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    September 11, 2006
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Planning and analysis assigned to provost

Temple President Ann Weaver Hart announced that the Office of Planning and Policy Analysis (OPPA) will report to the Office of the Provost, effective Oct. 1, 2006. 

“The planning and policy office is most directly related to our teaching mission and to academic-related services that we provide to our students,” Hart said.  “Its work should be overseen by our chief academic officer.”

In addition to its core function of collecting and analyzing data on operational trends affecting the University, OPPA provides academic record support for students and administrative offices; conducts institutional research; administers national tests for students; oversees the usage of space in Temple facilities, including class-scheduling; and manages student evaluation of instruction.

Since its establishment in 2002, OPPA, under the leadership of Executive Director Thomas M. Healey, has introduced a Web-based process for Course and Teaching Evaluation (CATE); implemented systems to re-number, plan and schedule courses; developed an annual personnel census; and revised class scheduling to achieve more efficient use of space during a period of significant enrollment growth.

OPPA previously reported to then-Temple President David Adamany and later to Senior Vice President Clarence D. Armbrister during the presidential transition.  It will now report to Interim Provost Richard M. Englert.