Narrative Assessment Statement
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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System Accountability Plan – Narrative Assessment Statement
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
1. Academic Quality
• In 2002-03, the University spent approximately $200,000 on maintaining or acquiring
accreditations. Accomplishments in accreditation include the following: the Middle
States Commission on Higher Education approved proposals to include distance learning
programs within the scope of the institution’s accreditation; the recreation program is
preparing for an initial site visit in 2004; the computer science, computer information
science, music, theatre, health education, and chemistry programs began self-study
reports, which will be completed by June 2004; the education program will complete
institutional reports for NCATE re-accreditation and for the Pennsylvania Department of
Education and site visits are scheduled for Spring 2004; nine of the ten teacher education
programs were recognized nationally by their special professional associations; and
efforts continued for maintaining the social work, nursing, physician assistant, athletic
training, and Middle States accreditations (Accreditation).
• Effective May 2003, all academic programs could be completed with 120 semester hours
• Four faculty received System Faculty Professional Development Council Grants.
University faculty professional development initiatives included $270,000 for 12
sabbaticals, $30,000 for local faculty professional development funds, $15,000 of
presidential initiative grants, $53,620 for travel. The Teaching/Learning Center held
workshops with 120 faculty members in attendance (Teaching Quality, Faculty Quality).
• LHUP is creating 16 new Smart classrooms for fall 2003 and upgraded codecs in the
distance education facilities (Technology/learning environment).
• Library faculty provided more than 150 information literacy workshops for first year
students, summer development students, and students in a variety of upper division
courses. The library assists programs with developing information literacy components.
This year, 30 information literacy components for new or revised courses passed through
the Curriculum Committee (Library and Curriculum).
2. Student Achievement/ Success
• In fall 2002, the University piloted a first-year student seminar, in which participating
students earned a significantly higher (p<.01) average GPA (2.73) than the average GPA
(2.51) of the control group of students not enrolled. Forty disadvantaged and/or minority
students participated this year. LHUP will enroll most students from special needs
populations in fall 2003 seminars (Retention; Initiatives for students of color/low SES).
• Four students earned national academic recognition including a recipient of the National
Security Education Program Fellowship (NSEP). Other examples of recognition include
students who received an Ali-Zaidi Scholarship Honorable Mention; acceptance to
Harvard Law School; acceptance to the 2003 New York Honors Semester; acceptance to
the American Chemical Society Summer School in Nuclear and Radiochemistry. Athletes
recognized for academic excellence include four Verizon Academic All-District honors,
one Verizon Academic All-American, three PSAC Top Ten awards, and 102 scholar
athletes. National coaches associations for Women’s Cross Country and Wrestling
recognized LHUP teams as All-Academic Teams. Individual athletes in cross country (3),
field hockey (8), and wrestling (1) earned All-Academic honors (Student Recognition).
• Scholarly activity includes six students who led a Public Issues Forum at College
Misericordia; eight research presentations at LHUP’s 10th Student Symposium; thirty
student presentations at professional, national conferences; an article published in the
Journal of American Academy of Physician Assistants; 20 physics demonstrations to the
public and in local schools; four students competing in the 21st Novice National Forensics
Tournament (one student placed sixth in Extemporaneous Speaking); 990 students
participating in 29 dance, choral, and theatrical performances and 9 students in art
exhibits (Student publications/presentations/performances).
• Eighty-seven students transferred from two-year colleges in fall 2002, an increase from
58 students last year. Forty students transferred from the Clearfield Campus to Main
Campus, an increase from 24 students in fall 2001 (Community College Transfer).
• An Admissions recruiter participated in the four regional events for the Joint Recruitment
program and conducted the admissions session in Harrisburg. The University also hosted
36 students as part of the Erie-Meadville partnership program (System Partnerships).
3. High-Need Academic Programs
• Compared to fall 2001, the number of science and technology majors increased (although
percent of enrollment decreased) from 363 (8.5 percent) to 370 (8 percent), the number
and percent of health care majors increased from 550 (12.9 percent) to 686 (14.9
percent), and the total number and percent of majors in high-need programs increased
from 1,300 (31 percent) to 1,592 (35 percent) in 2002. (Healthcare-related/science and
technology/other high-need programs).
• The University sponsored a Health Care Summit to identify current and evolving health
care needs. Representatives from regional health care facilities provided input for a
Health Care Plan, which includes eight proposed health care programs at associate,
bachelor’s, and master’s degree levels (Healthcare-related programs).
• LHUP’s 2002 pass rate for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination is 93
percent, above the national average of 90 percent, and for the National Council for
Licensure Exams – Registered Nurses is 93.7 percent, above the national average of 86
percent. Having decided not to consider PRAXIS failers as program completers,
aggregate 2001-02 PRAXIS pass rates for basic skills (100 percent), professional
knowledge (100 percent), and academic content (99 percent) have increased and are
above statewide pass rates in each category (Licensure/certification tests).
• U.S. News and World Report listed the Physician Assistant Program in the top third for
Best Graduate Schools for 2004 (Healthcare-related programs).
• LHUP faculty are participating in a $1.7 million grant with the Philadelphia Schools to
respond to needs of urban school teachers and to fund professional development schools,
mentoring programs, and a Master’s degree in urban education (Teacher Education).
• The DNA Forensics track began in fall 2002 and became the fastest growing biology
track with 13 incoming students registered for fall 2003. Grant funding enabled the
purchase of equipment and faculty training (Science and technology programs).
• LHUP held two CTEP-PA workshops on inquiry-based teaching (2 LHUP faculty, 111
education majors, 18 K-12 teachers attended), five workshops on various topics in math
(37 LHUP faculty, 15 education majors, 20 K-12 teachers attended), and a math seminar
(18 home-schooled students and parents attended) (Science and technology programs).
4. Economic Development
• Two 3-2 engineering students and 31 computer information science students collaborated
with area businesses on developing company projects, including 11 database
management systems (Collaboration with Business and Industry).
• LHUP had 448 (main) and 577 (Clearfield) non-credit enrollments (Workforce Dev).
• The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) logged 3,600 consulting hours with
200 clients; conducted 35 workshops; created or retained 155 jobs; and helped clients
secure $4.4 million in funding. The University administered over $425,000 in WednetPA
training grants for 20 local employers and 2,200 employees (Workforce Dev).
• Nearly 70 percent of project work for the Lock Haven ($18 million) and Clearfield ($1.2
million) third-party housing projects will be sub-contracted locally (Economic Impact).
• Ten University faculty/staff serve on the Forum for the Future, LEAD and ENRICH
teams, a collaborative effort for developing leadership education and a network of
resources to address community needs (Collaboration with business and industry).
5. Resource Development and Utilization
• The University received an estimated $3,325,804 in grant awards in 2002-03, which is
more than a 16 percent increase over last year (State or federal grants/contracts).
• Productivity increased from 532.50 credit hours/FTE faculty to 550.19 credit hours/FTE
faculty in selected general education courses, resulting from an increase in average class
size (44 to 55) and number of large lectures (1 to 5) (Increasing productivity).
• Continuous improvement plans will be implemented to provide more effectively a means
for student connectivity, delivery of mail and small parcels, encouragement and
recognition of teamwork, faculty workload reporting, work-study fund utilization, and
background/credential checks (Increasing productivity, reducing costs).
• Aside from initiatives under academic quality, employees received nearly $95,000 in
training and professional development activities such as workshops, conferences, out-
service training, and technology-related training (Employee development and training).