship becomes more democratic.