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:

Karen Vance Named Assistant Vice Provost for Institutional Research

Karen Vance has been named the Assistant Vice Provost for Institutional Research in the Office of Planning and Assessment as of September 1st. “I look forward to leading a team of highly skilled analysts and researchers who have a shared vision of institutional research that aligns with and supports the University’s strategic initiatives,” Vance said. Vance’s career in educational research, assessment and planning spans more than 20 years and includes positions at Hill College in Texas, the University of Texas at Arlington, and two K-12 public school districts in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area. She joined Penn State’s Office of Planning and Assessment in 2018 as associate director of institutional research before being named director of planning and analysis in March 2019. To learn more, see

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.

Learning Outcomes Assessment Forum – Spring 2020

We are pleased to announce that the second annual learning outcomes assessment forum will be held on May 12th, 2020 at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center. A save the date and additional information about our keynote speaker can be found here.