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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 continue to serve the region, the Commonwealth, and the Nation.


Objective 6.1:

Identify and partner with world-class organizations to create opportunities for the region and the University community.

  • Method: Provide for FranklinCovey Leadership Development Initiatives, including 7 Habits Endowed Scholarship Partnership/Training with regional organizations.

Success criteria: $100,000 in new endowed scholarships will be generated annually by providing world-class leadership training to regional organizations.

  • Method: Provide exhibitions in the University’s Manderino Gallery from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES); provide lectures and educational materials for K-12 teachers and students related to each exhibition.

Success criteria: At least two SITES exhibitions will be displayed per year with a goal of reaching 10,000 visitors (to include K-12 students) annually.

  • Method: Make curriculum packets and television programming, provided by the National Gallery of Art and other sources, available to area teachers and other educators; promote the lending program to increase the number of teachers borrowing the materials for use in area schools.

Success criteria: The number of area teachers using these materials will be measured in Fall 2009 with a goal of increasing that number by 5% annually for three years.

  • Method: Partner with Food Service vendor to develop an Executive Level Leadership Conferencing/ Training Program.

Success criteria: Discussions will be initiated, a partnership plan and structure will be developed, and at least one program will be initiated each year beginning in 2010.

Objective 6.2:

Assist and support disaster planning in the region.

  • Method: Update Weather Center equipment and modify procedures as necessary to maintain StormReady University status as defined by the National Weather Service.

Success criteria: The StormReady University designation will be maintained.

  • Method: Continue to promote and support participation in RAIN, the River Alert Information Network.

Success criteria: Participation in RAIN activities will continue through 2012.

Objective 6.3:

Foster relationships and internship experiences (internships only; does not include other experiential activities, such as student teaching and cooperative education) that assist students in building character and careers; be a nationally recognized model of excellence and a place of inspiration, partnering with faculty to encourage every deserving student to complete a quality internship and assisting every interested employer in placing a highly qualified intern, while broadening career opportunities and the potential for permanent employment relationships between students and employees.

  • Method: Develop and implement a model for a centralized internship center operation that is based on best practices, that will institutionalize consistent academic standards for internships for all academic departments, and that will provide effective service to employers and to students.

Success criteria: The proposed model will be approved through appropriate University channels and fully implemented by 2011.

  • Method: Implement an outreach program to potential students and employers that will provide for an increase in the number of students who participate in internships each year.

Success criteria: The percentage of high-quality internships will increase from the current 828 to at least 878 by 2012.

Objective 6.4:

Utilize the newly constructed Convocation Center as a resource for regional, state and national conferences and events.

  • Method: Configure and operate the Convocation Center to optimize its use for special events and executive conferencing.

Success criteria: At least two major events and three executive conferences that generate supplemental revenue and bring community members/business people to campus will be booked by 2012.

Objective 6.5:

Provide professional services to regional communities and agencies.

  • Method: Create a speakers’ bureau to increase the visibility of University experts.

Success criteria: A speakers’ bureau list will be developed through the Office of University Relations by Fall 2009; this information will be made available to the media and other regional, state and national organizations upon request.

  • Method: Continue to promote and support crime-mapping services.

Success criteria: Crime-mapping services will be provided to law enforcement agencies with a goal of increasing participation by at least one police department or other agency per year for the next three years.

  • Method: Continue to promote and support Geographical Information Sciences programs.

Success criteria: GIS services will be provided to community groups/agencies with a goal of increasing participation by at least one group/agency per year for the next three years.

  • Method: Continue to promote and support the Homeland Security Institute.

Success criteria: A Homeland Security Conference will continue to be held each year through 2012.

  • Method: Continue to promote and support the Institute of Criminological and Forensic Sciences.

Success criteria: A wide range of forensic services will be provided to local, state, regional and/or national law enforcement entities with a goal of increasing the number of engagements by at least one per year for the next three years.

  • Method: Continue to promote and support the Child and Family Studies Institute.

Success criteria: Research and consultation services will be provided to local school districts, hospitals, social service agencies and/or other organizations with a goal of adding at least one new engagement/project annually for the next three years.

  • Method: Continue to promote and support the Tourism Research Center.

Success criteria: Economic development support will be provided to the tourism industry (Pennsylvania’s second largest industry) and, especially, its destination management organizations within the region and state-wide with a goal of increasing the number of organizations we assist by at least one per year for the next three years.

  • Method: Continue to promote and support the Institute for Law and Public Policy.
Success criteria: Information, public policy and operational findings concerning the American justice system, including systematic trends and innovations, will be disseminated to the legal and justice community. Continuing education for justice professionals, such as police, lawyers, correctional personnel, human service workers, professional security specialists and judicial personnel will be provided, as well as publication of a peer reviewed journal.

 

Objective 6.6:

Provide for the artistic and cultural development of our students and the region.

