NOTE
LATEST PLANNING DOCUMENT FOUND HERE:

http://www.upenn.edu/almanac/FC-Agenda.html

Posted April 2, 2002.

 

INTRODUCTION | MISSION of the UNIVERSITY | TABLE of CONTENTS

CLICK HERE FOR EARLIER U. of PENN PLANNING DOCUMENTS

PRINT this document

No. 32, SUPPLEMENT: Agenda for Excellence 1995-2000 (~ 375 k; 32 pages)

Note: To read Acrobat® files, download the Adobe® Acrobat® Reader for free!

FOR COMMENT


Agenda for Excellence

1995-2000


To the University Community

Five years ago, in November 1995, a strategic plan for the University, the Agenda For Excellence, was published in these pages. The plan established a series of nine goals for the University for the five years through the end of the year 2000. It was the culmination of many months of discussion among the President, the Provost, deans, administrators, faculty and students, and the plan was endorsed by Penn's Academic Planning and Budget Committee.

Ten months later, in September 1996, as part of the Agenda, the University published a series of six institution-wide academic priorities. At the same time, and as a further contribution to the Agenda, President Rodin also published an open letter to the Penn community in which she announced several initiatives to enhance recruitment and retention of under-represented minority students and faculty. Then in January 1997, each of the twelve Schools published its own strategic plan, informed by and supporting the Agenda.

Five years have passed since November 1995, and the time has come to report on how Penn has fared in accomplishing the goals of the Agenda and the six academic priorities. The report that follows is the product of several months of analysis by the working group named below, which was appointed last fall by the President, the Provost and the Executive Vice President. It has been reviewed by the deans and senior officers of the University; it also has been the subject of review and discussion by this year's Academic Planning and Budget Committee. Please note that the report covers the original nine goals, the six academic priorities and minority recruitment and retention, and, in so doing, it considers progress in the individual Schools in a multitude of ways. It does not, however, attempt to review the full strategic plans of the individual Schools that were published four years ago.

Happily, Penn's progress has been remarkable over the past five years. With enormous credit to the faculty, students and staff who grace this campus, our academic rankings have risen, faculty accomplishments have continued apace, student selectivity has increased, research funding has greatly expanded, administrative restructuring has moved far forward, revitalization of the West Philadelphia community around Penn has accelerated, globalization has increased and fundraising has broken records.

We invite you to send any comments and reactions you may have by May 25, 2001, via e-mail to plan@pobox.upenn.edu.

Peter Conn, Deputy Provost
Bernard F. Lentz, Director of Institutional Research and Analysis
Barbara J. Lowery, Associate Provost
Michael J. Masch, Vice President for Budget and Management Analysis
Kristine Kelly Olley, Assistant to Vice President Schutt
Stephen D. Schutt, Vice President (Chair)
Marie D. Witt, Associate Vice President for Business Services


Mission of the University

The University of Pennsylvania's roots are in Philadelphia, the birthplace of American democracy. But Penn's reach spans the globe.

Faithful to the vision of the University's founder, Benjamin Franklin, Penn's faculty generate knowledge that is unconstrained by traditional disciplinary boundaries and spans the continuum from fundamental to applied. Through this new knowledge, the University enhances its teaching of both theory and practice, as well as the linkages between them.

Penn excels in instruction and research in the arts and sciences and in a wide range of professional disciplines. Penn produces future leaders through excellent programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels.

Penn inspires, demands, and thrives on excellence, and will measure itself against the best in every field or endeavor in which it participates.

Penn is proudly entrepreneurial, dynamically forging new connections and inspiring learning through problem-solving, discovery-oriented approaches.

Penn research and teaching encourage lifelong learning relevant to a changing global society.

Penn is a major urban university that is committed to strength and vitality in each of its communities. In this connection, Penn will:

  • Encourage, sustain, and reward its faculty; nurture, inspire, and challenge its students; and support and value its staff;
  • Strengthen and appreciate the diversity of its communities;
  • Support free expression, reasoned discourse, and diversity in ideas;
  • Pursue positive connections to the city, state, and region and a mission of service to its neighbors in West Philadelphia;
  • Develop and support its connections to alumni and friends; and
  • Foster the growth of humane values.


Table of Contents

Please click on linked items below to see the full version of each strategic goal.

STRATEGIC GOAL 1: The University will solidify and advance its position as one of the premier research and teaching universities in the nation and in the world. (see also, SIX ACADEMIC PRIORITIES)

STRATEGIC GOAL 2: The University will aggressively seek greater research opportunities. Recognizing that vigorous research and the unimpeded pursuit of knowledge are at the heart of the University's mission, Penn will strive to attract an increasing share of the available research dollars, and will aggressively seek out new sources of support for research.

STRATEGIC GOAL 3: The University will manage its human, financial, and physical resources effectively and efficiently to achieve its strategic goals.

STRATEGIC GOAL 4: The University will support strategic investments in master's programs and other programs of continuing education in the arts and sciences and in the professions, when they are consistent with Penn's academic mission and capacities and the needs of society.

STRATEGIC GOAL 5: The University will plan, direct, and integrate its government and community relations to enhance its missions of teaching, research, and service. The University also will clarify and strengthen the links between its academic programs and the public service performed by its faculty, students, administrators, and staff.

STRATEGIC GOAL 6: The University will vigorously pursue efforts to increase significantly Penn's role as an international institution of higher education and research.

STRATEGIC GOAL 7: The University will creatively deploy new technologies, recognizing that technology is revolutionizing the ways in which knowledge is acquired, created, and disseminated.

STRATEGIC GOAL 8: The University will effectively communicate to its various constituencies the ways in which it contributes to the advancement of society.

STRATEGIC GOAL 9: The University will identify and secure the funds required to support its strategic goals.


Agenda for Excellence, 1995-2000

is the fourth in a series of planning documents issued

by the University of Pennsylvania.

The earlier reports were:

Agenda for Excellence: The Strategic Plans of the Schools, (Almanac Supplement January 21, 1997)

Six University Academic Priorities (Almanac Supplement September 24, 1996)

The Agenda for Excellence, (Almanac Supplement November 21, 1995)

Comment on the Agenda for Excellence, 1995-2000 may be sent via e-mail by May 25, 2001 to plan@pobox.upenn.edu


INTRODUCTION | MISSION of the UNIVERSITY | TABLE of CONTENTS

CLICK HERE FOR EARLIER U. of PENN PLANNING DOCUMENTS

PRINT this document

No. 32, SUPPLEMENT: Agenda for Excellence 1995-2000 (~ 375 k; 32 pages)

Note: To read Acrobat® files, download the Adobe® Acrobat® Reader for free!

NOTE
LATEST PLANNING DOCUMENT FOUND HERE:

http://www.upenn.edu/almanac/FC-Agenda.html

Posted April 2, 2002.


Almanac, Vol. 47, No. 32, May 1, 2001

| FRONT PAGE | CONTENTS | JOB-OPS | CRIMESTATS | AGENDA FOR EXCELLENCE 1995-2001 | TEACHING AWARDS 2001: Dental; GSE; GSFA | TALK ABOUT TEACHING ARCHIVE | BETWEEN ISSUES | MAY at PENN |