A view of the fountain along Main Street, beautifully lit at night.A view of the fountain along Main Street, beautifully lit at night.

Goal Six

TO SERVE THE REGION, THE COMMONWEALTH, AND THE NATION.

VISION

Prepare students for the world of work or further education from multiple locations through multiple technologies in order to meet the ever changing needs of the Commonwealth and the larger world.
from the Mission Statement of California University of PA, 2003
 

OBJECTIVE VI . 1

Enhance economic growth and development in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

METHOD A
Foster business and corporate alliances.
• Enhance existing business and industry advisory committees and establish
boards of visitors for our colleges, academic departments, and academic programs.
• Establish a CEO’s Forum that would bring corporate CEO’s onto our campus to speak and be honored.
 
METHOD B
Provide for business accelerators and business incubators.
 
METHOD C
Foster collaboration with government agencies.
• Continue partnership with Southwestern Pennsylvania Fire Chiefs and Assistant Fire Chiefs that led to the building of a fire training facility at Roadman Park.
• Develop a report on the surface effects of underground coal mining in southwestern Pennsylvania (PA Department of Environment Protection grant).
• Continue to provide and expand services through the Peter J. Daley Institute.
 
METHOD D
Be involved in rural revitalization through our Social Work program and consider the creation and development of a rural communities’ institute.
 
METHOD E
Enhance Government Agency Coordination Office and other workforce development activities.
 
METHOD F
Increase student internships within the business, healthcare, corporate and government communities.
 
MEASUREMENT
Track numbers of alliances and collaborative efforts; update University’s Economic Impact Statement; annual data on the number of internships.
 

OBJECTIVE VI . 2

Enhance the capacity of the University to serve the needs of the people and communities of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

METHOD A
Increase number of students enrolled in and graduating from high-need academic programs including: healthcare related programs, science and technology programs; teacher education programs; collaborative programs; and others.
 
METHOD B
Foster programs for workforce development.
• Provide contract training at Southpointe, the Pittsburgh Center, and other locations; continue to seek WEDnet and CJTcontracts.
 
METHOD C
Retain the University's status as the premier provider of teachers in southwestern Pennsylvania.
• Maintain National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education accreditation for the College of Education
• Require all teacher certification students to pass all parts of the PRAXIS prior to admission to candidacy and student teaching.
• Work with school districts to provide Professional Development Schools.
• Expand the placement of teacher education graduates in high-need areas.
• Provide on-line access to the Principals Certification and Superintendents Letter of Eligibility programs.
• Continue to develop grant-funded initiatives such as Teaching College Math; Bringing Families to School; California University in the High School (CUHS) in Philadelphia as well as the five county service area; and the Urban Exploration program.
• Continue to provide a PRAXIS coordinator to align departmental curricula with Praxis objectives, student tutoring and enrichment (including Praxis Preparation books and PLATO software).
 
METHOD D
Continue collaboration between the University, community colleges and other providers of prior learning experience.
• Continue to support the joint nursing program with the Community College of Allegheny County and the Criminal Justice program with Community College of Beaver County.
• Investigate new opportunities for collaboration, such as the associate degree in Technical Studies (flex degree) in collaboration with providers of prior learning experience.
 
METHOD E
Continue to function as a “Community Partner” in the UPMC Diabetes Institute (funded by the Department of Defense).
 
METHOD F
Coordinate the efforts of Career Services and the Office of Internship Programs in developing quality community service and career-enhancing experiences.
 
METHOD G
Continue the Science Olympiad, the Academic Bowl, Summer camps, and other outreach activities, including Upward Bound, procurement fairs, the Junior Academy of Science, and the Groundwater Festival.
 
METHOD H
Continue and expand the Legal Studies Institute of the Pittsburgh Center.
 
METHOD I
Continue the Partners for Wildlife grant program and strengthen its relationship with academic affairs.
 
METHOD J
Continue to review the development and expansion of off-campus sites, including Southpointe and the Pittsburgh Center.
 
METHOD K
Continue to expand California University in the High School.
• Expand the program to Philadelphia public schools as well as those Pennsylvania counties in which State System schools are not represented.
• Provide incentives to encourage matriculation of CUHS participants into degree programs at the University.
 
MEASUREMENT
Increased enrollment in high-need areas (science and technology, health care, education); re-accreditation by NCATE; 100% pass rates on PRAXIS; maintain/increase the number of collaborative agreements with school districts, businesses, community colleges; increase in placement of teachers in high need areas; continued success with grant-funded initiatives; increased numbers of programs and enrollments at off-campus sites; increased enrollment in CUHS and increased matriculation of CUHS students at the University.
 

OBJECTIVE VI . 3

Clearly articulate the relationship between University enrollments and their contribution to economic development.

VISION
“Demonstrate economic impact of System universities in their regions via periodic ‘economic impact’ studies (both the objective and the measure), establish a measure of the relationship between enrollment, workforce and economic development” (Accountability Matrix).
 
METHOD
Economic Impact Study.
 
MEASUREMENT
Evaluation of Economic Impact Study.