Agenda for Excellence
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.
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- 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
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.
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
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.
GOAL 3: The University will manage its human, financial, and
physical resources effectively and efficiently to achieve its 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.
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.
GOAL 6: The University will vigorously pursue efforts to increase
significantly Penn's role as an international institution of higher education
GOAL 7: The University will creatively deploy new technologies,
recognizing that technology is revolutionizing the ways in which knowledge
is acquired, created, and disseminated.
GOAL 8: The University will effectively communicate to its
various constituencies the ways in which it contributes to the advancement
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Almanac, Vol. 47, No. 32, May 1, 2001
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