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Campus Recreation Strategic Planning

Over a three-month period, the entire staff of Penn State Campus Recreation engaged in a series of planning exercises and retreat sessions. We utilized the Penn State Strategic Plan as well as the Student Affairs Strategic Plan as our foundational documents. Additionally, we reviewed trends impacting collegiate recreation and higher education and how these trends might influence our programs, services, and facilities, as well as our constituents in the future. These trends reinforced the foundational resources and helped to create a roadmap for the development of our strategic areas of focus. Subsequently, we engaged in an organizational analysis to see how we were positioned to address these goals over the next two to three years.

The results of all of this effort are the creation of this strategic plan, Aspiring for ExcellenceIt includes our newly developed Vision Statement, Mission Statement, our newly established Department Values, and a series of goals, strategies, and metrics that will guide our efforts, both as a comprehensive department, and as individual units within our department. It will allow us to continue to achieve our vision and mission, in ways that are consistent with our philosophic orientation and values, and our commitment to the greater objectives of Student Affairs and our University.

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Campus Recreation's Vision, Mission, and Values

Vision Statement

Our Vision

We inspire a healthy, engaged, and inclusive Penn State Community.

Mission Statement

Our Mission

Penn State Campus Recreation provides a wide variety of recreation programs, spaces and services that foster meaningful connections and support positive choices for lifelong holistic wellbeing.

Inclusivity Statement

Our Community

Our people are our greatest asset. Our community is enriched by the commonalities and differences of everyone we serve. We invite you to work with us towards fostering a welcoming environment that enables all to thrive.


Our Values

Campus Recreation supports the overarching values of Penn State University and is committed to:

  • Student Centricity: we primarily serve and support student success through the delivery of recreation and well-being programs, facilities, and services. We believe that the participation of faculty, staff, alumni, retirees and the greater community can enrich the student experience.

  • Integrity: we believe in honesty, fairness, and high ethical standards, embracing trust and mutual respect and transparency as the foundation of our organizational culture.

  • Inclusivity: in embracing the ‘All In’ initiative, we are dedicated to creating welcoming recreational programs, services and safe spaces that reflect the diversity and ever-changing needs of our participants.

  • Excellence: with attention to detail, we aspire to the highest standards, utilizing resources effectively and responsibly, and strive to exceed expectations in all that we do.

  • Collaboration: we foster mutually beneficial relationships and serve as good citizens of the university by partnering with students, campus entities, and the greater community to support common success.

  • Innovation: we embrace creativity and imagination, resulting in a visionary approach to positive change and continuous improvement.

  • Consultation: we actively seek the input of students and our non-student constituents through the utilization of advisory councils, assessment tools, and other feedback mechanisms.

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Our events and programs are open to all students regardless of sex, gender, sexual orientation, race, or any other protected class. Student Affairs is committed to building a community of belonging for all.