The Office of Planning and Assessment provides leadership and support for four essential University functions: institutional research, learning outcomes assessment, accreditation, and strategic planning. 

Our vision is empowering the Penn State Community to use rigorous evidence to realize the University’s land grant mission.  This guides us through our current mission of supporting faculty, staff, administrators, and students by providing analysis of University data, supporting the assessment of learning, coordinating strategic planning, and ensuring compliance with accreditation standards. 

Important Information:

Key Performance Indicators

Twenty-one key performance indicators (KPI’s) for the University were identified by the Long Range Planning and Governance Committee to gauge the University’s performance over time as compared to peer universities. Click here to access the Report.

Penn State Contributes More Than $11.6 Billion to Pennsylvania’s Economy

A new report shows that Penn State contributes more than $11.6 billion to the state’s economy and supports, directly and indirectly, more than 105,000 jobs across Pennsylvania in FY 2017.  For every $1 in state appropriations received by Penn State, the University returned $1.24 in tax payments to the Commonwealth.  To learn more, read the article in Penn State Today or the Full Report.

Penn State’s Economic Impact Snapshot

News & Upcoming Events:

New Program – Learning Outcomes Assessment Grants

The Office of Planning and Assessment is partnering with the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence to offer grants designed to support efforts to conduct learning outcomes assessment for undergraduate, graduate or certificate programs. Proposals are due Friday, November 1st, 2019. For more information, see Assessment Grants.

Penn State Launches Survey of University Police Services

A University-wide survey of faculty, staff and students is being conducted by the Office of Planning and Assessment on behalf of Penn State University Police and Public Safety. The purpose of the survey is to gain a better understanding of student and employee attitudes and opinions related to police services and programs and campus safety.  OPA will present the survey findings to University Police and Public Safety in an aggregated report.  To learn more, see