Forum on Strategic Plan
Robert Barchi and EVP John Fry presented an overview of the University's
Strategic Plan and then answered questions from faculty, staff
and students who attended the Open Forum last Monday. Dr. Barchi
presented the timeline for the planning process (Almanac
November 13, 2001). Fourteen committees have drafted reports which
will be part of the new plan. A draft will be presented to the
Trustees next week. The final outline will then be presented to
the Trustees in June. Dr. Barchi enumerated the five institutional
goals which deal with Penn's standing in the nation and the world,
the quality of scholarly activity, a continuum of education, faculty
recruitment and retention, and the campus development plan.
discussed the organizational priorities that will support the
institutional goals and the academic priorities. He said that
Penn will build and enhance the financial and operational capacity
by eliminating redundancies and utilizing assets appropriately.
After more than two decades of Responsibility Center Management,
Mr. Fry said it was time to reevaluate it. He also spoke about
the advantages of enhancing the campus environment.
discussed the six academic priorities which Penn will focus on
in the coming years. In response to a question about the absence
of an academic discipline on the list, he said that these represent
"target opportunities" but are not meant to imply they
are the only fields that will exist here. Administrative areas
are expected to cut their budgets by five percent to allow for
growth in the schools. Mr. Fry stressed that the intent is to
determine which services are duplicates and to streamline where
be an effort to capitalize on academic and interdisciplinary opportunities.
Dr. Barchi stressed that this is an academic strategic
plan with a goal to create new knowledge.
Academic Calendar is on the back page. Minor changes have been
made to the calendar: Thanksgiving Recess and Spring Recess are
now referred to as Breaks, to be consistent with Fall Break.
Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 21, February 5, 2002
February 5, 2002
Volume 48 Number 21
Nathanson Lecture will be given next week by Dr. Stanley
Prusiner, Nobel Laureate and Penn alumnus.
four years at the helm of the College House Program, Dr.
David Brownlee steps down as director and turns over the
wheel to a fellow faculty master.
Spring Recess? Well, now it is Spring Break--at least on the
Calendar--to be consistent with Fall Break.
than a dozen committees, a multi-year timeline, five institutional
goals, six academic priorities, and several organizational priorities
and the result is a new Strategic
Plan which will soon be published For Comment.
Committee on Communications reports on its findings from a one-year
review of the Policy on Privacy in the Electronic Environment.
safety is a multi-step challenge.
Health and Radiation Safety offers information, thermometer
exchange, and training for employees who handle hazardous substances.
make discoveries concerning King Midas, kidney disease,
Alzheimer's disease, immune system and major depressive disorder.
Foundation's latest awards go to 48 projects--from The
Art of Urbanism in Feudal Aquitaine to Evaluating a Hospital
Quality Improvement Model for Developing Countries.
tickets are available to attend Annenberg
Center events and a Basketball
Game at the Palestra.
Public Safety Institute provides the community with a glimpse
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