  • Method: Continue to host the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at least once a year on the campus; continue to promote and support cultural events and plays in the Steele Hall Main Stage Theatre and the Gerald and Carolyn Blaney Theatre.

Success criteria: The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will perform annually on campus; cultural events and plays will continue to be held in the Steele Hall theaters and promoted through the Marketing/Communications offices.

  • Method: Continue to support and promote the self-guided Art Tour of the University campus.

Success criteria: The number of visitors taking the Art Tour will be measured beginning in Fall 2009 and the tour will be promoted with a goal of increasing participation by 5% per year through 2012.

  • Method: Develop, support and promote a self-guided Arboretum Tour of the University campus; meet all requirements to have the University’s arboretum accepted as a member of the American Horticultural Society and the American Public Gardens Association; implement a marketing/communications initiative to promote the arboretum to the campus community and the general public.
  • Method: Develop a preservation/replacement plan for the Arboretum, which takes into consideration the age and recent loss of trees due to natural causes or acts of nature; plan for the selection and identification of plantings as part of the site work when construction of new buildings occurs.

Success criteria: The University’s arboretum will be accepted for membership in the American Horticultural Society and the American Public Gardens Association by Fall  2009; an informational map will be published and disseminated as a guide for campus visitors who wish to explore the arboretum; the number of visitors taking the Arboretum Tour will be monitored beginning in Fall 2009 and the tour will be promoted with a goal of increasing participation by 5% per year through 2012.

Objective 6.7:

Increase the scope and number of workforce development initiatives at the main campus and the Southpointe Center.

  • Method: Partner with WEDnet, CareerLink, WIBs, community colleges and other training providers to provide a variety of onsite training opportunities to meet the needs of manufacturing companies, banks, schools and healthcare organizations; conduct needs assessment studies in the tri-state region to identify training needs.

Success criteria: The number of workforce training programs will be increased by 5% per year for each of the next three years.

  • Method: Implement and expand GoArmyEd.com to provide educational opportunities for service men and women around the world. (See Objective 1.7)

Success criteria: The number of new military students and/or dependents who enroll through this new portal will be monitored with a goal of increasing enrollment by 5% each year for the next three years.

Objective 6.8:

Continue to have the University make a positive economic impact on the region and the state.

  • Method: Inclusion of the following language in the University Food Service contract: The contractor shall make every effort to create a local and organic closed loop food system by purchasing twenty percent (20%) of total food purchases within 250 miles of the University. Every effort will be made to purchase food products made in Pennsylvania.

Success criteria: The Food Service contract will be monitored for compliance to ensure that a minimum of 20% of total food purchases are within 250 miles of the University.

  • Method: Continue to support and promote Government Agency Coordination Office (GACO) as a means of linking regional businesses with government contracts and subcontracts.

Success criteria: GACO will increase the number of businesses that register for its services by 2% per year through 2012; GACO will continue to support the region’s business owners with one-on-one counseling and by organizing seminars, procurement fairs and networking events.

  • Method: Continue to attract visitors to campus events, including athletic contests, lectures/ presentations and cultural offerings; continue to highlight nearby regional attractions, where appropriate, in marketing and recruitment materials produced by the University.

Success criteria: The number of visitors who attend campus events will be monitored beginning in Fall 2009, with a goal of increasing that number by 5% annually through 2012; the Marketing/Communications offices will highlight regional attractions in at least one additional University publication per year.

  • Method: Promote and encourage volunteerism by faculty and University staff as a contribution to the community.

Success criteria: Faculty and University staff will increase the number of hours spent on volunteer activities by 2% each year from 2009 through 2012.

  • Method: Continue to make payments in lieu of taxes to California Borough, California Area School District and Washington County in connection with both the Vulcan Village (formerly Jefferson@California) upper-campus housing project and the main campus housing project.

Success criteria: The University will make payments in lieu of taxes at the agreed-upon rate to California Borough, California Area School District and Washington County.

  • Method: Continue to work with the California Borough and the Center for Community Partnerships to promote and encourage cooperative efforts, as well as promote goodwill.

Success Criteria: Increase the number of agreements and cooperative projects between the University and the California Borough. The Office of Continuous Improvement will successfully manage and conduct surveys as needed and will evaluate results as it relates to community development projects.

  • Method: Continue to participate in the PASSHE Economic Impact Study, and to evaluate new study results as they are made available.

Success criteria: The Office of Continuous Improvement will collect information for the PASSHE Economic Impact Study as requested and will evaluate results of the study as they are made available; the Provost’s Office will submit economic development activities and results as part of the Narrative Assessment Statement, a critical part of the  University’s System Accountability Report: Annual Performance Outcomes.

  • Method: Promote the University’s economic development initiatives and broader community impact via fact sheets to be distributed to key constituencies.

Success criteria: The Office of University Relations will compile fact sheets to be distributed to key constituencies by Fall 2009; these will be updated and redistributed annually.